The sixth 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.
“Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach”
Strange New Worlds episode six is titled “Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach.” The episode features guest star Lindy Booth, reuniting with her The Librarians co-star Rebecca Romijn. The episode was written by Robin Wasserman and Bill Wolkoff and it was directed by Andi Armaganian. SNW 106 debuts on Paramount+ on Thursday, June 7th.
A threat to an idyllic planet reunites Captain Pike with the lost love of his life. To protect her and a scientific holy child from a conspiracy, Pike offers his help and is forced to face unresolved feelings of his past.
The latest episode of The Ready Room includes a clip of Spock and an ancient Vulcan ritual [at 31:11]. [Also available internationally at startrek.com]
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 Select. Strange 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.
Interesting. A longer, more poetic episode title, sort of TOS style… For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky, Let That Be Our Last Battlefield, And the Children Shall Lead…
Also what I thought! Also very reminded me of S1 of Discovery.
True. Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad, The Butcher’s Knife Doesn’t Care For the Lambs Cry… At least they tried with the titles :-)
Gods, I hope not. The first episode on that list is tolerable; the latter two among TOS’ worst. (For my money, “And the Children Shall Lead” is probably still the worst Trek episode ever made, of any series.)
I actually LOVE “And the Children Shall Lead”… I always envisioned Gorgan to be a rogue Meduse and incorporated both factions in my fanfic: Meduses and Gorgans, ancient alien races trying to play humanoids in a ancient game of power. Those were the days Babylon 5 was on: Shadows and Vorlons :-)
I also have to say that TOS S3 is my favourite… that and TNG S1… I know, super-minority opinion but I stand by it.
There was a very nice lady — I gathered she was from Europe — who once posted here, and who also said that the third season was her favorite. She was the first fan I ever heard with that opinion; you’re the second. I can’t fathom that, personally, but to each, his own. The writer of ATCSL, Edward J. Lasko, went on to be Story Editor for “Charlie’s Angels,” which I think much better suited his talents.
I also like TOS season 3 and TNG seasons 1 and 2 very much because those season were truly about going to weird adventures. Besides I also love cheesy B-C movies and my general life philosophy is to not to take everything so seriously all the time so those season work for me because of their cheesiness. This is the main reason I also like Star Trek 5 quite a bit as well.
PS. I also enjoyed the classic Charlies Angels as well which is probably because of the same reasons I mentioned above.
Lasko had some good credits; one of his Wild Wild West eps, with Pernell Roberts, is very fun, with a terrific score that sees a lot of reuse … it’s almost www’s answer to DOOMSDAY MACHINE in terms of how great it sounds and how it can be tracked into just about anything. He also did what I think was the best ep of the PLANET OF THE APES series, the one where James Naughton gets trapped with Mark Lenard in an old BART station.
I’d be interested in knowing why you feel that way.
TOS S3 and TNG S1 are by far the most adventurous seasons of Trek. Wonderfully cheesy in parts. They speak to my imagination, my love for colors and shapes, strange concepts and truly strange worlds…
There are stinkers: I dislike Plato’s Stepchildren and Turnabout Intruder, but there are many eps that people generally dislike that I’m very fond of: And the Children Shall Lead, Lights of Zetar or That Which Survives are true 60s “out-there” classics, that almost feel early 70s…And it’s such a shame TOS was cancelled and denied that journey into 70s madness à la Space:1999…
And then there are so many favourites: Tholian Web, Elaan of Troyus, The Empath, Day of the Dove, Wink of an Eye, Enterprise Incident, Spectre of the Gun!
Spock’s Brain and The Way to Eden are hilarious guilty pleasures! They are the absolute best bad episodes ever :-)
I guess I jiust like that vibe of funky, corny cheesiness. S1 and 2 were not yet as radically fun… Difficult to put into words…
Strangely, the older I’ve become, TOS S3 is my favorite as well. Many if not most of the episodes featured exceptional and strong female character actresses. Also S3 had some of the more adult or mature storytelling of the series.
I find there are some standout episodes in S3 as well. You’re not alone…
“For my money, ‘And the Children Shall Lead’ is probably still the worst Trek episode ever made, of any series.”
