Two nice Star Trek reveals revive the misplaced artwork of the gimmicky crossover episode

Tawny Newsome (left) and Jack Quaid reprising their roles as Beckett Mariner and Brad Boimler... but in real life this time.

Enlarge / Tawny Newsome (left) and Jack Quaid reprising their roles as Beckett Mariner and Brad Boimler… however in actual life this time. (credit score: Paramount)

The second season of Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds, very similar to the primary one, has been enjoyable no less than partly as a result of the present itself just isn’t all that new or unusual.

The characters and visuals and particular plot constructs are new, however at its coronary heart the present is a painstaking reconstruction of The Subsequent Era method from Star Trek‘s 90s-era inventive and business peak: ensemble solid, primarily episodic storytelling with evenly serialized character improvement and recurring arcs, and a willingness to combine high-concept sci-fi with simply the correct amount of silliness. It is also excellent at taking previous Star Trek tropes—the transporter accident, the disease-on-the-ship, the talky courtroom thriller in regards to the nature of humanity—and making them really feel recent once more.

Episode 7, which went up early this weekend to coincide with a Comedian-Con screening, exhumes and expertly executes yet one more shopworn trope, one thing we have not seen on Star Trek for the reason that days when Quark would possibly present up on the viewscreen of the Enterprise-D: the crossover episode. And regardless of the broad hole between Unusual New Worlds and the animated Decrease Decks, the mixing of the 2 reveals’ disparate types comes collectively higher than any gimmicky try at cross-promotion has any proper to.

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