“Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds” is sensible, philosophical, and intensely enjoyable, and it is also been foundationally progressive from day one. Like Gene Roddenberry’s unique sequence, the present’s mission — identical to the Enterprise crew’s — entails curiosity, collaboration, and as Captain Pike (Anson Mount) says, radical empathy. Throughout its first few episodes, plots have touched on subjects like medical racism and different institutionalized biases, and it persistently champions the ability of science. The present has thus far dealt with every matter with sensitivity, nevertheless it additionally treats doing probably the most empathetic factor as the obvious and heroic alternative in any given scenario.
The “Star Trek” TV universe as an entire is leagues forward of different main franchises when it comes to significant queer illustration. “Star Trek: Discovery” has featured a homosexual couple, and that present additionally made franchise historical past by casting Blu del Barrio and Ian Alexander as non-binary and trans characters. “Star Trek: Picard” and “Star Trek: Decrease Decks” additionally each characteristic LGBTQ+ characters, and Nurse Chapel (Jess Bush) casually talked about relationship each women and men in final week’s episode of “Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds.” Whereas that may sound like plenty of illustration, it simply signifies that modern-day “Trek” is working more durable than most exhibits to characterize the demographics of the true world its viewers stay in.
“Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds” airs Thursdays on Paramount+.