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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Episode 2 Easter Eggs and Reference Guide

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Persephone System 

The name of the planetary system through which the comet is traveling is called “the Persephone system.” This name is, in fact, a kind of a low-key spoiler for the entire episode. In ancient Greek mythology, Persephone was the goddess of the underworld, and therefore, the dead. But she was also the goddess of fertility. Because the comet both threatens certain death and is eventually revealed to be helping the planet have better, more fertile soil, almost everything you need to know about this episode is right there in the name. Curiously, “Persephone,” was also the name of one of Adam Soong’s (Brent Spiner) genetic “daughters” who died before Kore (Isa Briones) in the recently concluded second season of Star Trek: Picard

The Aenar 

The new chief engineer of the Enterprise, Hemmer (Bruce Horak) may look like an Andorian, but he’s actually a member of the Aenar, who are considered a sub-species of the Andorians. First introduced in the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise — in a season 4 episode called “The Aenar” — seemingly all members of the Aenar are blind. However, as Spock mentions in this episode, Hemmer has very heightened senses, which includes telepathy. This too was established in Enterprise.

This episode also implies that Spock and Hemmer can maybe communicate telepathically with each other, at least, slightly. This matches up with what we know about the Aenar from Enterprise. In that series, in the year 2154, the Aenar were outcasts of the Andorians. Now, in the setting of Strange New Worlds, it’s over 100 years later, in the year 2259, and it would seem, the Aenar are fully integrated into the Federation. Some fans believed that the Andorian, Thelin, in The Animated Series episode “Yesteryear,” was a member of the Aenar. While that’s an apocryphal assumption, visually, seeing Spock and Hemmer interact in Strange New Worlds could scan as a kind of easter egg to Spock and Thelin in “Yesteryear.” If you squint. 

Because the Aenar only appeared in the series Enterprise, this marks the first time a species that was exclusively created for that series has become a series regular on a subsequent Star Trek series. (There are no Denobulans or Xindi as series regulars on Discovery or Picard.) Also, from a chronological point of view, Strange New Worlds is, in a sense, a direct sequel to Enterprise in the same way Discovery was for its first two seasons.

This is also the second episode of Strange New Worlds in a row to overtly reference Star Trek: Enterprise. In the first episode, the crew was rescuing the USS Archer, named for Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) from that series. 

The Pantless Nausicaan

Pike telling a story to the crew about chasing a Nausicaan with no pants is pretty great. It’s also funny because it establishes that Enterprise captains seem to always be having run-ins with Nausicaans in their younger days. In the famous TNG episode “Tapestry,” we learned that a young Ensign Jean-Luc Picard got into a bar fight with some Nausicaans which resulted in him getting stabbed through the heart. This redirected Picard’s career path somewhat, or at least Q’s alternate dimension in that episode makes us think so.

Source: Den of Geek

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