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Two generations after its debut in 1966, “Star Trek” These busy times of TV streaming have become vast and vast murals.

Some are dark and deserve a binge “Star Trek: Picard” A study of the deep personality that an aging and beloved captain confronts the devil and saves his life, as he knows twice in two seasons.I have “Star Trek: Prodigy” A rich 3D animated story for kids, full of mysteries.Some are more traditionally animated “Star Trek: Lower Deck” A strange variation of the theme that unfolds on a spaceship that is also running and overflows at the moment of fan service.

And a smack sits in the center of the mural “Star Trek Discovery” A federal spacecraft and its crew save the entire millennium to save the galaxy three times (“The Dark Matter Anomaly!”), Not twice (“The Burn!”), Not once (illegal AI!). A spectacular journey to travel Four seasons and counts.

A complex story arc. Deep serialization. Sequential display requirements and a span of serious attention. It’s a lot of commitment, even for cheeky people. So what do fans of the original series of planets and their temporary aesthetics do?

Of course, the answer is “Star Trek: A Strange New World” It records the voyage of USS Enterprise before Kirk became captain. The show, led by Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), is essentially a work drama in deep space. An intergalactic drama is like seeing a really interesting office and experiencing different things that everyone is doing.

The “Strange New World,” whose first season finale will be “broadcast” on Thursday in Paramount +, USA, is a true compassionate affair for “trekking” fans who love old-fashioned self-contained episodes and want the opportunity. was. Experience Whitman’s sci-fi sampler every week.

So far, the show’s peregrine (a one-time plot, even if the character’s development spans the entire episode) has varied and wanders in the most satisfying way.

Season 1 features comedy, horror, submarine thrillers, infectious disease dramas, and a complete medieval fantasy journey, among other genres of travel. Each is full of complex moral questions and parables that made humanism, optimism, and “Star Trek” highly relevant in the other period of relentless turmoil, the 1960s.

Viewers aren’t just longtime fans, they’re eating it up.The show is ridiculously expensive 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes And it seems to appeal to both traditionalists and new acolytes. But why did this “trekking” universe iteration hit so correctly at this very moment? As Spock might say, there are many possibilities.

First, consider baseball cards and stamps. Both are feeds for collectors for a century and a half. People love them for many reasons, but they share important characteristics. When collected, each is a collection of attractively shaped variants. And while its shape is familiar and generally consistent, anything happens inside that boundary.

Moreover, not all specimens need to crush the Earth (or crush galaxies).Rare every 1909 Honus Wagner Card Or 1918 “Inverted Jenny” stamp, There are countless other people who are just a tiny glimpse of every day — the traveler’s infielder, on which flowers are forever engraved. They do not change the world on their own, but each is the best example of a variety and together-when collected-forms a larger tapestry.

But when it comes to the “strange new world,” its appeal is even deeper. Oddly, it’s also about normality.

Gene Roddenberry, the author of Star Trek, was originally “Wagon train to the stars” Push to the (final) frontier. But in summary, the original series, and the 21st century-level “strange new world,” is meditation at work.

The coronavirus pandemic has taught us a lot about both being and not at work, and the desire for a normal existence rhythm. Many people are hungry for everyday problems again, overcoming the ambiguity of the barrier between work and home. “Strange New Worlds” is a repetition of all its trekking poems.

Enterprise is a “strange new world”, Grey’s Anatomy is a “Grey’s Anatomy”, and Dander Mifflin is an “office”. It is a canvas. And behind all the great parables that the best of “Trek” offers, there’s something more mediocre. It’s about evoking our own workplace, making friends with other departments, and meeting cool new colleagues (talk to you, Erica Ortegas) And sometimes it deals with the masses, who can look like aliens at all.

Members of the “Strange New World” enterprise crew are living their lives. They do their jobs even when their jobs are really bad-like when they lose their jobs or are under attack. Like us, they feel different from episode to episode and from scene to scene. They are ridiculous one moment, vivid and efficient the next, emotional the next, and perhaps again ridiculous. It all feels more like a real life rhythm than a deep infiltration into one of these relentless story arcs.

And while nothing is reset at the end of each week (characters evolve, pain endures, progresses), starting each episode with a new story seems strangely optimistic. I feel it. Why isn’t the chance to make a fresh start to the story every week as humanity overcomes huge problems such as climate change, guns, racism, racism and war?

Save lives as we know? Of course, when needed. That’s all part of science fiction. But do you treat life as we know it? This is also a sweet and timely spot. Riding on this version of USS Enterprise, each works equally well. And in these turbulent times, “Star Trek: a strange new world” flourishes at both intersections.


Ted Anthony, director of the Associated Press’s new storytelling and newsroom innovation, has been writing about American culture (and how “Star Trek” fits into it) since 1990. Follow him on Twitter. http: // (asterisk).

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