Where to stream it? Paramount+
Directed by: Eduardo Sanchez
Written by: Kirsten Beyer & Davy Perez
Starring: Anson Mount, Rebecca Romjin, Ethan Peck, Jess Bush, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Melissa Navia, Babs Olusanmokun, Carol Kane, Paul Wesley
As Episode 4 begins, the Enterprise crew returns to Rigel VII in this tense, action-packed episode. Along the way, they’ll encounter a militant force, memory wipes, and a threat against the ship that almost ends the whole mission. While not a perfect episode, it’s still a really good journey.
The premise seems simple, following their previous excursion, the crew finds their way back when it’s discovered that some Starfleet technology was left behind and civilization has advanced much further than it should have in just a few quick years. When everyone begins losing their most important memories, Captain Pike must lead a ground team to recover the lost tech and solve the mystery.
Unlike the last couple episodes, which have focused on a sole couple members, this episode really gave almost every member of the crew something to do as they began their mission. It’s an episode that really begins with a bang and doesn’t let up until the end of its 57 minute runtime.
Like every episode this season, production design is so stellar, both the practical and visual effects created both on the Enterprise and on-world are great as audiences really get a scope for the world. The sets built don’t even feel like sets the way they’re built and shot on is an immersive experience that has really delivered.
And it’s a very sharply written episode as well. Writers Kirsten Beyer and Davy Perez really kept up the pace with all the moving parts and handled the memory losses in a believable manner as well. There’s a lot happening and it could have fallen off the rails very easily, but they manage to keep it all well contained.
But it’s still not perfect. There’s a substory with Pike’s love interest that just feels like added filler, although it does wrap up very well by the end of the episode. Also, a lot of the action seems to fall flat. Given the tightly choreographed action shots of last week’s episode, I couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed by how they handled the combat this week.
I’ll also say, although I was underwhelmed, this is definitely not an action-heavy episode and those scenes are few and far between so it’s not a complete dealbreaker.
Overall, Strange New Worlds continues to chug along and deliver some fantastic Star Trek storytelling using Pike and the rest of the crew. It’s another win in Paramout+’s impressive year and I am so excited to see what’s coming in the coming weeks.