TL;DR – Preparing for the end by going into the belly of the beast
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Star Trek: Discovery Review –
This season we have gotten a combination of some of the best Star Trek has to offer attached to what feels like story elements that just exist to pad out time. Thankfully, the strength of the characters and the production has smoothed over some of those issues, but as we rocket towards the end, I have begun to be a bit concerned. But this week, we finally got some answers about the nature of the 10-C.
So to set the scene, after the colossal stuff up of Book (David Ajala) and Tarka (Shawn Doyle) led to the 10-C not only replacing the anomaly but shifting it to the Alpha Quadrant in direct line to Earth and Ni’Var. The USS Discovery, its crew and the delegates onboard raced through the Galactic Barrier to attempt diplomacy before the deaths of billions. When they breached the barrier, they discovered a solar system near where 10-C live. It soon becomes apparent that the 10-C used to live here, as the corpses of their species litter the surface. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
Of the two storylines this week, the strongest was obviously Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green), Saru (Doug Jones), Culber (Wilson Cruz), and Detmer (Emily Coutts) taking a shuttle to the planet to find any sort of information on 10-C. While time is of the essence, this is a move that makes sense because they have no frame of reference as to how to communicate with the species. The new backdrop system was on full show from a visual perspective, which helped place the footage in its digital environment. It also made sense how each of them became infected and its impact. Overall, we learned a lot about the 10-C while raising more questions. There have been references to aliens living in gas giants, and more explicitly in the expanded novels, this is the first time we have gotten close. A species that communicate through chemicals and not sound is an exciting direction. As was the question about who killed their first home planet?
The second half of the episode was less interesting, with Book and Tarka sneaking onto the Discovery to sneak into the hyper field like a barnacle on a whale. While I am glad we got to know more of Tarka’s back story last week, this is still the weakest part of the season, and this episode was no different. They kind of spent the whole episode sneaking through the ship spying on everyone, and that’s about it. I am sure more will come from this as we move forward, and I will always support more Reno (Tig Notaro). It still fell a bit flat.
In the end, do we recommend Rosetta? Well, yes. It is not the strongest episode this season, but it felt like we were moving the plot along. There are only two more episodes left this season, and I really hope they can land that ending.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Star Trek Discovery
Directed by – Jeff Byrd & Jen McGowan
Written by – Terri Hughes Burton
Based off – Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry
Created by – Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman
Production/Distribution Companies – CBS Television Studios, Roddenberry Entertainment, Secret Hideout & Paramount+.
Starring in Season 2 – Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Blu del Barrio, Tig Notaro & David Ajala and Shawn Doyle, Chelah Horsdal, Tara Rosling, Hiro Kanagawa, Phumzile Sitole, Emily Coutts, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Oyin Oladejo, Sara Mitch, Raven Dauda & David Benjamin Tomlinson