Imagine the discussion among the producers and writers: “Let’s hire a lawyer with no acting experience or ability. And let’s have his costume be a shower curtain.”
They hired Belli because his son played one of the kids, if I recall correctly.
Belli’s costume and performance, execrable as they are, don’t even come close to what rankles me most about that episode. Trek has had its share of truly bad episodes — “Spock’s Brain,” “Shades of Gray” (which is actually more of a non-episode), “The Outrageous Okona,” “Threshold,” “Move Along Home,” etc. But “And the Children Shall Lead” was, so far as I can tell, utterly unique in the history of the franchise in that it doesn’t even pay lip service to taking place in a rational universe, where challenges can be overcome by the application of courage and reason. “Gorgon the Friendly Angel,” who is summoned forth by a chant sung by a passel of compromised brats, is a demon-monster more suited to an episode of “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” or “Batman” than a show that had touted itself as a TV adventure space opera for adults. I can only imagine the disappointment felt by all those college kids who had organized rallies and sent in their letters to save their favorite show, only to see it wither away before their very eyes.
While I agree with you about the ranking of this (w/ respect to TOS anyway), I think that disappointment you mention among those who campaigned for the show was probably already hitting in waves. Tuning in for start of s3, filled with anticipation — only to get SPOCK’S BRAIN — would be at the very least a head-turner. I think that might be why that particular ep has always gotten such a bad rap (deservedly, despite the slivers of delight it manages to deliver.)
I’m figuring that a dedicated fan would be decidedly off-balance with this, followed by the entertaining but ethically-dubious ENTERPRISE INCIDENT. Getting LEAD as the fourth show would probably have made me decide that ‘spending Friday nights out’ was the way to go.
While I didn’t make it very clear in my post, I definitely was referring to a general disillusionment about the quality of the show at that point — so, yeah. I suppose it was around that time that John Campbell, Jr. mentioned in his correspondence with Gene Roddenberry that he just wasn’t able to publicly tout Star Trek anymore (to which Roddenberry took no offense).
Referencing what others have stated above, I’ll agree that the third year had a few standout shows. Very few.
Thanks to all the hype about the letter writing campaign, Spock’s Brain actually won it’s timeslot. Unfortunately, it’s low quality no doubt convinced many viewers that the show wasn’t worth bothering with any longer so they tuned out in droves.
I did not know that. Is that confirmed, or just what Cushman sez he read?
My favorite thing about Children Shall Lead isn’t the episode itself but the reference to it in the movie Zodiac.
Interviewer: “I saw your Star Trek. I thought it was quite good.”
Melvin Belli (played by Brian Cox): “Yes, I thought so too. Very nice people there.”
Or words to that effect. Anyway, it’s a funny reference in a very serious movie.
I really really hate “And the Children Shall Lead.”
But I hate all the TOS children episodes. They all come off really creepy to me; that one especially.
“They all come off really creepy to me”
But that’s the whole point of those eps… Creepy children in space… almost like Stephen King before Stephen King… He Who Walks Behind the Rows… Children of the Corn… Definitely like creepy children in horror…
Fine, it doesn’t mean I have to like it and I don’t. And never been a horror fan. I’ve probably seen 3 Stephen King movies in my life.
But there are so many enjoyable King movies out there. I guess you might have seen a few more, but did not recognize them as King movies. Like in that story King tells himself:
“I was in a supermarket down here in Florida, and I came around the corner and there was a woman coming the other way. She pointed at me, she said, ‘I know who you are! You’re Stephen King! You write all of those horrible things. And that’s ok. That’s alright. But I like uplifting things, like that movie Shawshank Redemption.’ And I said, ‘I wrote that!’ And she said, ‘No you didn’t. No you didn’t.”
I would know if they were King movies. Give me some credit lol. And maybe I seen more, but just never been a horror fan. And the few I saw were OK, but not great movies in themselves. The last one I saw of his was ‘It Part 1’ which wasn’t that bad, but never saw the second part.
