TL;DR – An episode filled with emotional moments and big changes
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
As I sit here after watching the final episode of Season Two of Star Trek Discovery, I am feeling a lot of emotions. On the one part, there was nothing too surprising that happened in the episode if you had been paying attention so far this season. However, it was also an episode with emotional moments that hit you in the gut.
So to set the scene, we begin where Part 1 ended up, with the captured Section 31 Fleet let by Leland/Control (Alan van Sprang) surrounding the USS Enterprise and the USS Discovery. Leland/Control has one want, to get the Sphere data found on the Discovery, and everyone has one hope to let Michael open a time wormhole to the future, so the ship can fly out of reach of control. Everyone is working to get the Time Travel Suit ready, charging the time crystal, and preparing for an onslaught. However, no matter what they were preparing for nothing they could do could get them ready for what is about to happen. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
start with I want to talk about the battle and the immense work they did to
bring that to life. Every part of the battle was a visual spectacle to see, as
explosions ripped through the space between the two fleets. There were moments
where I was sitting on the edge of my seat as shuttles and parts of the ships
exploded, not knowing who will make it out alive. This was even before Leland
beamed onto the Discovery and started
taking out bridge officers. Which of course leads to a hallway brawl with
shifting gravity that might be one of the best Star Trek action set pieces so far. As most of the episode was
based around the battle, they did a good job of keeping it interesting with the
shifting dynamics between the different ships and also with Michael and Spock (Ethan
Peck) out trying to create the time portal.
Speaking of the time travel component of the story, it was good to see the show tie a nice bow on the story that has been going on since Brother. We discover both who and why the red bursts were set off, including finding out that Michael’s mum was not the one visiting them during the season. It also ties up some of the potential issues with regards to the spore drive and the canon, but we will get to that a bit later. However, I have to say that the effect that they used to show the time wormhole was simply beautiful. Not only was it stunning to look at, but it also gave you a real sense as to what was happening. Star Trek has always had some interesting way of showing time travel, going all the way back to Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock, and it was great to see another interpretation of it here.
I was expecting there to be some key moments in the battle that would be poignant,
what I was not expecting was that they would hit me so hard in the emotions.
There was that moment when shrapnel fell down and stuck Stamets (Anthony Rapp)
in the chest. This meant that he had to be dragged to the sickbay that was
already under immense strain as the ship is blown apart. Well, who does he find
in sickbay? But Hugh (Wilson Cruz) who didn’t transfer back to the Enterprise. That exchange left me with
tears rolling down my checks. As did Cornwell (Jayne Brook) sacrificing herself
to save the Enterprise from even more
Where this episode works the best is in closing off the season and propelling the show forward both literally and narratively. One of the interesting things is how so far how each season of Discovery has been anchored by something started in Deep Space Nine. In Season One it was the Mirror Universe and in Season Two it was Section 31. Well if we take where we left off with at the end of this episode, one thing is clear, Season Three is going to be a very different show. Because for at least a good chunk of next season will have the show stuck in the far future, indeed, I would almost suspect that they might stay there but for the fact that Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) took the trip and she has a Section 31 series to helm. Indeed, if there was one thing about the episode that maybe didn’t quite work and that is how very neatly it was all tied up at the end to explain why Spock never talked about his sister.
When we look at the season as a whole, there were a lot of things that I was really impressed with. To start with, the way they integrated Captain Pike (Anson Mount) into the show was a masterstroke. I am one of the few people, it seems that liked what they were doing with Lorca in Season One. He was a Terran hiding in plain sight who was only able to get away with it because Starfleet was at war a turned a blind eye to what he was doing. He wasn’t the Starfleet captain we knew to expect, well because he wasn’t. So this season they needed to add something to reinforce what we know of the traditions of Starfleet and Pike is the perfect vessel for that. All of this is helped by Anson Mount being an amazing find and an example of just what you can do with the right casting, great acting, and on point scripts. Honestly, as I said in Part 1, I would not be surprised if there were serious talks going on behind the scenes to see if a Pike Enterprise series is viable, and I for one would be happy to see it. I also really liked that the show touched a bit on notions of faith and science, and while it could have gone a bit further it was still great to see. Adding to all this has been some of the best production work I have seen in a Star Trek show, with some solid writing and direction. There were some issues with the show never quite paying off everything it set up, and the clunky way it dealt with canon, but those were sort of footnotes in what was a never strong season for me.
In the end, do we recommend Such Sweat Sorrow Part 2? Yes, yes we do. You know we are living in a great time for TV science fiction at the moment, with shows like Westworld, The Orville, The Expanse and yes Discovery all hitting it out of the park each week. I have lived through the drought of no releases so to be here in a Scifi Golden Age is such a joy to see, and I can’t wait to see more of it next season.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Star Trek Discovery
Directed by – Olatunde Osunsanmi
Written by – Michelle Paradise & Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman
Based off – Star 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, Mary Chieffo, Mia Kirshner, Yadira Guevara-Prip, Tig Notaro, Ethan Peck, Rebecca Romijn, Alan van Sprang, Rachael Ancheril, Emily Coutts, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Oyin Oladejo, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Sara Mitich, Raven Dauda, Hannah Spear & Julianne Grossman.