Star Trek recap: discovery of shadows and lights: a TOS bomb


Michael and Georgiou form an anxious alliance again on a winding path Star Trek: Discovery.
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In a difficult gap of the first season, Star Trek: DiscoveryThe second year study was much happier to leave its overall story with Spock simmering in the background as it focused on mostly self-contained, classic projects. Star Trek tales. It worked very well so far, but tonight's episode tried to do it both ways, and it never really worked.

Reduced to their most basic components, two things happen during "Light and Shadows":

  • the Discovery faces a temporal conflict over Kaminar.
  • Michael personally takes leave at Vulcan and is finally reunited with Spock.

But this is not even particularly reductive, because "Light and Shadows" takes these two aspects and tries to stretch them over too long. It's an episode of staging – and the staging is intriguing of bonkers – but it suffers from being pulled in opposite directions from the more conventional Star Trekhistory -anienne du DiscoveryMeet in time, and we focus on finally being able to see Michael and Spock together. In the end, none of the scenarios is anything more than preparing the public for much more interesting stories to come.

Tilly explains the virtues of putting the word "time" in front of everything you say to make it cool.
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Let's start with Discovery side of things, where Pike and the crew suddenly find themselves battling a ginormal temporal flaw that opens almost a few moments after Michael has taken leave to Vulcan. Pike, reluctantly dragging Ash, takes a shuttle to investigate the anomaly before he can waste time aboard the ship. Discovery too much – leaving weird shadows of the past and the future everywhere, like holograms of time – and quickly trapping them in the rift in search of a probe they sent for the scanner. Because, really, would it be an episode of Star Trek if a shuttle was not caught by the strange anomaly she was investigating? Absolutely not.

Whatever the case may be, things are going very fast in the breach, both because of the fact that the shuttle is starting to get lost in different pockets of time and because of the fact that Pike and Ash are not getting away with it. 39, just do not hear.

Pike sees Ash and, through him, Section 31, as an intruder in the ideals of Starfleet which is dear to him, while Ash sees Pike as suspicious of the Klingon who is in him, after having spent the war with him. Business, a burnt head who could never have an overview of what he had done as either Voq or now as Ash. They can barely agree on how to fly the shuttle, and this before the probe Discovery sent into the ditch reappears from his journey back in time as basically this strange Octopus spacecraft from the Wars of clones Animated series, eager to murder everyone.[Notedelarédaction:vousvoyezj'allaisdirequecelaressemblaitàcequisepassait[Editor'sNote:SeeIwasgoingtosayitlookedlikethethingsfrom[Notedelarédaction:vousvoyezj'allaisdirequecelaressemblaitàcequisepassait[Editor’sNote:SeeIwasgoingtosayitlookedlikethethingsfromThe matrix. -Jill P.]

"Oh, of course, you belong to a strange group of morally gray secret spies that goes against everything I defend, but please, go on this dangerous mission with me, what could go wrong? "
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It's classic Star Trek-From Spock and McCoy, Tuvok and Neelix, to O & # 39; Brien and Bashir (at the beginning), the franchise likes to take two characters who do not hear, stuff them in a small box (shuttle or other) and to get them through hell to finally bring them to a derisory respect or friendship. Which is beautiful, but because we have seen this kind of story time and time again in Star TrekTo see it appear here does not really have much impact, especially when it comes to a story thread presented as a superficial distraction of Spock content on which it is woven. Given how he hastily solves the temporal dilemma just by asking Stamets to say "spore work will work!" And shine to save the duo with few challenges, it never seems like "Light and Shadows "Especially interested in solving the antagonism of Pike and Ash in an interesting way, leaving him feeling hollow.

This does not help while the Spock side of the episode is also to turn his wheels in frustration every time we take a break from Discovery plot of the crew. Michael does not meet Spock as much as she sees only the broken man he has become, hidden in a cave by Amanda as he whispers old numbers and texts of Vulcan. This may be the first time we have come to see Spock after episode after episode of Spockteasing, Ethan Peck, but he is less a character and a plot device that Michael has to practically hang out from one place to another – namely the Section 31, which is extremely easy to find for a secret organization, in an attempt to surgically get responses out of tattered Spock's mind – to try and keep the workings of the plot slowly.

