The season finale feels a little like Star Trek: The Role-Playing Game. Once again, it moves quickly, and it imparts a kind of direction on the season, towards a more familiar Trek.
Titles: “Will You Take My Hand?”
Directed by Akiva Goldsman
Written by Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, and Akiva Goldsman
Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham
Doug Jones as Saru
Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler
Michelle Yeoh as Nega-Georgiou
Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets
Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly
James Frain as Sarek
Patrick Kwok-Choon as Rhys
Jayne Brook as Admiral Cornwell
Mary Chieffo as L’Rell
Emily Coutts as Keyla Detmer
Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber
Clint Howard as sketchy Orion Man
The Federation’s desperate plan proves even more desperate than we realized, but it does allow for cavorting on an Orion-run spot on the Klingon homeworld, which permits humans even while a war rages.
The episode has a strong concept. Our characters have seen where the Dark Side takes us, and they cannot allow their Federation to follow that path. They find a solution, and we find ourselves looking at something like the classic Trek ethics.
The entire plot would be more powerful if we had experienced a little more of the war, and understood what pushed the Federation so far in this genocidal direction.
Just as every pop detective has to visit a strip club in the course of an investigation, every pop SF franchise has to visit a place like the Orion’s den. It raises a number of issues, however, including the lack of surveillance by the Klingons.
Emotional Response: 4/6 I’ll say one thing for that ending: the fans will be arguing about it for months, and I’m sure we could have a debate here about how much Pike’s Enterprise should play into next season, and whether or not it’s a good idea. Fan service or important development: discuss.
Overall: 5/6 So, while some of the more critical fans may regard the finale as less “Will You Take My Hand?” than “Will You Hold My Hair While I Barf?” I remain cautiously optimistic about Season Two. I just wish the series had done a little more to earn its new direction.
Of course, I didn’t think much of NextGen‘s first season, and that show turned out.
In total, “Will You Take My Hand?” receives 32/42