The following are a few notes I took while watching tonight’s episode of Star Trek Discovery. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned.
Returning from its winter hiatus, Star Trek Discovery Season 1 Episode 10 wastes no time getting the action going. As you know doubt recall, the previous half of the season ended with the Discovery making what was supposed to be one last jump, only to have something go wrong. We knew that the cliffhanger in November had left the crew somewhere they never intended to go, but we had no idea what that was going to be. Tonight, however, we got at least a partial answer to that. And, without giving away anything too important as a spoiler, it seems Star Trek Discovery Season 1 Episode 10 utilizes a familiar Star Trek trope to move the story in a new direction.
One factor that had me immediately excited even before watching a single moment of the episode was the news that it would be directed by Jonathan Frakes. Anyone intimately familiar with Star Trek will no doubt be aware he starred as William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. That impressive connection aside, he’s also an accomplished director whose work includes Star Trek: First Contact, which is widely considered one of the better films in the franchise’s history. I—for one—was not disappointed. Quite the contrary, in fact.
What Frakes helmed for us in this case was a particularly beautifully shot episode. Maybe I’m crazy, but it seemed like production values were better than in the first nine episodes of the season. Again, that was 100% just my perception, so don’t quote me on it, but it was wonderful nonetheless. It was also a really exciting episode. Frakes proved himself the perfect choice to handle the reveal of a popular fan theory proving true, and it was just generally awesome.
That being said, there were a couple of things I didn’t like. Specifically a non-vital but otherwise important character meets their demise. This occurs despite the fact that their relationship with another cast member was something this show had done a really tasteful job handling. Of course, it was done in such a way that it furthers the character arc of someone else, so it wasn’t in vain at least. All in all, I feel like it was a really strong episode and a pretty triumphant return. I’ll be looking forward to seeing more in the coming weeks.