PELIA: “Once you have lived through every natural disaster and economic calamity in human history without becoming a pack rat, then you can judge me. I still have a bunker in Vermont where I used to live in case this whole ‘no money, socialist utopia’ thing turns out to be a fad.”
I love Carol Kane (and Pelia). She’s such a fun addition to this talented cast. If I were Paramount, I’d greenlight some kind of prequel or sequel spin-off series starring Kane as our favorite Lanthanite. Perhaps we could watch her swipe some paintings from the Louvre. I’m Team Pelia here — she’s damn near immortal. I’m already a pack rat as it is; I can’t imagine living almost forever, especially with the urge to hold onto things for sentimentality.
LA’AN: “Never seen a revolving door before?”
KIRK: “I’m from space.”
Firstly, I love how this is a nod to a vintage Kirk line (“I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer space.”). Secondly, Paul Wesley’s delivery of this simple line cracked me up. He has this childlike fascination with the revolving door, and this response is his defense. I guess they don’t have any department stores in space, either.
LA’AN: “Where did you learn to do that?”
KIRK: “Spent six months in a Denobulan prison. Cellmate was a Vulcan. I can also make Plomeek soup in the toilet.”
Making Plomeek soup in the toilet is this show’s version of toilet wine. Again, Wesley’s delivery makes this quote all the funnier. He’s so proud of his accomplishments — the Vulcan nerve pinch and becoming a connoisseur of Plomeek soup. Our Kirk is nothing if not cultured. Side note: here’s the recipe for not making this Vulcan delicacy in the toilet. Unless that’s your thing, or you’re reading this from a Denobulan prison. This is a judgment-free zone.
LA’AN: “People are usually difficult for me. There’s always been a barrier, and it can get lonely. But you…”
KIRK: “Me? I’m… I’m special?”
LA’AN: “Yes. No. Both, I guess.”
This exchange is a moment of significant development for our dear La’an. She’s not one to get vulnerable, at least of her own volition. Kirk really cracks her armor in the best way. My girl deserves happiness and love; I believe she’s recognizing that now. She’s worthy of all the good things life has to offer. Christina Chong beautifully showcases La’an’s struggle to overcome that barrier and her desire to heal. Her arc in “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” is handled with such care and sensitivity.
LA’AN: “My real name is La’an Noonien-Singh. My ancestor is Khan Noonien Singh. And his legacy is genocide, torture … and me.”
La’an declares this to Sera (Adelaide Kane), the Romulan hellbent on killing Khan Noonien Singh. This is La’an embracing her identity, warts and all. She’ll no longer allow her connection to Khan to color her present and future. Yes, his legacy is awful, but she wouldn’t be here without him. And she has the power to change perception regarding her infamous surname. It’s La’an realizing she’s not Khan and never will be. The only commonality they share is some letters arranged in an identical pattern.
That’s my girl. Once she meets young Khan, things fall into perspective. It’s what she needs to forge ahead on her healing journey. Strange New Worlds handles grief and trauma so gracefully.
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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds streams new episodes every Thursday on Paramount+.