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Star Trek: Discovery – Su’Kal

by Alan Rapp on February 1, 2021

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Star Trek: Discovery - Su'Kal television review

The final arc of Star Trek: Discovery‘s Third Season begins with an episode named after the character the ship finds on planet at the epicenter of the Burn. For more than a hundred years, Su’Kal (Bill Irwin) has lived inside a radioactive nebula surrounding an entire world of Dilithium. The sheltered character reacts poorly the arrival of strangers Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green), Saru (Doug Jones), and Dr. Culber (Wilson Cruz) who he takes for programs of the deteriorating holodeck which has been his entire world. Unable to understand the concept of “outside,” his extraction becomes complicated. Circumstances aren’t helped with the arrival of Osyraa (Janet Kidder) and the Emerald Chain.

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Star Trek: Discovery – Terra Firma

by Alan Rapp on January 25, 2021

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  • Title: Star Trek: Discovery – Terra Firma Part 1 & 2
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Star Trek: Discovery - Terra Firma television review

The two-part episode allows Star Trek: Discovery allows the show to return to one of its more popular storylines: the mirror universe. It also offers a reference to the original Star Trek with the return of the Guardian of Forever which allows Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) to return to her past in the mirror universe and find where she belongs. The extended sequence, involving the more evolved Georgiou making changes to her previous actions while hoping for a different outcome, takes up the majority of both episodes. The return of the Guardian, with an updated design (and much more personality), not only allows the show to say farewell to Michelle Yeoh in style but also offers the chance to change the past if Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) discovers the cause of the Burn.

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Star Trek: Discovery – The Sanctuary

by Alan Rapp on January 14, 2021

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  • Title: Star Trek: Discovery – The Sanctuary
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Star Trek: Discovery - The Sanctuary television review

“The Sanctuary” introduces Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) to Book‘s (David Ajala) home world of Kwejian which is under attack by Osyraa (Janet Kidder) and the Emerald Chain because of Book’s role in the events from the previous episode. The takeaways from the encounter are that the Emerald Chain is a lot less impressive in action than in rumors (its flagship is beaten by the limited firepower of Book’s courier vessel) and that Ryn (Noah Averbach-Katz) may prove to be a valuable ally for Discovery and the Federation. The disappointment of the Emerald Chain is a reminder to the underwhelming reality of Voyager’s journey through the Delta Quadrant giving us new races such as the Kazon. Going where no one has gone before sounds great… until you need to fill it with interesting aliens.

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  • Title: Star Trek: Discovery – Unification III
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Star Trek: Discovery - Unification III television review

With Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) in search of answers about the Burn, “Unification III” picks up the thread from Star Trek: The Next Generation of a unified Vulcan and Romulan. Discovery travels on a diplomatic mission to Ni’Var where hopes of her connection to Spock may grease the wheels to having the former Federation members release valuable scientific data. When their hosts aren’t obliged to share, Michael invokes the T’Kal-in-ket and must prove her case in front of a panel, although she is unprepared for who their hosts send to be her advocate – Gabrielle Burnham (Sonja Sohn).

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Star Trek: Discovery – Scavengers

by Alan Rapp on December 30, 2020

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I’m growing weary of “Michael breaks the rules” episodes. In “Scavengers,” Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) ignores her orders and goes off in search of Book (David Ajala) who was captured while searching for another black box, on a salvage planet (sadly not named Junkion). The facility makes use of The Running Man prisoner-control technology, and may have another box with information about the Burn. Michael and Philippa (Michelle Yeoh) are able to retrieve Book and the intel, while also rescuing other enslaved workers. However, the conflict makes Michael aware of Philippa’s condition and also has lasting ramifications on her role on the ship as she finds herself demoted for ignoring Saru‘s (Doug Jones) orders and threatening the Federation’s acceptance of Discovery. The only subplots, as the mission Michael missed isn’t shown on-screen, are the ship’s upgrades and the show setting up a friendship between Nhan (Rachael Ancheril) and Stamets (Anthony Rapp).

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