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Thursday, August 10, 2023

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2.10: Young Scotty and Five Other Great Things about This Season 2 Finale

A superb season 2 finale to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, concluding a superb season, putting Strange New Worlds securely up there with the best Star Treks ever, i.e, TOS and TNG.

Here are some of my favorite parts of this season 2 conclusion, in order of their appearance:

[Spoilers ahead ...]

1. Good for Chapel praising the virtues of inoculations, a lesson a lot of people on Earth right now would be well advised to understand.

2. Erica had her best show, piloting the shuttle so well and dramatically that she took Pike and La'an's breath away.

3. Wonderful to see a young Montgomery Scott in delightful and effective action.  Like Pike, Spock, Chapel, Uhura, James T. Kirk, and all the characters we've come to know and love from TOS, it was great to meet young Scott.  And a nice touch that Pelia was his professor.

4. Spock and Chapel holding hands in their space suits, after Spock saved Chapel, and Chapel saved Spock, was perfect.

5. Pike and Batel were excellent, too.  Which brings us to the cliffhanger ending.

6.  Of course Pike is going to ignore Star Fleet's command to disengage.  I expect/hope that Chapel will figure out how to get those Gorn eggs out of Batel's arm.

My only regret -- I can't see the first episode of the third season right now.

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