TL;DR – This week we take a moment to look at many of the other stories swirling around Discovery, with a return of a few old friends.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
So far this season we have been focusing very much on the Red Lights, the Red Angels, and the potential threat (maybe) that they pose. However, at the end of Season One, there were a lot of plot threads still hanging there and this week we take a moment to say hello to some old friends, and also kick a bit of ass while we are doing it.
So to set the scene, in last week’s episode New Eden, we discovered that Spock is not only on leave but that he has checked himself into a mental health facility, and is refusing all contact from his family. Well, that’s great but no one told Amanda (Mia Kirshner) that she could not find a way to reach her son. She arrives with Spock’s medical files and one request to Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) break the encryption, which would be a breach of protocol if everything had not just changed. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
The first plot thread we jump into is that of Tilly (Mary Wiseman) who last week discovered that she is seeing the visage of a dead classmate May (Bahia Watson). Last week May was more supportive, this week she is demanding, causing Tilly to have a breakdown on the bridge in front of Pike (Anson Mount). We discover that May is not caused by a psychological problem, nor is she a ghost, indeed she is the one entity that we can explain. She is a spore, specifically the green spore that landed on Tilly in Will You Take My Hand. This gives Stamets (Anthony Rapp) a moment to shine as he rips the parasite out of Tilly. It also gave us another great moment from Saru (Doug Jones) as he reassures Tilly about her future. Now this storyline is not over just yet, and I have a feeling this will be what is used to finish up the Spore Drive later in the season. Also while I am here, I do want to point out how amazing that opening shot of the bridge was, when the camera swept around in one shot as everyone readied their departments for the potential threat.
We next get a bit more context in what must have been a very odd family situation growing up. With Amanda on board without Sarek, we get a different perspective on the family dynamic. You really do feel for Amanda’s position as someone who has made a mistake with her son, and now the family is not really talking to each other. This is heightened by the discovery that Spock has escaped care and allegedly killed three of his doctors in the process. However, with all the drama, there was this one moment where Michael admitted that she hurt Spock, badly, to protect him because she was the target of a terrorist attack, In that one moment you see Amanda’s world change, her relationship with Michael change, but also a drive that maybe it is time she steps up and fixes the damage this time.
of course, we can’t talk about the Point of Light without getting some catch-up time with the Klingon Empire. When we
last left it, L’Rell (Mary Chieffo) had taken command of the Empire with the threat of extermination and has spent the time
since then turning a bunch of waring great houses into an empire with the help
of Ash/Voq (Shazad Latif). Here we get the Shakespearian drama side of things
that I don’t think we have really had so far in Star Trek Discovery. As Ash and L’Rell
have to navigate an old guard that wants
to take power for themselves, and a history of working against each other
rather than working for the Empire, and the hope for a better future. All of
this is complicated because the Klingon’s see Ash as Human and do not trust
him, and also because there is a baby at play. This gives both Shazad Latif and
Mary Chieffo some real moments to shine, from quiet more interment moments to loud bombastic spectacles. Also
while it hinted on the very odd triangle between Michal-Ash/Voq-L’Rell
including a very nice split-screen
moment, I am glad they did not go full love triangle as the episode was already
packed as it was.
It was here where we got the season’s first really big action sequence with L’Rell and Ash slicing their way through Kol-Sha (Kenneth Mitchell)’s goons, also I appreciate the small touches like the pink-tinged blood sprays. Indeed, it even had a loud guitar riff right at the start to announce the brawl, and I have here for it. Also, it had a moment where I audibly gasped as Ash’s head was removed from the bag, even though in my head I knew it was a fake, it was still a bonkers moment that I don’t think we have seen before in Star Trek.
Also, it is here where we get the return of both Mirror Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and of course Section 31. Now, this is the one pause I have, and this is coming from a point where I don’t know what the future holds so I could be right or wrong. However, Section 31 is the one aspect of Star Trek that I have never been comfortable with. Now I love Deep Space Nine, but it is the one aspect of it that I wish they dropped, and it also is the one aspect of DS9 that the following shows have picked up and run with. So today’s episode was many things, but it also was a mini back door plot for the upcoming Section 31 series. Honestly, I am not sure about that, but a couple of things that ease my mind is the fact that Michelle Yeoh is amazing in whatever she is in, also that it is being helmed by Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt who are excellent writers.
In the end, do we recommend Point of Light? Yes, yes we do. Now in many respects, this is a catch-up episode, and this could have left it feeling stale as we go through the motions. But instead, it is exciting, hits on real emotions, and propels the series forward. It also leaves me asking questions, like how will Mother L’Rell fair, and are we going to see more of Ash in Discovery, or was this a nice way to move him into the Section 31 TV show, only time will tell.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Star Trek Discovery
Directed by – Olatunde Osunsamni
Written by – Andrew Colville
Based off – Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry
Created by – Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman
Starring in Season 2 – Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Shazad Latif, Wilson Cruz & Anson Mount with Michelle Yeoh, Mia Kirshner, Alan Van Sprang, Mary Chieffo, Kenneth Mitchell, Bahia Watson, Hannah Cheesman, Emily Coutts, Oyin Oladejo, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Raven Dauda & Julianne Grossman