Monday, July 31, 2023

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Among the Lotus Eaters

The Enterprise is sent back to the planet Rigel VII where a failed mission forced a hasty extraction five years earlier. Discovery of cultural contamination on the Bronze Age planet necessitates the ship's return where they discover a crewman (David Huynh) left behind has made himself ruler of the planet and found a way to use the unusual radiation from a crashed meteor to his advantage. Complicating maters is that same radiation found both on the planet, and in the debris field, which makes people forget aspects of their lives, effecting both the landing party and the Enterprise crew.

"Among the Lotus Eaters" is a fine, if a very convenient, episode with the amnesia only affecting people up to a point and not affecting their actual skill sets which, allows an initially unsure Ortegas (Melissa Navia) to pilot the ship safely through the asteroid field, and effects all the races on the starship in the same manner. Captain Pike's (Anson Mount) equally convenient break-up with Captain Batel (Melanie Scrofano) in the teaser also plays a huge effect on his "forgetting" without which the episode may have turned out quite differently.

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