Discovery gets a new captain, and it’s exactly who you think it is: Star Trek: Discovery “That Hope is You, Part 2”

Previously on Star Trek: Discovery: A ship crashed on the surface of a dilithium planet 125 years ago and the Kelpien version of Rain Main got scared and caused the Burn. Discovery went to rescue the survivor and found him inside a rapidly degrading holographic world created by his late mother. Burnham had to leave Saru and Culber behind in the holo-program, while Adira brought them more anti-radiation meds. Osyraa, Minister of the Emerald Chain, took over Discovery as a prelude to peace talks that quickly fell apart. Burnham shot Stamets into space inside a glowing egg, then got captured by Zareh, and now it’s up to the Bridge Crew with the help of some DOT bots to take back the ship.

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Inside the holo-program back on the dilithium planet, Culber watches a hologram of a gormagander shimmer and disappear through a wall, showing that the holo-program is slowly deteriorating. The camera rotates around while we cut to Saru, who still appears human, as he tries to communicate with the Kelpien “child” Su’Kal.

Get used to this camera “trick”.

Su’Kal notices the lesions on Saru’s face, and offers him some kelp… to put on his radiation burns. Culber pulls Saru aside to tell him that the effects of the radiation are getting more severe, and he thinks that when Su’Kal sent out that energy wave a couple of episodes ago, it must have caused breaches in the hull of the ship they’re currently inside. And then to their surprise, Adira shows up, and it seems the holo-program has transformed Adira into a Xahean, the same race as that child genius queen Po who annoyed everybody last season. Adira has brought more medicine, and had to hide it in their mouth for some reason. Culber is relieved that this will buy them some time, and again, why didn’t they just bring extra supplies of medicine with them in the first place?

And then Gray appears, and the holo-program has somehow converted him to a Vulcan. But the truly shocking part is that both Culber and Saru can now see him. This makes no sense whatsoever, and nobody attempts even a technobabble explanation for how a holo-program can take a person who only exists in Adira’s mind and convert him into a hologram. Saru says, “The holo—it recognizes you,” and that’s all. Gray gets a hug from Culber, who tells him, “You do have kind eyes!” They go wandering off, and the camera rotates upside down as we see the smoke monster materialize and follow after them.

At Federation headquarters, the Viridian is outside, blasting away at HQ’s shields, while inside, Discovery is just randomly shooting at every ship in the vicinity. So much for that armistice, I guess. All Vance did was suggest Osyraa might be a war criminal, and now two minutes later she’s switched to Plan B, and that’s “B” as in Blow Up Every Fucking Thing in Sight.

Cut to Vance, who orders the Voyager-J to take the lead in the fight, and of course we never actually get a shot of Voyager, but we do see about twenty different ships pounding away at Discovery, along with HQ’s internal defenses, and even though Discovery’s shields were down to 35% a couple of episodes ago, it’s now holding up just fine with minimal damage. So apparently along the way it got coated in extremely durable plot armor. There’s one last cameo from David Cronenberg as Kovich, who’s at Vance’s side mostly for him to have someone to deliver exposition to. Kovich worries about what will happen if they destroy Discovery, because it’s their only link to far-off worlds, but Vance says they can’t allow the spore drive to fall into Osyraa’s hands.

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Zareh shows up on Discovery’s bridge with his new prisoner Michael, while Osyraa tells her scientist bae Aurellio to prep his truth serum for Book. And the same woman who was holding peace talks about an hour ago now wants the Federation “obliterated”. Burnham smugly says that Osyraa is screwed now that Stamets is gone, but Osyraa assures her she can still get the spore drive working. Then she gets word over the comms that someone is mounting an assault on the bridge.

Cut to the Bridge Crew in a corridor engaged in firefights with regulators, and even the DOT bots are getting involved, though mostly as cannon fodder. Tilly tells the crew to get to the turbolift, but suddenly they all feel a wind blowing, and they realize that life support to their section has been shut off.

The camera rotates us over to Federation HQ, where Stamets barges into the command center to say he has to get back to Discovery so they can jump to the nebula. However, Vance thinks that Burnham made the right decision, and orders Stamets forcefully loaded onto a civilian vessel so he can be taken far from here. Then Vance learns the Viridian has breached their outer shield, but all is not lost. They’re getting hailed by Ni’Var, and to no one’s surprise, an entire fleet of Ni’Varian ships has arrived thanks to Burnham’s distress call last episode.

