TL;DR – The series finale stuck the landing with heart and emotion
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That Hope is You, Part 2 Review –
For more than we have seen in a while, this week’s episode had a lot to do with two competing storylines that had taken whole episodes to lay the groundwork. It was so much story that I wondered if they would have the chance to make it work, but they did. In today’s review, we will first look at the Season Finale That Hope is You, Part 2 and then we will look at more generally at the season as a whole.
So to set the scene, as we saw in Su’kal, Hugh (Wilson Cruz) and Saru (Doug Jones) are still stuck in the holographic program on the Dilithium Planet trying to reach Su’Kal (Bill Irwin) who has become petrified of the outside. While Adria (Blu del Barrio) was able to get them some more radiation medicine, but time is ticking down. Back on Discovery, Osyraa (Janet Kidder) has given up hope on an alliance with The Federation, and how wants to steal the ship and is happy to blast her way out of Federation HQ to do it. Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Book (David Ajala) are captive on the bridge, but in the heart of the ship, the Bridge Crew and the Spore Data (Annabelle Wallis) have joined together to take the ship back. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
I was not expecting how emotional this episode was going to make me, though I do have to mention that where I live went into a surprise lockdown today, so that may have been playing on my head. The first was when they had set up the new random bridge crew member who might have been wearing a red shirt. However, when they needed someone for a suicide mission, Owosekun (Oyin Oladejo) had to go. That whole sequence had me on the edge of the seat, and when the Dot Drone came in to drag her out, I honestly started crying. The next moment came at the end when they had begun reconnecting properly with Trill and Ni’Var (Vulcan). Then we see Aditya Sahil (Adil Hussain) from all the way back at That Hope is You, Part 1 walks out in uniform as a commissioned officer. It was such a beautiful moment, and I am glad they did not forget him.
This was also the week when we got to see some of the things hinted about the USS Discovery but not developed up until now. The first is that this is a big ship with a lot of empty space. Honestly, this makes sense when you remember that this is an experimental science ship, so it needs to have room to scale up and down as requirements need. But also, it confirms that we have not ever visited Engineering in the shows run time, because that is the first we have seen of the ship’s warp drive.
I did like how they weaved both stories together, showing the strengths of each of the characters. For Saru, his strength is compassion, he able to use that to reach someone who had experienced significant trauma in their life, and had just discovered that he had let loose considerable trauma on the rest of the galaxy. For Michael, it was her understanding of how the ship worked that let her make it through the day. She used the ship’s systems against the Emerald Chain, sometimes explosively. For Tilly, it was her ability to rally the people around her. This was an episode where I liked the effects, the story, the characters, and how it stuck the landing.
Moving on to the season as a whole, while I thought generally speaking every episode was at least okay, there was a lot of mix throughout. I liked that they took a bit of time at the start of the episode to feel out the world and let us get our bearings in this new world. One of the more inconstant parts of the show was Micheal’s character, and I think one fix for that would have been to give it more than a year between her landing in the timezone and the Discovery arriving. Structurally, I think the season did struggle from having one ending in Terra Firma Part 2 but then still having three episodes to go. Also, some choices with the visual effects regarding what ship models they are reusing were frustrating, but you kind of give that a pass when you think that everyone was doing post-production from home. Also, what happened to Nhan (Rachael Ancheril)? It felt like they left something hanging here, but they never took it back up. Indeed, I am sure I saw more Nhan production stills that we didn’t get to see in the show.
However, while there were some minor frustrations in places when this season hit, it hit hard. That opener was some of the best Treks I have seen in a while. I have really liked how we have gotten to know the Bridge Crew a little beater this season, so much so that you care when their lives are in peril. Moving forward into the next season, I hope now that the show no longer has to set up a spin-off, that Season Four can just be about it. We know there is a war coming and there are many places that need to be reconnected with the Federation. I also hope that they find a better antagonist. Also, if Saru is still in the show, which hopefully he still is, I hope they find a new dynamic for him that is not putting him in conflict with now Captain Michael Burnham.
In the end, do we recommend That Hope is You, Part 2 & Season 3? Yes, yes we do. The show took a significant risk this season jumping into entirely new ground, and I think it should be applauded for the excellent job it did.
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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
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 and Bill Irwin, Janet Kidder, Kenneth Mitchell, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Weber, Adil Hussain, Oded Fehr, Blu del Barrio, Ian Alexander, David Cronenberg, Tig Notaro, Emily Coutts, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Oyin Oladejo, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Sara Mitich, Raven Dauda, David Benjamin Tomlinson, Avaah Blackwell, Vanessa Jackson Dorren Lee, Karen Robinson, Tara Rosling, Jinny Jacinto & Julianne Grossman