Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Spock Amok

Following the tense and dramatic "Memento Mori," Star Trek: Strange New Worlds shift gears for a far lighter episode featuring the Enterprise in space dock that turns out to be the best episode of the series so far. The title of the episode comes from the arrival of Spock's fiancé T'Pring (Gia Sandhu). In an attempt to bridge the gap between them and understand each other's position, the Vulcans take part in a ritual that unintentionally swaps their consciousness into each other's bodies. Despite neither being happy about it, hijinks ensue as Spock (who is actually T'Pring in Spock's body) is needed in delicate trade negotiations with the R'ongovian Protectorate and T'Pring (who is actually Spock in T'Pring's body) is called into duty to help with a Vulcan who will only meet with her.

Number One (Rebecca Romijn) and Lieutenant La'an Noonien-Singh (Christina Chong) discover "Enterprise Bingo" and decide to have a bit of fun themselves with most of the crew on shore leave. And we also get a glimpse at the complicated relationship issues of Nurse Chapel (Jess Bush) who is quick to dump a date going poorly to help Spock (which also begins to tease romantic feelings Chapel has for the ship's Science Officer). Everything works here, and themes from the separate stories blend together as T'Ping discovers more about Spock's duty on-board the Enterprise, Spock learns to open up about his fears that he is too human for her, Pike (Anson Mount) gets to take a hunch on the negotiations that is in part colored by the Vulcan's experience of seeing through each other's eyes, and the normally serious Number One and La'an are allowed to have a bit of fun.

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