Discovery finally reveals the Red Angel’s identity in what is otherwise the weakest episode of Season Two.
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Director Jonathan Frakes takes the crew to Section 31 headquarters, located in a former Riker’s Island of space. We learn the backstory of two of Discovery’s secondary characters and the solution to other, before the episode sets up our heroes to fight the System.
So, Spock is even more special than TOS had us believe, Culber still hasn’t come to terms with being alive again, and Talos IV remains a wasteland inhabited by bulgy-headed aliens, though they’re somewhat less sinister and, well, alien, than a low-budget series made them look and sound fifty+ years ago.
Discovery does give us a visually-impressive wasteland, along with further clues regarding the Red Angel.
Burnham finally locates Spock, Pike leads a dangerous mission, and the finale foreshadows a major role for the mysterious Lt. Cmdr. Airiam and a return to a mind-bending TOS planet.
With Lent beginning next week, the show begins a quest to achieve maximum Easter Eggs.
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The Discovery returns Saru to his home planet, where he reconnects with his people and tries to move the Ba’ul.
For Valentines Day, Discovery reunites the crew with some established characters, and takes a quest into the bizarre Mycelial Network, where it finds stranger things.
The strongest second-season Discovery episode to date brings us a Big Not-So-Dumb Object, a dying Saru, bickering techies, comparatively thoughtful social commentary, and some by-the-way explanations for discontinuities between the tech of this series and Kirk’s era.
Who you gonna call? Sporebusters!
Beyond spore drives, improved effects, and occasional swearing, Discovery distinguishes itself from previous Treks by its serial storytelling. Nevertheless, the first two episodes of Season Two featured something resembling contained stories. With the third episode, we’re clearly in chapter mode, with several segments of story arcs.
The postwar Klingons have started growing their hair, but they still sport prosthetic make-up that makes their facial expressions less human and readable.
“Initiating donut maneuver.”
As far as produced Trek goes, Christopher Pike was Kirk 1.0, but in this episode, which very much hearkens to the classic series, we see a critical difference.
Pike actually follows the Prime Directive which, apparently, applies even to star-lost Terrans who have sent a distress signal.
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