Preview ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Episode 103 With New Photos And Clip From “Ghosts Of Illyria”

The third episode of the new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds arrives this week and we have details, new photos, a trailer, and a clip to get you started.

“Ghosts of Illyria”

Strange New Worlds episode three is titled “Ghosts of Illyria.” The episode was written by Akela Cooper and Bill Wolkoff. It was directed by Leslie Hope. The episode debuts on Paramount+ on Thursday, May 19.

Synopsis:

The U.S.S. Enterprise encounters a contagion that ravages the ship. One by one, the entire crew is incapacitated except for Number One, Una Chin-Riley, who must now confront a secret she’s been hiding as she races to find a cure.

New photos:

Jess Bush as Nurse Chapel of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Pictured: Babs Olusanmokun as M’Benga and Rebecca Romijn as Una of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Pictured: Rebecca Romijn as Una of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Daniel Gravelle as Ensign Lance of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Pictured: Anson Mount as Pike and Rebecca Romijn as Una of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Pictured: Anson Mount as Pike of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Pictured: Rebecca Romijn as Una of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Pictured: Rebecca Romijn as Una and Anson Mount as Pike of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Previously released photos:

Pictured: Babs Olusanmokun as M’Benga of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Pictured: Jess Bush as Chapel of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.

Trailer

A trailer was released on startrek.com.

Clip:

The latest episode of The Ready Room includes a clip from the episode featuring Hemmer stepping in to help beam up the landing party [at 24:25]. [Also available internationally at startrek.com]

All photos by Marni Grossman/Paramount+ 

New episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debut on Thursdays exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Latin America, Australia and the Nordics. The series airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave in Canada. In New Zealand, it is available on TVNZ, and in India on Voot SelectStrange New Worlds will arrive via Paramount+ in select countries in Europe when the service launches later this year, starting with the UK and Ireland in June.


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Hey can anybody tell me exactly when these become available? I stayed up until 12:30 my time to see the first one, but it wasn’t available at midnight or even half an hour later, so I gave up and went to bed. Is it midnight Pacific time, or what?

Yes, midnight Pacific, 3am Eastern.

Ah. That’s pretty late in Boston, so I guess I’ll have to see them later in the day. :-) Thanks for answering!

They, sometimes, are available around 2:30 AM Eastern.

That’s still a bit late for me, but I appreciate the clarification. Thanks!

Just curoius but I am wondering if you were involved in the BSTA in the 80s and 90s?

Since I don’t recognize the acronym, I guess I wasn’t. :-)

Check Wednesday night at about 11:10 pm PDT.

Thanks!

Wow. I’m loving the focus on separate characters each week, it feels like the olden days have come back!

Yes, exactly. At least the TNG/DS9/Voy/Ent days. The TOS episodes only focused on the main three, but mostly Kirk. I love the focus on each characters of the ensemble show. It is easier to do with the episodic nature over the serialized version. I much prefer episodic.

Agreed!

Oh no! I hate the soooo contemporary cut of the collars of those landing party jackets. These are not 21st Century Americans in space. They are interplanetary citizens of a future culture that on TOS used to refer to our time as “ancient.” The future should feel “foreign.” That’s part of the magic and wonder. It’s also a part of the commentary on what Kirk referred to as “primitive and paranoid culture” in Star Trek 4. You even saw it in last week’s episode when Uhura referred to the lake Pike visited being a few “miles” away from her village. The US is the only country that uses miles even today. The show takes place in a metric future. The show is filmed in Canada, a metric nation. They were referring to Kenya which even today does not use miles. It’s an absurd anachronistic inclusion that shows me the producers don’t get this subtle thread throughout the franchise that these are people from a more developed future. Details like the contemporary collars contrast with things like Picard referring to Q while wearing a 20th century military uniform, “even when humans wore costumes like that we’d already begun to make rapid progress.” Costumes. Like they were as silly a toga. Combine this with thing like Seven knowing how to drive a car and Rafi talking about needing plyers and other contemporary tools and I really think the production should hang a sign in the office that says “the future should feel foreign”. Because, after all, it’s a place we’ve never been. That’s part of the magic of trek.

