TL;DR – This is a great
episode that shows the strength of the Short Trek formula with some truly
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
We are back with another season of Short
Treks, one of the more novel experiments that have come out of this third Star Trek TV resurgence. These are a
number of shorts in and around the Star
Trek universe (mostly but this season not exclusively around Star
Trek Discovery). Like last year’s The
Escape Artist that looked at Harry Mudd. Today we get to dive
back into this world with a fun look at someone’s first day on the job.
So to set the scene, it is Ensign Spock’s (Ethan Peck) first day on the job.
After a long flight to Starbase 40, he beams aboard and is welcomed by Number
One (Rebecca Romijn). After some pleasantries, Number One decides to show the
new ensign the Bridge only for the turbolift to fail on transit giving them a
lot of time to chat.
TL;DR – The Search for Spock is over, long live The
Search for Spock
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
We have reached the mid-point in the season, the point where the story should
be coming into focus and propelling itself into the back half of the season,
and today I think we got some of that, though maybe we got more questions than
So to set the scene, at the end of last week’s episode The
Sounds of Thunder, we discovered that the Red Angel is actually a being
using some very advanced, possibly future technology. This means that there is a
time travel component to their travels, which is backed up with the traces of tachyon
particles found at every location it has visited. This means that the Red Angel
might be from the future and might be
messing with the timeline, and that is possibly not very good at all. So they
decide to attack this on two fronts, Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) goes back
home to Vulcan to find Spock (Ethan Peck), and Pike (Anson Mount) decides to
stay and explore the slight fracture in time around Kaminar which is when everything
falls apart. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so
there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – For The Love Of Spock is a beautiful reminder that human beings are immensely complex entities and a masterpiece in asking the question of where do our views of a man intersect with who he really is.
Tomorrow Rogue One is coming out in cinemas and once again Star Wars is going to absorb the cultural and science fiction landscape for a while, but before that happens I wanted to take a moment to look at the other sci-fi juggernaut Star Trek, and as we draw to a close on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek it is only fitting that we examine one of the characters that started it all Spock, and the man behind it Leonard Nimoy, and of course who is better to tell that story than Leonard’s son Adam.