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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 10 Review – Hegemony


The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 finale gives us the series’ first real cliffhanger—and the arrival of another familiar face.

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This Star Trek: Strange New Worlds review contains spoilers.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 10

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 is honestly an astounding achievement. It not only pulled off a musical episode and a live-action crossover with a cartoon, its traditional installments were virtually nothing but straight bangers, rattling off war stories, showstopper courtroom trials, and heartrending journeys through time that rank up there with the best the Star Trek franchise has ever offered. We are so lucky to have this show, and it has generally exceeded every expectation I could have ever set for it.

So when I call the season 2 finale “Hegemony” a generally fine conclusion to this run of episodes, I mean it in the most expansive sense of the word. A “fine” Strange New Worlds episode is still pretty outstanding television, and as a season-ender, “Hegemony” is certainly an action-packed adventure, one that sees the horror-tinged return of the Gorn, the destruction of the U.S.S. Cayuga, and the long-awaited introduction of a young Montgomery Scott.  

Your mileage will likely vary when it comes to whether you think Strange New Worlds actually needs another legacy character from The Original Series on its canvas at this point—I’m not 100% convinced when Pelia has had so little to do this season already, but Martin Quinn is certainly a charmingly frenetic casting choice, and the show has handled Kirk’s arrival far more deftly and delicately than I expected it to. So, we’ll see. 

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