In the final episode of Season One of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS on Paramount Plus, Captain Pike gets a chance to warn two ensigns about a future accident that paralyzes Pike and kills them. Pike plans to write a warning letter, when an older version of himself appears. Pike’s future self tells Pike that, if he changes the future, it will have terrible consequences. Pike is skeptical. So, his future self urges Pike to touch a Klingon time crystal and see for himself. Pike is thrust forward to a situation from the original series starring William Shatner, where a powerful Romulan ship destroys an outpost near the Neutral Zone.
The final episode of Season One of STRANGE NEW WORLDS gives viewers a chance to explore different outcomes to a beloved original series episode. Like the earlier episode, this new one has exciting moments and emotional scenes. The new episode, titled “A Quality of Mercy,” has a strong moral worldview promoting sacrifice and saving lives. Episode 110 of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS has seven obscenities and bloody casualties. So, caution is advised.
(BB, C, L, VV, M):
Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview with some redemptive elements promoting sacrifice and trying to save lives, including two characters who say, “Thank God,” in two separate scenes
Seven obscenities and no profanities
Strong violence with images of some bloody wounds includes space battles between two spaceships and several spaceships, with people injured and killed and a galactic war being started
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
Bad guys lie and are violently aggressive and bloodthirsty.
In the final, tenth episode of Season One of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS on Paramount Plus, Captain Pike is shown a horrible glimpse of the future if he warns two people about a future incident where Pike will be seriously injured, and the people will die. In the final episode, Season One of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS ends on an intense, exciting note, with deadly serious consequences for the past and future crew of the Starship Enterprise.
In the first act, Captain Pike gets a chance to warn the two future Starfleet ensigns whom he saw die when he suffers his future accident that totally paralyzes him seven years in the future. This incident is discussed in “The Cage,” a two-part episode from the original series with William Shatner. Pike is just about to write a letter to one of the future ensigns, when an older version of himself appears to stop him. Future Captain Pike carries a Klingon time crystal, the kind of device that originally gave Pike the ability to foresee his accident.
Pike’s future self tells Pike that, if he tries to warn the two future ensigns and change his and their destiny, it will have terrible consequences for the future of the galaxy and the Federation. Pike is skeptical, of course, so his future self tells Pike to touch the time crystal and see for himself.
In his vision of the potential future, Pike is thrust forward to a classic, brilliantly written future episode of the original series, titled “Balance of Terror.” In the original episode, Captain Kirk must decide how to react when a cloaked Romulan ship makes a violent probe into Federation territory across the Neutral Zone. Pike’s responses are different from Kirk’s and end up starting an all-out war between the Federation and the Romulans. They also put Spock’s life in deadly danger.
The final episode of Season One of STRANGE NEW WORLDS gives viewers, including Star Trek fans, a chance to explore different outcomes to a beloved original series episode. Like the earlier episode, this new one has many exciting moments and several emotional scenes. The new episode, titled “A Quality of Mercy,” has a strong moral worldview promoting sacrifice and saving lives. It also suggests the biblical text in Ecclesiastes that says there’s a time for war and a time for peace. Episode 110 of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS has seven obscenities and bloody casualties. So, caution is advised.
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