I agree with everything you just said. It would be utterly ridiculous if Starfleet still uses “inches and yards” in 2257! Heck, it is pretty utterly ridiculous that the United States uses it in 2022!

You’re actually complaining about collars… Maybe you should focus more on the big picture of it, and not the minutia, because you’re always going to find something not to your liking.

Yes, the focus should be on the big picture.

Now let’s talk about those sideburns! For the last time I’m telling you to trim those sideburns, Spock, or you’re off the team!

Never mind the sideburns, what about Pike’s hair? It’s getting longer/thicker with each episode! And don’t get me started with those bridge lights!

Joking aside, I know I’ve bitched and moaned about absurd minutia in ST:Picard, too, but now in retrospect I realize it was because that show wasn’t working for me at all, big picture and everything. So I honed in on every little thing to express my frustration. Too much probably.

So far, SNW is different. I like the show. I like the characters. The stories have been pretty good. So this little stuff doesn’t matter as much.

Mount is going abstract with the hair, sort of like a new take on Christopher Walken styling.

I was thinking Conan O’Brien.

Captain of the Gumbyprise

Thaddeus, ah, classic Simpson’s line! :-)

Yeah. I’m a product designer and design language and cues are important in telling a story and setting a sense of place and time. :)

Oh well, I remember TOS going back and forth between metric and imperial, too. These mistakes are a tradition in Star Trek!

;-)

That’s not an excuse.

No, only a jest. Hence the winky face. Try to lighten up, sir.

With VERY few exceptions, I simply don’t speak emoticon; to me, it reduces the literacy and legitimacy of communication. Just ain’t buyin’ in.

One doesn’t always need to speak it to understand. But if you insist on words…

(Dearest reader, I’m writing this in regards to a winky human face meant to inject humor and levity into a perilously stuffy conversation on a Monday).

Understood … clearly sir (homage to a klingon underling dialog in TSFS)

Thanks guys for a classic Spock vs. McCoy exchange!

Nevertheless it’s canon.

Star Trek fans…..gotta love em.

While I would agree with this in theory, the simple fact is that TOS was loaded-down with 20th century anachronisms (and imperial measurements) to such an extent that I’m frankly amazed this subject comes up at all.

Any port in the nit picky storm will suffice….

As it was being produced it was lightweight sci-fi. Nobody could have imagined the degree to which it would be elevated, sanctified and scrutinized in future decades.

As Shatner said on SNL “Get a life!”

Kidding aside, I’m refreshed by the return to the “bottle” format of self-contained episodes. I’ve enjoyed some of the long form season-spanning stories as well but I am enjoying this. But having said that I’m thinking where long form sometimes stretched to make ten episodes, ten bottle type episodes may prove unsatisfying.

Kenya hasn’t used silly mile measurements since 1969. That’s hundreds of years before Uhura was born. Just smells more like 21st century Americans who are making the show and not people from the future talking. I think it’s sloppy.

Well, sorry, but Trek has *never* sounded like “people from the future talking.” Not once, not ever, even sans the anachronisms. But by all means, fixate on this all you like if it makes you happy.

Perhaps they would be happy if we retconned Robert Frost to read “and kilometers to go before I sleep.”

He lived near the Canadian border, after all.

This is exactly like the problem I’ve often had with Berman-era reliance on conventional/contemporary office chairs (and also in TUC.) They don’t disguise the wheeled bases, which would be a zero-budget fix by just fitting plastic shells over them, a solution I’d use in my Super-8 days. Half expect to see shoelaces turn up soon on officer wear …

Well, different people will inevitably be jarred by different things. I personally could live without Cadet Nyota Uhura referring to something as “cool;” on the other hand, it’s not a deal-breaker. (And why were the much more in-your-face 20th Century anachronisms in “The Orville” not an issue for you?) Again, the indisputable fact that TOS was continually awash in this sort of thing makes it an odd point of contention 55 years after the fact.

