TV Review – Star Trek Discovery: Perpetual Infinity

TL;DR – Um wait, what, um did it just get all Borg up in here?

Score – 4 out of 5 stars

Star Trek Discovery: Perpetual Infinity. Image Credit: CBS Studios.

Review

This is an episode of reconnecting, finding purpose and watching that all fall apart because that is how life is. This week we look upon the precipice where nearly everything is falling into place and we discover that the big bad might not be as unfamiliar as we once thought.

So to set the scene, at the end of last week’s Red Angel Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) was brought back to life as the trap the set to capture the Red Angel worked. Only to discover that the Red Angel was not Michael (I mean causality theory should have let you see that one coming) but was instead her mother Gabrielle (Sonja Sohn). Today we get to see it all happen when one moment Mike (Kenric Green), Gabrielle, and Michael (Arista Arhin) were sharing dinner and the next thing the Klingon’s arrive. Gabrielle jumps into the Red Angel suit in the hopes of jumping back an hour to warn them but is instead thrown 900 years into the future at which point her suit malfunctions because no matter what she does, it keeps bring her back to that point 900 years in the future. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.    

Star Trek Discovery: Perpetual Infinity. Image Credit: CBS Studios.
A moment of joy before everything changes.

While there is a lot happening this week at the core of the episode are three discussions that all situate around the Red Angel. The first is between her and Pike (Anson Mount) where she warns him of the danger and tries to get him to destroy the data they collected from the Sphere in An Obol For Charon. For no matter how many times she tries, Gabrielle can’t stop Control getting their hands on it incorporating the data and destroying all sentient life. The next conversation is between mother and daughter, almost under duress. Gabrielle didn’t want to speak to Michael because she has seen her die hundreds of times and so has built up a level of disassociation just to survive. But for Michael, this is the mother that she had thought lost brought back from the grave. That conversation was so powerful because these were two women that clearly loved each other but now were in two different places, it broke my heart at times. The final conversation is between Gabrielle and Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) where we get to see that the time in the Prime Universe is rubbing off on her.

While this is all going on down on the plant something much more sinister is occurring on the Section 31 spaceship. For Control has captured Leland (Alan van Sprang) after hiding in the computer and is now torturing him. For control had mimicked a Vulcan and a cybernetic being, but now it is ready for the big time, Control is taking control. Which is not great as millions of nanites pour into Leland’s body. Now at this point, if you have watched any Star Trek before you have but one work ringing in your ears “The Borg” and in case you were wondering if that might not be where they are going let me bring up this phrase in the conversation “Struggle is pointless” subtle they are not.  

Star Trek Discovery: Perpetual Infinity. Image Credit: CBS Studios.
“Struggle is Pointless” Image Credit: CBS Studios.

All of this leads to a confrontation down on the surface because Georgiou smelt a rat with Leland and his sudden confidence. While phasers blast across the screen we get to see Michelle Yeoh’s years of training come to the foreground in one of the best one on one brawls in the show’s history. All of this leads to Gabrielle getting sucked back into the future but with the time crystal being destroyed. We discover that the lights are not created by the Red Angel. Finally, that Control escaped and they took 50% of the Sphere data with them.

In the end, do we recommend Perpetual Infinity? Yes, we do. It was a step up from last week, and it sets the course for one of the biggest reveals in the show’s history so far. We don’t know where the Borg started, maybe we are about to find out.

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 –
Maja Vrvilo
Written by – Alan McElroy & Brandon Schultz
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, Ethan Peck, Alan Van Sprang, Sonja Sohn, Kenric Green, Rachael Ancheril, Emily Coutts, Oyin Oladejo, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Sara Mitich & Arista Arhin      

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