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Star Trek: Discovery - Choose Your Pain

episode 1.5

USA 2017
produced by
Aaron Baiers, Kevin Lafferty, April Nocifora, Gretchen J. Berg (executive), Bryan Fuller (executive), Akiva Goldsman (executive), Aaron Harberts (executive), Alex Kurtzman (executive), Rod Roddenberry (executive, as Eugene Roddenberry), Trevor Roth (executive) for Rodenberry Entertainment/CBS, Netflix
directed by Lee Rose
starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Jason Isaacs, Jayne Brook, Mary Chieffo, Wilson Cruz, Rainn Wilson, Conrad Coates, Emily Coutts, Julianne Grossman (voice), Patrick Kwok-Choon, Sara Mitich, Simon Northwood, Oyin Oladejo, Christopher Russell, Kirk Salesman, Tyler Evan Webb
story by Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Kemp Powers, screenplay by Kemp Powers, 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, Harry Mudd

review by
Mike Haberfelner


During a routine shuttle transport, Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs), Captain of the USS Discovery and military genius, not only but also because his ship is the only one that has the spore drive that can make it materialize anywhere in the galaxy within an instant, is kidnapped by the Klingons, who then try to torture the secret out of him on their mothership. In Klingon captivity, Lorca makes the acquaintance of Starfleet Lieutnant Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) and notorious criminal Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), and starts making plans for an escape ...

Meanwhile on the discovery, the command is transferred to Saru (Doug Jones), former science officer of the USS Shenzhou, who's hell-bent on leaving no stone unturned to find and free the captain. But there's a problem, the Ripper, the monster that's somehow the "navigator" of the spore drive, is weakened with every jump. However, when science officer Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) wants to tell him about it, Saru's less than interested. So she, scientist Stamets (Anthony Rapp), doctor Culber (Wilson Cruz), and Burnham's blabbering roommate Tilly (Mary Wiseman) are working overtime to look for a solution, and not a moment too soon, as after the Discovery made the jump to where Captain Lorca is held, the Ripper goes into hibernation and is thus rendered useless.

On the Klingon vessel, Captain Lorca and Tyler (not Mudd, he's left behind) find it surprisingly easy to overcome the Klingons and steal a shuttle to make their way back to the discovery - that manages to make the jump out of Klingon space only because Stamets took it upon himself to substitute the Ripper as navigator, and almost die in the process. After that, Saru orders Burnham to set the Ripper free - and she shoots the monster into space where it can travel freely ...

 

On the plus side, this is the first episode that actually concentrates on its ensemble cast of characters rather than just Burnham, and the addition of Harry Mudd from the Classic Star Trek episode Mudd's Women is certainly most welcome. But on the downside, the whole concept with the spore drive and the monster as its navigator is still silly not made any better by the clichéed subplot where a bunch of characters want to save the creature from certain death. That all said, the episode is still an ok ride, but no greatness here ...

 

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