I was just talking about this with my wife when we watched the first SNW on youtube (I like the security chief and Mount’s Pike, think helm and M’Benga might be okay, not sure about whether I could take the rest of characters, or anything else on the show.) Even though she is no TREK devotee (more like a bemused onlooker of TREK, somebody who graciously ‘lets’ me watch TMP on my birthday and will even sit alongside me for certain stretches), she feels Trek has a certain built-in level of integrity to it going back to TOS in many ways, and that maybe it should be held to a higher standard.

You’ve contested that, citing plenty instances of 1966 man in the series, but I still hold that those aren’t as obnoxious or prevalent as these.

I concurred with her, but also very consciously choose to give ORVILLE a total free pass on this aspect because the very current/contemporary idiocy seems built into its DNA, and therefore you can’t even watch it w/o being aware of it constantly and having to acknowledge that for better or worse, that is the universe there.

For contrariness’ sake, I will also add that when I watched the new trailer for ORVILLE s3, I found the constant anachronisms much more obnoxious than I remembered (maybe I’m getting more allergic to this stuff?) Then again, I’ve also lost all interest in ORVILLE during the long lapse between seasons, so I have no idea if/when I’ll see the show again (new eps or reruns.) I think the show is maybe losing its soul in favor of spectacle, either that or just that the at-best modest thrill is gone for me (genre-wise with TV programming, I have been rewatching a lot of TOS, DS9, CARNIVALE, THE PRISONER and nuBSG in recent years, all of which I still find largely compelling viewing, so ORVILLE is obviously going to suffer by comparison. And that’s just the genre stuff.)

I showed my wife this video just now and while she does find it all to be too much, she gave them big props for color choices, specifically how PICARD folks have aquat-teal and peach/orange color combos on the displays.

Well, none of this stuff’s perfect, including nuBSG, which during its first two seasons was as good on a consistent basis as anything on television, but took something of a hit in its third and completely went off the rails in its fourth, when the producers forgot that the show’s SF framework was actually the last thing that people like me were watching it for, and when, like the producers of LOST, they failed to convincingly answer questions and start tying things up, as opposed to throwing everything at the wall to see what would stick. My real regret is that so much of it DID stick, but not the landing, which the show will be remembered for as much as the great stuff.

The anachronisms in TOS may be more forgivable simply because the series concept itself was so ahead of its time, and given the production pressures such things were bound to creep in now and again. You can argue that modern Trek should be held to a higher standard (especially given the increased budgets and leeway of only having to produce ten shows per year), or you can maintain that they’re a Trek staple by now and thus part of its wacky charm. I did watch the SNW pilot on YouTube and thought it was okay, which places it more-or-less at the center pf the pack of Trek pilots, which with the exception of those for TOS and DS9 function more as primers on the new show and characters as opposed to being anything like memorable on their own. But I do mostly like the PD and characters, and think it has potential.

I tend to watch nuBSG in small blocs, mostly from season 2, though I liked the very start of s3. I think I’d be more forgiving of it if the show wasn’t so damned hard on my eyes. It must take real work to produce images that are both under and overexposed at the same time, with very little properly exposed. And the interiors on the Cylon base star still look like Bigfoot’s alien ship lair in SIX MILLIION DOLLAR MAN to me.

Those office chairs have always bugged me. I used to fantasize in the TNG days that they would mask/greenscreen the bottoms so they’d appear to float — expensive and impractical — to hide the darned 1986 wheeled bases.

That’s so funny. When I first saw the NEMESIS trailer, I was certain they would matte out the wheels on the jeep and turn it into a hover vehicle, but clearly I was way off the mark with that prediction.

Don’t get me started on that moronic scene…argh!

Right? Those dumb wheels. Why would Starfleet run over small animals, insects and vegetation to get from A to B?! Absurd.

Because wheels are more cost-effective than complicated anti-gravity units? Because they’re less technologically complex and won’t give out in an emergency?

If you’ll pardon my saying, that’s a wrong-headed argument, given that TNG is supposed to be taking place in a time of technology unchained/unleashed from most practical concerns.

