Thanks to this week’s episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, I have this uncontrollable impulse to quote Macbeth. (And, to a lesser extent, “Take a Break” from Hamilton.) Indulge me, if you will: 
 
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
 
It’s fitting, not only because Season 2 Episode 3 is titled “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow.” Macbeth’s monologue touches on the transience of life: first chances, second chances and our obsession with losing time. Time is running out, you know. Of course, while on mid-21st-century Earth, La’an loses Kirk after Sera kills him. This outing boasts incredible character work from Christina Chong and Paul Wesley. Their chemistry is off the charts. The episode is a tender ode to human connection and a meditation on grief. It’s a thing of beauty.
 
My poor La’an. She tore my heart asunder and then stomped on it. In honor of today’s moving episode, here are my favorite quotes from “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow.” Energize! 

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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 walks down a snow-covered alley in Toronto while James Kirk walks behind her in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 3, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow."

Christina Chong as La’an and Paul Wesley as Kirk in Season 2 Episode 3, “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/Paramount+

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. 

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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 and James Kirk stand next to a taxicab in snowy Vermont while fighting over a stack of papers in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 3, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow."

Christina Chong as La’an and Paul Wesley as Kirk in Season 2 Episode 3, “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/Paramount+

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. 

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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. 

James Kirk and La'an talk to Pelia in archeological store in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 3, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow."

Paul Wesley as Kirk, Christina Chong as La’an and Carol Kane as Pelia in Season 2 Episode 3, “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/Paramount+

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. 

What are your favorite quotes from “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow”? Sound off in the comments below!

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