Is the Director correct? I read it was directed by Andi Armaganian
Loving it so far. Not a dud in the bunch up to this point. However, I feel like Melissa Navia’s character, Lt. Ortegas, is definitely pulling up the rear as far as “meaty” scenes and character development go. I would like to see her given more to do, but since she’s the only character that isn’t either, a) in a leadership position (Pike, Number One, La’an) or, b) deals with life or death (M’Benga and Chapel) or, c) a fan-favorite legacy character (Uhura), I don’t know how they can squeeze her in.
Ortegas, Hemmer, La’An, and Number One have been hampered by either a lack of a backstory or no forward stories. That’s different than Pike, Spock, Uhura, and Chapel all of whom have a journey that we know about. M’Benga has a forward story but not a well developed one. It’s just a matter of these characters actually getting there. It’s definitely created uneven character development as a result. Hopefully as these stories start to play out we see a leveling of the playing field. I do agree about the episodes though. Overall this show is proving to be quite entertaining for a first season.
So far, it appears the character hierarchy is:
Like you said, we’ll just have to see who this ultimately shakes out, and where Paul Wesley’s Kirk fits in in season two.
I’m concerned that we’re not getting enough time with Hemmer. He wasn’t in Spock Amok at all, and we don’t see a hint of him in this upcoming episode.
He’s the only full make up alien in this series, and engineering has been a significant focus of events in every era of the Enterprise.
He seems to be an immediate hit with many fans, and is successful in representing the differently abled, which is important and cross cutting for fans.
But with Engineering designed as an AR wall set and his prosthetics and vfx in post a significant demand on the production teams, there may be pressures to limit his time. It would be a shame.
I seem to recall him being designated “recurring” early on, but I could be mistaken. I would like to see more of him though. Kyle’s been in more episodes.
I was about to say, Hemmer was not originally listed as a full regular. I think reaction to him bumped him up a bit, but season one is already filmed.
Have they dropped George Kirk?
Dan Jeannotte has always been listed as a guest star, but then so has Gia Sandhu, and she’s in almost every episode.
Still, Ortegas has a personality each and every moment on screen.
Since I peaked at Imdb, I saw that T’Pring is not only in several more episodes this season, she is in at least three more next season. I didn’t check for Robert April, but I wonder!
I forgot about T’Pring. She definitely fits in the second tier of my hierarchy.
Hehe, I am slightly reminded of the infamous, utter misstep that is TNGS Code Of Honor.Like, taking some superficial, clichéd cultural aspect of something something south asian ethnic groups (“exotic”, “archaic” traditions > “Kurta” robes, ascension/transcendence, “Holi” stuff, ritual weaponry, vaguely indian temples,….)
May well be the first real stinker of S1, which would be ok, some missteps are to be expected – BUT I hope I am dead wrong.
Honestly, I’m getting the same vibe. This looks to be the first “meh” episode of the series.
We’ll have to see.
It’s hard to imagine Anson Mount not raising concerns with the EPs about an episode with racist stereotypes of the kind in Code of Honor.
I tend to think if there was anything approaching a perceived stereotype of any kind these days, it would be flagged way before any of the cast even laid eyes on it.
Yeah it’s a different time. And even with Code of Honor, the director got fired by Roddenberry for even making it an all black cast. So they knew even then it was bad. But how it got so far in the process without someone putting their foot down is beyond me. But TNG was so chaotic first season I guess it just slipped through somehow.
Wouldn’t be Star Trek without a captain’s old flame episode…
I’m digging Pike’s 80s hair.
So Pike called Una a Lt.Commander. With Pike having just on extra thin stripe, is he a Commander with a Captains billet now? WTF!
I don’t understand the stripes. La’an is referred to as a lieutenant, but she has two stripes.
The ranks are messed up for sure.
The SNW production crew’s attention to detail is phenomenal in most areas, but this is annoying af.
I also find it sexist for Una / Number One to be the only first officer of the Enterprise in the history of the franchise that isn’t a full commander.
In Discovery, I gave it a semi-pass as it seemed that she was a Lieutenant Commander in The Cage, despite the Enterprise being a capital ship.
After commanding the ship through refit during Discovery S2 and into the first stage of battle with the Klingons, it is hard to imagine she didn’t get the bump to full commander.