And what would be less complicated than a system without moving/jostling parts, anyway? What would be more likely to fail, a system being impacted heavily on every turn and bump, or a vehicle maintaining its ground-effects through a long-established system of conveyance? Plus, do we just assume it runs on the same power source as a ship, or is this retro-vehicle also reliant on some gasoline-equivalent, meaning you have to refuel?

I wasn’t even going to respond to this post, but I was just looking at a Syd Mead book of film art, and in once instance for an unmade project, he basically covered the wheel wells of a vehicle with half-shells oriented downward to provide vertical thrust, essentially retrofitting a tired vehicle into a hover type craft. It would have been an ideal NEM solution, even in post, if there had been anybody (like tech advisor?) really on their game.

Which is EXACTLY what the production design team for Discovery is doing with both legs of the chairs and tables.

So we know that the show is just sticking with canon continuity with TOS and the 90s series.

My take away is that people are complaining because the EPs and PDs didn’t have the same priorities in updating as they did. As has already been said “any port in the storm.”

Of all the stupid things to complain about: chairs?

Star Trek has always been exceptional as to its use of contemporary furniture, going right back to the 1960s. It has used noteworthy chair designers such as Michael Ospvik (who designed Worf’s chair on TNG) on multiple occasions. There’s even an interior design website out there that tracks the use of designer chairs on Star Trek.

I own a Zuo Unico office chair. The model was subsequently repurposed for use in the conference room set for Discovery. I’ve also had my eye on Captain Lorca’s ready room table, with its V-shaped base.

The only television show I can think of that better showcases contemporary furniture is OCCUPIED.

By all means, complain about designer chairs but have an orgasm over the appearance of a Tom Paris plate in an animated series. I’m seriously starting to think the SNL skit about Kirk’s safe combination was a documentary.

This has been a point brought forth many times before, however I must disagree. Wheels work. They’re efficient, simple, durable and inexpensive. There’s therefore no reason to improve on them or replace them. What alternative would you suggest? Why spend time/money to over-complicate chairs by making them hover… Same goes for shoelaces, zippers, buttons and whatever else we still see in the 24th century. It works. Leave it alone. Isn’t that the fundamental principle of evolution? Also “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

It’s stultifyingly ordinary, and in a way that shouts cheapness in a Roger Corman fashion. It did in 87 on TNG, and that just seems magnified enormously to me now.

As to how functional the solution is, I can’t speak to advances that will occur between now and then, but it wouldn’t be out of place to have a chair that adapts to the surface it is on, would it? I’m not asking for floating chairs (they’d just fall when the power cut out unless you stuck batteries in them, and who needs starship whiplash?)

Biggest offenders for me are still the brewery engineering in 09. The floor is just a crappy contemporary floor.

Even assuming they weren’t allowed to paint it, production could have stretched black garbage liner over the floor to give it a slight suggestion of metal or plastic decking, just anything to avoid the ‘we snuck in during off-hours and stole these shots’ cheapness that it screams out to me.
It produces the same level of eye-roll with me that THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME produced decades back, when the cheap-o made-in-Canada film used a couple of pieces from a K7 model and called it a spaceship.
Difference is that this cheat is on a 160 mil film that should have been able to apportion resources more intelligently, so there’s no excuse then, and I think no excuse

Well, yeah. I don’t fixate on chairs, but that brewery was just an abomination, especially for such an expensive film. Were I Paramount, I’d have conducted an audit on Bad Robot to see where all that money went.

Agreed. Kirk’s jacket in Star Trek II looked more futuristic, and that was released 40 years ago.

And then there’s Scotty’s bomber jacket from 3 and 4, and Sulu’s casual lounge wear.

There was interesting casual wear Rodis designed for TFF but it got passed over in favor of stuff that I think production got for free from Levi’s.

The jackets in The Cage looked very much like 80s fashion.

In fact, I believe I had a grey designer jacket that I picked up then precisely because it looked like the ones in The Cage.

I would have enjoyed seeing Gersha Phillips take on those, but I sense she was going for something practical and that fit with the lines of the rest of the uniforms.

Just glad the bomber jackets have not made a reappearance.

