Thursday, July 7, 2022

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - The Serene Squall

Although the episode relies on a twist you'll likely see coming, "The Serene Squall" has the feel of a classic Trek adventure with the Enterprise fighting space pirates on the edge of Federation space. Themes from the season continue to be played out here including Spock (Ethan Peck) and  T'Pring's (Gia Sandhu) relationship and the tease of Nurse Chapel's (Jess Bush) feelings for the Enterprise's Science Officer. Jesse James Keitel is well-cast here as the main guest-star whose character needs to be insightful and empathetic to Spock but also to turn on a dime when the plot calls for it.

Taken captive, Captain Pike (Anson Mount) has a whale of a time undermining the pirates and causing a mutiny helping to get his ship back. Number One's (Rebecca Romijn) reaction to his plan tells us this isn't the first time Pike has pulled this maneuver. In terms of larger Star Trek chronology, the episode is also notable for teasing the reintroduction of a character who until now had only appeared in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Seeing as our pirate captain got away, is there a possibility we'll see more of Spock's brother at some point in the series?

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