Picking up precisely where STAR TREK DISCOVERY S1, ended, we join Captain Christopher Pike and Science Officer Spock as they embark on their five-year mission to explore strange new worlds. This timeline takes place directly before James Kirk takes over as captain of the Enterprise in the original 1960s STAR TREK series. As such, this show is bounded by primitive tech (and uniforms), present in the original series over half a century ago, which can be both fun and dated. Because this is a Spoiler-Free Review, I won’t mention other well-known original series characters introduced throughout the first season.

Except for one unwatchable episode taking place in a children’s storybook (and yes, I am such a Trekker that I realize this squirm-worthy episode is a toss-back to the much less squirm-worthy “A Fistful of Datas” from Next Generation), the close-ended episodic stories are a great mix of character and action. TV series live and die by their cast, and Anson Mount as Pike and Ethan Peck as Spock, along with a perfect supporting cast, create a new Star Trek family we can readily join.

The only lazy writing is that the “Gorn” has replaced the “Borg” as the super-baddies, so any storylines with the Gorn feel like a re-tread, but if you are a Trekker or just looking for some fun summer Sci-Fi entertainment, STSNW is just the ticket to ride.

STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS – Season One has a fantastic cast and offers a new nostalgic take on this venerable Sci-Fi franchise – EXPERIENCE NOW! It’s available to stream on Paramount+.

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