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Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 1 Easter Eggs Just Added Tons of Star Trek TOS Lore


From callbacks to The Original Series and Deep Space Nine to a big dose of Discovery, the Strange New Worlds season 2 premiere travels across the entire Star Trek universe.

Spock and Uhura in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2
Photo: Kharen Hill/Paramount+

This Star Trek: Strange New Worlds article contains spoilers.

As a prequel to The Original Series, nearly every minute of Strange New Worlds could, arguably, be considered some kind of Star Trek easter egg. Just being on the classic Enterprise is a reference to the existence of The Original Series. Ethan Peck’s Spock just doing anything could also scan as an easter egg.

So, where does one start with references in Strange New Worlds? For the Season 2 premiere, “The Broken Circle,” we tried to make it easy. Here are the most obvious, stand-out easter eggs and references in the episode. These were the moments that probably made you say “is that…?” or “what did they mean by…?” It’s a big episode, with lots of callbacks, so start working on your warp catchphrase, and let’s hit it.

Klingon War Recap

Although Anson Mount says “Last season on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” the recap also includes several shots from Discovery season 1 and season 2. We see the USS Shenzhou drifting in space next to the Klingon Sarcophagus Ship, fighting a different Klingon ship, as well as Captain Pike rocking his blue Discovery uniform, mentioning that the Enterprise itself was absent for the Klingon War. Chronologically, the Klingon War began in 2256, which puts it about two years after the events of “The Cage.” Discovery season 2 ended in 2258, and Strange New Worlds season 1 began in roughly 2259. Presumably, we’re still around 2259 or 2260 in season 2. 

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