Even perhaps worse, by the point we hit the seven-minute mark of the episode, Tig Notaro’s character has already made her third joke about her injured again.
Lt. Detmer (Emily Coutts) will get a spherical of applause from her comrades for her piloting of the ship, but additionally a nasty head harm proper the place her cybernetics sit. She’s out of types because of this, and one can’t assist however get the sensation that we’re being arrange for a rehash of that entire “Sphere Information” stuff from final season. Is it potential that Management has infiltrated Detmer simply because it did Airiam final yr? It appears unlikely that the writers would lean into that very same plot thread once more, so the query stays for now what precisely is happening with the helmsman. Wherever this winds up going, it’s good to see Coutts getting one thing to do past simply flying the Disco.
Michelle Yeoh’s Georgiou can be again on the scene, having been onboard Discovery through the wormhole journey after dispatching Leland/Management. She’s acutely involved with getting communications again up and operating as a result of she needs to trace down Burnham, but it surely’s exhausting to get behind the character’s consistently egocentric motivations, and it’s additionally obscure why she could be so Burnham-fixated at this level. Sure, the 2 have a connection, and sure, Mirror Burnham was her daughter again residence, but it surely nonetheless looks like a leap for the character. Wouldn’t she simply be scheming and plotting how finest to outlive on this courageous new world?Saru (Doug Jones) and Tilly (Mary Wiseman) go civilian-style into the unknown of the planet outdoors to be able to get an vital element for the ship fastened. Alongside the best way, episode director Olatunde Osunsanmi makes nice use of these Iceland places that we additionally noticed in final week’s episode, and Jones and Wiseman have a pleasant second when Saru explains why he selected Tilly to accompany him on this mission fairly than Georgiou. “You, Ensign Tilly, are a beautiful first impression,” he says as she fights again tears.
When Saru and Tilly make it to a kind of alien saloon on the planet, nonetheless, issues deteriorate as they encounter a bunch of Starfleet sympathizers who’re being terrorized by native warlord Zareh, performed by Jake Weber (Medium, Daybreak of the Useless). There’s nothing about Weber’s character that signifies something apart from bad-guy-of-the-week, and all of the enterprise about whether or not or not Saru and Tilly will get the half for his or her ship fastened looks like a foregone conclusion.
In the meantime, Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Reno get entangled in a B-story that sees them making an attempt to have an effect on repairs on the ship even whereas Stamets struggles together with his latest accidents. Why precisely Stamets wants Reno to speak him by way of the repairs is unclear, and Culber (Wilson Cruz) becoming a member of in with recommendation like “gradual your respiration” simply elicits extra shrugs. Looks like an entire lot of nothing occurring right here, which is a disgrace contemplating that really an entire lot of one thing is happening with the ship now flung nearly a thousand years right into a hostile future.
Ultimately, the Disco is properly on its method with repairs and Sonequa Martin-Inexperienced’s Burnham even reveals up, reuniting the entire group. To paraphrase Jean-Luc Picard, now it’s time for the crew to lastly, one hopes, see what’s on the market.
Questions and Notes from the Q Continuum:
- “Brace! Brace! Brace!!!”
- It has beforehand been established that the Discovery’s crew complement is 136, and right here we’re instructed that there are 88 crewmembers nonetheless onboard. So there have been both a bunch of casualties throughout final season’s huge finale battle and the wormhole journey, or a bunch of oldsters selected to remain behind and never journey to the longer term.
- “Um, you may have some Leland in your sneakers.”
- Rachael Ancheril’s Nhan, the previous Enterprise crewmember who was MIA so far as I may inform on the finish of Season 2, is again and now credited right here as a essential forged member. Huh.
- Talking of larger roles, the Saurian Linus talks now! (Replace: As GeekFilter on Twitter factors out, the character did beforehand communicate in a scene final season.)
- Weber’s character refers back to the V’draysh, which was beforehand heard within the Quick Treks episode “Calypso.” Michael Chabon, who wrote “Calypso,” has mentioned the time period is a future lingual distortion of “Federation.”