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Why fans are calling Star Trek: Strange New Worlds episode 5 the best yet

Spock (Ethan Peck) and T'Pring (Gia Sandhu) share a kiss in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds episode 5
T'Pring (Gia Sandhu) and Spock (Ethan Peck) share a kiss in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds episode 5 (Image credit: Paramount Plus)

We’re only five episodes into the freshman season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and this week’s "Spock Amok" was a real treat for fans. Between callbacks to the 1967 episode of the original series, "Amok Time," to being able to see the Enterprise crew enjoying some much needed shore leave, fans agreed that new Paramount Plus series Strange New Worlds continues to deliver top-rate episodes that entertain and celebrate the Trek universe. 

After battling the Gorn in last week’s "Memento Mori," the crew was given some time off while the Enterprise enjoyed some much-needed repairs. 

The biggest moment came at the start as Spock (Ethan Peck) has a dream about his wedding to T’Pring (Gia Sandhu). She refuses him when she sees that he’s more human than Vulcan and opts for the ritual "kal-if-fee," whereby human Spock must fight his Vulcan self in a battle of supremacy. 

The ensuing fight featured the same weapons and music from "Amok Time" and is a delight for fans of the original series that pitted Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Kirk (William Shatner) against each other as part of the complex Vulcan mating ritual "Pon farr."

Speaking of callbacks, Anson Mount’s Captain Pike wore a green wraparound uniform that was similar to the one worn by Captain Kirk. It was a minor detail, but one that made fans very happy.

Here’s what fans were saying about Star Trek: Strange New Worlds episode 5:

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Other highlights from "Spock Amok"

  • Newly engaged couple Spock and T’Pring spend some time trying to bond but end up switching bodies during a Vulcan soul-sharing ceremony gone wrong
  • Nurse Chapel (Jess Bush) trying to ghost a friend with benefits who was after more commitment than she was willing to give
  • Enterprise crew members playing "Enterprise Bingo" to the chagrin of Una (Rebecca Romijn) and La’an (Christina Chong), then them joining in to prove they can have fun
  • Captain Pike trying to negotiate a treaty with a potential new member of the Federation while dealing with T’Pring stuck in Spock’s body

The episode was lighthearted and fun, with lots of jokes and innuendo stacked throughout. "Spock Amok" writers Henry Alonso Myers and Robin Wasserman demonstrated a firm grasp of Trek canon and core values; it’s not surprising that fans are calling episode 5 the best episode of the season.

New episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premiere on Paramount Plus every Thursday.

Sarabeth Pollock
Sarabeth Pollock

 

Sarabeth joined the Watch to Watch team in May 2022. An avid TV and movie fan, her perennial favorites are The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, true crime documentaries on Netflix and anything from Passionflix. You’ve Got Mail, Ocean's Eleven and Signs are movies that she can watch all day long.  


When she's not working, Sarabeth hosts a podcast dedicated to books and interviews with authors and actors. She’s also very close to realizing her lifelong dream of publishing a novel.