Star Trek: 13 best Strange New Worlds episodes ranked from worst to best

Strange New Worlds has 20 incredible episodes, but which ones are truly considered the best ones? Let's take a look at 13 fantastic episodes and how they rank against each other.

Pictured: Rebecca Romijn as Una, Anson Mount as Pike and Ethan Peck as Spock of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved.
Pictured: Rebecca Romijn as Una, Anson Mount as Pike and Ethan Peck as Spock of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Photo Cr: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS. All Rights Reserved. /
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9. "The Elysian Kingdom" (season 1, episode 8)

"The Elysium Kingdom" lands at number 9 and there are a couple of good reasons as to why. Making you cry like a baby kind of qualifies as a third reason, technically, so there are three reasons.

Firstly, this episode takes a detour from the usual space exploration and places us in a whimsical, fairy-tale-like world. It's like stepping into a storybook where the crew of the Enterprise find themselves playing characters in a fantasy realm. Secondly, its change of pace gives us a refreshing break from the norm, offering us a chance to see our favorite characters in a completely different light. However, this is a double-edged sword as it also strays a bit too far from the more serious Star Trek vibes and some viewers could get thrown off by it. I dare say it doesn't stray too far as there are plenty of episodes in previous series that "The Elysian Kingdom" nods towards (particularly in The Next Generation). Thirdly, so many tears. Especially if you're a parent.

"The Elysium Kingdom" is a true testament to the creative range of Strange New Worlds. It shows off the series' ability to experiment with different genres and storytelling styles, adding a bit of unpredictability to the show. Some viewers might have found the fairy-tale theme a bit too much of a change, longing for the traditional sci-fi elements that Star Trek is known for, but there are plenty of us who appreciated the episode for what it was - a beautiful dive into a fairy tale.

Also, the already stunning Christina Chong, who plays La'an Noonien-Singh, looks absolutely incredible in a dress.