Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode Reviews
Boldly going again.
We bring you the Star Trek Discovery Season 2 episode reviews, because we want to; it’s my website and I can do what I want.
Season 1 of Discovery came and went, and boy has it been a while since the cliffhanger with the Enterprise. (Yes, I know, we got the Short Treks. Tilly met royalty, a guy bonded with Discovery in the future, Saru did NOT get eaten, and there are a thousand Dwight Schrutes, er, Harry Mudds in the Milky Way.) Now, the picture is being painted of the show’s second season. Just like last year, we will rank the episodes and share random thoughts, laugh a little, cry a little, and…well, I mean, if this is making you cry then something probably went wrong.
No time to waste.
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode Review: “Saints of Imperfection” (E5)
Did the Mycelial Network plot move a little slowly? Yes. Did we really need Section 31 and evil Georgiou to come back? Not really.
Are we HAPPY AND MOVED TO TEARS BY HUGH AND PAUL GETTING BACK TOGETHER!? YAS! Makes the whole episode worth it; it doesn’t matter that he’s a mushroom-land Genesis recreation. No, we can’t even begin to explain the science behind that, but the end result works for me and I am HERE for it, bitch.
Oh, and still no Spock. Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown again.
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode Review: “An Obol For Charon” (E4)
Be sure to check the up-to-date episode rankings at the bottom of this page.
What We Liked
The sarcastic interaction between Jett Reno and Stamets. It can only work in small doses, but they can be the comic relief.
The introduction of Number One. She did the first lady of Trek, Majel Roddenberry, proud.
What We Didn’t Like
When the hell are we going to meet Spock? We’re getting to Gilligan’s Island-level tomfoolery. Oh boy, we’re real close! But the shuttle got away. Spock is calling! No, it’s just the Federation funny farm where he was staying. Spock is beaming over! No, it’s some guy that’s going to get killed halfway through the episode. The tease is getting old already. Just get on with it, producers.
This time, it was a living sphere-thingy that stopped Discovery from finding Spock. Think the Infosphere from Futurama but rockier.
What We Want to See Soon, Aside From Spock
How Saru’s revelation will change his people. That’s coming in Episode 6 of this season. Everything we previously knew about Kelpiens is wrong, and I appreciate that they’re going there. At the same time, however, how many sentient Star Trek races do we see that are prey? It is, maybe was, a unique characteristic of their people. They’re more like slaves.
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode Review: “Point of Light” (E3)
Discovery brought it to the runway and turned a look the first two episodes of Season 2. The third episode, “Point of Light,” was not a bad episode, but there were times it did not hold my attention. It occurred to me that this was a transitional sort of episode where they are setting up future storylines. They talked about Spock’s file and other possible developments with him, but we did not see him. It reintroduced the Klingons, but only began that story with Ash Tyler’s departure, and brought Section 31 to light in an early canon reference (though Enterprise’s was earlier).
Oh, and did we mention Tilly’s dead friend is a sizable, amorphous, Machiavellian fungus living inside her that manipulated her brain?
It was not an epic episode by any means, but it served an important set of functions. First, it continued the main theme of the season and brought about new elements. Second, it tied together some Season 1 loose ends. For example, the green speck that landed on Tilly at the end of the season, that we all knew would come back in the future, was said giant fungus. Also, L’Rell and Ash/Voq doing the bad thing got her preggo, and now that Ash and the baby are separately in exile, there’s an orphaned space baby that will almost certainly play some major role in a future Star Trek series of events.
I, for one, am just glad the Klingons have hair again. This bunch of Klingons was upset that a human lookalike “Federation puppet” was even present, whereas 110 years down the pike, a Klingon chancellor will make Captain Picard the Arbiter of Succession. Needless to say, we have a long way to go before the Klingons become chill again, but they’re still working through some things after the war.
And bitch I WAS GAGGED when L’Rell said “call me mother.” Slay, Mama L’Rell! Work that High Council chamber!
