TL;DR – Time to dive back through the looking glass … sort of
There has been one character this season that has just been there, doing things, usually comments that cut to someone’s core. However, it felt like we were waiting for the penny to drop Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) … well this is the week for that.
So to set the scene, in last week’s The Sanctuary, we discovered that Georgiou’s condition is going from bad to worse, and there is not a whole lot that Dr Culber (Wilson Cruz) can do about it. While this is going on, Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Adira (Blu del Barrio) found a distress call at the centre of where they think The Burn started. This week, with things going from worse to deadly Culber talks to resident spook Kovich (David Cronenberg) who lets him know that they have seen this before and there is no cure. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
Of what we have seen so far this season, this might have been the most straight forward episode, with there being only one real storyline at play. Okay with one small exception. We get a short follow up from last week when the source of the distress call turned out to be a Kelpien ship the KSF Khi’eth. This, of course, is a big deal for Saru (Doug Jones) because it shows how far the Kelpien people had come. It also didn’t help that the actress that portrayed Dr Issa, Hannah Spear, was the same actress that plays Saru’s sister in Season 2. We also get a little bit at the start between Saru and Fleet Admiral Vance (Oded Fehr) where Vance reveals that he might have some skeletons in his past.
The main thrust of the story is Georgiou as the Discovery’s Computer adapts the data from the 22nd century, the sphere, and the current databases to discover that is one chance to save her life. Oh, I should also point out that they name drop the Kelvin Timeline while doing this, which was a nice touch. We see Georgiou act out as her hand won’t grip the wine glass, and her predictably but harsh strike out a Tilly (Mary Wiseman). But there is hope, so she and Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) beam down to Dannus V and march through the snow in an interesting mirror to the first episode The Vulcan Hello. Which means it is time we meet Carl (Paul Guilfoyle) just chilling but his 100% not magic portal throwing out some Big-Q-Energy.
This is where we get the crux of the episode as Georgiou gets sent back in time and place (or just thinks she does) to the day that Michael and Lorca betrayed her in the Mirror Universe. She takes this magic portal as a chance to do a cosmic do-over since this is the day she had to execute her own daughter. Look I have a soft spot for the Mirror Universe, and it was great to see everyone in the mirror personas. It was even better to see some faces that we have missed with Airiam (Hannah Cheesman) and Landry (Rekha Sharma), though no Lorca, unless they are hiding him for next week. It is hard to contextualise this section because we only get half of it, but I enjoyed the half we got. We do get to have an awkward who is going to stab who during an acrobatics display which is not something I expected. While Georgiou goes full ‘Her Most Imperial Majesty, Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Qo’noS, Regina Andor, Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius’ mode.
In the end, do we recommend Terra Firma Part 1? Yes, we do. This third season continues to excel, and with only a handful of episodes left, I feel there is a be reveal coming. Oh and a final note, I thoroughly enjoyed the transitions throughout this episode, through the door and from snow to stars.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Star Trek Discovery
Directed by – Omar Madha
Written by – Alan McElroy, Be Yon Kim & Erika Lippoldt
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, Wilson Cruz, David Ajala with Michelle Yeoh and Hannah Cheesman, Rekha Sharma, David Cronenberg, Paul Guilfoyle, Hannah Spear, Oded Fehr, Blu del Barrio, Emily Coutts, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Oyin Oladejo, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Sara Mitich, David Benjamin Tomlinson & Julianne Grossman