In Review: Star Trek: Discovery – Such Sweet Sorrow

When the U.S.S. Discovery's crucial mission does not go according to plan, Burnham realizes what must ultimately be done.

Synopsis: When the U.S.S. Discovery’s crucial mission does not go according to plan, Burnham realizes what must ultimately be done. The crew prepares for the battle of a lifetime as Leland’s Control ships get closer.

Review: This episode sees the crew come to the conclusion that some of them may not survive the mission.

The Story

Picking up from last week. The Discovery and the Enterprise must work together to figure out a way by with to keep the Data contained on Discovery from being intercepted by Leland and Control, who is not too far away.

When they try to destroy Discovery via the ship’s self destruct. The Data contained on the ship overrides the command. Which leads Michael to conclude that the only way to keep the Data from Control is to somehow take Discovery into the far future to a place where no technology exists. The trouble is. It’s a one-way journey with little hope of return.

The Acting

We see a return in this episode from Yadira Guevara-Prip as Me Hani Ika Hali Ka Po who we saw in the mini-episode Runaway. Po comes on board to help with the technology required to aid Michael in her time jump. The actress is a breath of fresh air and her interactions with Tilly and other members of the Discovery crew are quite fun.

Also putting in a strong performance this week is Anson Mount as Pike, who gets to give what seems to be a moving farewell speech.

Overall

This is a huge episode setting things up for next week. When we will see Enterprise take on control in order to buy Michael time to time travel and drag Discovery with her to the far future. Whether that actually works out as yet remains to be seen. It is hinted in the episode via various visions that the outcome of this may not work out perfectly for various members of the crew.

If I have one issue with this episode it was the amount of time spent on the emotional aspect of things. Where some of it did make sense. Given that Michael is pretty much embarking on a suicide mission and a few members of her crew are going to follow suit. It seemed a little much to see characters like Lt. Keyla Detmer making final vlogs to send to family and friends when the writers have spent very little time in developing her and thus making us audience members cared one way of the other. Whereas it was quite understandable to see characters like Stamats and Saru doing it due to the amount of development those characters have had.

Overall. This is a pretty solid episode that is all build up. The ending is very anti-climatic and obviously setting up for what hopefully will be an epic finale. The question is. Who will live and who will die. I have a feeling that Michael could be a goner. If that is so. It would make sense given that Spock never mentioned her in the classic timeline.

9.6
Star Trek: Discovery - Such Sweet Sorrow
  • Story
    9.3
  • Acting
    9.6
  • CGI
    9.7
  • Incidental Music
    9.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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