The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 6. 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 6, a new signal appears over Saru’s home planet, necessitating a perilous mission. This puts Saru in danger and raises questions about the Red Angel’s intentions. Meanwhile, Hugh struggles to come to terms with his new reality.
Week after week, Star Trek Discovery just gets better and better, and tonight’s episode was no exception. I know a lot of people really had a problem with the first season. Sadly, many of them even went so far as to give up on the show, just like with The Walking Dead. Frankly, it’s a shame, because they’re missing out on some great television.
Personally, I’ve been a fan since the beginning, but seeing how good it is now actually helps me understand why some weren’t as delighted. The current season is just that much better. There’s only been one episode so far that wasn’t amazing, and truthfully even it was watchable. If the creative team had this in them all along, I sure wish we’d seen more of it earlier. Then again, it’s almost a trope for Star Trek to have a crappy first season, so I was never all that worried about it.
Finally, some answers about Saru’s people
For me, one of the greatest new additions to the franchise has been Commander Saru. He’s a wonderful character, played expertly by the superb Doug Jones. He’s also a member of a new species joining Star Trek canon, the Kelpiens. Now, don’t get me wrong. I originally had my misgivings. Frankly, with Discovery being a prequel, it was weird thinking they could introduce new aliens we haven’t seen before. Thankfully, the writers did a great job getting around it with his backstory, and viewers get a lot of those question marks filled in watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 6.
Of course, watching the Short Treks that preceded Season 2 would’ve helped a lot also. These were 10-15 minute short episodes, meant to supplement what we are seeing now, and one of them detailed how Saru came to be a part of Starfleet. Frankly, though, everything needed to understand his backstory was included tonight, and it was quite compelling.
Without giving away any spoilers, let me just say I really like how they turned things on its proverbial ear with respect to the predator-prey dichotomy evident on Saru’s homeworld. The strange coexistence between his people and the Ba’ul, hinted at earlier but never fully explored, has always been intriguing for its sheer uniqueness. Nothing like that has ever existed in Star Trek before, to my knowledge. Having everything we thought we knew both confirmed as well as turning out to be different in Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 6 was a really nice twist.
We knew events of past episodes necessitated some further exploration of Saru’s story, and tonight gave us that in spades after taking a break last week to explore other things.
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 6, likewise, started filling in more of the blanks regarding the Red Angel
Admittedly, though, we still know very little, and I’m a firm believer that’s a good thing. It’s an interesting mystery, and I – for one – would’ve been disappointed to have it solved so early. Like with any good mystery, however, we are beginning to get more and more pieces to help us construct the full picture.
Just what we did discover tonight is too spoilery for me to talk about in detail, but it was interesting to say the least. What’s most important is that – like any good clue – I feel tonight’s episode opened up even more questions, even as it was putting some theories to rest. The one thing I can’t stop asking myself, however, is just what is the ultimate goal of this Red Angel? I guess we’ll have to keep watching to find out.