The following are a few notes from Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 14 *Season Finale*. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 14 finds the U.S.S. Discovery battling Control for both their lives and the future. Luckily for them, it’s a fight with which they receive a little help from unexpected friends. Meanwhile, Spock and Burnham discern new connections between the mysterious red signals. In the end, Burnham faces one of life’s harshest truths: the right decisions are often the most difficult to make.
Continuing from part one last week, Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 14 was certainly a wild ride. First off, let me just say I think the decision to split the episode into a two-partner was definitely for the best. Originally, Season 2 was slated to be only 13 episodes, but they extended it to 14 to allow room for better storytelling. That’s why we got the extended sequences last week with crewmembers leaving heartfelt goodbyes and other great character moments. Essentially, it allowed them to do all that without being stingy and taking time away from the overall narrative. Great move! These past two episodes were certainly some great television!
At the risk of sounding like a buzzkill, there were a few things I didn’t quite understand.
Mostly, the plot of tonight’s finale was exactly what we expected, or at least a version thereof. Of course, that’s completely glossing over the fact that I doubt any of us expected one of the most visually-stunning space battles in the history of science fiction, but I digress. All things being the same, though, I was left scratching my head about a few things.
For instance, I did not expect Georgiou to be accompanying them to the future. Michelle Yeoh has already been announced as leading an upcoming Section 31 spin-off show, so my surprise shouldn’t be so surprising. She’s obviously not staying in the 32nd century indefinitely. The real question is does that mean the rest of Discovery’s crew aren’t going to be stuck there either? I’m sure this will be dealt with next season, and she will probably screw everyone over and make it back alone, but until then it’s something to wonder about.
Likewise, I don’t know about you, but I would be nervous having Control aboard Discovery. I know she supposedly killed it or whatever, but I mean the whole point was to leave it behind. Should they really be trusting that some part of it didn’t possibly survive? If there was ever a time to transport something into the vacuum of space, that was it.
And if Control is truly dead, couldn’t they all just stay and abort the plan anyway?
If you have the answers to those questions, I’d love to hear them. Of course, I’m also perfectly willing to suspend disbelief in return for getting to see the show rocket 930 years into the future.
My final thoughts on Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 14 and Season 2 in general.
Overall, the second season of Star Trek Discovery was a rousing success, in my opinion. In 14 weeks, only Episode 3 and Episode 12 were a bit lackluster. The rest ran the gamut anywhere between Pretty Great all the way up to Outstanding. It’s difficult not to be stoked about a season like that, frankly, naysayers be damned. Truthfully, if you can watch what I just watched without thinking it was awesome, I don’t know what to tell you. I guess we just have vastly different tastes.
True to their word, the show delivered on promises to have Discovery sink up with canon. Questions about why Spock never mentioned having a foster-sister or what happened to the spore drive have now been explained. And – to top it all off – I’ve never seen Star Trek look more cinematic. Star Trek Discovery actually looks better than or equal to any of the big-budget feature films in the franchise, which is really crazy.
Of course, the show still isn’t perfect. I, personally, would have loved to have seen them do a better job portraying the Klingons. That being said, the good definitely outweighs the bad, and Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 14 truly delivered tonight. I already can’t wait to see what happens on the other side of that wormhole in Season 3! I hope you’ll join me next year.