Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - S2 E10 - "Hegemony"

By:  Dig  •  11 months ago  •  5 comments

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - S2 E10 - "Hegemony"

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August 10, 2023

'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' Season 2 Finale Recap: A Heartpounding Cliffhanger

The Gorn return in the 'Strange New Worlds' Season 2 finale, leaving Captain Pike to make a deadly decision.


By Samantha Coley

In another abrupt tonal shift, the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 finale sees the crew of the USS Enterprise caught between a moon and a Gorn place. When the Gorn return with a violent and extremely deadly attack on a new colony at the edge of Federation space, Starfleet orders Captain Pike (Anson Mount) not to get involved, but with innocent people on the ground, Pike must get creative with his unsanctioned rescue mission.

Written by series co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers and directed by Maja Vrvilo, "Hegemony" is reminiscent of The Next Generation's iconic Season 3 cliffhanger "The Best of Both Worlds," as it leaves key characters in deadly situations that won't be resolved until the next season returns. However, with the Enterprise facing a decidedly different enemy, "Hegemony" stumbles into some disappointing misogynist plot points that leave the series on a sour note. That isn't to say that the episode is bad — for the most part "Hegemony" is a heart-pounding suspense thriller in the vein of Alien or Jurassic Park. The episode even introduces a Star Trek: The Original Series fan-favorite and finally lands some excellent Spock/Chapel moments.

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1  author  Dig    11 months ago

Now that felt like Star Trek. Great episode!

Not very happy about a cliffhanger with almost a year's wait ahead. I know it used to be a regular thing, but back then we only had to wait 3 months.

Young Scotty was a really fun surprise, but I found the "leftenant" thing annoying. Did he ever say it the British way before?

The Gorn are certainly a cool antagonist species, but it kind of sucks that all of this interaction with Starfleet in this time period is breaking canon. I wasn't sure how they were going to make the encounter last year fit into canon. Now it's starting to look like they don't even care.

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2  sandy-2021492    11 months ago

I hate cliffhangers, but I loved the episode.

I like the new Scotty.  I don't remember him ever saying "leftenant" in TOS, but I'm ok with it now.  It's not like James Doohan's Scottish accent sounded especially authentic.

I was a bit pissed with Batel when she arrested Una, but she sure has been redeeming herself ever since.

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2.1  author  Dig  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2    11 months ago

I hope they save Batel. They have her in stasis, so maybe.

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3  Perrie Halpern R.A.    10 months ago

So I loved the ep and I even loved the cliffhanger, but my problem is with the Gorn (and all sci-fi that have creatures like this).

I don't see how they could evolve into anything intelligent. They seem like eating machines. Kind of like Alien (until we understand better what their true purpose is). Corny as the original Gorn was, at least it had an opposable thumb and could walk erect. 

IDK... maybe I'm missing something.

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3.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3    10 months ago
They seem like eating machines.

But predators are usually pretty intelligent.  They often have to be.


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