In Review: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (S1 – EP9) All Those Who Wander

The U.S.S. Enterprise crew comes face-to-face with their demons
All Those Who Wander

Synopsis: In All Those Who Wander The U.S.S. Enterprise crew comes face-to-face with their demons – and scary monsters too – when their landing party is stranded on a barren planet with a ravenous enemy.

 

The Story

When the Enterprise is tasked with retrieving a Starship, which has crashlanded on a planet that is a dead zone for all communications. Captain Pike leads a few crewmembers on an away mission to retrieve the ship. While his First Officer takes The Enterprise to the K7 space station to deliver some power cores.

As Pike and his team arrive on the planet they find conditions to be freezing cold and inhospitable. However, things soon get tense when La’an discovers a few dead bodies that look like they have been torn apart. While running maintenance on the crashed ship to get it space worthy again. The group finds an Alien who has been protecting a little girl called Oriana. But when M’Benga scans both the Alien and Oriana for any injuries or viruses. His scans fail to pick up on the fact that the Gorn have laid a few eggs in Oriana’s alien protector. Eggs that very quickly hatch and cause no end of trouble for the Enterprise crew members as the crashed ship becomes a Gorn hunting ground. 

Once again. It falls on La’an Noonien Sigh’s past encounter with The Gorn to help the crew out. But this time out it is far more up close and personal for all concerned and inevitably. There are casualties.

 

The Acting

 

 

Once again. We get some fantastic performances in this episode as the ensemble cast works really well in making us care about them. Anson Mount is fantastic as Pike and has a few great scenes in this one. Especially when it comes to him exercising his authority. We get one moment where Sam Kirk (Dan Jeannotte) verbally attacks Spock’s apparent dispassionate attitude toward the loss of one of the junior officers that they have brought on the mission. It’s a moment that Pike nips in the bud fairly quickly as he orders Sam to back down. This exchange between Sam Kirk and Spock was a little reminiscent of some of the exchanges we saw between Spock and McCoy in the original series.

We also get great performances from both Celia Rose Gooding and Bruce Horak as Uhura and Hemmer’s friendship continues to grow as the chief engineer continues to mentor the young Starfleet Cadet who is due to leave Enterprise. However, the friendship gets tragically cut short by the close of the episode as we wind up losing Hemmer to the Gorn, which hits all the crew and this viewer pretty hard.

Also, strong this week was Christina Chong as La’an who is a key player in helping Pike and the crew defeat the Gorn. La’an makes an interesting choice though toward the close of the episode, which might mean she is not as much a part of next week’s season finale.

 

Overall

All Those Who Wander felt a little bit like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds was channeling the original Alien movie in regards to how the Gorn comes into play and the events that follow. As you’d imagine. The Gorn are made to appear more frightening than they were in the original series. And the brief glimpse we get of them is done with fairly fast cuts. So we don’t really get to see that much of them.

Overall. This is perhaps one of the strongest episodes of the season. As it offers us a bit more information about The Gorn. Which is an original series Alien that we have known very little about. Furthermore, the episode is also a nice follow-up to Momento Mori, which aired earlier in the series.

9.9
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (S1 - EP9) All Those Who Wander
  • Story
    9.7
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI & Stunts
    10
  • Incidental Music
    9.8

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