Thoughts on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: Season 1

 Just finished watching season one of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. This is the first thing that I've seen that feels like TOS since The Next Generation. The Roddenberry-esque sense of optimism combined with exploration was a treat to watch.  I have a few thoughts that I'll hide behind a spoiler tag.

When you know a character well you can't put them into believable jeopardy in a prequel, so I tend not to enjoy them as much.  I felt going into this thinking no matter what happens to: Pike, Spock, Uhura, Chapel, M'Benga, and a number of other characters, I knew where their characters had to wind up. This expectation was immediately subverted with the portrayal of Christine Chapel, who has a refreshingly smart yet playful personality that we never saw in TOS.  I no longer feel at all the characters need to be left in the place that Gene Roddenberry pick them up do use a 1966.

I have to admit for a short time, I thought possibly Pike could avoid the chair. I mean since 1966 we knew Pike's fate. It was certainly foreshadowed plenty throughout the season, but if we could change Christine's character, why couldn't we alter Pike's fate? Of course, the Ghost of Christmas Future, in the form of his future self, showed us why that was impossible