Speaking of erratic SF TV spin-offs of a classic series, in the show Class (I think episode 7) Ms Quill bounces between some strange worlds – one is a planet that is a normal forest with purple leaves and another is a weird nest/tent. Well in this episode Saru, Ash and Michael end up on the same planet – sadly Ms Quill isn’t there, or maybe that’s for the best because Lorca would probably put in her charge of a super-weapon or something.
The ‘science’ is very much at Doctor Who levels of suspension of disbelief here also. Pahvo is a singing planet with a great big organic transmitter on it. The Federation wants to use the singing and the transmitter as a way of seeing through the Klingon cloaking device. Let’s ignore how any of that might work because it clearly makes no sense.
Ah but…the supposedly uninhabited planet is home to sentient (if naive) incorporeal beings. Nicely, the prime directive gets a nod here and also an acknowledgement that the landing party have already accidentally stomped all over it and are well into First Contact. Sadly this main plot doesn’t go very far other than Saru going off the rails a bit and Michael and Ash bonding a bit more.
Surrounding the Pahvo plot is more Klingon space war action. The episode starts with a genuinely exciting space battle as the Discovery comes to the aid of another Star Fleet ship. Meanwhile, some other threads are coming together – L’Rell, the Klingon interrogator and ally of Voq, has come to the big Klingon ship that started all the trouble. Now being run by the unpleasant Kol, L’Rell offers her services as an interrogator but this a ruse because everything L’Rell does is a ruse. In fact, she is trying to get access to Admiral Cornwell. So that’s nice. Everybody else may have forgotten about Cornwell except L’Rell. Shenanigans ensue.
So a bit of a messy episode but no terrible missteps like last week. The episode reaches a nice cliffhanger which should force the Discovery and the main Klingon characters back together for episode 9 and the mid-season break.
- Episode 3: Context is for Kings
- Episode 4: Seriously stupidly long episode name
- Episode 2: Battle at the Binary Stars
- Episode 6: Lethe
- Episode 8: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum
- Episode 5: Choose Your Pain
- Episode 1: The Vulcan Hello
- Episode 7: Seriously WTF Discovery Scriptwriters? [revised title]
Bits and pieces
- Tilly and Stamets get a side conversation about his befuddlement after he accidentally calls her ‘captain’. Good that the show doesn’t forget a side plot for once.
- Singing plants aren’t canon in Alice in Wonderland (that I can recall) but singing flowers do appear in the Disney animated version.
- It is totally OK for Saru to jeopardize the mission and do intemperate things because he was stressed out. Yup, seems reasonable – except totally inconsistent with Michael’s life sentence.
- If Ash Tyler is Voq then his cover is excellent. Having said that, the absence of Voq in this episode that is setting up all the players to be in the same spot for episode 9 really underlines that Voq must be somewhere.
- The death toll on the show remains high with a whole star ship and crew blown up.
- ‘like sonar’ no, no just ignore things like that.
- The planet has its own giant antennae and the crew are surprised to discover intelligent life there? I’m OK with this as the scanners let them down and that sort of fits with a mind set that would trust the instrumentation above other evidence.
- a lot rides on the next episode as the Kol-Lorca showdown arrives.