How Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Tweaks Classic Episodes With Hilariously

How Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Tweaks Classic Episodes With Hilariously ...

This article contains spoilers for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Episode 8

Will space aliens be judging us by our finest narrative arts? It''s conceivable that extraterrestrials exist, and they''ll probably know us by our most random works of fiction. However, if you incorporate telepathy and bedtime stories into the mix, the stories that represent humanity the most will be the ones we least expect.

Here''s how this Strange New Worlds episode takes inspiration from two classic and funny episodes from The Original Series with a brand new twist. Spoilers are in the works.

Dr. MBenga (Babs Olusanmokun) discovers his shipmates completely transformed. Suddenly, the Enterprise crew has swapped their Starfleet outfits for Renaissance Faire outfits. Ortegas is a swordmaster. Laan is a wizard. So, very early on, MBenga is well aware of the fact that all of the crew have been assigned into roles directly from a bedtime story to his daughter Rukiya.

Over the years, this notion that aliens might not be able to reimagine fiction IRL based solely on telepathy has been discovered in the Star Trek canon. Of course, the notion of something youe contemplating imagining in physical form to mess with you exist throughout all of science fiction, even Ghostbusters. Thankfully, three classic episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series had perfected this notion, at least when it comes to aliens.

Shore Leave

In two episodes of The Original Series, we saw what happens when aliens make major decisions based on human books. In Shore Leave, telepathic scanners create bespoke robots directing from the crew imaginations, which is why in the opening moments of this episode, Bones sees Alice and the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. Its an iconic moment, but this episode also saw one of the actors Yeoman Barrows dressed up as a princess when a fairytale dress suddenly appeared out of

The most important difference between Shore Leave and The Elysian Kingdom is perhaps a tale of two princess dresses. In Shore Leave, Barrows chooses to change out of her Starfleet uniform and wear the princess dress and hat. But, in The Elysian Kingdom, Laan, simply becomes Princess Thalia. Ditto for Uhuras Queen Neve, and the rest of the crew getting possessed by an alien consciousness, then acting out characters in costume from the book MBenga reads to Ru

There is certainly nothing new in Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The idea of a spaceborne consciousness that sends telepathic signals. Hemmer equates this notion to the notion of a Boltzmann brain, a philosophical notion of consciousness that is coming from nothingness. But the alien mind living in the Jonisian Nebula in The Elysian Kingdom isn''t VGer. That is, however, this episode is so incredible.

A Piece of the Action

aliens who live on Sigma Iotia II are primarily based on the teachings of one specific book; a history book called Chicago Mobs of the Twenties. While the Iotians generally look human and lack any telepathic abilities, or the ability to instantly create costumes from nothing, Spock insists. This is not only hilarious, but also enables us to express bizarre annoyances.

In an episode like this, A Piece of the Action shows what Star Trek can do with hyperbole. It''s a similar approach. The alien does not only make a few choices based on one book. It makes every choice based on this book (with a little help from Rukiyas imagination).

The lonely space brain

Though The Original Series was primarily about boldly going and finding new aliens, many planets were populated by figures and situations from Earths past; a new Roman Empire in Bread and Circuses, Abraham Lincoln in The Savage Curtain, and, of course, everything about Trelane in The Squire of Gothos.

Trelane is perhaps the most common form in The Elysian Kingdom, albeit with a different ending. At the end of The Squire of Gothos, we also learn that Trelane does not actually have a physical form, and is rather a child-like alien space brain looking for playmates.

The Elysian Kingdom''s ending transforms the Squire of Gothos'' ending. Instead of leaving Trelane to be scolded by his space brain parents, Strange New Worlds develops a deep sense of humor. However, each episode, like Shore Leave A Piece of the Action, would suddenly depict one crew member living behind, enjoying robot rabbits, space mobsters, and lonely trickster gods. So, although Strange New Worlds does so with a bit of empathy.