Jul 20, 2023

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds & My Evolving Perspective

Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura
I was born in the early Eighties, and grew up watching every version Star Trek from the Sixties up through the Nineties (my dad was a massive Trekkie). One of my earliest memories was thinking about how incredibly beautiful Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) was. I still think that. In fact, I thought she was gorgeous right up until her death at 89--she was that fine.

In 2009, when the JJ Abrams version dropped, I was in my twenties and I was (briefly) thrilled about a Star Trek revival. That's also when I began shipping Spock and Uhura, because if Abrams, Orci, and Kurtzman did one thing right, it was finally putting those two together. They unveiled that romance with their whole chest, and despite everything else, I still commend them for that.

Fast forward to the late 2010s, Ethan Peck showed up in Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, as the latest version of Spock. He had the height, the looks, and most importantly, that voice. Despite the questionable story choice, my initial hesitation disappeared. So when Strange New Worlds was announced, I was thrilled. And when Celia Rose Gooding was announced as Cadet Uhura, I was over the moon.