On Discovery, Osyraa wants to deal with the Ni’Varian fleet by having the Viridian “deploy its cache of pesticides”. Uh. What? Pesticides against spaceships? Maybe she wants to beam the pesticides into the other ships’ air vents or something, but it’s not explained well. Burnham says she can to talk to Vance, and get him to agree to let Discovery go. She points out that Osyraa is outnumbered, and she has nothing to lose. So they hail Vance, who seems suspicious of Burnham’s request, given that she’s a hostage who likely has a gun to her head. But somehow, Burnham convinces him to allow the Discovery to leave HQ, saying to trust her. “I won’t let you down. Let us go.” And that’s all it takes, and Discovery and the Viridian flee the scene.

Osyraa again brings up having the Viridian release its “pesticide cache”, so that Discovery can fire torpedoes at it, and the “contaminated shrapnel” will destroy any ships in range. Pesticide-contaminated shrapnel as a weapon? Well, that’s a whole new level of dumbness. It sounds like they wanted to somehow work pesticides, the one thing that makes the Emerald Chain so eeeeevil, into the fight somehow, even though it makes no sense. Burnham says Osyraa has what she wants, so she doesn’t have to do that, and also, she should turn life support back on for the bridge crew. Osyraa refuses, saying, “They had their chance,” and Discovery and Viridian warp away.

Back at the holo-program, it looks like the kelp has actually healed Saru’s face somewhat, not that this ever becomes important. Saru tries to bond with Su’Kal by suggesting they cook a traditional Kelpien dish, and Su’Kal doesn’t understand how a human would even know about this dish. Saru starts to gently explain that he’s not what he appears to be.

Meanwhile, Discovery and Viridian are at warp, being pursued by Ni’Varian ships, so I guess the Ni’Varians have a much different definition of “let us go” than Vance. In Sickbay, Aurellio is bickering with Zareh over whether they should use the mind-control headband on Book instead of the truth serum. So why did Osyraa have him whip up truth serum in the first place? Osyraa brings Burnham to Sickbay just as Aurellio warns that Book’s “empathic nature” means the mind-control headband will cause him excruciating pain. He insists they allow time for his truth serum to work.

So Osyraa grabs Aurellio by the throat, and eventually chokes him unconscious while warning that “you won’t wake up next time.” She’s back to being just pure evil, then. She takes the mind-control headband from him and Zareh puts it on Book, and Osyraa warns that Burnham should talk, because Book’s about to experience a horribly painful death.

Back at the thrilling holo-program, Saru and Su’Kal are cooking by a fire as Saru explains that he’s actually Kelpien. So Su’Kal points to a door and says it leads to Kaminar, but Saru explains that Kaminar is really a different “world”, and there are lots of other worlds out there. Su’Kal knows he’s talking about the “outside”, and he’s bitter that nobody from the outside ever came to rescue him and wants to know why. Saru tries to remain vague about the Burn, but Su’Kal’s voice and face gets demonic in the fire as he bellows “Tell MEEEEE!” and everything shakes. Not wanting to get wished away to the cornfield, Saru chills him out and tells him about the Burn, albeit the abbreviated version. He also explains that Su’Kal’s mom created this world to keep him safe. So Su’Kal tells Saru to wait, and enters that door that supposedly leads to Kaminar, and goes into slow-motion for some reason as he walks inside.

Back in Sickbay, Book is screaming in agony, and Zareh warns he won’t last much longer. Osyraa tells Burnham that the whole bridge crew is suffocating right now, and they’ll be dead within the hour. Burnham “cahhn’t” save any of them (love that still-shifting accent), but she can save Book by telling them where the dilithium planet is. Burnham begs them to stop, then goes over to Book. But instead of talking to him, she grabs a gun off a regulator and turns on the medical forcefield around the bio-bed. She revives Book, and together they run off, meaning the forcefield that surrounds the bed somehow has an escape route that leads to a corridor outside Sickbay. Isn’t the whole purpose of a medical forcefield to quarantine/protect a patient or something?

Meanwhile, the bridge crew is running out of air. They have an oxygen mask from somewhere that they’re all sharing, but Owo says she doesn’t need it. And then she uses up some of their precious air talking about how she grew up freediving in caves as a kid, and she can hold her breath for long periods of time, and this is of course transparently setting her up as the one who can save the day.

