It’s the triumphant return of Tig Notaro as Jett Reno and David Cronenberg as Kovich, plus Stamets has mellowed enough that we need a new asshole scientist, and we get one in Shawn Doyle’s Ruon Tarka. Plus Book and Burnham engage in a prison break of sorts. My review of Star Trek: Discovery‘s latest, “The Examples.”
We also see Culber and Stamets together, which has been rare this season, as Stamets both bitches to his partner and also expresses concern for his mental health. It’s the first time we’ve seen Culber really be vulnerable in a while, and Wilson Cruz plays it beautifully, showing the broken person behind the helpful façade that he presents to his patients. I hope we get more of this—I know that both of them have different roles on the ship, but Stamets and Culber are such a great couple, the best and sweetest of the three couples in the cast, and we need more of them. (Nothing against Burnham and Book, who are a delight, or Adira and Gray, who are fabulous, but we’ve gotten lots of those four and I want more of Stamets and Culber, dagnabbit. The teeth-brushing scene in “Choose Your Pain” remains one of the loveliest and most romantic scenes in Trek’s five-plus decades, and we need more of that, please and thank you.