Star Trek Strange New Worlds, what did you think?

Hex08

Hero
Personally, I loved it. My spoiler free review is that I feel like I have watched my first real Star Trek show in decades. I like Picard and really enjoy Lower Decks but Strange New Worlds, I thought, really captured the feeling of Trek. It's not nearly as dark as Disco or Picard, visually or thematically. The casting is really good, Anson Mount especially, although Nurse Chapel seems like a totally different person. It does some fiddly things with the canon timeline but that doesn't bug me much. My only real complaint is the size of the ship, Enterprise looks really good but it's way too big
 

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JarooAshstaff

Explorer
I enjoyed it, I think I would have loved it as a teen when I couldn't recognize the patronizing tone.

But I don't know if this generation of kids will like it as much, the generation that saw a coup by the president, that are watching a white supremist lead Fox news, watch womens rights removed piece by piece, watch black men being murdered at traffic stops, watching war break out in Europe.

Not sure it will resonate as much with them.

But for me, love the nostalgia, love the optimism.
 

Ryujin

Legend
I enjoyed it, I think I would have loved it as a teen when I couldn't recognize the patronizing tone.

But I don't know if this generation of kids will like it as much, the generation that saw a coup by the president, that are watching a white supremist lead Fox news, watch womens rights removed piece by piece, watch black men being murdered at traffic stops, watching war break out in Europe.

Not sure it will resonate as much with them.

But for me, love the nostalgia, love the optimism.
With all of that going on, maybe the younger generation could use a little optimism.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I enjoyed it, I think I would have loved it as a teen when I couldn't recognize the patronizing tone.

But I don't know if this generation of kids will like it as much, the generation that saw a coup by the president, that are watching a white supremist lead Fox news, watch womens rights removed piece by piece, watch black men being murdered at traffic stops, watching war break out in Europe.

Not sure it will resonate as much with them.

But for me, love the nostalgia, love the optimism.
The 60s were pretty full of bad stuff too. And WWII was to them like 2000 is to us.
 


I think it was probably the strongest opening episode I've ever seen for a Trek. It helped that it had some established characters, so every character didn't need a full introduction. I think it helped more that the three central cast members have already gotten comfortable with the roles.

But wow, a live action Trek that's not all brooding darkness, and that wrapped up a plot in one episode. It's been a long time. I don't hate Discovery, and kind of like Picard, but I stopped watching the prior because it felt like work I had to get through, and the latter I don't imagine I'll ever feel the inclination to rewatch as it's just too big of an undertaking to revisit whole season plot-arc shows. But I suspect I'll be watching the Strange New Worlds pilot again sometime in the not too distant future.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Supporter
But I don't know if this generation of kids will like it as much, the generation that saw a coup by the president, that are watching a white supremist lead Fox news, watch womens rights removed piece by piece, watch black men being murdered at traffic stops, watching war break out in Europe.

Not sure it will resonate as much with them.

Yeah, you did see Pike's speech, right? They are acknowledging the issues, rather than glossing over them.

In the middle of the dark is exactly when you need some light. And while there are some nods to the old, there's some youth-coded characters there that may resonate with today's viewers, too.
 

Hex08

Hero
Looked about right to me.
I think it looked good but the bridge was about as big as the Enterprise-D and Pike's quarters looked like a penthouse compared to what we have seen before on any ship. That's something thing Star Trek: Enterprise did well, it looked small and cramped compared to TOS and then the ships of the TNG era were more spacious. It seemed like a natural progression, older ship building tech led to smaller, more cramped spaces and as technology advanced we got more spacious ships. SNW gives us ships with a lot of room that seem out of place to my eye.

Pike's quarters, for example, had tons of open space, a nice fireplace, a large bar and was probably bigger than any apartment than I've lived in. Kirk's quarters on TOS were way smaller and Archer's on Enterprise were positively cramped. While I loved the show the sheer size of the interior compared to what I am used to really caused my geek brain to freeze up.
 
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