Cut to Burnham and Book heading for the “data core”, which is the only place where they can override Osyraa’s control of the ship’s computer. Burnham has a regulator badge, and she opens a channel to the entire ship. She tells a random story about drinking and playing cards on someone’s birthday, and how she’s glad there were no fireworks. “Nothing stops a party like fireworks.” Tilly hears this and explains to the bridge crew that one time on her birthday, she was having a bad day, so she went and hid in one of the nacelles. But then Burnham found her, and together they drank and played cards. And they actually have the gall to show the bridge crew getting emotional about this dumb story until Tilly declares, “She wants us to go to a nacelle!” They also figure out from Burnham’s cryptic message that they should set off a bomb there, which will disrupt the superconductor keeping the detached nacelle, um, attached, and knock them out of warp, which will then allow the Ni’Varian fleet to catch up to them. It’s a suicide mission, supposedly, but they’re all up for it.

Back at the holo-program, Su’Kal comes out of his door. And it seems the whole purpose of that was so Su’Kal could come out and whine, “Kaminar is empty. The holos are all gone! Where did they gooooo?” Which way did they go, George? Saru again tries to explain that Kaminar is another planet, full of sentient beings, and Saru says that he himself is sentient, and not like the holos.

Exciting! Maybe he can walk behind more doors and find MORE nothing!

Saru says Su’Kal will soon have to venture into the “outside”, and talks about how he too had to leave the only world he knew. Su’Kal is afraid of the outside, but Saru reassures him that it’s “beautiful” out there. And then the smoke monster reappears, and according to the captions, it keeps whispering “See me!” but it sounds like it’s saying “Feed me!” like Audrey II. Saru insists that Su’Kal must face the monster, but Su’Kal yells, “No, I WON’T!” And the whole place shakes again as Su’Kal runs off.

The camera rotates again (seriously, can the director come up with a new transition already?) as Culber, Adira, and Gray discover that the Federation holograms that Culber talked to earlier are now missing. Adira thinks this is because, again, the holo-program is deteriorating, and there’s even a part of the wall dissolving into pixels. Culber says he tried to go through the hole in the wall, but the radiation was too intense out there. So Gray goes to check it out, arguing that he’s not a physical being, so the radiation can’t hurt him.

As he heads over, we get even more technobabble to explain how Su’Kal caused the Burn: Culber thinks he’s a “polyploid” affected by all the dilithium, and he has a “genetic connection” to subspace. Culber explains, as if we haven’t figured this out by now, that something happened 125 years ago that really terrified Su’Kal and caused the Burn. You mean, right around the time his whole family died from radiation poisoning? I’m sure something traumatized him back then, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Cut to Gray walking through glowing pixels, also in slow-mo for no reason, and then he sees the ship outside of the holo-program. The camera pulls back and we finally see the exterior of the ship, and in a nice bit of continuity, the Kelpien ship bears a strong resemblance to the Ba’ul ships from last season, again hinting at a unified Kelpien/Ba’ul society that nobody talks about. Gray returns to the others and reports that the ship is falling apart and they don’t have much time.

Elsewhere, Saru and Su’Kal discover that the hologram of the Kelpien village elder is now gone, and Saru explains for about the twentieth time that the holo-program is breaking down. Su’Kal says the elder always made him feel safe, and then the other three show up just in time for Saru to say they’re all here to make him feel safe instead. Saru now wants Su’Kal to take them to “that room” so he can face the monster.

On Discovery, the bridge crew is trying to make their way to the nacelle, but they start collapsing from oxygen deprivation. The only one not on the verge of death is Owo, so predictably it’s up to her to take the bomb and head off by herself to finish the mission. She too walks off in slow-mo, but not before turning to the rest of the crew to declare, “I love you all!”

Meanwhile, Burnham and Book are breaking into a turbolift just as the regulators are closing in. They get inside but can’t get it moving, so they let the regulators enter while they climb outside the turbolift, revealing another glimpse of the vast, empty carnival funhouse that exists inside Discovery.

A firefight breaks out, and Zareh randomly shows up. Burnham jumps out of the turbolift and drops down onto another turbolift, which is somehow floating freely through the cavernous, city-sized interior of Discovery. And this part goes on and on, showing just how absurdly massive the inside of Discovery supposedly is. I feel like I’m watching deleted scenes from Tron Legacy.

Burnham does something on the roof and stops the turbolift and jumps inside and fights a regulator. She defeats him and arrives at the MCP, I mean the data core, which looks even more like an Apple Store than Federation HQ. Osyraa is also here, because she guessed that this is where Burnham was headed. They finally have their big one-on-one fight, while Book is still in the turbolift, having his own one-on-one with Zareh.