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode Review: “New Eden” (E2)
The second episode of the second season had a lot to unpack. First, any attempt at trying to organize thoughts should begin with bullet points (try and stop us):
- Another red angel appears, leading Discovery to another place in distress.
- The ancestors of the people on the discovered planet had already seen the red angel 200 years earlier.
- Oh, and on this planet, they smashed all the religions together into one. They should hire The-e-e Space Pope.
- Spock is in a psychiatric ward, evidently having gone loopy from his visions of said red angel.
- The spore drive is back, and maybe Stamets saw Hugh in the mushroom ether again (or didn’t).
- Tilly saw an apparition of a dead school friend of hers, just as hyperactive as she is, who helped her save the planet.
- Captain Pike, like a badass, bent the Prime Directive to get the 2053 video footage and told the forlorn scientist on the planet that space travel was real.
Episodes like this are what Star Trek is meant to be, more than just blow-up-the-Klingons battle royales. It’s mystery upon mystery, science fact and the unknown, reason and fantasy coming together. It makes you think, it makes you wonder, and it makes you question what you know and what you think you know. Michael Burnham played the role of the agnostic doubter, even having seen the red angel apparition for herself, questioning the townspeople on their beliefs of their divine arrival at their new land. But, as she perhaps learned, she does not have all the answers. Star Trek is in part about the pursuit of the answers through peaceful exploration — that is to say, the answers available to mere mortals.
Needless to say, the episode was enjoyable. From discovering a human colony 50,000 light years away to Pike giving the villager Jacob closure on his theory that Earth wasn’t destroyed 200 years earlier, it worked. It was more than just the ship going to the planet-of-the-week and saving the day: they created more questions than they answered. The writers could have very easily made the episode’s main conflict “Discovery crew held captive by nutjob all-religion cult” but they did not go there; the villagers were quite sane, aside from their ignorance about the future and how they arrived there. That would have been too predictable.
I throw this out there: if the season builds to its final climax and we realize Q was behind the whole thing, it’s going to be a major letdown.
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode Review: “Brother” (E1)
If you did not think Season 1 of Discovery was in the true spirit of Star Trek, then if you still have complaints about Season 2’s premiere, consider pursuing a new hobby. This episode got us to the wonder and mystery at the heart of Trek without being overly dark or difficult to follow at times. Specific notes:
- Anson Mount is a great Captain Pike. Gravitas is a good word to use; he’s got that command of a scene like Jason Isaacs as Lorca did, except his character is not a sadistic, mirror-universe maniac. Mount brings personality to the role like a vintage Kirk.
- The Pike fortune cookie reference to a “cage” — bellissimo.
- I want to see more of Tig Notaro. The character’s sarcasm might be too much in large doses but she could be a solid sporadic comic relief.
- They are already doing what they promised in trying to work in the other bridge characters more this season. You know, like every other Star Trek has done.
- The Burnham character needs to calm down the I’m-the-smartest-girl-in-the-class-and-get-100s-on-all-the-tests bit and I think we’re fine.
- We got faked out by the red shirt living and the jackass science officer dying, but within a minute of its happening one could tell very easily he was toast.
- Discovery remains a graphic/visual stunner.
- I hope Stamets and the ghost of Hugh get back together.
- Spock was a jealous little (expletive) to his foster sister, but they have established with the “Red Angel” mystery that they share a common bond.
This had my attention from start to finish and I did not want it to end. “Brother” was a real table-setter for the rest of the season, and a miles-better premiere than “The Vulcan Hello.” No question, the show has gotten better since it started and continues to do so as we bridge from one season to the next. We are getting back to “fun Trek,” if this is any indication.
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode Rankings
1. “New Eden” (S2)
2. “Brother” (E1)
3. “An Obol for Charon (E4)
4. “Saints of Imperfection” (E5)
3. “Point of Light” (E3)