There seems to be a bad attitude on the part of current television writers regarding sorting out ranks, or at least discomfort to the point of not doing basic two minute internet searches. It’s as you say, so inconsistent with the attention to detail on the show.
By the way, Superman and Lois actually went back and re-edited the their season opener this year after initial broadcast. Originally, Superman had addressed a 3-star Lieutenant General as “lieutenant”. It garnered enough derision that a decision was taken to retroactively fix the dialogue to say “General” even though it didn’t match his lips movement.
Spock was a Lieutenant Commander throughout much of TOS’ first season. The discrepancy (and his subsequent “promotion”) is even noted in “The Making of Star Trek.”
Right, but Spock wore commander’s stripes from the start. (Not in the pilots, where in the first pilot all officers had one stripe and in the second pilot all but the captain, who had two, had one stripe.)
There are all sorts of explanations, like temporary ranks or the like. For example, Kirk goes from rear admiral back to captain in TMP.
I think in general the new producers of Trek seem to be wanting to put the more “militaristic” aspects of Trek to the background and don’t want to concentrate on them too much. Maybe this was the issue that didn’t sit well with Nick Meyer and he departed after the first season of Discovery.
Wasn’t it that Meyer didn’t get invited back? I mean, they had gotten their name value out of the guy (which is probably all they wanted anyway), even if they sent his script(s) to the shredder. His name was the only one that got me interested, though I seem to recall thinking that the goods might be iffy, since I thought his work on TWOK was stellar but that storywise TUC has always felt like a mess (budget gets a lot but not all of the blame.)
Anyway, pushing the military aspects away from the fore hardly tracks, given the first season hinges on a ginormous Klingon war that spread massive destruction throughout the Federation and Starfleet (all of which was healed over in record time, going by TOS.)
You’re right. Meyer said he wasn’t invited back. It sounded like he wanted to keep working on the show. It just seem like once Fuller was gone, his clout changed, ie, he no longer had any.
Meyer didn’t depart Discovery. He said they didn’t call him back for a second season.
And I would be OK if they didn’t focus on the military aspects so much either. I’m not bothered by it but they aren’t suppose to be soldiers, they are explorers first.
Yeah I don’t understand it. In the TNG/DS9/VOY era, the pips to signify rank were not only easy to read, but they played into the drama of many episode story lines. It was great! Even the cuff-stripes on TOS were easy to see. I don’t get why SNW isn’t following this rank stuff when they pay very close attention to other details. Weird.
Correct. Hemmer calls himself a Chief as well. La’an calls Una a chief too, but that could be a colloquial term like Boss. Even a search online doesnt show an official listing of the ranks. And yes, the fantastic attention to detail makes these errors even more glaring.
Difference between being chief and Chief Engineer? I remember being PO’d by an episode of STORYBOOK SQUARES where Shatner was on as Kirk and they asked what role Scotty had on the show. Shat correctly answered that he was his Chief Engineer, but the show said that was wrong, that he was the engineering officer (like they only had one?) Going on 50 years, I’m still a little angry on behalf of the contestant over that, must have taken a line from the writer’s guide in the wrong way I guess.
Yes indeed. Chief is short for an actual rank, like O’Brian, and maybe Kyle. No Chief engineer would call himself Chief, or engineering officer. I’m sure on the entire set, they have one or two folks whos served in the military. Why cant they give a quick proofread on this stuff.
So what’s after SNW? Prodigy or Lower Decks?
It sounds like it will be Lower Decks! (YEESSS!!!)
They announced that show was coming back in the summer when they laid out the schedule a few months back. Didn’t give a specific date but it will be one probably be a week or two after SNW finishes. But I’m happy with either!
I find it weird that I can’t see the vids here but on another site they’re showing just fine. Yes,I know about the whole geolocked nonsense,just kinda curious,s’all. Looks good though. Been kinda hit and miss for me so far this season,but I still watch it. You never know when a good episode pops up,lol.
Trekmovie tends to embed the official video releases by Paramount which are geoblocked most of the time. I have noticed that some other websites embed re-uploads of the videos by third parties. These are not geoblocked, but sometimes get taken down due to copyright claims.
Thanks for the info,really appreciate it as I was kinda curious as to why.
The costume design looks stellar.