Owo gets to the nacelle just as her oxygen mask runs out. She opens the doors, and I do appreciate the callback to the design of the inside of the Enterprise-D’s nacelles. She’s able to plant the bomb, but she passes out before she can get away. Luckily, a DOT robot is here to pull her to safety. Wait… why didn’t they just get one of the DOTs to plant the stupid bomb in the first place?

All around the ship, everyone hears a warning about a nacelle breach. There’s a big explosion and Discovery falls out of warp. This allows the Ni’Varian fleet to catch up with Discovery, and they proceed to do… absolutely nothing, as far as I can tell. The one-on-one fights continue, and Burnham and Osyraa slug it out while occasionally getting hit by random waves of energy. Is this a normal thing that happens inside the data core? During this, Osyraa is able to contact the Viridian, telling them to pull Discovery inside, and like two seconds later, Discovery is being swallowed up by the Viridian.

In the turbolift, Zareh is about to toss Book out to his death, but he wastes time asking who’s going to make a bigger splat down below: Book or his “fat cat”. This swipe at Grudge enrages Book, allowing him to get the upper hand over Zareh and kick him out of the turbolift. As Zareh plunges to his death, Book yells out the ridiculous but sorta funny one-liner, “SHE’S A QUEEN!”

Happy trails, Zareh.

At the data core, Osyraa gets Burnham by the neck and pushes her into a wall of programmable matter. Eventually, the matter swallows her up like that scene in Superman III where the evil scientist gets turned into a robot. Osyraa thinks Michael is dead, but suddenly two phaser bolts come out of the wall and hit Osyraa, and Burnham reemerges. And that’s the end of Osyraa. Yep, just like that. After a season of building her up as the big bad, her death barely registers.

Burnham pukes up glowing pixels, and then goes to a console and switches around some DAT tapes, and orders the computer to reset all systems. After tensely waiting for the ship to reboot, she orders it to restore life support to all decks. Then she tells the computer, “Beam all regulators off Discovery!” And the computer complies, even though she doesn’t bother specifying where to beam them to. Did Discovery just send a bunch of people into the vacuum of space?

Taste the rainbow!

Cut to the bridge crew waking up in the corridor, happy to be alive. And Owo sees the DOT that saved her, but it’s in bad shape. Everyone congratulates Owo for completing the mission, but um, what exactly did she accomplish? The Ni’Varian fleet did absolutely nothing, so what was the point of dropping out of warp?

Number Five is barely alive.

On the bridge, they realize they need to get back to the Verubin Nebula ASAP, but everybody sees they’re still stuck inside the Viridian. Burnham tells Tilly she has an idea, so Tilly says Burnham might as well just go ahead and implement it, whatever it is. It seems this ordeal has caused Tilly to realize that she sucks as a captain, and so she steps aside and orders Burnham to take over.

Burnham wants to cause a warp core overload and eject the core, and blow their way out of the ship and spore-jump back to the nebula. Of course, they don’t have Stamets to operate the spore drive, but luckily Aurellio is still here and he already has a replacement in mind. Wait, why didn’t he didn’t get transported off the ship to Nowheresville along with all the other Emerald Chain goons? Did Discovery’s computer sense that he’s a good guy now, and should be allowed to stay? Regardless, he says that due to Book’s empathic abilities, he should be able to operate the spore drive. And I’ll just fill in the blanks here, and assume that Book’s ability to telepathically communicate with animals means he can communicate with the spores of the mycelial network, but no one puts it quite that way. Also, at what point during all the firefights and slugfests and hostage scenarios did Aurellio have time to figure this out? But they all decide that this will work without any proof, and Burnham tells the crew to get ready to eject the warp core, and she wants them to warn the do-nothing Ni’Varian fleet to get as far away as possible.

Back at the holo-program, the smoke monster is leading them behind that big boarded-up door. Is this what everybody meant by “facing the monster”? Letting the monster lead them into a room? It seems this room is where Su’Kal can shut off the holo-program. Gray freaks out about this, because his hologram will be shut down too. Despite assurances that Adira will still be able to see him, he cries out, “It’s not enough!” Is this really what they need to be worrying about right now? Saru and Culber have to waste time telling him that they’ll find a way to make sure he can be seen by others again.