Exactly. Even the away jackets at the end of TMP looked more futuristic.

Let’s face it: For a U.S. based production, and within a U.S. based series, the U.S. won in the measurement standards race. Metrics be damned. /s

Considering they’re filming in Toronto, Canada…don’t count metrics out yet.

But all the Star Trek shows and films uses the metric system. Maybe they switched back and forth but it was the standard.

I do admit to missing the Bill Thesis designs.

Only the United States —and Myanmar….😂

This doesn’t apply to use or non-use of the metric system, but in general the viewers need something they can “recognize” or identify with. Or just identify. Supposedly the TOS propmasters made these really futuristic medical device for McCoy (and Sistine Chapel) to use, but visually they didn’t give any indication of their function. Again supposedly, that’s when they started using contemporary salt shakers as sickbay’s gizmos.

Only Americans who don’t travel abroad would be confused by kilometers. The entire planet uses the metric system :/

You’ve apparently missed the whole Brexit debate.

Counterpoint: Those jackets look badass, cool as fuck, and I want one.

This reminds me of that old Vulcan proverb: “Only Nixon could go to China.”

They tried that in TMP and the vast majority of fans (NOT ME!) hated it, hence we got throw-back heavy uniforms in WOK that were regressive and not futuristic looking. And the uniforms for 24th century Starfleet in TNG that started out looking reasonably futurist, gradually got watered down by the time we got to TNG movies so that they weren’t really all that futuristic looking.

It’s a nice thought, but it’s not realistic to expect it happen. Most fans like to say this kind of thing, but then bitch about what they end up seeing, so the costume designers are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

To this day, I personally think TMP uniforms were the most futuristic ever in Trek.

PS: Who cares if it’s metric or inches given every week all Aliens speak English which is a much bigger problem if you are gong to really insist on that sort of minutiae.

I 100% agree that the TMP uniforms look the most future-forward, followed by season 1 and 2 TNG… Both Roddenberry heavy involvement Treks :)

I know it puts me in the minority but I hate the bulky, impractical and militaristic TWOK outfits, for all their dash and color. (The most unintentionally funny scene in that movie is when the landing party beams up from the Genesis cave and the ensigns rush forward with the uniform jackets, as if that took priority during a crisis.). Not all that fond of the TMP uniforms, either, excepting some of the variants Shatner got to wear. For me the best are still the TOS originals (pre-third season) and TNG third season, which still strike me as attractive, practical, and comfortable.

To be fair I don’t expect real 23rd century human English speakers will sound much like us, units of measurement aside. I can see why they’ve made the decision (if they have) to favour the contemporary English of the US audience which is their largest. Plus it is presumably dubbed/subbed in some markets and they’ll change it.

I would assume that in-universe they might be speaking different languages so the dialogue we get is just for our benefit as the audience. I remember was that episode of Discovery where the translator failed and people weren’t able to talk to each other or even got their languages swapped so I choose to see it like that.

Wait, so this episode is a sequel to Star Trek: Enterprise’s “Damage?” Intriguing.

Maybe, but maybe not.

I’m not trying to start a canon debate, but the tie-in novel The Enterprise War describes Una as having been raised on an Illyrian colony. Some novels have also kept her being an Illyrian even before this.

The writers have show they are borrowing from the Trek Extended Universe for some things. Even her name, Una, is from the novel…

I’m hoping that this is going to be integrated into onscreen canon.

It would bring in her background in math, physics and computer science, and will lay the foundation for her to redesign the Federation’s computers in the future and become the “voice” of Starfleet’s computers.

She’s presumably not actually Illyrian unless they’re going to ignore the look from Enterprise, though of course it wouldn’t be the first time a species has been re-designed.

If they keep The Enterprise War components she’s Human, but was raised on one of their colony planets.

It’s a way to explain her chill demeanour while making her fully human.

Given that SNW is a few years after The Cage, and Pike isn’t in personal jeopardy, an evolution to a more expressive Una as she matures into her role as First Officer on a Starfleet ship with quite reasonable.

