Sun, 10 October 2021
“Strange New World” 20th-anniversary reflections
Although the crew of the Enterprise NX-01 visited Rigel X and Qo’noS in the pilot episode, “Broken Bow,” the first stopover on a Minshara-class planet during their mission of exploration takes an unexpected turn. What at first appears to be an idyllic Earth-like world becomes the setting for a test of trust between humans and Vulcans as a dark and stormy night forces the landing party to take refuge in caves and Trip suspects T’Pol of collaborating with the natives.
In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we explore how “Strange New World” establishes the story of humanity in space that leads us to the Federation. We also discuss the sense of wonder in exploration, early technology, and Hoshi’s key role in saving the day.