Yer want original series references? Do yah? Well HERE YOU GO! No messing about or coy nods to Star Trek canon this week on Discovery. The show starts with a recap…of the original series pilot complete with the original Captain Pike and a smiling Leonard Nimoy.
Spock (or rather Spock 3.0) is in a bad mental state and Michael has run away with him in a shuttle bound for Talos IV. The planet is under a general instruction for Federation craft not to approach and we all know why. The apparently desolate planet holds a species of big brained telepaths who psychically project powerful psychic projections psychically. Who better to sort out Spock’s head?
Without spoiling things, that’s what they do revealing to Michael want Spock knows about the Red Angel and helping Spock get his proverbial shit back together. In the process Michael must reveal secrets about her childhood with Spock.
Meanwhile, back on Discovery, Doctor Hugh is having a hard time adjusting to his new existence. A matter not helped by the presence of Ash Tyler on board.
Altogether, we get an episode about consequences and the ramifications of actions. This a theme that Discovery has skipped over far to often. The neatest example is a short conversation between Captain Pike and Saru regarding a fight in the ship’s mess hall. Pike questions Saru’s decision not to intervene and Saru points to the somewhat exceptional circumstances (the usual pile up of plot line history for two characters) which Pike accepts and then requests Saru sticks with the normal code of conduct from then on.
It was inevitable that sooner or later Discovery would make a more overt claim to the original series’s history. Luckily it is at a point when the show is showing confidence in itself. So the bravado of opening with actual Star Trek footage comes over more as Discovery boldly going where Pike had already been than as a desperate bid for relevance.
Melissa George guest stars as the character Vena from the original pilot, and help ties this episode to the later re-worked version of the pilot, the two part “The Menagerie” in which Spock attempts to take the now severly disabled Captain Pike back to Talos IV.
- An Obol for Charon (e4) – Classic Trek on a magic mushroom trip
- Point of Light (e3) – season one Discovery is back for revenge
- Brother (e1) – an action orientated fresh start for the Discovery crew
- If Memory Serves (e8) – A sequel to The Cage and a prequel to The Menagerie
- New Eden (e2) – The Next Generation of The Next Generation
- Saints of Imperfection (e5) – Let’s get the old gang back together!
- Light and Shadow (e7) – Michael goes one way, Discovery goes another
- Sound of Thunder (e6) – Non-consensual medical procedures on a whole species
Bits and Pieces
- Dr Hugh isn’t happy and who would be in his circumstances.
- Tyler: ‘I’m sorry I killed you it was part of a plot twist and the writers wanted Stamets to be more relatable!’
- No absolute knock-out lines for Tilly this episode but I liked ‘come into my office’.
- So we know why the Red Angel has come from the future – it’s the usual time travel reason.
- Airiam’s cybernetic infection would be more compelling if Airiam had been given more personality from the start. Evil Airiam (or subverted, co-opted etc) isn’t any different than regular Airiam other than those three red lights in her eyes.
- The shocking revelation about Michael and Spock was that Michael said some very mean things to him (for noble reasons) when they were kids. Unlike regular siblings who say very mean things to each other for no good reason at all.
- Speaking of which, Michael disparaging Spock’s beard? Nicely done. Now I believe they are siblings.