So, Hugh has been reconstituted by the Mycelium Network, and he’s come back ‘pristine’, in a new body, without scars, fresh as a daisy and all overly muscled (he must have been killing time in the gym while waiting to be back on the show). He tells us many times that he ‘doesn’t feel like’ his old self. Typical for this series, we get the same theme repeated in the story arc of multiple other characters… Saru is acting all different now he’s lost his ganglia (willy parts that came out of his neck).
The repetition of themes in the stories of umpteen characters is a really wearing device now, and robs episodes of screen time, time which would be better devoted to constructing ONE decent storyline for each episode. It’s like the characters are fighting each other to get screen time – and maybe that’s down to the contracts the various actors have? Shame, cos it ruins plot development in the shows. And this episode is no exception, sadly.
Things open promisingly enough, with the new Saru all but challenging Captain Pike to a fight on the command deck of the Disco. It’s a good moment. The new Saru then accompanies Burnham down to Saru’s home world cos they reckon the Red Angel has recently appeared there. Saru promptly blows off the Prime Directive and declares to his sister that there’s a whole galaxy out there and that the Kelpians are being lied to and murdered by their overlords (the Ba’ul, very much like the Gao’uld in Stargate SG1, or like the creepy long-haired girl in The Ring, the Japanese horror movie). The Ba’ul realise everything’s a bust and decide to commit genocide against the Kelpians…
Things are looking tense. But then the Red Angel turns up, displays omnipotent power, disables the Ba’ul and saves the Kelpians. The End.
The ending just comes out of nowhere, with no logic at all. It’s a total deus ex machina and is totally anti-climactic. Shame.
Damn. Sigh. And so we search for Spock for yet another episode of poor writing and nonsense.