Star Trek: Discovery (2019) – Light and Shadows, and If Memory Serves

Captain’s log: 2257

Ted Sullivan pens this episode from a story he developed with Vaun Wilmott. It first debuted on 28 February, 2019. and sees Micheal Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) returning to Vulcan in the search for Spock (Ethan Peck).

It seems after his escape and disappearance, he returned to Vulcan, where Amanda (Mia Kirshner) has been hiding him. Spock is repeating a series of numbers over and over again, which Burnham eventually figures out, following an escape from a Section 31 ship after Sarek (James Frain) insisted that 31 had a vested interest in getting Spock better. Instead they just planned to extract information from him.

Meanwhile, Pike (Anson Mount) and Ash (Shazad Latif) are continuing to investigate the red signals, and find themselves investigating a temporal rift, into which the Discovery has already launched a probe. The pair chafe and butt heads, even as they become trapped in the rift. Things go from bad to worse when the probe they launched returns, from some five hundred years in the future, where it was updated, and promptly attacks the ship and its computer network.

Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Tilly (Mary Wiseman) figure out a way to get the shuttle back, but not before the probe infiltrates the network, and infects the human cyborg crew member of Discovery, Ariam (Hannah Cheesman).

Of course, viewers are thinking future technology, taking over systems… borg?

Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) continues her work with Section 31 and Leland (Alan van Sprang), as well as asserting her power there, by hinting that she could reveal to Burnham the truth about Leland. According to Georgiou, Leland was responsible for the death of Burnham’s parents.

I like this episode, though it runs shorter than most others in the season. We finally get to see Spock on-screen though he’s not quite himself yet, and we also learn that the numbers he has been reciting are coordinates to a planetary system. A system that will give us another tie-in with The Original Series, or rather events just before it, to an earlier mission featured in the first pilot, The Cage.

We’re off to Talos IV.

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Captain’s log: 1532.9

Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie pen the episode that takes us the most restricted planet in the Alpha Quadrant, Talos IV. So ordered because of the events that occurred when the Enterprise, under the command of Captain Pike journey there as shown in The Cage. It first aired on 7 March, 2019 – this is gonna be good!

The aliens there have incredibly powerful mental abilities, and may be able to help heal Spock, but it will also cause he and Burnham to face elements of their past.

On the Discovery Stamets tries to reconnect with the recently returned Culber (Wilson Cruz), and Ash has problems relating to the crew as they harbour suspicions not only about his Section 31 affiliations, but his true Klingon nature. Not to mention that his Klingon natureĀ  caused him to kill Culber in the first place.

I love the opening ‘Previously on Star Trek,’ which gives us a run down on the original pilot episode, The Cage and smash cut’s from Jeffrey Hunter’s Pike to Anson Mount’s. Awesome. And I have always been a fan of Melissa George, so I was delighted to see her in the role of Vina, and thought she and Mount make for a great onscreen pairing.

We learn that the Red Angel is hoping to avert a disaster that would wipe out all life in the galaxy at some far flung date, and now, Discovery has to find a way to stop it.

The Human Adventure continues next week as I explore more of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery on blu-ray, available now from Paramount Canada. Boldly go…

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