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Star Trek: Discovery - Battle at the Binary Stars

episode 1.2

USA 2017
produced by
Aaron Baiers, Kevin Lafferty, April Nocifora, Thom J. Pretak, Gretchen J. Berg (executive), Bryan Fuller (executive), Akiva Goldsman (executive), Aaron Harberts (executive), Heather Kadin (executive), Alex Kurtzman (executive), Rod Roddenberry (executive, as Eugene Rodenberry), Trevor Roth (executive) for Roddenberry Entertainment, Secret Hideout/CBS, Netflix
directed by Adam Kane
starring Michelle Yeoh, Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Mary Chieffo, James Frain, Kenneth Mitchell, Chris Obi, Terry Serpico, Sam Vartholomeos, Arista Arhin, Emily Coutts, Ali Momen, Clare McConnell, Thamela Mpumlwana, Damon Runyan, Tasia Valenza, Chris Violette, Romaine Waite
story by Bryan Fuller, screenplay by Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, series created by Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman, Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Jeff Russo, special effects by Alchemy Studios, visual effects by Pixomondo, Spin VFX

TV-series
Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek

review by
Mike Haberfelner


After facing a fleet of Klingon battleships, the USS Shenzhou is quick to be joined by an equal number of Federation ships for a lengthy stand-off. First Officer Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) makes all sorts of suggestions but is thrown into the brig for attacking a superior officer, Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) - see last episode. As for the Klingon side of things: T'Kuvma (Chris Obi), leader of a mighty Klingon family, wants to reunite all Klingon families and lead them into war against the Federation - but not all those he has summoned agree - and yet it's inevitable that the first shot is fired before long, and the battle is fierce, with both sides suffering casualties. The Klingons seem to be winning the upper hand, but then retreat all of a sudden - all but T'Kuvma's ship.

The USS Shenzhou has suffered heavy damages in the battle, damages that almost killed Burnham, and it's only thanks to her ingenuity that she's still up and running - and willing to join the battle. Thing is, she has figured that T'Kuvma stayed behind with the express intent to be shot out of the skies and become a martyr, so the reunification of the families will be facilitated. So Burnham and the Captain figure out a plan to render T'Kuvma's ship useless, then the two enter the ship with the intent to take T'Kuvma alive. The idea is good, but the mission goes horribly wrong when the Captain is slain, Burnham has to kill T'Kuvma in self-defense, and the mission has to be aborted prematurely. And as a thanks for all she's done, Burnham lands in (Federation-)jail for life ...

 

One of these episodes that leaves one hungry for more, as while it brings a story-arc to an end, it also ends on a cliffhanger and has served as a set-up for a much bigger story. In itself, the episode is certainly well, conceived, it looks slick and the effects are first rate - even if the battle scenes sometimes feel like Where's Waldo with that many ships doing battle on the screen all at once. And the death of the Captain is an obvious shocker for sure. So it is a nice ride - though in all honesty, the series as a whole doesn't feel all that Star Trek-y yet ...

 

 

 

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