My last two-post day for a bit on Tor.com, at least until May when Picard‘s season finale and Strange New Worlds‘s season premiere drop on the same day…..
A look back at what is truly the most purely Star Trek season ever, though it’s not without its flaws — particularly pacing issues that dogged the latter half. Still and all, the fourth season of Discovery is what Trek is all about……
My favorite thing this whole season is watching the developing relationship between Burnham and Rillak, very nicely played by Sonequa Martin-Green and Chelah Horsdal. The captain and the president start out somewhat adversarial, but the more they work together the more smoothly their working relationship becomes, and by the time the season is over, the pair of them make a fantastic team talking to 10C and convincing them to retract the DMA and stop causing harm to these individual life forms that they didn’t even recognize as being higher life forms until they showed up on their doorstep.
It’s the first episode this season that isn’t giving us a new status quo, so you’d think there’d be more forward movement. We do get lots of references to past Trek, hilarious comedy with Seven and Musiker, and a nice bit of acting by Ito Aghayere as young Guinan, but overall there’s not a lot of forward movement here. My review of Star Trek: Picard‘s “Watcher.”
Jurati gets to verbally fence with the Borg Queen some more. I’m loving the way Annie Wersching is playing the Queen, which is more than I can say for how she’s being written. For some reason, they’re leaning into the awful portrayal of her on Voyager as a mustache-twirling villain. Jurati begs her for help, and even makes her a compelling offer: someone to talk to. The Queen said last week that the silence was maddening, as she’s been cut off from the Collective, and Jurati offers to keep her company if she helps Jurati get the transporters online so she can beam Seven and Musiker out of their car chase.
Then when it’s over, Jurati pointedly leaves the room, and the Queen fumes. I was practically expecting her to shake her fist and cry out, “Curses, foiled again!”