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Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds Overview: A Lighter Contact and a Throwback Vibe Make the Trek Franchise Enjoyable Once more

Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds Overview: A Lighter Contact and a Throwback Vibe Make the Trek Franchise Enjoyable Once more
Both Discovery and the Next Generation sequel series Star Trek: Picard started out strong before running into narrative quicksand in later seasons. (Discovery has become relentlessly grandiose, with endless speeches about the glories of space travel, and Picard has gotten head-spinningly complicated.) It’s a relief, then, that the latest Trek offering, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds — premiering this Thursday on the streamer; I’ve seen the first five episodes — gets back to basics, closely hewing to classic Trek with an old-school vibe and an episodic alien-of-the-week format. (It even brings back the traditional uniforms and opening narration from the original series.) It’s a throwback, to be sure… and a welcome one.

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