Synopsis: A surprise visitor to the U.S.S. Discovery brings shocking news about Spock and dredges up past regrets for Burnham. Following the asteroid incident, Tilly struggles to keep a grip on her reality. L’Rell’s authority on Qo’noS is threatened.
Review: This weeks episode brings in the return of several characters from the first season and also ties up a loose end that I doubt many thought much of.
The Discovery gets a visit from Amanda who brings information about Spock, which she needs Michael to decode. Of course with Michael continuing to try and be an outstanding officer she takes the information directly to Pike who after attempting to contact the facility where Spock is undergoing treatment decides to give Michael his blessing to decode the file that Amanda has brought.
We get quite a lot of backstory from the scenes with Amanda and Michael and we learn that Spock saw the Red Angel when he was a child and it helped them find Michael when she attempted to run away from Vulcan. We also learn that Starfleet is after Spock for three murders, which he allegedly committed when escaping the facility.
On the Klingon Homeworld L,Rell’s authority is dwindling as various Klingon houses plot against her. Ash figures this out and also finds out that L’Rell has been hiding a secret from him. In order to wrest back control of the Empire as its absolute ruler L’Rell gets a bit of unexpected help from Georgio and Section 31, but it’s help that comes at great personal cost.
Back on Discovery Tilly continues to be hassled by a woman who is five times more irritating than she is, which is an amazing feat. We eventually find out that Tilly was infected by a Spore during Stamets final Jump in the last series. Blink and you’d miss it moment which got some degree of resolution here.
Mia Kirshner gets a fair bit to do this week as Amanda and for me puts in one of the stronger acting performances of the episode. Her scenes with Michael are pretty strong, but the scene in which Michael confesses to hurting Spock and Amanda’s reaction to that news was a really powerful moment.
Although she didn’t get a huge amount of screen time in the episode Michelle Yeoh made a triumphant return as Phillipa Georgio and what an entrance she gets.
As a fan of Section 31. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they play a role in the remaining episodes of the season and how Georgio fits in with it all.
A fairly good episode, but perhaps a little too bloated with a lot of info dumps. The drama on the Klingon Homeworld was probably worthy of an episode in its own right.
Tilly’s dilemma in the episode and the reveal that she has been hosting a Spore, which has been communicating with her thanks to the dark matter asteroid felt a little rushed.
- Incidental Music9.5