STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Review: 2.07 "Light and Shadows"



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Spock's search ends when new research begins.

As we are stuck in the back half of DiscoveryThe second season, the story begins to focus a little – and fortunately, this week, it means that we finally meet the version of this show Spock. The status and fate of our favorite Vulcan are the main part of this episode – but the episode also finds time to do concrete, scientific and mysterious things.

Graph A sees Michael Burnham return to Vulcan, where she meets her adoptive mother Amanda and asks where Spock is. So start an episode pretty much focused on their family unit, which introduces new elements into the canon that will captivate or repugnant long-time fans. Spock hides in a cave, repeats a series of numbers and sentences, but the story is more about the past, especially the respective childhoods of Michael and Spock.

Given what we learned about Spock this episode, it makes sense that Amanda wants to protect him – from Starfleet and even Sarek. The big revelation about this is that as a child, Spock had "human" learning difficulties – reading, writing, etc. – and received no support from Vulcaine. This is how Amanda fed her early learning, including regular readings of Alice in Wonderland to show him that it is possible to navigate situations that do not make sense.

It's great for the cannon. We always knew that Spock was ostracized for his mixed heritage, but making him an inter-species equivalent of dyslexic is a brand new ride. Personally, I love it – it makes his final talent more difficult to win and gives more weight to his relationship with his sister and his mother. The role of Michael, who helped Spock to understand his human side, is finally fully taken into account, which is very touching. We are finally starting to get a glimpse of Michael's flawless exterior, and the show is better for that.

Do not move enough, though, because Spock is still a wanted fugitive – and a wanted fugitive who could hold the key to the mysterious Red Angel's identity and design. Thus, Michael is made to deliver it to Section 31, and it is not surprising that their intentions with him are less than angels. Connected to a "memory extractor", the spirit at risk, he is quickly saved by Michael (with the help of Georgiou, his motives are still so dark). Escaping into a shuttle, Michael sees (in one way or another) that his repeated series of numbers is reversed and will lead them to Talos IV. In The original seriesContact with this psychic planet was the only crime of the Federation punishable by the death penalty. It's also where Captain Pike ended up living in his machine with a beep for yes, two beeps for no. Looks like this season could end up setting up Pike's eventual fate.

Meanwhile, the rest of the crew on board Discovery meets a newly formed fissure in space-time, near Kamanar, and launches a probe there, followed by a shuttle carrying Pike and Tyler, who is then attacked by a mysteriously improved version of the probe. Here we have some features now Discovery Logic jumps, while the crew is trying to rescue their captain in danger (maybe even in danger). Stamets, somehow protected from temporal distortions by its late DNA, is transported to bring it back, and it works. However, they fail to self-destroy the shuttle before redevelopment (and extremely Matrix-influenced) probe probes DiscoveryThe computer system – and in turn, hackers Lt.Cmdr Airiam. It will be interesting.

In the end, a remarkably light episode on the plot, but quite heavy on the character. There is virtually nothing that really changes the course of the season, but we learn more about Spock and Michael, a small pressure cooker sequence with Pike and Tyler, and the intentions of Section 31 and its staff. are more interested in the mystery. . I'm not sure if the emotional content broadcast on Vulcan makes up for the ridiculously easy ways that characters solve science problems, but it's still good emotional content. Hoping that he installs stronger stories all the way.

Next week: Talosiens are coming back, for the first time in a long time! Spock has nightmares about possible futures, like all of us, but even more so because he's Vulcan! And more.

Observations lost:

  • Spock's shuttle disappeared in Mutara sector – the same sector in which the end of Anger of Khan took place, and the area where Spock finally dies (for the first time).
  • The idea that Pike's brutal heroism is an attempt to repair his guilt for remaining war on the war is interesting and deserves investigation.
  • "Everything seems colder when you put your time in front of you" is quite correct, Tilly.
  • Looks like Georgiou probably murdered his own mother.
  • It also looks like she's working against her commander, Leland.
  • … that caused the death of Michael's biological parents. Yuck.
  • Sarek states that he obviously respects humanity because he married a human, who feels remarkably like him claiming he has "a human friend".
  • Discovery escapes the "tsunami of time", but, uh, it just explodes over Kamanar. Do not bode well for Kelpians.
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