Su’Kal puts his hand on a Total Recall Martian-like handprint and says in Kelpien, “End program.” Everything dissolves into a shower of glowing pixels, including Gray. They’re back on the Kelpien ship, and didn’t Culber say he faced immediate death from radiation poisoning when he tried to step onto the ship? I guess that’s not an issue now.

Su’Kal really amps up his Rain Man voice as he declares, “Ohhhh, com-pu-ter, show me what I saw heeere. So I can be freeee.” The computer calls up a holographic recording of L’il Su’Kal—created via some really bad CGI de-aging—watching his mom die. She passes away, and the kid screams, sending out a big wave of energy. The recording ends, and Su’Kal talks about how he was so very alone after that day, and Saru’s voice behind him says he’s no longer alone. And in a nice, affecting moment, Su’Kal turns around and Saru is Kelpien again. They embrace and they even do the Kelpien forehead touching thing.

Back on Discovery, Book’s in the spore chamber, talking to Michael on the bridge, and he finally reveals some small bit of the backstory behind his name. He says a guy named Cleveland Booker was once his “mentor”, and he’s always tried his best to “live up to the name”. And that’s all for now. And even though they still have no idea if Book can pull off a spore jump, Burnham orders them to overload the warp core and eject it, and there’s lots of suspense as the thing glows and crackles and Discovery still hasn’t jumped yet.

Cut to outside the Viridian as the whole ship explodes, I guess to leave us wondering if Discovery got blown up too. Of course it didn’t, but the Book/Burnham body count for this season sure just went up by a significant number. Why did they even need to overload the warp core to get out? We’ve seen in previous seasons that Discovery can spore jump from anywhere; in season one, the ship even jumped into and out of caverns deep below the surface of Qo’noS. Why did they need to blow their way out of the Viridian?

Back on the Kelpien ship, Su’Kal finally realizes that he’s the one who caused the Burn, and he wants to fix the problems he caused, even though Saru assures him it wasn’t his fault. But there’s no time for a therapy session now, because the ship is finally collapsing. They hold each other, waiting for the end, but at the very last second they get a call from Burnham on the Discovery. All four of them beam out just as the Kelpien ship falls apart completely.

Discovery gets a hero’s welcome as it returns to Federation HQ, with all the other ships lined up to form a path for them. They pass through HQ’s shields and Saru is with Su’Kal on the bridge as he stares at the viewscreen in wonder. And then we wrap this season up with a final voiceover from Burnham, as she talks about how decades ago, the Federation lost its connections to all its people, and connections are essential to sentient beings. As she talks, Stamets welcomes Culber and Adira back, and Stamets kind of shuns Burnham, so I guess there’s some unresolved tension there.

Jett Reno and Owo fix the DOT that saved Owo, while Burnham voices over about how the “Chain fractured without Osyraa”. Yep, that’s about it. Osyraa died, Emerald Chain gone, finito. At Federation HQ, one of the Trill Elders we met several episodes ago beams in, and Burnham tells us that the “Trill have rejoined” the Federation, because, you know, they’re good at joining. Also, other former allies are considering rejoining, including Ni’Var, and we see Ni’Var’s president T’Rina beam in to be greeted by Saru and Burnham.

And then Burnham’s voiceover informs us Saru is taking time off to go back to Kaminar, to help Su’Kal “build a new life”. Burnham beams into HQ, and sees Vance welcoming Lt. Sahil, the communications officer we saw in the season premiere and never again until just now. Well, at least somebody finally told him where the rest of the Federation went. He and Burnham greet each other warmly.

Burnham then goes to talk to Vance, who gives a speech about how Burnham reminds him of his daughter, who often “didn’t do things the right way. She did it her way. And it worked.” And he says that Burnham’s “way” worked, whatever that was. And now both Vance and Saru want Burnham to be captain of the Discovery. Well, we all knew this was coming, didn’t we? I sure did; I just thought it was still a season or two away. Vance says they have lots of dilithium to deliver all over the galaxy, and Burnham and the crew of Discovery can be the ones to do it. He asks her for her answer, and all we get is a strange slow-mo shot of Burnham.

Cut to her stepping onto the bridge in her new captain’s uniform, and in fact, the whole crew has now been outfitted with 32nd Century Starfleet gray uniforms. Everyone beams with joy upon seeing Burnham, and even Reno works up the ability to look mildly not-pissed-off for a second or two.

Tilly reports that she just got a report from a mining vessel, and there’s a shipment of dilithium ready to be picked up. Captain Burnham takes the command chair and goes around the bridge and hears that the ship is ready to go. So she says, “Let’s fly,” which I guess is now her catchphrase. Discovery cruises out of HQ and warps away to the sounds of the TOS fanfare.

