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Star Trek: Discovery - Despite Yourself

episode 1.10

USA 2018
produced by
Aaron Baiers, 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 (as Eugene Roddenberry, executive), Trevor Roth (executive) for Roddenberry Entertainment/CBS, Netflix
directed by Jonathan Frakes
starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Jason Isaacs, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, Sam Vartholomeos, Emily Coutts, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Julianne Grossman (voice), Sara Mitich, Ali Momen, Oyin Oladejo, Ronnie Rowe, Chris Violette, Romaine Waite
screenplay by Sean Cochran, series created by Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman, Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Jeff Russo, special effects by Alchemy Studios, fx3x, visual effects by Pixomondo, Spin VFX

TV-series
Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek

review by
Mike Haberfelner


The Discovery has to come to terms with the fact that their last, their very last "jump" with the spore drive has catapulted them into another dimension, and not a pleasant one: Here, there's no Starfleet but the Terrans, a ruthless, racist and quite violent force that fights war against the Klingons and the Vulcans, who are allies here. For some reason though, the spaceships here look exactly the same as in the other universe, and everybody has his (evil) twin in this universe. So the Discovery poses as the evil Discovery in order to buy time, and cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman) as its captain, just because evil Tilly apparently is captain on the evil Discovery. But of course, all the crew want to go back to their own universe, which isn't too easy without the spore drive - which elies solely on Lt Stamets (Anthony Rapp), whose brain got pretty much blown in the last jump, and who now just babbles nonsense. But there has been one ship that made the jump to this universe and back before - but problem is, all the data about that ship is on the Shenzhou. Now it turns out that evil Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is actually the presumed dead captain of the Shenzhou while Lorca, captain of the good Discovery, is a rebel in the evil universe, one evil Burnham had been hunting upon her demise ... so they figure they pretend to be evil Burnham having only faked her death bringing back her prey, Lorca pretending to be his evil self, just to get their hands on the Shenzhou's database. But while they are welcomed on the Shenzhou, Burnham soon has to realize it's not as simple as that, while Lorca is led to a torture chamber ...

Meanwhile, back on the Discovery, Ash (Shazad Latif) spends more and more time with the ship's prisoner, and his former jailer and lover, L'Rell, which pushes him into an identity crisis, and he soon has to assume he's actually a Klingon in disguise ...

 

Now ok, the idea of the "evil universe" isn't exactly novel, much less original, and has already been exploited in the Classic Star Trek episode Mirror Mirror (an episode this one subtly references), and frankly, the whole subject is treated probably even more bluntly now than back when - but on the plus side, at least this episode doesn't shy away from the camp factor that the concept suggests but really embraces it. So it's at least worth a few chuckles for sure.

 

A bit of trivia: This episode marks the return of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Commander Ryker and director of several episodes of that series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, Jonathan Frakes, to the directing chair of a Star Trek project 20 years after Star Trek: Insurrection.

 

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