The Wrath of Shrooms.
Full spoilers observe for this episode.
Dr. Hugh Culber is alive!
We’ve recognized Wilson Cruz can be returning to Star Trek: Discovery in some capability — past simply as a useful mycelial community phantom — just about since his character was killed off in Season 1. That dying was met with a little bit of an uproar, as many viewers weren’t pleased with the truth that the present’s producers had made such an enormous deal about that includes the primary same-sex couple as regulars on a Star Trek sequence, solely to then promptly finish the connection in tragedy. Within the aftermath, the CBS All Entry group instantly trotted out Cruz and Anthony Rapp, who performs Hugh’s lover Paul Stamets, who promised that the pair’s story was removed from over.
And certainly, Hugh has now been rescued. However did the circumstances of his return work? Properly… they worked-ish.
Whereas final week’s episode was about dying, it is smart that this week’s can be about life, and even (re-)start. Not surprisingly, Hugh’s resurrection intersected with the Tilly/Could arc that has been taking on lots time in current episodes. An excessive amount of time, actually, as that story has dragged. On the finish of final week’s phase, Tilly was sucked away to elements unknown into that gross mass of mycelial cocoon stuff that’s laying round in engineering… and which, because it seems, will quickly be become Hugh! Um, ugh?
In fact, Tilly finds herself within the mycelial community the place the Could creature wants her assist. Her fellow jahSepp — that’s what the critters are known as, in keeping with Reminiscence Alpha — are being threatened by some form of monster, which it seems is Hugh doing his greatest impersonation of the Riker caveman, and who in flip is being threatened by Could’s form. The reason of how Hugh is alive within the mycelial community is an instance of some severe retconning and teching the tech, however principally Stamets willed him into existence, it appears, when he was in that deep mycelial trance final season. Or one thing.
So the revelation of how Hugh is returning to life right here isn’t terribly satisfying, however the rescue mission that the Disco crew phases to avoid wasting Tilly, and because it seems, Hugh as effectively has some cool moments. The spotlight, in fact, is the plan itself, which sees the Discovery doing a half-jump which ends up in it being partially caught in mycelial house and partially within the common universe as effectively. The spore soar impact has at all times been fairly nice, and this “caught” model of it’s too.
The tripped-out go to to the mycelial community that Burnham and Stamets make has echoes of “Context Is for Kings” from final season, as they discover the eerily lit corridors of the Discovery. And helping with the rescue over on the common house aspect of issues, for some motive, is the Part 31 group of Georgiou, Tyler and Leland. Why precisely they’re getting concerned is unclear, although maybe it’s a type of Tony Soprano-esque “seeing 5 strikes forward” kind offers, with the covert ops group needing to assist the Discovery right here for some future objective (probably a Spock-based objective). In any case, this brings Tyler again to his outdated ship, the place he’s met with a quite chilly reception from a lot of the crew, together with Captain Pike.
Certainly, I used to be disenchanted that Burnham and Tyler didn’t have a hotter reunion at the very least, although one supposes that his now being a part of Part 31 have to be as surprising to her as the previous safety officer being again on the Disco is to him. However Pike’s mistrust of Tyler definitely is smart, even when his — and everybody’s? — data of Part 31 doesn’t essentially. I could also be incorrect right here, however isn’t the very existence of the group privileged data and most Starfleeters are unaware of it?
It appears as if the Could plot has reached its conclusion for now, and in that case it doesn’t finish with any actual resonance or give the impression that it has modified Tilly in any main approach. Sure, she and the Could creature got here to be pals, form of, however the relationship went from poisonous to besties seemingly straight away. It might’ve been good to see Tilly additional cope with her guilt, talked about final week, over how she handled the actual Could, and maybe exorcise that individual demon in her dealings with the pretend Could. Maybe that was the intention right here, but it surely doesn’t play that approach.
After which there’s the Spock thread, which continues to be stretched out, this week with the last word fake-out. We’ve discovered Spock’s shuttle! However that’s not Spock on it! The missed connections vibe of all of it week after week is admittedly carrying skinny at this level.
Questions and Notes from the Q Continuum:
The poor USS Glenn is talked about right here! Don’t wanna prove like these guys. Take a look at Tyler with the Subsequent Era fashion communicator badge! Pike and Leland are outdated pals, eh? And Pike was within the Academy with (Captain) Georgiou! Tyler ought to most likely begin combing his hair once more now that he’s off Qo’noS.
The Discovery crew go on a tripped-out voyage to the mycelial community to avoid wasting a misplaced comrade, however they arrive again with two as a substitute in an episode that has some enjoyable thrills and kooky visuals, however that additionally feels prefer it’s laboring to tie up varied unfastened story threads. Hopefully the Could plot is resolved in the intervening time in order that the present can higher deal with the seek for Spock shifting ahead.