Famous Person Trek: Odd New Worlds – Episode 1 Evaluate (a Promising Start)
I’m positive. That’s my first reaction.
I suppose, had this been the primary new Star Trek show, no Discovery, no Picard, I could be over the moon. Granted, a fair little bit of Pike’s person is dependent on Disco’s second season (and he turned into the unmarried pleasant a part of that season), so it couldn’t have been the primary new Trek show as it’s far, but the primary skeleton is there, and the technique to the display is there, and each are very distinctive from Disco or Picard.
Discovery is too passionate about navel-gazing at the expense of nicely-written storytelling. Yes, Trek has ALWAYS had an time table, and it’s by no means been afraid to preach, however it was smarter approximately the way it weaved its message in with its stories. It used to be smarter, length. Until Discovery remembers a way to be an amazing technology-fiction show first, a great Star Trek show second, and an amazing morality play 1/3, I won’t be going returned.
Picard is too much of a warm mess all the manner around. The writing is abysmal, the acting is commonly subpar, and the plotting is flat-out insulting. It’s simply horrific TV, no longer just terrible sci-fi and horrific Trek (it’s both of these too, IMO). I have extra to say approximately Picard later. Now is not the time for whinging. This—Strange New Worlds—this is ideal.
Strange New Worlds appears like a cutting-edge “Star Trek” display, in preference to a current show with a Star Trek coat of paint. If this had been the primary reboot, I might be annoyed at some minor things but common I would be very happy. Instead, this isn’t the first reboot. This is the 0.33 live-action display and, after growing increasingly more dissatisfied with the first and surely hating the second, I am greater than okay with minor court cases. I’m almost giddy.
The list of my compliments is as follows:
I love the characters. First off, casting Anson Mount is the high-quality aspect Star Trek has done considering Voyager went off the air. Ethan Peck’s Spock is also a extraordinary take on the character. Rebecca Romijn seems to deliver depth to the person of “Number One” that we would are becoming had Gene Roddenberry’s unique version of TOS been advanced, however we’ll by no means realize. She turned into usually a incredible “what might have been” and now we get to see her blossom into a completely-realized individual. Beyond that is the rest of the cast and to that I can gladly say, after simply one episode I am already able to recognize the group. After two years with Discovery, I still didn’t realize ninety% in their names. Most of them had little extra than two strains of debate consistent with episode, if that. This seems like a display about a crew. As expected, there’s a center of stars on the way to take the middle level (Pike, Spock, Una) but there’s sufficient interest already paid to the rest of the command group that I assume I’m going to develop to like each person as we cross on.
I love the pacing. I’m handiest judging with the aid of a unmarried episode, positive, however there’s a handy guide a rough flow to the entirety that took place, with out matters feeling too rushed (Discovery). Certainly, they’re now not plodding alongside and wheel spinning (Picard). It isn’t any twist of fate that the pacing is as tight as it’s far in an episode that is largely episodic in nature. When you don’t need to worry about telling one tale over the course of ten episodes, however as an alternative understand you most effective have to inform one tale over the direction of one episode, it makes a huge difference. You’re compelled to be affordable with scenes, talk, and exposition. Everything receives tightened because you have got a small window wherein to work. That’s not to say long-shape storytelling is useless. On the contrary, it looks like SNW goes to try and strike a stability first employed in Trek twenty-five years in the past. DS9 flawlessly balanced an episodic story format with multi-seasonal arcs. It allowed characters to develop, grow, and alternate (some thing now not feasible/allowed in TNG/Voyager), while additionally making each episode stand on its very own with a clear beginning, center, and quit (some thing the writers of Picard seem incapable of doing).
I love the emphasis on Pike and his tragic future. There are episodes of Discovery’s 2d season that seem to be the templates that SNW is modeled after, and they simply so manifest to be the two and handiest episodes that I unabashedly love, from Discovery: New Eden and If Memory Serves. The former featured the crew of the Discovery investigating a colony of Luddites in chance of being destroyed. The latter takes us to Talos IV (the planet from TOS made famous in The Cage and The Menagerie) and brought Pike a glimpse of the terrible fate that awaits him. Fast ahead to SNW, and we’ve a planet-of-the-week plot driving the action, interspersed with Pike being haunted through the future that he now knows is coming, whether or not he likes it or now not. We additionally have seeds planted for other characters to grow and increase over the season, like Spock, who will struggle with being an lively officer and having a wife T’Pring again on Vulcan. There’s also La’an, whose surname Noonien-Singh, making her some type of a relative to the notorious Khan. The name wasn’t selected with out reason; time will inform how it’s used within the show.
As for the plot of the pilot, I’d say it’s perhaps the maximum low-key of any Star Trek “first episode.” It’s approximately resolving a first touch long past wrong and rescuing some officials. Along the manner, we find out the planet wasn’t virtually as warp-capable as we thought, however alternatively is simply at the verge of the usage of warp-tech as a souped-up nuclear weapon to blow themselves to country come, World War III style. I would possibly have favored a chunk more interest given to the thriller of ways this planet advanced warp tech in the sort of fashion; the thriller is resolved in the same scene it is installed. Had this been a greater regular episode, without the want for several mins committed to getting Pike off earth (important for the first episode), we would are becoming that. Instead, it was rushed a bit to provider the runtime. A minor quibble. The decision had a robust TOS experience to it, with Pike beaming all the way down to make an impassioned speech about the threat of escalating violence in war, the opportunity that comes with finding peace, and the opportunities that look forward to a united global. I ought to just hear James Kirk making that speech in a comparable yellow blouse.
Do I have proceedings? Sure, however they are minor: The communicate is still a piece too informal, there’s nonetheless no longer loads of technological know-how, and there aren’t a variety of questions being requested. Of the ones, I will simply must accept the dialogue is what it’s miles. Hopefully destiny episodes will lean a chunk more into sci-fi territory (not every episode of the traditional suggests become technological know-how-heavy, keep in mind), and with any luck as Pike’s storyline progresses we get a piece greater time to pause and quietly do not forget the human circumstance.
I can’t are expecting the future, however after developing increasingly more pissed off with the course of the Star Trek franchise over the last several years, I can truly say I’ve by no means ended a brand new Star Trek episode more satisfied than I did watching the credits of Strange New Worlds. Here’s to what with any luck is the return to shape that this franchise I love a lot deserves to enjoy.
nine/10 – “Strange New Worlds” is a promising start that made me keep in mind why I love Star Trek. Here’s to extra.