The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 9. 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 9, he crew infiltrates Section 31’s headquarters, only to learn they (sort of) have a traitor in their midst. Meanwhile, Burnham tries to help Spock. Unfortunately, however, her efforts do not go as planned.
Building off last week’s exceptional episode, tonight really brought emotional weight to the ongoing struggle. Previously, we learned that Spock’s vision was all about the end of all sentient life in the galaxy. Pretty heavy stuff. The thing is that’s such a large-scale problem that sometimes it’s almost difficult for it to resonate. It seems like every other TV show or movie involves the protagonists trying to save the world/universe, after all. Losing characters you’ve actually gotten attached to, however, really brings it home, and that’s what Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 9 accomplished in spades.
Yes, a character died in tonight’s episode. It was a member of the crew, whom I will not name to avoid spoilers, not some visiting guest star. That being said, I will put it out there that it’s probably not going to be your first guess. I’ll also say it was someone I wish we had gotten to know a little better before losing them. It’s a testament to the storytelling abilities of director Jonathan Frakes that the loss was felt so keenly. Truthfully, Star Trek Discovery is just getting better and better as time goes by.
People need to go ahead and get over their hatred of Discovery’s version of Spock.
Because it’s seriously getting old. Every week, the episode doesn’t even have time to finish before people take to social media to complain. As if the last year+ listening to people rail about Star Wars: The Last Jedi (to the point of even bullying members of the cast off social media) and the recent shitstorm over Captain Marvel weren’t already a great indication, the sci-fi/fantasy community really has a loud and horrible minority that gives the rest of us a bad name.
What’s ironic almost to the point of being hilarious is that half of these people are the same ones constantly complaining that Hollywood never comes up with anything new. They get tired of all of the endless rebooting of franchises, etc., begging for something different. But just not Star Wars. Or Star Trek. Or anything else they enjoyed at any point in their lives. Those things are apparently untouchable. Frankly, it’s an intellectually dishonest mode of thinking.
And that’s before you take into account that this version of Spock isn’t the abomination they claim he is anyway. Yes, he’s angry, sometimes rude and disdainful. He’s even illogical, and – God forbid – emotional. How dare you show us a version of a character different from previous iterations, despite the fact that this is a point in the character’s life we’ve never seen before! Such absurdity.
For reference, there’s been exactly once in Star Trek canon when we’ve seen this Spock, and that was in TOS episodes “The Cage” and “The Menagerie,” during which he displayed plenty of emotion and was very different. In short, just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s out of character or in disagreement with canon.
Discovery is continuing to bring itself in line with established Star Trek lore.
As great as this season of Star Trek Discovery has been thus far, there have still been periodic question marks. One of these revolved around typical Starfleet captains walking around talking about Section 31 as though it’s existence were common knowledge. What made this strange was that it was an organization that had always been treated as a guarded secret. In fact, the entire concept wasn’t even introduced until Deep Space Nine and then retroactively in Enterprise. During every other iteration of Star Trek, there was nary a mention.
In fact, it was explicitly portrayed as a secret organization that operated outside the purview of the normal Federation. It was basically a way to reach goals the Federation might agree with, using means Federation law would never allow. So, it seemed weird folks were talking about it so openly, despite its inclusion in Enterprise meaning it was definitely active during the Discovery era.
Thankfully, Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 9 seems to help answer a bit of that question. One could surmise that Section 31 had become a known part of the Federation, working in tandem with Starfleet. The current season of Discovery, then, seems to be portraying the beginnings of that organization going rogue.
That would explain why later it operates in the shadows. I can easily see a situation where the Federation shuts them down officially, only for it to be revived by some zealots in secret. In fact, it’s beginnings as a clandestine organization would create great story fodder for the upcoming Section 31 spinoff. What do you think?