TV Review – Star Trek Discovery: Saints of Imperfection

TL;DR – While there was a lot that happened in this episode, it just didn’t click with me the way the rest of the season has.

Score – 3 out of 5 stars

Star Trek Discovery: Saints of Imperfection. Image Credit: CBS Studios.


We are about at the mid-point of the season and the story of the red lights is still unfolding. However, as we go along, there is still nothing concrete to hold onto, Spock is still missing, the red lights are still an enigma, and who knows what Section 31 is up to. Now while this has been fine up until a point, at some time we need to have a moment of focus. Without that, we get today’s episode that is full of promise and cool moments but is lacking something.

So to set the scene, we start today’s episode in the moments after An Obol For Charon finishes with Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) racing to the engineering section after hearing about Tilly’s (Mary Wiseman) disappearance. When she arrives all she finds is the alien cocoon pulsating on the floor and no Tilly in sight. However, all of that is put on hold when the USS Discovery catches up with Spock’s shuttle, only it is not Spock that makes a graceful exit after it docks with Discovery, but an old friend … though I don’t know if you could call her that. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.

Star Trek Discovery: Saints of Imperfection. Image Credit: CBS Studios.
While it was lacking something, the Mycelium Network was beautiful to see. Image Credit: CBS Studios.

Before we get too deep into the weeds, I do want to say there were a number of things about the episode that I did really like. The first thing was literally anything Michelle Yeoh did. Look Michelle is amazing, and everything she does just works. I did love the scenes between Georgiou and Michael where there was a lot of tension, but also an undercurrent of something else. As the series goes on, one of the interesting things I think we will see is the growing bond between them, and at some point, Georgiou will have to make a choice as to what sort of person she wants to be. As well as this, I did like the fluorescent landscape of the mycelium network and the fact that after being in the background a bit this season I did like that they let Mary Wiseman really go for it.

When it comes to the Section 31 side of things, I have mentioned how I am not a fan of them and their inclusion in the canon. However, I did find it interesting that there is a slight change to the organisation on Discovery. In both Enterprise and DS9, S31 was a very clandestine organisation that people might have heard about, but it is not common knowledge. Here they seem to be an officially recognised portion of the Starfleet Intelligence Section. This is a big shift, and it will be interesting to see what led to them being folded in and if we get to see them disappear back into the shadows. Also with clocking issues aside, it looks like they are using a rudimentary holographic shield much like was set up in Star Trek Beyond, which was a nice touch.     

Star Trek Discovery: Saints of Imperfection. Image Credit: CBS Studios.
I’m not sure where this Section 31 stuff is going, but there does seem to be a change in how it works. Image Credit: CBS Studios.

On the other side of things, it was interesting to see the USS Discovery half-in and half-out of the barrier and watching the barrier edge closer and closer to the crew was a good way of having a visible countdown clock. However, this whole side plot feels like it is missing something. Yes, it was nice to get Culber (Wilson Cruz) back at the end, and it will be interesting to see how that plays out. It is just, well I don’t know, I’m just wondering what the point of it all is, and at this point of the season, I just don’t see what that will be.

In the end, do we recommend Saints of Imperfection? Look why it did leave me feeling a little disappointed, there were still some great moments in the episode. Looking back I might be a bit more charitable once we know how the season plays out, but here in the moment it does feel like the show needs something to hold on to, and I hope that we get it soon.  

By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.

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Credits –
All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Star Trek Discovery
Directed by –
David Barrett
Written by – Kirsten Beyer
Based offStar Trek created by Gene Roddenberry
Created by – Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman  
Production/Distribution Companies – CBS Television Studios, Roddenberry Entertainment, Secret Hideout, CBS All Access & Netflix. 
Starring in Season 2 – Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Shazad Latif, Wilson Cruz & Anson Mount with Michelle Yeoh, Jayne Brook, Alan Van Sprang, Rachael Ancheril, Bahia Watson, Hannah Cheesman, Emily Coutts, Oyin Oladejo, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Ronnie Rowe Jr. & Julianne Grossman

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