Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 6 Recap – what is the purpose of the hallucinations?

By Adam Lock
Published: July 20, 2023 (Last updated: August 1, 2023)
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Paramount+ series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 6 Recap


“Lost in Translation” includes some enticing moments of horror and one particularly explosive action set-piece, but the final third doesn’t quite live up to the episode’s earlier promise. The revelation is a little underwhelming, yet there is space for some fun character interactions.

We recap the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 6, “Lost in Translation,” which contains spoilers.

After the goofy and playful Spock-centric episode “Charades,” Star Trek: Strange New Worlds gets serious once again with the horror-tinged “Lost in Translation.”

The latest installment finds Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding) undergoing traumatic hallucinations aboard the Enterprise.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

Uhura’s episode begins with an explanation of the new setting. The Enterprise is in a nebula that is filled with deuterium, the fuel used to power the starships. Captain Pike and his crew are overseeing the construction of a refinery that aims to collect the deuterium in the area.

Because of this massive undertaking, Captain Pike has now been promoted to fleet Captain, in command of this prestigious refinery project. He hopes to finish the work on the refinery as soon as possible, but his team keeps encountering new problems.

An overworked and exhausted Uhura intercepts a signal communication, although it quickly disappears.

While she investigates the glitch, she has a horrifying vision of her old colleague Hemmer. The deceased chief engineer appears to her as a zombie.

What is Uhura’s diagnosis?

Uhura is terrified by these visions and heads to the sick bay. M’Benga believes that she has a mild case of deuterium poisoning, which can lead to hallucinations. He orders her to rest up. Uhura struggles to sleep, though, and has further visions.

Meanwhile, Spock and Christine discuss their relationship. Spock wants to inform Starfleet of their romance, but Christine is happy to let the relationship be.

They are then interrupted by Uhura, who thinks the hallucinations are something else. The couple believes that Uhura is just overworked.

Uhura marches off to the bar to sulk and meets James T. Kirk, who is visiting. He’s just been promoted to First Officer on the Farragut. Uhura thinks James is hitting on her and quickly leaves.

In the hallway, she has another vision. This time she sees dead bodies and is then attacked by another version of herself.

As Uhura wakes from the dream, she accidentally punches James in the face. Embarrassed, Uhura fixes James up in her quarters. James agrees with Uhura something else is going on here; this is not just deuterium poisoning.

Next, Uhura has a vision that the Enterprise is attacked, and she watches in horror as her fellow crew members are all killed.

Who else is hallucinating?

While Uhura falls apart, another case is discovered on the ship. Lt. Ramone is found sabotaging the new refinery system. He is also undergoing horrific hallucinations. They try to chat with Ramone, but he escapes. He now can’t tell the difference between dreams and reality. Ramone eventually causes an explosion in an airlock, which nearly claims Uhura and James.

The explosion blows a hole in the side of the Enterprise, and Ramone is killed instantly. Uhura fears that she will soon go insane, just like Ramone. Eventually, Uhura comes to the conclusion that invisible aliens are trying to communicate with her.

What is the purpose of the hallucinations?

Each individual hallucination is actually a separate message. The aliens are saying that they are trapped and in pain. The Enterprise is killing them. Uhura, James, and Sam realize that the aliens are in the deuterium. The refinery must be stopped.

Pike blindly follows Uhura’s orders without any evidence, just going on her word alone. They evacuate the refinery and blow it up moments later.

Pike orders for all the deuterium to be removed from the ship as well. Uhura confirms afterward that the aliens are now safe, with a vision of Hemmer verbalizing this message.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 6 Ending Explained

Throughout the episode, Una and Pelia have been at loggerheads with one another. Una hates how Pelia recklessly defies orders, while Pelia thinks that Una is arrogant.

In the end, Pelia realizes why Una is upset with her; she misses her old friend Hemmer. Pelia has taken over Hemmer’s position, and Una is filled with resentment because of this grief, aiming all her frustrations at poor Pelia.

In the final scene, Uhura and James discuss the whole fiasco. The events have helped Uhura to overcome her fears of death, and she can now look at old photographs of her loved ones that have passed away. This has been a therapeutic journey for Uhura, who can now move forward with her life.

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