Strange New Worlds Easter Eggs Bring Back the Very First Star Trek Adventure in a New Way

With “Among the Lotus Eaters” and a return to Rigel VII, Strange New Worlds is reminding everyone exactly when on the Star Trek timeline this show takes place.

Nurse Chapel in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2
Photo: Michael Gibson/Paramount+

This Star Trek: Strange New Worlds article contains spoilers.

The title of Strange New Worlds season 2, episode 4 — “Among the Lotus Eaters” — is a reference to Greek Mythology, specifically, the idea of lazy, memory-hazy people called “lotus eaters” from The Odyssey. Star Trek referencing older books and myth is nothing new, but, as Trek approaches its 60th anniversary in just three short years, it now commands its own rich mythology.

In “Among the Lotus Eaters,” Strange New Worlds goes back to the roots of Star Trek, both in style, but also, in its deep cuts. Here are all the best references from Trek canon, which, really, we should all start calling “Star Trek mythology.”

USS Cayuga 

Captain Batel’s ship, the USS Cayuga appears here in another joint mission with the USS Enterprise. This previously happened in the season 1 finale, “A Quality of Mercy.” Whether or not the Cayuga is a Constitution-class ship like the Enterprise or the nearly-identical Sombra-class is up for debate right now.


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