Well, it’s been coming for a while. ‘New Hugh’ isn’t comfortable in his own skin… because it’s not his own skin really… cos he has a new body due to his resurrection by the Mycelium Network. Stamets prepares New Hugh’s favourite meal (date night)… except it’s not New Hugh’s favourite anymore. He has a memory that it’s his favourite, but his body doesn’t respond to it as his favourite. And his body doesn’t respond in the old way to the increasingly clingy and needy Stamets either. Stamets keeps possessively holding on to the New Hugh, which only drives New Hugh away. It’s quite moving really.
New Hugh then sees Ash Tyler in the corridor. Ash murdered Hugh, remember. It’s a surreal moment. New Hugh then attacks Ash in the canteen… and none of the crew try to stop the fight. Indeed, not even Pike can blame New Hugh. It’s a fascinating scene.
Now, if you recall, this series likes to ‘double if not triple’ its themes, so we then move to Spock, who also doesn’t fit in his own skin… or own mind to be more precise. Michael Burnham and Spock head for Talos IV so that Spock’s mind can be cured: he’s been understanding time as ‘fluid’ instead of ‘linear’, and that’s threatening to destroy all his logic, you see. And apparently Spock’s bonce is gonna be important to save the universe from being destroyed by some unknown evil alien. Actually, the Talos IV stuff is great fun cos it allows the show to have a retro title sequence that shows footage from the ‘old series’ episode set on Talos IV.
And then we move to Airiam (cyborg crew member, not as much fun as Data), who also doesn’t fit in her normal body… cos she’s been possessed by the evil alien who makes her eyes go red! No one notices how weirdly she’s been behaving (or that her eyes go red). But loads of data has been transmitted off the good ship Disco, so everyone’s on the alert. They all think Ash Tyler is responsible (sending stuff to Section 31), so Pike removes Tyler’s badge! Arggh. He needed that badge to complete his collection. It’s so unfair!
All in all, I really enjoyed the ‘If Memory Serves’ episode. You see, I’ve stopped demanding that this series should have proper stories for its episodes. I’ve given up on that. I’m now just along for the ride.