Star Trek: Discovery - Choose Your Pain
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
Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek, Harry Mudd
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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 ...
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.
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
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 ...