The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 3. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned.
In Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 3, a surprise visitor brings shocking news concerning Spock, dredging up past regrets for Burnham. Meanwhile, in the wake of the asteroid incident, Ensign Tilly struggles to keep a grip on reality. And, elsewhere, L’Rell’s authority over the Klingon Empire is threatened on Qo’noS.
This was my least favorite episode so far this season, after the first two being quite stellar. You won’t catch me saying I necessarily hated it. I mean, it’s Star Trek, after all. I grew up on this stuff, and there hasn’t been bonafide Star Trek on TV in a long time before Discovery. For that reason, it’s kind of like pizza to me; even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. That being said, Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 3 definitely wasn’t great. Not even close. It continued to further the central storyline from last week, but it also included some unfortunate aspects. Let’s talk about those.
Honestly, it should come as no surprise this episode was my least favorite, considering it so heavily featured my least favorite aspect of the last season.
The way the show resolved the war between the Federation and Klingons left a lot to be desired, in my opinion. Having them put a sort of/kind of puppet chancellor in power and forcing the other Great Houses to accept her under threat of having planted a bomb inside the planet is just bad writing. That whole plot encapsulated most of what I hated about the otherwise good first season. So, I guess having Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 3 remind me of that explains my displeasure.
I’m also fully aware this part of the story is just being introduced. Maybe it will get better. Let’s hope so. So far, this week basically played out like a bad soap opera, so really there’s nowhere to go but up. At the very least, they did manage to effectively tie up one hanging plot thread. What I’m speaking of is the fact anyone with a brain should have known Tyler/Voq remaining by L’Rell’s side was never going to work.
The Klingons are a patriarchal society and Discovery’s writers have made them harshly xenophobic. The latter, of course, represents an ill-conceived wish to have the show mirror the real world political climate, but it is what it is. What’s done is done. So, into that culture, you foist a female leader, who is basically holding them all hostage to maintain power, and you give her a right-hand man who has the appearance and has lived as a human?
Nope. Sorry. Doesn’t work. If there’s anything good to say about this episode, it’s that it put an end to that arrangement. All things being equal, I do find myself interested in the idea of Tyler as a member of Section 31. That’s much better than melodrama on Qo’noS. Hopefully, we’ve seen the end of the Klingons for a while.
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 3 pushed me to finally join the bandwagon of suck
I don’t like what they’ve done with the Klingons. There, I said it. People have been bitching about it since the very first episode of season one, and I’ve mostly tried to keep an open mind. Honestly, whenever a new team gets ahold of something and creates a new adaptation, there’s going to be changes. As long-time fans, we sometimes struggle with that, but it’s just something you have to deal with.
The Klingons – as seen on The Next Generation and feature films – were preferred by fans, pretty much universally. I’m sure some strict Original Series fans probably hated them, but if so they quieted down pretty quickly. By and large, they were just better. They went from being a cheap stand-in for Soviet Russia who looked like Mongolians to cooler-looking aliens who were basically badass space Vikings from a culture that borrowed from both that and the Samurai. It was just better. I’m not sure I need to say anything more about that. The point kind of makes itself.
Once the new team on Discovery got their hands on the Klingons, though, we all had to know there were going to be changes. Makeup artists, etc. are professional people. They want to leave their own mark, not just re-create what someone else has done already. You can’t really fault them for that. I can honestly even get past the way their faces look with the weird masks they are using in place of makeup. What drives me crazy is how some of them have odd misshaped skulls, while others don’t. Am I missing something somewhere?
Thankfully, it doesn’t seem like – culturally – there have been wholesale changes. The writers seem to be trying to show us the origins of the Klingon culture we’ve come to love. Okay. That’s fine. It’s just the weird skull shape. I’m also fully aware it’s much too late to fix the problem now, but I’m officially joining those who are unhappy about it.
Odds and ends concerning Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 3
So, we finally know what the deal was with that spore infecting Tilly back in season one. And, fittingly, it turned out to be something weird, namely a space fungus infection. Correction: a sentient space fungus infection, considering it was communicating with her through hallucinations. Interesting. The one thing I can say for certain if I’m not sure where they are going with this, and truthfully that delights me.
Still, it kind of/maybe would’ve felt a little more Star Trek-y if they’d at least attempted to communicate with the thing before violently snatching it out of her. Captain Picard would not have approved.
I found myself intrigued by how they are setting up Section 31. Further, Michelle Yeoh is a gem, and any excuse to have her on the show is worth it. I’m pretty excited about her planned spin-off.