Strange New Worlds season 1 episode 10
The Enterprise is resupplying and refitting an outpost along the Romulan Neutral Zone when the son of the commander of the outpost interrupts their meeting. Turn out this kid is one of the cadets killed in the accident Pike is left disabled by in a few years. Back at his quarters, Pike begins to draft a letter to warn the kid when a future version of himself shows up. This version of Pike is shown wearing a movie era uniform similar to the uniforms introduced in Wrath of Khan. It's got some nu-trek alterations, but overall, it looks good. Future Pike warns his past self that altering his fate, saving all the cadets plus himself, would have some unintended consequences. He's brought another time crystal from Boreth to show him a glimpse of that future....
Pike finds himself 7 years in the future and still captain of the Enterprise. From here, the episode somewhat recreates the classic episode "Balance of Terror", with the Enterprise going after the cloaked Romulan Warbird after it destroys several outposts along the Neutral Zone. Pike gets some help from Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Farragut. The Farragut ends up destroyed, and Kirk is upset the Pike didn't shoot the Romulans Warbird seconds earlier than he did. Pike negotiates a cease fire so both ships can make repairs, but when time is up, a Romulan fleet shows up. Kirk arrives with an army of automated mining equipment, hoping to bluff the Romulans. The Romulans end up declaring war anyway, and the Enterprise retreats, and Spock is gravely injured.
Future Pike returns, explaining they're still at war with the Romulans, and millions have died. He somehow knows that Spock is their best chance at someday having peaceful relations with the Romulans, and explains in every timeline where Pike avoids his fate, Spock ends up dead instead. Captain Kirk shows up and they get to know each other, before Pike returns to the present and erases the letter he'd begun warning the kid about the future.
Una is arrested for being a genetically modified Illyrian.
Interesting episode... I'm a bit conflicted on it. I liked parts of it, and hated other parts of it.
It basically retcons Discovery's claim that once Pike took the time crystal he wouldn't be able to change his future. Here we find out he can change his future, but apparently no matter what he does results in a bad future. It's still terrible writing in terms of how time travel works in Star Trek, but it is better than Discovery claiming nothing could be done to change it at least. Don't really understand why Pike was still Captain of the Enterprise in this future he's shown. Preventing the accident that left him scarred/disabled happened well after Kirk became Captain of the Enterprise. Most of the cast of SNW also remains on the Enterprise, even though characters like Sulu and McCoy should be there instead. I guess with Pike still captain, maybe that's why some of his crew are still in those positions. But still... There's a few things that conflict with how it should be, alternate timeline or not.
Pike once again gets knowledge of the future he shouldn't have. Not sure if it'll play a role in future episodes or not, but is potentially problematic simply because he knows things before he should.
Erica Ortegas seems out of character in this episode... For what little characterization she got this season since they never focused on her beyond being a snarky helmsmen. Disappointed by how little they utilized several crew members this season. But at any rate, she's very insistent about destroying the enemy ship, to the point Pike yells at her. I gather this is because she's essentially filling a role of another character during the original episode, but she's never pushed the Captain like this in previous episodes. I almost felt like she had a vendetta again these aliens, which she shouldn't have...
Overall, I'd say this was a good season. It still had some episodes I was disappointed by, and I think they have relied a little too much on previous Star Trek storylines rather than trying to be more original. But this was much better than any of Discovery or Picard.