Strange New Worlds Continues Discovery S4’s Enterprise Captain Tribute

Strange New Worlds Continues Discovery S4’s Enterprise Captain Tribute

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Episode 1 – “Strange New Worlds”

Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) receives another honor in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, following Star Trek: Discovery season 4’s tribute to the Captain of the NX-01 Enterprise. Strange New Worlds is a Star Trek prequel set in the years between the end of Star Trek: Discovery season 2 and the start of Star Trek: The Original Series. But because Strange New Worlds takes place over a century after the events of Star Trek: Enterprise, Captain Archer is already one of the most legendary figures in Starfleet history.

Star Trek: Enterprise (originally titled simply Enterprise) was a maligned prequel when it aired from 2001-2005 but in recent years, it has not only gained a newfound appreciation from Trekkers but Enterprise‘s importance to Star Trek canon has been reconsidered and given greater context. Captain Archer’s Enterprise is now the canonical pioneers of humans exploring the galaxy in Star Trek. Indeed, Archer’s voyages have become the basis for Starfleet’s greater mission to boldly go where no one has gone before. Archer himself has also become an icon; after he stepped down as Captain of the Enterprise, Archer helped found the United Federation of Planets and served as its first President. And because Star Trek: Enterprise‘s events happened before Nero (Eric Bana) created the Kelvin timeline, Archer and his crew’s exploits are canon in both Star Trek’s Prime Universe and in J.J. Abrams’ alternate reality.

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In Star Trek: Strange New Worlds‘ series premiere, the USS Archer (NCC-627) is named for Captain Jonathan Archer. The USS Archer in the 23rd century joins Star Trek: Discovery season 4 premieres’ genuflect to the NX-01 Enterprise Captain, the Archer Space Dock, which was unveiled by the 32nd century Federation. In Strange New Worlds, the USS Archer is the ship commanded by Lt. Commander Una Chin-Riley AKA Number One (Rebecca Romijn) to the planet Kiley 279, where she and two scientists investigated an active warp signature. Unfortunately, they were taken prisoner during their First Contact mission when they learned Kiley 279 didn’t have a warp drive but used reverse-engineered Starfleet technology to create a warp bomb.

Interestingly, Strange New Worlds is the second time Star Trek introduced the USS Archer. In the late 24th century, there was a USS Archer (NCC-44278) in Star Trek: Nemesis which was part of a Starfleet battle group meant to join Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) USS Enterprise-E against the Scimitar, the Reman flagship of Picard’s clone Shinzon (Tom Hardy). However, the Archer wasn’t seen in the film although the Star Trek Encyclopedia lists the 24th-century USS Archer as an Excelsior-class starship. Obviously, Strange New Worlds‘ USS Archer predates the one hinted at in Star Trek: Nemesis by over a century.

Along with the homage to Captain Archer, Strange New Worlds‘ series premiere also contains a nod to Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) from Star Trek: Discovery. En route from Earth to the Enterprise in spacedock, Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) flies aboard the shuttlecraft Stamets. It’s likely the ship is named for the USS Discovery’s engineer who invented the spore displacement hub drive, although it’s also possible the ship is named for the real-life Paul Stamets, the mycologist who is the Discovery character’s namesake. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds‘ first episode also shows Pike watching The Day The Earth Stood Still, which was directed by the late Robert Wise, who went on to make Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Pike’s ride aboard the Stamets shuttlecraft to the Enterprise is also a very truncated version of Captain James T. Kirk’s (William Shatner) flight to the Enterprise in the first Star Trek movie.

Next: Strange New Worlds Retcons The Enterprise’s Star Trek Role

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds streams Thursdays on Paramount+.

Strange New Worlds joins Star Trek: Discovery by giving a tribute to Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) with his own starship, the USS Archer.

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