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Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 2 Easter Eggs Just Tied TOS Canon to DS9


Star Trek goes back to the courtroom and brings plenty of old-school throwbacks along for the ride.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Easter Eggs
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This Star Trek: Strange New Worlds article contains spoilers.

Some of the greatest Star Trek episodes of all time take place in a courtroom. From the epic two-part Original Series classic “The Menagerie” to “The Measure of a Man” in The Next Generation to Deep Space Nine‘s “Inquisition” and even the memorable trials in the films The Voyage Home and The Undiscovered Country, putting Star Trek characters up against the outer space laws of the future tends to create memorable and moving storylines. In Strange New Worlds season 2’s “Ad Astra Per Aspera,” that tradition continues with the trial of Number One, aka Commander Una Chin-Riley. It’s a smart, moving episode that breaks some new philosophical ground for Trek, but also will remind longtime fans about what the franchise is all about: unpacking tricky ethical questions in a sci-fi setting.

But this episode is also deeply steeped in Trek lore and references. Here are all the best easter eggs we caught from “Ad Astra Per Aspera.”

Old-School Earth Flag 

As Captain Batel talks to Una about a possible plea deal, we see several flags behind them, including the IDIC flag, representing the planet Vulcan. We also see a flag representing United Earth. This flag is a reminder that the local government of Earth has existed since the time of Enterprise in the 22nd Century. This Earth insignia is also similar to what we see on Dr. Boyce’s medical uniform in “The Cage.”

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