TL;DR – A fantastic start to the season full of promise and potential.
Disclosure – I paid for the Netflix subscription that viewed this series.
That Hope is You, Part 1 Review –
How things have changed, so much has happened since we last checked in with Star Trek Discovery. Since the end of Season Two, we have gotten the fascinating first season of Star Trek Picard, followed by the delightful Star Trek Lower Decks. It has been such a long time since I have been able to talk about this much Star Trek all at once, so you can imagine that it makes me almost giddy with excitement. Today we are going to dive back in with the first episode of Discovery’s third season, the season where everything changes.
So to set the scene, at the end of Such Sweet Sorrow the USS Discovery and its crew had to make a tough choice … do they stay or do they go? The ship had to leave on a one way trip to the future (for the why you can read our primer), and everyone in the crew had to decide do they stay with what they know or take a trip into the unknown. Flash forward in a moment, and Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is crashing out of the wormhole, smashing into Book’s (David Ajala) ship the Nautilus much to the consternation of Grudge (Leeu) and plummeting down to the planet below. After barely dodging significant wreckage in orbit, Burnham is able to take control just before she landed. Her first question: Is there life? ‘Yes’. Where Is the Discovery? … well that one is a bit harder to answer. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
For Discovery, this episode was the start of a soft-reboot of such, at least from a story perspective. All the story threads from the past got jettisoned the moment the ship blasted through the wormhole. This chance is a considerable risk for a show, especially when the outcome is taking the show into a further unknown territory of the Far-Far-Far Future. So much like season three of Star Trek Enterprise, even if it hadn’t worked, I would have still given it props just for trying something new. However, what we got today has me excited that well maybe they might stick the landing. Also a shout out to the writer who added that Enterprise reference to the episode, it was such a nice touch.
In the first part of the episode we only get two of our main cast with Burnham and Book … sorry Grudge, three of our main cast. This is an episode that is about setting up the world, as well as setting a mood. So it makes sense to have the just the two cast. It means Burnham can be the fish out of the water as Book takes us through the world that is while explaining the world that was. All of this story occurs on the planet of Hima, which I believe was filmed in Iceland and well it might as well be the best ad I have seen for the country in a long time. We get a taste of the world and the technology in the far-future, and it will be fun to see.
Book and Burnham have to carry the narrative of the episode themselves, which was the right choice because we get to see both of their range. Burnham starts the episode running through so many emotions in a moment. The joy of finding life, followed by the realisation that she is all alone in the future. The waves of conflicting emotions flood over her face and you feel it in your core. It was also great that we got to see some of Sonequa Martin-Green’s comedic range when the guards at Requiem’s Mercantile shoot her in a face with a truth drug. David Ajala’s Book started as the stereotypical smuggler, but as we go through the episode, more and more depth is revealed. The hints that make you want to see more, and ask the question “Is he human” and “What is human”. Also, be honest, it was just great to be able to see them work in a scene with Grudge who is stealing every moment she is on screen.
For most people, me included, I am sure the first thing that wanted to know was “What was The Burn?” and thankfully the show takes very little time to give that answer. One day without warning, nearly every dilithium crystal in the exploded all at once. Why did it happen? Nobody knows. However, the outcome was that most starships in the galaxy exploded all at once (hence the wreckage everywhere) and most people stop travelling because of the fear that it could happen again. It is the type of event that would cripple even the strongest of organisations, and the Federation is no more, or at least not what it once was.
This leads us to the promise of the end of the episode, something I think many people had wanted from Enterprise, but it got cancelled just shy of pulling it off. I have a feeling that this is going to be a season of rebirth and rebuilding, on finding a Federation anew. As was summed up with the frankly emotional discussion that Burnham has with Aditya Sahil (Adil Hussain). Everyone is cut off from everyone else; there were only two Starfleet ships left in range. It is an almost hopeless challenge … well what a challenge to see.
In the end, do we recommend Star Trek Discovery: That Hope is You, Part 1? Yes, yes we do. This episode was honestly a blast, which started and ended on an emotional moment. It had moments of fun and loss, and a promise of even more. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long before the rest of the gang arrives.
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 – 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 & David Ajala with Adil Hussain, Nicole Dickinson, Riley Gilchrist, Julianne Grossman, Brandon McGibbon, Jake Michaels, Fabio Tassone, David Benjamin Tomlinson & Leeu