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STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS: Episode 1.4: “Memento Mori”

What You Need To Know:

“Memento Mori,” the fourth episode of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS, begins with the Enterprise delivering a powerful air filter to a Federation colony. When Enterprise arrives, the crew finds the colonists have been attacked. Security Officer La’an Noonien-Singh rescues survivors but recognizes they’re victims of an attack by the Gorn, a ruthless alien race. La’an warns Captain Pike, but Gorn spaceships suddenly appear and damage the Enterprise. Pike orders a retreat into a gas cloud surrounding a nearby dying star tethered to a black hole. Can he lure the Gorn ships into the cloud, where Enterprise can be on more of an equal footing?

The fourth episode of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS has wonderful suspense and action. There’s no foul language, no lewd content and no uncomfortable scenes of political correctness. The episode has a strong redemptive worldview with biblical allusions and positive references to miracles. At one point, Captain Pike says, “The best miracles are born from truth.” The fourth episode of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS has intense violence and peril. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older pre-adolescents.

Content:

(CC, BB, PP, L, VV, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong redemptive, moral, heroic worldview with brief talk about purpose giving meaning, brief dialogue extols life, sacrifice and duty arev extolled, a rescued character says, “Thank God,” and with biblical allusions and references to hope and miracles, including one where the lead hero says, “Get a crew to believe in miracles, and they just might give you one,” and one where he says, “The best miracles are born from truth,” plus program has a subplot where people in uniform honor other people in uniform and civilians who sacrificed their lives in service to the community, which values peace, life, courage, sacrifice, and duty

Foul Language:
One “h” word and no profanities

Violence:
Strong, sometimes intense action violence includes intense spaceship battles between the good guys and a race of mysterious and ruthless aliens who are said to eat their prey (including humans), an attack has left streaks of blood in a town square, a ship’s officer has a few bloody stomach wounds, nurse sews up a wound, image of a dead body, a weapon blasts a deep space tunnel connecting two spaceships, a barking dog suddenly appears against a window and startles several people, a ship implodes, one crewman sacrifices himself for another crewman, and people are wounded and treated in a futuristic medical facility

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Villains set a trap for the good guys for evil purposes, and a character says he doesn’t like working in teams, but that is rebuked and eventually refuted.

More Detail:

“Memento Mori,” the fourth episode of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS is an intense, action-filled story where Captain Pike and the crew of the Enterprise have their first encounter with the Gorn, a mysterious, ruthless race of aliens with superior technology. Streaming on Paramount+, the fourth episode of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS is one of the best, most family-friendly STAR TREK TV episodes, with great suspense and fantastic action, and a redemptive worldview with biblical allusions and positive references to miracles.

The fourth episode begins with the Enterprise trying to deliver a powerful air filter to a Federation colony. If the colonists don’t get the air filter, they won’t be able to breathe.

However, when Enterprise arrives, the crew finds that many of the colonists have been killed. Security Officer La’an Noonien-Singh, a distant descendent of the infamous Khan, helps rescue the survivors, but she recognizes they are the victim of an attack by the Gorn, a mysterious, ruthless race of aliens. As a child, La’an was the only survivor of a Gorn attack.

La’an warns Captain Pike, but some Gorn spaceships suddenly appear and seriously damage the Enterprise. To make matters worse, a large Gorn mothership arrives. Also, because of the Gorn attack, the ship’s advanced medical facilities have gone offline, so Dr. M’benga and Nurse Chapel must resort to 21st Century medicine to treat the wounded, including the First Officer. Clearly, the Enterprise is no match for the Gorn.

So, Pike orders a retreat into a dense gas cloud surrounding a nearby dying star tethered to a black hole. Can he lure the Gorn ships into the gas cloud, where both sensors and shields are useless and where Enterprise can be on more of an equal footing?

The fourth episode of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS is one of the best, most family-friendly STAR TREK TV episodes. It has great suspense and fantastic action. There’s no foul language, no lewd content, no attacks on religion, and no uncomfortable scenes of politically correct, “woke” social commentary. In fact, the episode has a strong redemptive worldview with biblical allusions and positive references to miracles. For example, at one point, Captain Pike says, “The best miracles are born from truth.” Pike’s statement is a wonderful, wise insight of metaphysics that has Christian applications. For example, in Christianity, the miracles of Jesus Christ, especially the miracle of Christ’s physical resurrection, take place in history, a specific time and place that can be easily accessed by any person with a modicum of mental ability. Thus, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a true historical event attested to by a cloud of witnesses, not only attested to by those who were on the scene at the time but also attested to down through the halls of history where the positive effects of Jesus Christ on human society in the last 2,000 years can be epistemologically determined, weighed and measured.

The fourth episode of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS has some intense action and peril, of course. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older pre-adolescents.

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