Star Trek: Discovery (2018) – The Wolf Inside, and Vaulting Ambition

Captain’s log: 2257

Lisa Randolph continues the Discovery Mirror Universe arc with The Wolf Inside which first aired on 14 January, 2018.

Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is in charge of the I.S.S. Shenzou and is ordered to destroy some rebels for the Terran Empire, but she works to do her best to save them all while maintaining her cover.

They are hoping that if they can discover had the U.S.S. Defiant got there from the Prime Universe, sans spore drive, then they may be able to use something similar to get back. But they have to find it. They have to get into the Terran Empire’s database. Burnham is doing what she can.

Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) continues to struggle with the revelations about his past, and that could put Discovery’s future in jeopardy. Especially when he comes to what may be his other self, Voq (also Latif), in the Mirror Universe, as he finally comes to know who he is, and unveils all of it to Burnham, including the murder he committed to keep his cover.

How will that affect her? How will their plan to learn what happened to the Defiant work out?

On Discovery, Saru (Doug Jones) has assumed command, while Tilly (Mary Wiseman) tries to find a way to rouse Stamets (Anthony Rapp), who in turn has a strange encounter of his own.

James Frain appears as the Mirror Universe version of Sarek, who does not know Burnham in this reality, and we also get to see Discovery’s incarnations of both Tellarites and Andorians. And by episode’s end we see who the Emperor of the Terran Empire is, and it comes as a shock considering the relationship Burnham with her… Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh)!

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Captain’s log: 2257

Jordon Nardino pens the next episode in the Mirror Universe arc that first debuted on 21 January, 2018.

Burnham heads to Georgiou’s ship, the Charon, with a special gift, while on Discovery Saru seeks aid from L’Rell (Mary Chieffo) for Ash Tyler’s condition. At the same time, Stamets interacts with his Terran Empire counterpart within the mycelial network. He also has an encounter with Culber (Wilson Cruz) there and must come to terms with the loss of a loved one.

So while Ash tries to come to terms with his Klingon self, Burnham has to confront Georgiou, someone she has looked up to in her universe, as she ‘delivers’ Lorca to her Emperor.

They have learned s few details about the Defiant’s transition into the Mirror Universe. It has something to do with a region of interphasic space, but its location is a secret.

In a desperate gambit, Burnham reveals to Georgiou that she is from an alternate universe. What’s more shocking is that the Emperor already knows about, and mentions the Federation by name. As Burnham comes up with a new plan, she learns something about Lorca that changes everything, and leaves us waiting for the next episode.

And while I know that not all hardcore fans enjoy this incarnation of Trek. I’m quite liking it. It’s not the Enterprise from The Original Series or Next Gen, but I’m enjoying my time aboard Discovery.

The Human Adventure continues Thursday as I explore more of Star Trek: Discovery – The First Season on blu-ray, available from Paramount Canada.

Boldly go…

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