Strange New Worlds’ Enterprise Is More Super Powered Than Picard’s On Star Trek TNG

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2, Episode 1 – “The Broken Circle,” and Episode 2 – “Ad Astra Per Aspera”



The USS Enterprise on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has several super-powered crewmembers, even more than the Enterprise-D of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Following the adventures of Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) and his crew aboard the USS Enterprise, Strange New Worlds reimagines previously introduced Star Trek characters and introduces several new ones. The crew of Pike’s Enterprise includes a diverse cast of characters, many of whom have special abilities. From the genetically enhanced Number One (Rebecca Romijn) to the super serum used by Dr. M’Benga (Babs Olusanmokun), the characters of Strange New Worlds have their own kind of superpowers.

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Though Captain Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation also had a particularly powerful crew, Pike’s crew has a bit of an edge. Picard’s crew may have included a nearly indestructible android, a Klingon warrior, and an empath, but Pike’s has a half-Vulcan, two genetically enhanced augments, and a doctor with access to super-strength serum. Though Strange New Worlds does not have as many episodes as TNG, Pike’s crewmembers have already had the chance to demonstrate many of their abilities. Now that Number One has won her trial and rejoined the Enterprise, Pike may just have the most powerful crew in Starfleet.



Strange New Worlds’ Enterprise Crew Has More Powers Than TNG’s Enterprise Crew

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On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Picard had a pretty powerful crew full of excellent Starfleet officers who knew how to use their abilities in a crisis. With his android body and positronic brain, Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner) not only had superior strength but could also analyze information faster than any computer. Data’s abilities, along with his resistance to disease and mind control, made him one of the most-super-powered Star Trek characters. The Enterprise-D also had Security Chief Worf (Michael Dorn), a Klingon warrior with superior strength and combat skills, as well as Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), whose Betazoid half allowed her to sense the emotions of others.

Despite the powerful members of the Enterprise-D crew, Captain Pike’s crew includes even more super-powered members. The Enterprise of Strange New Worlds has two genetically-enhanced augments in First Officer Una Chin-Riley and Chief of Security, La’an Noonien-Singh (Christina Chong). Though La’an’s abilities have yet to be explored, Una has demonstrated her superior strength and resistance to certain infections. The half-human half-Vulcan Spock (Ethan Peck) also has a place on Pike’s Enterprise crew, with his strength, intelligence, ability to mind-meld, and ability to use the Vulcan nerve pinch. Additionally, Dr. M’Benga and Nurse Chapel (Jess Bush) have a super serum that temporarily grants them superhuman strength and stamina.

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Though Star Trek has never claimed to be a superhero show, many of the characters have extra abilities of some kind, and those abilities often play a major role in the show’s storylines. Much like superhero shows, both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds give their super-powered characters moments to shine and show off their abilities. Data proves instrumental in saving the day several times over the course of TNG, as do Spock and Number One on Strange New Worlds. If the characters on these shows did not have special abilities, the Enterprise may not have come out relatively unscathed.

In addition to having super-powered characters, Star Trek also uses tropes and story elements often seen in superhero stories. For example, Spock struggles with the juxtaposition of his human and Vulcan sides, just as many superheroes struggle with their powers, and Data has an arch-nemesis of sorts in his brother, Lore (Brent Spiner). Like many superhero stories before them, the tales of superheroism told in Star Trek often celebrate people’s differences. With its packed cast of powerful Enterprise crewmembers, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds may just have the most powerful Enterprise crew in Star Trek.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 streams Thursdays on Paramount+.

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