Synopsis: A new signal appears, prompting Stamets’ emotional return to the mycelial network and leading Burnham, Pike, and Owosekun to a pre-warp planet, where they face a complex ethical dilemma. Tilly’s overeagerness lands her in trouble but when the planet – and Discovery’s landing party – are threatened, her curiosity may be the one thing that can save them.
Review: This weeks episode gets a dose of religion.
When the Discovery picks up a new signal. Pike and the crew learn that it is emanating from a Planet in the Beta Quadrant, which would take them 150 years to get too when using conventional warp technology, which means Stamets has to get over the emotions connected to his dead partner in order to pilot.
Upon arriving at the Planet they learn that it is pre-warp and made up of people who were rescued from earth during the third world war. Pike does all he can to fit in without breaching general order one, but when one of the planets people snags onto the fact that Pike and the others are not who they claim to be things get a little more complicated.
Anson Mount puts in a great performance this week as we learn that Captain Pike is familiar with several of earth’s old religions. The chemistry between Mount and Sonequa Martin-Green works pretty well. I also enjoyed the fact that one of the lesser explored characters from Discovery’s bridge got to go on the way mission with Burnham and Pike. Lt. Joann Owosekun got to hang out with Pike and Burnham and had a few nice scenes to play.
A strong second episode, which builds well on the mystery of the mysterious signals that Discovery is following. Tilly had a few decent scenes this week and has wound up with a mystery of her own to solve, which could well prove interesting as the story moves forward.
We’ve seen or heard about a mysterious angel figure twice now in this story arc and they were certainly a big part of this particular episode. Just who they are as yet remains to be solved. But it’s going to be fun finding out.
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