Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Finale – “Hegemony”


Summary

  • Killing off Captain Batel in Strange New Worlds Season 3 would be a mistake, as she has become an important and fascinating character.
  • Captain Batel adds depth to Captain Pike’s character and serves as an ideal romantic foil for him.
  • There are possibilities for Captain Batel to live in Season 3, such as purging the Gorn gestating inside her or using new medical research on the Gorn developed by Nurse Chapel and Dr. M’Benga.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2’s finale set up the death of Captain Marie Batel (Melanie Scrofano), but this would be a big mistake and wouldn’t be in the best interests of the show. Strange New Worlds season 2, episode 10, “Hegemony,” brought back the fearsome Gorn, who attacked the colony world of Parnassus Beta where Captain Batel and the USS Cayuga were delivering aid and supplies. When Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) came to rescue Batel, she confessed that she has been infected by the Gorn and doesn’t have long before Gorn babies burst out of her.

Captain Batel was introduced in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds‘ series premiere as Captain Pike’s significant other. But moreso, Batel is an experienced starship Captain who also works in the Judge Advocate General’s office, although Marie was passed over for a promotion to Commodore. Batel and Pike’s relationship has undergone ups and downs, but they learned to better communicate after singing out their issues in Strange New Worlds‘ musical episode. Batel and the Cayuga, with Nurse Christine Chapel (Jess Bush), were performing medical errands of mercy on Parnassus Beta when the Gorn suddenly invaded. Batel was among the survivors, but she was somehow contaminated by the Gorn, which is a death sentence.


Strange New Worlds Killing Captain Batel Would Be A Big Mistake

Batel Parnassus Beta

Strange New Worlds season 2 ended with a cliffhanger where Captain Batel’s fate is undecided, but it would be a big mistake to kill Marie off in Strange New Worlds season 3’s premiere. In just a handful of appearances, Batel has become an important and fascinating character, and she is an ideal romantic foil for the noble Pike. Marie is intelligent, extremely capable, and remarkably patient when Pike “gets scared” and withdraws. Batel is also a rare 23rd century female starship Captain who has loads of potential still unrealized, including her yet-to-be-revealed backstory.

Killing off Captain Batel would essentially be Strange New Worlds “fridging” Captain Pike’s love interest just to give him tragedy. Pike is already a tragic figure; Chris knows he will be horribly disfigured by delta-rays and the man he currently is will “die” in just a few years time. Pike doesn’t need mourning Batel’s death to compound his tragedy, and Batel has much more to offer than be a sacrifice to add to Pike’s personal pain. Strange New Worlds and Captain Pike are more interesting with Captain Batel in it. While Star Trek: The Original Series’ “The Menagerie” establishes Fleet Captain Pike (Sean Kenney) is alone in 2266, this doesn’t mean Batel has to die, and there could be various reasons why they lost touch.

How Captain Batel Could Live In Strange New Worlds Season 3

Batel Sedated

For Captain Batel to live in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3, the Gorn gestating inside her must be purged from Marie. Luckily, Batel is aboard the Enterprise, not the crashed starship in Strange New Worlds season 1, episode 9, “All Those Who Wander.” Given their lack of resources and dire circumstances, it’s understandable why Lt. Hemmer (Bruce Horak) chose to sacrifice his life and save his friends when he was infected by the Gorn. But Batel is under the care of Nurse Christine Chapel in Sickbay, and she has a fighting chance to survive her Gorn infection.

Strange New Worlds season 2’s finale revealed that Starfleet has developed weapons to counter the Gorn threat. It’s quite possible that since their Strange New Worlds season 1 encounters with the Gorn, and the loss of Hemmer, Nurse Chapel and Dr. Joseph M’Benga (Babs Olusanmokun) have new medical research on the Gorn. Chapel could even use M’Benga’s trick of using the transporter’s pattern buffer to keep Batel alive, or possibly even separate the Gorn from her. It’s best to hope that Captain Batel lives in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 3 because the loss of such a fine character would be a tragedy, and an avoidable one, at that.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 is streaming on Paramount+.



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