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.
This was the next to last episode before next week’s Fall finale, and it began with a bang… almost literally. One thing Star Trek Discovery consistently gets right: it’s never boring. As we rejoin the story, the tide of the war with the Klingons has turned yet again. You’ll recall, previously that tide had been turned in favor of the Federation by using Discovery’s new propulsion system. Set approximately a decade before the Kirk era, however, this is apparently the period when Klingon cloaking technology became widespread. Needless to say, such as technology coming into play has resulted in decimation for the Federation.
Tonally, you might have noticed this episode didn’t exactly fit into what’s become typical for this series. There were also lots of twists and turns and unanswered questions throughout the various plot lines. While possibly frustrating, one must realize that this wasn’t really a standalone episode. It might have seemed like one, lacking the typical “Part One” tag in the title, but trust me. Tonight’s episode was very much just a setup for next week’s Fall finale, cliffhanger ending and all.
You might also have noticed that this episode was either a callback to an original series episode or setting itself up as the predecessor in some way. Very much like the Organian Peace Treaty the Federation and Klingons were forced into, the Pahvoans are being setup as erstwhile peacekeepers. But, technically this predates the Organians in the timeline, so I don’t guess I can accurately say they were forced into that peace treaty. More like it’s the peace treaty they are eventually going to be forced into. This crap can get really confusing if you let it. 😂