And then the episode ends with a quote from Gene Roddenberry, taken from the 1968 book The Making of Star Trek

…which is nice enough, but taken a bit out of context. Gene was actually talking about why he decided to keep the character of Spock on the original series, despite the network’s initial resistance to him.

They were nervous about Spock as a character. They were afraid his Satanic appearance would repulse people. They were sure no one would ever identify with a person from another world. My own idea on that was, in a very real sense, we are all aliens on a strange planet. We spent most of our lives reaching out and trying to communicate. If during our whole lifetime we could reach out and really communicate with just two people, we are indeed very fortunate; and this is exactly what Spock is trying to do. Literally tens of thousands of letters have come back into Spock, saying, “yes, I understand, I’ve had the same problem all my life.” Also, there is another little side of Spock, just a hint or suggestion, that pulls toward evil, a la Eve, the snake, and the Apple. I therefore felt his slightly Satanic appearance would have a great female attraction.

Yeah, I can kind of see why they left out the part about Roddenberry thinking all women are attracted to Satanic-looking men. The credits play over the TOS theme for some reason, and that’s the end.

I think I’ve come to the realization that this show is perfectly acceptable entertainment, as long as you don’t actually engage your brain at any point during an episode. Because then you’ll notice all the plot threads that go nowhere, the nonsensical dialogue, and all the absurd details, like: an entire Federation fleet that somehow can’t defeat one ship, or a holodeck that can recreate a dead person complete with that person’s actual consciousness, or a starship that somehow contains an entire Blade Runner-like city inside its turbolift shafts.

We all assumed Osyraa wanted to get to Federation HQ so she could blow shit up. But no!—she actually wants to have peace talks. But no!—she actually just wants to blow shit up. The whole “armistice” thing that took up half of last week’s episode now looks like nothing but wheel-spinning nonsense.

The Sphere Data is inside the DOT robots and it’s coming to the rescue! But wait—the DOTs don’t actually do anything! Well, they do save Owo after she planted a bomb in a nacelle, a mission which itself accomplished absolutely nothing.

Oh, but the Ni’Varian fleet is coming to the rescue! But wait—they don’t actually do anything, either! And where’s Burnham’s mom? She’s the one Burnham sent her distress call to. She didn’t even want to be there to see her daughter assume command of a Starfleet ship for the first time?

And remember that mysterious melody? It was Gray’s lullaby, Burnham heard it on the Barzan seed ship, and then she found out everybody in the galaxy knew the tune. This never became important. It was apparently the distorted sound of the Kelpien ship’s distress signal, and that’s it. But distress signals travel through subspace, so how did people all over the galaxy hear it? Where exactly were they going with that, anyway?

Speaking of the Barzan seed ship, apparently they did take all that time to explain why Lt. Nhan came into the future just to drop her off on a random ship and completely forget about her five episodes in. Shows what I know.

And what about Earth? Are they interested in rejoining the Federation? I mean, they used to be the whole headquarters of Starfleet and the Federation and everything, so you’d think we’d hear from them in the final moments, but nah. I mean, why would anyone expect the season’s various plot threads to actually get resolved in the season finale? This might be even lazier than the Picard finale where Riker rode to the rescue with a whole fleet and they just copy-pasted the same ship 50 times.

I’m guessing COVID-19 had an impact here, as all the post-production on this season had to be done by people working from home. But season one was a mess because they fired the show’s creator, and season two stopped making sense after they fired the showrunners midway through over a toxic work environment, so at what point do we stop making excuses for how dumb and incomprehensible this series is? Maybe if the writers stopped stuffing all sorts of overcomplicated mystery box nonsense into each episode, they’d have a better chance of pulling off a coherent season-long arc despite any behind-the-scenes strife. Of course, that assumes they actually care about telling a coherent story, which I’m starting to doubt.

Season four is already filming. Will I be recapping it? Ask me again in a few months, but as of now, I’d have to say no, because spending 3-4 days a week thinking and writing about this show is slowly getting to be a chore. I had high hopes early on that Discovery would finally drag Star Trek kicking and screaming into the bold new world of “prestige” TV, but now it’s become about as bland and predictable and dumbed-down as anything that aired during the whole UPN/Rick Berman era of Trek. Someday we might finally get a new Star Trek series for grownups, but this ain’t it.

TV Show: Star Trek: Discovery

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