The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 7. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned.
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 7 finds Burnham on Vulcan in search of Spock, where she unearths family secrets. Meanwhile, researching what’s left of the Red Angel’s signal over Kaminar puts Pike and Tyler in a battle against time itself. And, at the same time, Georgiou has a few tricks up her sleeve for Section 31.
Following up on last week’s events on Kaminar, Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 7 represented the first meaningful advances toward learning the details of this season’s central mystery. It was also our first glimpse of Spock that wasn’t fleeting, even though much of the episode happened mostly around him. That’s OK, though; at least he was present, even if not exactly cogent. Interestingly, however, those things we did learn simply lead to additional questions.
In the end, however you slice it, it was a big week for Star Trek fans. Not only did we finally get to see a little more of Spock, but we learned Star Trek Discovery has been renewed for a much-deserved third season. Frankly, with this season’s improvement on what was already a great show, that’s great news.
Intense action grounded by character moments
Because that’s the best of both worlds, right? That’s definitely the case, in my opinion. Tonight, we saw two parallel stories taking place, both of which were rife with character development. At the same time, there was a lot of excitement, keeping us drawn in as viewers.
The first of these storylines – and arguably the more important as far as the rest of the season goes – revolved around Burnham and Spock. Along the way, there was a lot of exposition, revealing interesting family secrets and going heavy on Alice in Wonderland references. It’s difficult to say much more about it without including spoilers, except to say Section 31 is obviously up to something shady. That’s a realization that I don’t think comes as a shock to anyone in particular, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
What makes it riveting is Georgiou. Whose side is she actually on? Probably just her own, if truth be known, but she’s a very mercurial and interesting character. Her fake fight with Burnham to assist in the escape was both comedy gold and quite riveting in it’s implications. Is the former Terran Emperor simply out to supplant Leland, or is there a part of her that’s actually still looking out for Michael? What is Section 31 up to?
And that question dovetails directly into the other storyline we watched play out tonight. How much does Tyler/Voq know about his organization’s ultimate goals? Is he a part of it or an unwitting pawn? Honestly, I couldn’t venture to guess. The only thing I’m sure of at this point is that the sequences involving he and Pike in the temporal distortion were unbelievably cinematic in scale. I’m honestly not sure Star Trek has ever looked so good on the screen. As a lifelong fan, it’s difficult not to get excited about that.
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 7 signals the show is about to go somewhere very important with respect to the franchise
The other interesting thing about tonight’s episode were its final moments. Truthfully, it seems Discovery is about to take a deep-dive into the franchise‘s canon, for better or worse. I’m not going to go into detail concerning the significance of the planet Talos IV. Long time fans might have immediately picked up the reference, and those that didn’t probably only need a little refresher.
Suffice it to say, however, it seems the long-game plan for the season is becoming a little clearer. Just a little, that is. There are a lot of questions still lingering, which is as it should be. I’m sure there are probably those within the fandom cringing, worried Discovery is going to overstep, but honestly I’m excited. The mystery surrounding Talos IV goes back to literally the very first moments of the Star Trek franchise. It involves a story that has never been revisited since. That basically guarantees we are going to be seeing something fresh. And it’s a location with deep ties to characters who joined the show this season.
It’s also a story with a few narrative holes that Star Trek Discovery can fill without trampling all over canon. During the first season, we saw this with the Klingon War. It was an event from Star Trek history, mentioned many times but never expanded upon in any great detail. This allowed a lot of freedom to tell a story in that space without destroying it, and I think that’s exactly what we are about to see occur in the second season. I think it’s a great way to play in the existing sandbox, and I’m really excited to see where they take it. I hope you are as well.