Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is the latest iteration of the beloved sci-fi franchise, taking us back to the time period and aesthetic of the original ’60s series. And right out of the gate, critics and fans are loving this return to classic “one and done” style episodes for the crew of the Enterprise.
But if you don’t have Paramount+, and wanted to see for yourself what all the fuss is about, now you can. The streamer has made episode one available to watch for free on YouTube. And you can watch the pilot episode, appropriately titled “Strange New Worlds,” below:
The first episode picks up about six months since we last saw Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) on Star Trek: Discovery. We also meet the new Enterprise crew members, Cadet Uhura, Dr. M’Benga, Lt. La’an Noonien Singh, Lt. Ortegas, Nurse Chapel, and Bruce Horak as Chief Engineer Hemmer.
Oh, and there’s one more crew member on board the starship Enterprise with a surprising lineage, but we won’t spoil that one for you. You’ll just have to watch the episode for yourself. And we can safely say it’s probably not who you think it is.
Strange New Worlds currently has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of any Star Trek show. And it’s arguably starting off better from a creative standpoint than any Trek series since the original. Yes, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager became beloved shows, but they had a rough go at first. Captain Pike and his crew came out swinging.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ first season consists of ten episodes in total. They’ve already been renewed for a second season, which is set to introduce a young James T. Kirk to the story. Strange New Worlds drops every Thursday on Paramount+.