Star Trek: Strange New Worlds highlighted the first-ever meeting between two franchise icons in “Lost in Translation”.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds continues to carry on the idea of adding context and history to the Original Series. Developed as a prequel series to The Original Series, and a sequel series to Discovery, Strange New Worlds was meant to bridge the old and the new and make it into a seamless (as possible) timeline.
It hasn’t always worked that way, but they have added some historical significance to, what will end up being future relationships. We’ve already seen how they’ve built up Spock and Christopher Pike’s friendship throughout Discovery and now Strange New Worlds, and now in “Lost in Translation”, we’ve gotten even more relationship building.
Throughout the episode, Nyota Uhura was struggling with images and sounds she couldn’t locate, and of all the people she interacted with along the way, James Kirk, the first officer of the USS Farragut, was the only person to believe her. As the two would become quite close during the Original Series, it made sense to see these two paired off together.
But what was unexpected was Kirk meeting another iconic Trek character.
James Kirk and Spock finally meet on Strange New Worlds
During the closing moments of “Lost in Translation”, Uhura introduces Kirk to the ship’s first officer, Spock. The two men shake hands and establish a moment in time, as Trek’s two largest and most recognizable characters finally meet.
It was a small moment, but one played with so much potential significance and a future full of wonder.
While some may wonder why it took three episodes featuring Kirk to finally happen, the fact is we knew it would happen, and Kirk meeting Pick and La’an Noonien Singh first helped create the Kirk we needed the show to feature. It was worth the short wait to see these two finally share the screen together.