The return of field jackets!
(Look quite different from those in The Cage, but still!)

TMP’s field jackets made me think somebody barfed up a giant peach pie. (I’m colorblind but that’s my read.)

Why does it have to match the cage? Its years later

And the ones in The Cage look like 1980s high fashion…

Which was fine as a view of the future in the mid-60s but we don’t need to be bound by that.

I don’t mean that they HAVE to look like in The Cage.
(Quite frankly, I think the Cage jackets look like large pieces of felt.)
The new jackets are perfectly OK, it’s just that some allusion to the Cage jacket in their cut or something would’ve been nice too.

I don’t like that Ensigns’ chances. Look at the colour of his shirt.

My thought precisely.

Now that the trope was inverted last episode and it was a science specialist who got zapped, I guess a red shirt getting infected is fair.

Feels very Naked Time and Naked Now-ish

Yaaay, weird trippy Star Trek is BACK!!! We haven’t had a crazy virus infects the crew story line probably since Voyager? Yes, vibes of Naked Time/Now. They are finally getting back to classic Star Trek on this show.

Just me at home. LOL

Want to bet that the analogy is: addicted to screens?

LOL, yep! Not going to lie, that’s an analogy we can all get on board with these days. I went to work last week and left my phone at home. I was surprised I could function like a normal human being without it for a few hours…but it wasn’t easy. ;)

Actually leaving your place without a phone has become a luxury. One of my older neighbors did it, got lunch, and his caregiver was up and down the block looking for him, quite upset. Going somewhere without internet – a good way to “get away from it all” — now seems like a big lie.

LOL! That sounds about right.

And to be clear, I left it home by accident. You would have to be crazy to leave your phone at home longer than an hour this day and age! And how I can leave my meandering nonsensical rambling thoughts on Trekmovie whenever I want?

My spouse and I rewatched the Prodigy episode Kobayashi yesterday.

I reflected afterwards about the addictive “disc and funnel game” and it made me wonder how the TNG writers were so prescient on that one.

It never occurred to me until now, but yes you may be right. Although the irony being it’s the younger kids who fight the addiction. ;)

Enterprise had one.

Really, which one? I can’t seem to recall it.

And thinking about it now, I’m not even sure if Voyager actually had one lol. I kind assumed they did since that show did every nutty thing out there. But I can’t specifically recall one now.

I hoping that she’s also related to Khan, just so I can watch Tiger II totally flip out…lol ;-)

Yeah, I don’t think I would be the only one on the internet doing that lol. And what’s with the weird call out? Let’s not do that anymore, please. I know you didn’t mean anything by it, but I don’t like that kind of attention drawn to me here unless someone just reply to me directly of course.

Just having fun given our conversation last week on this topic. I actually thought this would give you a laugh. But you didn’t like the call-out, so I respect that and will not do that again. No worries.

OK sorry to be such a stick in the mud. And I’m just going to be honest and say it as round about as possible, but I used to get quite a few call out posts in the past; especially when I have supposedly upset someone specifically and felt like they were just looking for a fight…and I always ignored it because that’s not what I come here for. I didn’t think this was quite that, but honestly wasn’t sure either. Again I know things are different and more civil now (and why I responded) but a little war weary given the past. But sorry for that assumption and coming off a little strong over it. I see you were just having some fun!

I hope Ensign Lance has a first name.

“Ensign”

There seems to be a lot of hypo spray injections performed in this series

There were a lot in TOS as well.

It was a cool new thing then. Not so much now.

This is one of the risks of maintaining continuity.

Hmmm, in TOS the crew got infected and acted wacky in episode 4 of the first season.
In TNG the crew got infected and acted wacky in episode 3 of the first season. In SNW the crew get infected and act wacky in episode 3 of the first season.
What, is this a tradition?

Red shirt alert. Nice knowing you Ensign Lance (or one of the other guys).

I was just about to mentiom the same! 😂 Ensign redshirt? Never seen before? And with a name? I have a veeeeeeery bad feeling about him…
Ooooooor… maybe the producers want to fool us again this time like they did with Kirk! 😉