Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

S1:E1 Strange New Worlds
Handlung

Im 23. Jahrhundert ruft Sternenflottenadmiral Robert April Captain Christopher Pike vom Raumschiff USS Enterprise vom Landgang zurück, nachdem Pikes Erster Offizier, Una Chin-Riley (als „Nummer Eins“ bezeichnet), während einer Erstkontakt-Mission vermisst wird. Pike zögert, in den Weltraum zurückzukehren, und vertraut dem vulkanischen Wissenschaftsoffizier Spock – der sich gerade mit T’Pring verlobt hat – an, dass er während ihrer Mission mit der USS Discovery eine Vision seines eigenen Todes gesehen hat. Sie reisen zum Planet Kiley 279, der sich in einem ähnlichen Zustand wie die Erde des 21. Jahrhunderts befindet und am Rande eines Bürgerkriegs steht. Sie haben eine Waffe aus Raumschiff-Warpantrieben nachgebaut, nachdem sie die Discovery-Mission im nahen Weltraum miterlebt hatten. Pike und seine Crew retten Nummer Eins aus der Gefangenschaft und brechen den Allgemeinen Befehl 1 der Sternenflotte, indem sie sich in die Gesellschaft einmischen, um sie davon zu überzeugen, die Waffe nicht einzusetzen. Sie vermeiden Rückwirkungen aufgrund des streng geheimen Charakters der Discovery-Mission, aber die Sternenflotte verdoppelt die Regel, indem sie sie in Oberste Direktive umbenennt. Pike bekennt sich erneut zu seiner Rolle und führt die Enterprise auf eine neue fünfjährige Erkundungsmission.

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S1:E2 Children of the Comet
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Cadet Nyota Uhura is invited to a meal with other crewmembers in Pike’s quarters, where she reveals that she is unsure about her future in Starfleet because she only joined as a way to escape from the pain of her parents’ deaths. The Enterprise crew attempt to alter the course of a comet that is set to kill all of the inhabitants of a desolate planet, but it has a force field that prevents this. Uhura joins a team that transports to the comet’s surface and discovers that it responds to music. A starship of “shepherds” who are escorting the comet position themselves between it and the Enterprise; they believe it is a being called M’hanit who is an ancient arbiter of life. Enterprise distracts them to allow Spock to alter the comet’s course, and as it passes by the planet it releases water vapor into the atmosphere that will improve the conditions for life. Uhura decodes music from the comet which indicates that it had expected this interference, and Pike ponders the origins of the comet and whether this was more than coincidence. He also considers the lives of the cadets that he is destined to save by sacrificing himself.

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S1:E3 Ghosts of Illyria
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The Enterprise investigates the disappearance of a colony of Illyrians, who are banned by the Federation due to their genetic engineering. As an ion storm approaches, members of the away team beam back to the ship after contracting a virus that causes them to be addicted to light. Number One reveals that she is an Illyrian to explain why she is immune, and a cure is synthesized from her blood. Trapped in the storm, Pike and Spock determine that the colonists were attempting to reverse their genetic modifications so they could join the Federation when they may have created the virus and transformed into plasma-like beings. The pair are protected from the storm by those beings and return to the Enterprise once everyone is cured. Number One attempts to resign but Pike refuses. She wonders whether he would have shown more prejudice if she had not helped save the crew. Number One learns that the virus got through the ship’s automatic filter because chief medical officer Dr. Joseph M’Benga is using an outdated transporter to hold his daughter, Rukiya, in stasis until he can cure her rare disease.

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S1:E4 Memento Mori
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The Enterprise attempts to deliver a nuclear-powered air filter to a Federation colony but finds many of the colonists dead. Security chief La’an Noonien-Singh helps evacuate the survivors and recognizes the situation as a Gorn trap; she is the only survivor of a Gorn attack in her childhood. A Gorn ship attacks and does significant damage to Enterprise. M’Benga and nurse Christine Chapel resort to 21st-century medicine to treat the wounded when their equipment goes offline. The crew lure the Gorn ship into the atmosphere of a brown dwarf near a black hole, where both ships’ sensors and shields are useless. Spock figures out a way to track the Gorn ship and they destroy it, but three more Gorn ships arrive. One is crushed by the pressure of the brown dwarf’s atmosphere. Spock mind melds with Noonien-Singh to learn about the Gorn’s communication system, and they use this to trick one ship to fire on the other. Enterprise then warps around the black hole, temporarily disappearing, and ejects the destabilizing air filter which explodes and convinces the remaining Gorn ship that Enterprise is destroyed.

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S1:E5 Spock Amok
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The crew go on shore leave while the Enterprise undergoes repairs at Starbase 1. Number One and Noonien-Singh apprehend two ensigns conducting an unauthorized spacewalk as part of a game played by lower-ranked crew members called “Enterprise Bingo”. Learning they have reputations as “fun-killers”, the pair successfully try the game themselves. The half-human Spock has grown concerned that T’Pring thinks he is becoming too human. He plans to spend his shore leave reconnecting with her, but April interrupts to ask Pike and Spock for help negotiating with the R’ongovians who are considering allying with the Federation, Klingons, or Romulans. After discussing his relationship with Chapel, Spock undertakes a special mind meld ceremony with T’Pring so they can understand each other better. This accidentally causes them to switch katras, effectively swapping bodies. Spock attempts to carry out T’Pring’s work convincing lapsed Vulcans to return to logic while T’Pring helps Pike succeed with the negotiations. M’Benga and Chapel later switch Spock and T’Pring’s katras back to their proper bodies.

