So, Star Trek Discovery’s second season has started! Captain Pike comes aboard the Discovery and promptly commandeers it. His own ship (The Enterprise, of course) has been damaged and Pike needs a ship to complete a secret mission from Starfleet, to find out why seven red energy bursts have occurred across the solar system.
Pike brings his Science Officer with him… but it isn’t Spock! Where’s Spock, Michael Burnham (Spock’s estranged half brother) wonders. Indeed, the episode is entitled ‘Brother’, so we’re all wondering where Spock is. We get some tantalising flashback memories of the young Spock from Burnham, but they don’t tell us much.
Yet the episode pursues the red energy bursts instead of the Spock question. Fair enough, especially as Pike brings some welcome ‘old Star Trek’ style and vibe with him. Indeed, the away-mission down onto the crazy asteroid at the centre of one of the red bursts feels like an episode from the classic series. Hurrah!
Sort of. Because of the debris field around the asteroid, Pike and co. have to take individual pods to the asteroid surface and it feels like nothing more than a Star WARS pod-race. The tech and reference is all wrong. Down on the asteroid is a wrecked medical vessel, where Engineer Denise Reno has been keeping brains in jars alive using weird necrogothic technology. It’s like something out of Alien or The Chronicles of Riddick. Again, it’s all wrong.
Anyway, the asteroid is made of some material promising to get the ol’ Stamets-super-jump tech working again, but safely this time, without any cute Tardigrades being hurt. Whatever. The main question, though, is where the hell is Spock?!
It’s not a bad opener at all. Lots of promise. It’s gonna struggle to deliver on soooo much promise… but you’ve gotta keep the faith, eh?