Classic Star Trek episodes to watch before Strange New Worlds


But the bigger question is whether or not – at some point in a later season of the show – Strange new worlds will actually depict the accident. Plus, will fans also have the privilege of witnessing the realization that his life isn’t over, perhaps leading up to “The Menagerie”?

“The Menagerie” also deals with several ways that Pike fits into the larger Star Trek continuity and his relationships with some of the franchise’s most famous characters. After all, in “The Menagerie,” we see Spock violate Starfleet protocol, disobey a senior officer, and risk a court-martial for mutiny to give Pike a better, if illusory, life on Talos IV. Strange new worlds should show us why Spock has such deep loyalty to Pike that he would risk not only his career in Starfleet, but the only permanent death sentence on the books of the Federation to help him.

Although Paul Wesley’s James T. Kirk doesn’t show up until season two, it remains unclear what his relationship to Captain Pike is, as he certainly knew him before the events of “The Menagerie.” It’s Pike’s business, not Kirk’s, but Kirk needed to learn command from an experienced captain at some point in his career. Who’s to say Kirk won’t teleport in for a few lessons in commanding a starship?

And of course, there’s the infamous Commodore Jose’ Mendez who we met during Spock’s court-martial in “The Menagerie,” a character who would certainly be ripe for exploration in this series if he so chose.


Spock’s fiancée, T’Pring has already been shown in a recent teaser so do your homework and revisit the classic TOS episode “Amok Time”. This fan-favorite episode marks the to finish of their engagement, so it will be an exciting and interesting story to see how this begin on Strange new worlds. Of course, there was always this hint of a relationship between Spock and Christine Chapel in TOS episodes, and it looks like this show will explore the foundations of that relationship based on a recent teaser. It’s sure to cause tension between T’Pring and Chapel in a love triangle that adds depth to Spock and Chapel and has us rewatching “Amok Time.” with a renewed sense of appreciation.


Every classic villain needs a beginning. None were better than the Klingon commanders Kang, Kor, and Koloth. These classic Klingon foes were great antagonists in TOS episodes “The Day of the Dove,” “Errand of Mercy,” and “The Trouble with Tribbles” (more on that in a minute).


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