TL;DR – The awkward middle-episode of the three-part season finale
There Is A Tide Review –
As we rush towards the end of the season, we spend a little time exploring the consequence of the crew’s actions to this point, their impact on the galaxy, and the damage they could wreak.
So to set the scene, in last week’s Su’Kal, we ended on a cliff-hanger with Discovery under the control of Osyraa (Janet Kidder) and jumping right to Federation Headquarters. Leaving Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Book (David Ajala) stuck on his ship and the rest of the away team down in the radiation infested ship. Jumping into Federation space Osyraa create a ruse getting them inside the headquarters shield but not before Book and Michael crash land in Discovery’s perpetually open shuttle bay. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
There is a bit of a mixed bag here this week, but I liked some things. The first is that it was great to see the Bridge Crew get to have an actions scene or two. As Starfleet members, you would expect them to have that kind of training, but it was good to see it on display. As to this, I liked Michael’s almost Die Hard-ish stampede through the ship. Finally, I was intrigued by the scenario that Osyraa proposed to Vance (Oded Fehr). I am sure there was some catch coming. However, it showed what a desperate situation that both sides were in.
What I didn’t like was the direction they are taking Stamets’ (Anthony Rapp) character. While it was interesting to see him try to ingratiate himself with Aurellio (Kenneth Mitchell), he repeatedly put himself over the entire Federation from that point onward. If Michael is the one to tell you that you are stepping too far, you are long past the line. When I think back to the episode, it almost feels like it was a holding pattern just waiting for the finale to kick into high gear. Also, what happened to Nilsson (Sara Mitich)?
In the end, do we recommend There Is A Tide … ? Well, I think it worked better than last week, but it is by no means my favourite of the season. Maybe it will work a little bit more when you get a chance to watch the final three episodes back-to-back. But we will see about that next week.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Star Trek Discovery
Directed by – Jonathan Frakes
Written by – Kenneth Lin
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, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, & David Ajala and Noah Averbach-Katz, Janet Kidder, Kenneth Mitchell, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Weber, Brendan Beiser, Lisa Berry, Nicole Dickinson, Vanessa Jackson, Oded Fehr, Emily Coutts, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Oyin Oladejo, Ronnie Rowe Jr. and Leeu