In Strange New Worlds, Spock points out that Vulcans originated First Contact, demonstrating that humans still dislike Vulcans.
The first episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds reveals that the human race still has grudges towards the Vulcans due to the events of Star Trek: Enterprise’s First Contact. Strange New Worlds begins up one year after the events of Star Trek: Discovery season 2 with Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) and the Starship Enterprise. Captain Pike embarks on a new mission of exploration in the years before passing leadership of the Enterprise to Captain James T. Kirk, with a fresh crew that includes Science Officer Spock (Ethan Peck) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) (William Shatner). However, 200 years after First Contact, the human race still harbours a grudge towards the Vulcans.
The most important day in Star Trek history occurred on April 5, 2063, as shown in Star Trek: First Contact. Although Vulcans and other aliens have visited the third rock from the sun throughout history, Zephram Cochrane’s (James Cromwell) successful first warp flight prompted the Vulcans to officially reveal that humans aren’t alone in the cosmos. Working with the Vulcans helped the human race recover after World War III, and led to the formation of Starfleet to explore the galaxy. Humans and Vulcans, on the other hand, were frequently at odds in Star Trek: Enterprise’s 22nd century. Starfleet believed the Vulcans were holding them back from fulfilling their cosmic destiny, while the Vulcans were sceptical of Mankind’s readiness to confront the hazards of deep space. At the start of Star Trek: Enterprise, T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) battled human preconceptions, including from Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula).
The debut of Strange New Worlds demonstrates that a century after Star Trek: Enterprise, there is still animosity of Vulcans and their crucial role in humanity’s triumph. “As you know, the Vulcans invented First Contact,” Spock said when briefing Captain Pike and Lt. La’an Noonien-Singh (Christina Chong) on the warp bomb the Enterprise discovered on Kiley 279. “As they never fail to remind us,” Captain Pike instantly replied. Although Pike’s remark was made in jest, it shows that prejudice towards Vulcans from Star Trek: Enterprise still exists in the twenty-first century. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) encountered hatred and prejudice from his own Enterprise crewmates in episodes like “Balance of Terror” and “The Galileo Seven” from Star Trek: The Original Series.
Meanwhile, when Spock claims that the Vulcans invented First Contact, he is referring to the restriction that only alien cultures with warp capabilities are allowed to contact them. The Vulcans utilise warp drive as the single criterion for determining when a species is ready to realise they are not alone in the cosmos. Indeed, Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets embraced the Vulcans’ warp drive rule as the deciding reason for First Contact, as well as the rule of non-interference, i.e. The Prime Directive, also known as General Order 1, is based on the discovery of an alien race’s warp capacity. The Vulcans also had a significant head start on making First Contact, long before Earth became warp-capable, which still irritates humans, despite everything they’ve accomplished by the 23rd century.
Furthermore, many humans have always been troubled by the Vulcans’ intrinsic arrogance, as they cannot comprehend the Vulcans’ logic-based and emotion-free way of life. Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) had a grudge with Vulcans even in the 24th century, resulting in Sisko coaching the crew of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in a baseball game against his pointy-eared foes. Tuvok (Tim Russ) was embraced by the Star Trek: Voyager crew, but Vulcans still face animosity from humans, regardless of the century. Spock’s half-humanity provides him an advantage in the Enterprise, but Star Trek: Strange New Worlds demonstrates that human-Vulcan rivalry is still alive and well in the 23rd century.