Star Trek: Strange New Worlds reminds you filler TV is fantastic
In the age of thunderingly loud blockbusters and hyper-serial prestige television,
The J.J. Abrams films tried to reinvent
for the mega action film era, and
Star Trek: Discovery
tried to reinvent it for serial TV.
And others, like
have just tried to play to the fans with intense nostalgia and in-jokes.
They’ve all been
but they haven’t had quite the same impact as the original series
series of the ‘90s. Watching
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
The Next Generation
The Original Series
perfectly for 2022, and that’s in large part because it knows what we want: filler episodes.
The franchise is enormous at this point — as big as
but it often feels like it has been at odds with itself and kind of embarrassed by its own existence in a way those other franchises aren’t.