Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Ep 13 Recap Tearful Preparations

first_img We see this kind of episode before a lot of season finales. The one where we’re promised a big thing is coming, but we know it won’t come until next week. Because of the way Star Trek: Discovery constructs its stories, we tend to get around two or three of these per season. Next week is the big, exciting dangerous mission. Next week, we’ll boldly go where no one has gone before. This week… we need to pack. It is exceptionally emotional packing too. Faced with an entire 45 minutes of prep, the show decided to make it the most tearful prep work its ever done.It doesn’t work quite as well as it should. The actors are giving it their all, and there are some amazing performances here. There are just only so many times you can see basically the same scene play out with little new information. We’re being told that something big and unprecedented is happening. The characters are all appropriately acting like their about to experience a big life change that they’ll never come back from. But we won’t be shown that big thing until next week. With nothing to go on but the promise of a more exciting finale, these tearful goodbyes and moments of resolve ring a little hollow.Anthony Rapp as Stamets; Doug Jones as Saru; Shazad Latif as Tyler; Ethan Peck as Spock; Ronnie Rowe as Bryce; Oyin Oladejo as Owosekun; Patrick Kwok-Choon as Rhys; Mary Wiseman as Tilly–Photo Cr: Ben Mark Holzberg/CBSNot all of them. The Culber-Stamets relationship still punches me in the heart every time it comes up. Especially after last week when Reno talked to Culber about not throwing away his second chance. Now, just as he’s about to talk to Stamets about all that, Stamets says he’s come around about moving on. After the next mission, he’ll take some time away from Starfleet. Likewise, Culber says he’ll stay aboard the Enterprise. Now, I don’t believe for a minute that this is the end for these two. You don’t bring a dude’s husband back from the dead just to break them up almost immediately. It’s going to take work for them to get back together, but I’m sure that’s where this story is going. That knowledge doesn’t make this scene any less painful to watch, though. Anthony Rapp can really make me cry when he wants to.The plan to evacuate and then destroy Discovery doesn’t work out. The Sphere data continues to protect itself. It disables the self-destruct sequence and re-raises the ship’s shields so the Enterprise can’t just blow it up. Burnham may have changed the future in this scene, but we’ll have to wait and see how next week’s battle plays out. She touched the time crystal and saw a vision of the future where Leland kills the whole crew. One major detail she sees is that Discovery has an undetonated photon torpedo stuck in its hull. She stops the Enterprise from firing more, hopefully averting that outcome. That suggests that despite Pike’s fate being set, the immediate future is still somewhat malleable. That’ll be real interesting next week.Yadira Guevara-Prip as Po–Photo Cr: John Medland/CBSSo since destroying the Sphere still won’t work, they turn to the time crystals once again. The plan will be for Burnham to take an angel suit to the future, dragging the Discovery behind it. Hopefully, she’ll be able to go back through the wormhole sans ship. Well of course, that’s not how it’s going to work out. They need a massive source of energy and as luck would have it, Tilly knows someone who can refine dilithium into crystals. Hope you’ve been watching the Short Treks! It is cool that they’re bringing those shorts (which were often better than the actual show) into the story. Especially this one because Po is a really cool character. She compliments Tilly so well, and I’m glad the show is going to give us a little more time with her.Of course building a new suit, charging it with dilithium and using the spore drive to open a wormhole will flood the crystal. That makes this a one way trip. Burnham will be trapped in the future. The plan originally is to have Burnham go alone, dragging an empty ship behind her. The core crew of the Discovery decides they’ll go with her. They can’t just abandon one of their own to the great unknown. (Stamets is included in the people going, which makes me think Culber will decide to stay on board at the last minute. I guess we’ll see.) I love this idea and hope the show sticks with it. How exciting will Season 3 be if it’s the Discovery trapped in a distant future forced to find its way home? I like most of Star Trek: Voyager a lot, and a time travel variant of that premise could be really good. If Discovery sticks to it. They have the right crew for a great show already. Plus they wouldn’t have to worry about awkwardly linking up to a 50-plus-year-old TV series.Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou–Photo Cr: John Medland/CBSThe rest of the episode is a lot of tearful goodbyes and speeches. They don’t land. We don’t even have time to react to Spock’s theory that Burnham is a second Red Angel, and the one that sent back the seven signals. That’s an interesting wrinkle to the story, but we don’t have time to explore it amid all the regrets and affirmations. Like everything else that could have been interesting in this episode, I guess we’ll get to it next week.The only one of these that works is when Captain Pike gives his farewell speech to the crew and they all stand for him. Pike’s been such a welcome addition to this show, and I’m sad that he’s only around for this season. It would mean a little more if we hadn’t just seen a full episode of tearful speeches, but it’s a decent goodbye. This episode had a habit of undercutting what should have been its most powerful moments. It was too busy trying to make us feel things it overlooked the moments that actually had a chance. Like, for example, when the crew boards the Enterprise. Looking around that bridge deserved a much bigger moment than it got.At least the episode ends in an exciting enough place. With Saru acting as Captain, the crew gets ready to do the thing they spent all episode planning. Just as Leland’s ships get there, Saru stares forward and says “Prepare for battle.” It’s incredibly cool, and I can’t wait to see them do it. I only wish there had been fewer grandiose speeches this week, so we could at least see a little bit of what’s in store for the finale.Star Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays on CBS All Access.Previously on Star Trek: Discovery:Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 12 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 11 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 10 Recap ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: Run From the Future Stay on targetlast_img read more