A relentless Michael trying to extract any kind of answer from a frustrated Amanda on the rise, symbolizes just about the problem of this whole episode.
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So much emotional weight to finally see Michael finally finally face to face with his brother does not land as well as he should (despite some good moments from Sonequa Martin-Green, once again – like crack and hug his brother, even though he can not say that she does it, as she did with Saru there are some episodes), because there is more than just to be on the same side of Michael's point of view. There is still no real connection, and after so much tension built around this meeting, it's going on like this – where it could be that Michael and Spock have not had any interaction yet. – seems hollow. Nothing really happens to happen this episode of how you want an hour of television for, well, you know, have things that happen.

That is to say until the end. After realizing (with Georgiou's help) that Section 31 preferred to destroy Spock's mind rather than help him, Burnham escaped with his brother in tow, to finally understand that the numbers on which he murmured all the episodes are long, in the reverse order. a youth aphasia awakened by the visions of the Red Angel by Spock – are coordinated to a planet.

And not just any planet, but a more than familiar name to hiking fans: Talos IV. Literally the place where Star Trek it all started, the first extraterrestrial world previewed in the original pilot of the series, "The Cage", and was then revisited in hiking season 1 episode "The Menagerie".

Talosians with giant heads, as in the original Star Trek pilot.
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Since the end of this episode gets its name from the named destination, we have no idea what Michael and Spock will find on Talos IV. Discovery is actually fixed about three years after the scheduled date of "The Cage". But it is less the place that is interesting and the people who live there: the Talosians.

"The Cage" and "The Menagerie" established the Talosians as a very advanced culture endowed with vast psychic powers, addicted to using their abilities to create realistic illusions. Could Spock's visions be the Talosian's psychic abilities projecting a divine-looking being into his mind? And if the Red Angel was not a temporal traveler but a Talosian seeking to save species and groups of people to take them to Talos as prisoners on which they could found new illusions, just as they would have liked to to do for Pike and his crew? And if it's Pike and Spock More precisely that he tries to attract there with the signals?

We will have to wait and see. It took quite a long time, but the age of Spockteasing DiscoveryThe second season could be over. It's just a pity that we had to frantically frustrate another episode to really get a sense of the future of the young Vulcan's new story.

As frustrating as Amanda is in this episode, it's a total Think of her watching Sarek look him in the eyes during her mental search for Spock, knowing that she is hiding it hidden in the caves beneath it. What flex.
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Assortment of reflections

  • I can not believe I'm saying that, but I do not agree with Tilly: the tsunami Is it's a lot cooler to have the word "Time" in front of him. More deadly maybe, but really cool.
  • I'm not sure what I'm feeling about Spock, a kind of Vulcan dyslexia, which plays a key role in reducing Spock to the state in which he finds himself throughout this episode. Plus, if it's something he's had since his childhood, why does it take Michael – or even Amanda, consider God how long she has been hiding it in the caves under Vulcan – for so long that he guesses that the numbers that he repeats are supposed to be interpreted in reverse? It's an inexpensive way to use a learning disability as an intrigue, and it's not a flaw.
  • Last week, I was excited to see how the tension around Pike having to work with Section 31 would turn into a broader discussion about Starfleet's idealistic morality in general … so I really hope that Pike and Ash will all be "We saved ourselves from a future giant robo probe of the future, we're fine now" is not the immediate conclusion of this tension.
  • Speaking of article 31, I suppose that Georgiou who is trying to overthrow Leland from his position of authority is part of the organization of his own derivative show, but I like the Game of thrones– the courtly atmosphere of intrigues he has for her. His very Mirror of his universe and add a more unstable element to section 31.
  • The true nature of Airiam has been a bit confusing so far. Contradictory comments have seen it as an augmented human being, an alien species augmented or even a synthetic hybrid. But she is not purely It will be interesting to see how the techno virus of the future probe will affect it. A kind of cy di …Borg? Oh no. This is not like Star Trek did not try to get her cake and eat it too when it comes to bringing back the shade of the Borg in which she absolutely should not be, but I really hope it's not not what will eventually happen to poor Airiam.

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