Star Trek: Strange New Worlds reminds you filler TV is fantastic

In the age of thunderingly loud blockbusters and hyper-serial prestige television, Star Trek has struggled.

The J.J. Abrams films tried to reinvent Star Trek for the mega action film era, and Star Trek: Discovery tried to reinvent it for serial TV.

And others, like Picard and Lower Decks, have just tried to play to the fans with intense nostalgia and in-jokes.

They’ve all been Star Trek, but they haven’t had quite the same impact as the original series

or the Star Trek series of the ‘90s. Watching Star Trek: Strange New Worlds feels

like watching The Next Generation or Voyager or even The Original Series. It’s Star Trek updated pitch

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 Star Wars or Doctor Who,

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.