Discovery confirms two fan predictions in a weaker but less grotesque episode than last week’s.

Titles: “The Wolf Inside”
Directed by TJ Scott
Written by Lisa Randolph

Cast
Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham
Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca
Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler / Voq
Doug Jones as Saru / The Kelpian With No Name
Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets
Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly
Emily Coutts as Keyla Detmer
James Frain as goatee Sarek
Cait Alexanderas Discovery Bridge Crew
Jenny Itwaru as Star Fleet Bridge Crew
Harry Judge as Gorch
Clare McConnell as Dennas
Kenneth Mitchell as Kol
Demi Oliver as Transporter Crew
Marco Perretta as Star Fleet Medical Doctor
Damon Runyan as Ujilli
Julianne Grossman as Discovery Computer
Michelle Yeoh as the Emperor

Premise:

Burnham tries to assist the alien resistance to the Mirror Universe’s Terran Empire

High Points:

The episode features a dramatically effective, distressful opening.

We finally see two other founding Federation species. The Andorians have not really changed. The Tellarites are immediately recognizable, though somewhat less furry than in their earlier incarnations and an even bigger bunch of boars.

The actors handle Tyler’s reveal well…

Low Points:

…but the script largely wastes it, at least this week.

We have to accept a number of unlikely developments, including the alt-ship’s lack of follow-up on or monitoring of anything. That’s not really how a dictatorial society works. (I guess they leave follow-up to the Emperor). Also, the Discovery doesn’t know who else was in the room when a certain character dies? I would think they could find that information, given they’re all wearing communicators.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6

Effects: 5/6 Although some of the of the CGI still looks like CGI, I would love to have seen earlier Treks with access to this budget and these effects. Even incidental planetscapes look impressive.

Acting: 5/6 Sonequa Martin-Green’s handles Tyler’s reveal dramatically.

Production: 6/6

Story: 4/6 The story moves along quickly, but it requires a good deal of hand-waving.

Emotional Response: 4/6 This episode delivers some strong content which it then undercuts with problematic story choices.

Overall: 4/6

In total, “The Wolf Inside” receives 30/42