The following contains spoilers from Thursday Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Proceed accordingly.
Fifth episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds takes the Enterprise crew to an abandoned Illyrian colony called Hetemit 9. Humans are known for their genetic modification, which is banned in the Federation, and as a result they have lived as human beings. outcast.
As Spock and Pike investigate what happened to the colony on the surface, an endemic mild virus sweeps across the spaceship. Most were seriously ill, with the exception of Number One, aka Una, who recovered unusually quickly. While talking to Dr. M’Benga and Nurse Chapel about a potential cure, she revealed exactly why it happened: She was Illyrian.
The addition of the Star Trek canon cannot be underestimated, and co-director Henry Alonso Myers said there has been a lot of debate about confirming this aspect of her personality.
He told TVLine: “You’re going into tough waters any time you add something to it. “We try a lot to think what the consequences of adding them are, and then we have to do it. At the end of the day, you have to tell the story”.
For Myers, the most important aspect of the episode is not so much Una’s big secret, but finding common ground between her and Dr. M’Benga. At the end of the episode, M’Benga reveals that he will keep his daughter Rukiya, who has been diagnosed with cygnokemia, in the mattress until he finds a cure.
“It was about watching Una and M’Benga come together and get to know each other better,” explains Myers.
“We knew the episode was going to be a big episode of Una and we wanted to reveal something to the audience about her,” he added. “It’s a lot about defining who she is on this show and what kind of story we can tell her.”
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