Captain’s log: stardate 1050.8
Time is running out as Leland (Alan van Sprang) as Control, and his fleet of Section 31 ships are closing in on the Discovery and the Enterprise, in this, the first part of the season two finale of Star Trek; Discovery. Written by Michelle Paradise, Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman, Such Sweet Sorrow Part 1 first aired on 11 April, 2019.
Micheal Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) has a plan to keep the sphere data out of the hands of Control, but when the data prevents the Discovery from self-destructing, the crew have to come up a with another option, and the time crystal, and a friend of Tilly’s (Mary Wiseman) may have the answer.
They use the restructured time-suit to pull the Discovery into the future, and away from Control. But it’s a one way trip. Through a series of emotional moments, each member of the crew gets a chance to shine, and as Pike (Anson Mount) readies to resume command of the Enterprise, members of the Discovery crew elect to stay with Burnham and the Discovery, whenever and wherever it goes.
There are goodbyes, well-earned character beats, and true Trek, and Starfleet moments, as we see duty, honour, and sacrifice all come into play in this episode. There aren’t a lot of narrative beats in this episode, as the clock ticks down to Section 31’s arrival, but it is filled with resonating pieces, that show how the series and characters have grown over the two seasons.
And with the arrival of the Section 31 fleet, ready to take the Discovery, and destroy anything in its way, including the Enterprise, the episode comes to an end.
Captain’s log: 1201.7
Paradise, Lumets and Kurtzman pen the second part of the season finale as well, which aired on 18 April, 2019.
If the first half was all about giving the characters their moments, the second part was all about set pieces, tying up character and story arcs, including the Red Angel signals even as the battle between Section 31 and the combined forces of the Enterprise and the Discovery.
While Burnham preps to lead them into the future, war wages around them, and lives are risked, irrevocably changed or lost, and tons of nods and threads are wrapped up even as the series heads in an all new direction.
I know there are still people upset about Discovery, but I’m also sure there are still people upset about The Next Generation. But while things are different from one series to the next, there’s still a positive outlook to humanity there. Sure, we haven’t completely eschewed our darker aspects as The Original Series would have us believe, but we’re working towards it.
We have, as a species, the goal to be better. That we can be better. That there is no unknown, just the temporarily hidden, and the Human Adventure continues.
As the episode comes to a conclusion, we learn why Discovery, her crew, her spore drive, have never been mentioned, and while Spock (Ethan Peck) has never mentioned a sister. In the final moments of the episode, we receive the last red signal, and seen Spock, Pike and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) exactly where they are supposed to be, on the bridge of the Enterprise, boldly going (into their own series, Strange New Worlds).
That ends my time with Star Trek: Discovery – Season Two on blu, but there is one more Trek entry coming (at least until Picard hits blu) and then I will have gotten through all of them. But like I said, the Human Adventure continues, and Paramount Canada can guide you with their Star Trek titles on blu-ray.
Space… the final frontier… (makes me want to start the whole thing all over again).