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S1:E6 Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach
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While en route to the planet Majalis, the Enterprise receives a distress call from a shuttlecraft under attack from a warship. Enterprise destroys the warship and the shuttlecraft personnel are beamed aboard: a boy designated the “First Servant”; his father and physician Gamal; and Alora, a leader on Majalis who is an old flame of Pike’s. Pike agrees to return them to Majalis. Gamal attempts to fake his son’s death to keep him from returning to the planet, but is thwarted and the boy goes to Majalis with Pike and Alora for his “ascension ceremony”. Pike is allowed to witness the ceremony, where the corpse of the previous First Servant is removed from a machine and the new First Servant is connected in his place. Pike is horrified by this but unable to stop it, and Alora explains that Majalis can only remain a paradise-like society if a child is sacrificed to the machine. The colony objects to this practice and Gamal had joined them in an attempt to save his son. Gamal helps M’Benga work on a treatment for Rukiya’s condition and then leaves Enterprise to join the colony, hoping to save future First Servants.

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S1:E7 The Serene Squall
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Starfleet Counselor Aspen travels with the Enterprise to a far-flung colony under attack from space pirates in the rogue ship Serene Squall. Pike and a boarding party beam over to the ship, only for its crew to board Enterprise at the same time. Pike uses his culinary skills and some manipulative tactics to encourage a mutiny on the Serene Squall, allowing him and his boarding party to gain control of the ship. Meanwhile, Aspen reveals themself to actually be Angel, the Serene Squall’s captain. They contact T’Pring and give her an ultimatum: release Angel’s lover, a Vulcan prisoner that T’Pring is attempting to rehabilitate, or Spock dies. T’Pring chooses to hand the prisoner over, but Spock pretends to break their engagement by claiming to have an affair with Chapel. Angel tries to fire on T’Pring’s ship, but the Serene Squall boarding party use remote access codes to lock Enterprise’s controls. Angel flees and the pirates surrender. Spock reassures T’Pring of his love for her and tells Chapel that their friendship is strictly platonic. He also reveals to Chapel that Angel’s lover is his half-brother Sybok.

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S1:E8 The Elysian Kingdom
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The Enterprise is surveying a nebula when its warp drive fails, causing the crew to black out. M’Benga awakens to find the Enterprise’s interior dressed as the high fantasy setting of Rukiya’s favorite book, with the crew unknowingly portraying its characters. Chief engineer Hemmer is the only other crew member aware of the situation, thanks to his telepathic abilities, and they discover that the nebula has its own consciousness comparable to a Boltzmann brain. They find Rukiya and learn that the nebula had detected her loneliness and created the fantasy to entertain her. It also cured her disease, but this will not last if they leave the nebula. The nebula offers to preserve Rukiya by converting her into an energy being within the nebula, which M’Benga reluctantly agrees to. He then sees a vision of Rukiya as a grown woman having experienced a life of adventures with the nebula, whom she calls Debra. Debra releases the Enterprise, restoring its warp drive and interior design with no one other than M’Benga being able to remember the fantasy. He tells Number One about Rukiya’s fate.

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S1:E9 All Those Who Wander
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The Enterprise is en route to Deep Space K-7 when it receives another priority assignment to investigate the missing USS Peregrine. While Enterprise continues to K-7, Pike leads an away team to an ice planet where they find the grounded Peregrine. Hemmer and Uhura restore the ship’s systems while Pike learns that it was carrying three refugees. One was infected with Gorn eggs which hatched, with the hatchlings bursting from his body and attacking the crew. Pike’s team finds the other two refugees to be the only survivors. One of them, Buckley, is also infected with Gorn eggs, and the hatchlings burst out. They attack the team, but they also fight each other until only the strongest hatchling is left. The team form a successful plan to kill the hatchling using cold temperatures from the ship’s environment controls, but not before Hemmer is infected. He encourages Uhura to remain in Starfleet before throwing himself from the ship so he will die in the cold along with the Gorn inside him. After the crew mourn Hemmer, Noonien-Singh takes a leave of absence to help the last refugee find her family.

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S1:E10 A Quality of Mercy
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When the Enterprise and the USS Cayuga provide supplies to an outpost by the Romulan Neutral Zone, Pike accidentally meets one of the cadets that he will sacrifice himself for in the future and decides to send warnings to them to prevent the accident from happening. He is visited by an older version of himself from a future where the accident does not happen, who shows Pike the consequences of this decision: seven years in the future, the Enterprise sees a Romulan Bird of Prey starship destroy the outpost. They track it with support from the USS Farragut and Captain James T. Kirk, who suggests an aggressive approach, but Pike insists on negotiating. The Romulan commander agrees to a ceasefire, but his sub-commander summons an armada of Romulan warships that damage the Enterprise, severely injuring Spock, and declare war on the Federation. In his own time, Pike accepts that his fate is necessary to save Spock and prevent war. His peace is interrupted by Captain Batel of the Cayuga, who boards the Enterprise and arrests Number One for being a genetically altered Illyrian.

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