Star Trek: Discovery Review - 'That Hope Is You, Part 2'

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Full spoilers follow for Star Trek: Discovery Season 3, Episode 13. Read our review of Discovery Season 3, Episode 12 for where we left off.

Star Trek: Discovery closes out its uneven third season with a finale that is full of action, has a few genuine heartfelt moments, and also resets the status quo for our heroes (again) by episode’s end. And yet, at the same time, the hour feels bloated and somehow superfluous, answering mysteries that viewers have likely already figured out and not paying off key cliffhanger moments from last week’s segment.

Star Trek: Discovery - Season 3 Photos: "That Hope Is You, Part 2"

Star Trek: Discovery - Season 3 Photos: "That Hope Is You, Part 2"

Let’s start with The Burn, the big quest arc of the season. Yes, Bill Irwin’s Su'Kal triggered that galactic calamity over a century ago. That was pretty clear two episodes back, but here we get confirmation that it was the result of his crying out in anguish as a child at the moment of his mother’s death. It’s a great concept -- that the Federation, and the rest of the galaxy, were crippled not by some lethal, mysterious alien foe, but rather by the desperation and pain of one lost child -- and it’s a terrific scene here when Su'Kal (and the Disco away team) learn the truth, but it’s also anticlimactic because it was kind of easy to predict two weeks back.

I would imagine that the viewer who didn’t see this reveal coming might’ve appreciated this finale more than I did, but I can’t help but wonder if combining the episode “Su'Kal” with the character’s story from this week would’ve worked better as the final episode of the season. The answer to the season-long mystery combined with the emotional impact of the truth are quite effective, but they are unnecessarily spread out among the other , less compelling story thread that closes the season.

That would be the siege of the Discovery by the Emerald Chain, the show’s new group of villains who were, in the end, just not that interesting a threat. Indeed, it was in last week’s episode, “There Is a Tide...,” that Janet Kidder’s Osyraa finally became more than just a mustache-twirling baddie, as she came to Admiral Vance (Oded Fehr) with an offer of peace. The reasons for that treaty not being realized -- she wouldn’t stand trial for her crimes -- made sense, but unfortunately at that point she reverted to the manual manipulation of said mustache. And that led to a lot of running and gunning and running out of oxygen for the Disco crew this week. In the end, when Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) shoots Osyraa after their big fight, it almost seems too easy, like the Orion is going to come back ala Jason Voorhees or somebody. But nope, she’s gone, and you kind of forget about her just like that. (The show’s writers seem to feel the same way, with a throwaway line at the end here that “the Chain fractured,” indicating they were a one-and-done threat.)

 Janet Kidder’s Osyraa.

The action stuff during Osyraa’s takeover of the Disco is all well done, of course, but it overshadows some of the more interesting twists from last week’s cliffhanger that needed more play here. For one thing, the DOT-23 drones that showed up to help the Disco crew last time around -- inhabited by the Sphere data as they were -- were kind of a non-issue in this episode. And Stamets (Anthony Rapp), ejected from the ship by Burnham to keep him from saving his husband (she had her reasons!) last week, keeps getting sidelined during this episode. Rapp is skilled enough to be able to convey his feelings of betrayal with a couple of glances, but a real scene between Michael and Paul would’ve been nice.

In the end, Burnham has saved the Federation, solved the riddle of The Burn, and finally taken the captain’s seat (and let’s face it, God love him but Saru was a bad captain). But what did this season of Star Trek really tell us about the loss of hope, the dissolution of our dreams? Michael’s refusal to take no for an answer is all well and good, but right now things seem worse than ever in the real world, while all Discovery’s problems were solved in 13 episodes flat. It remains to be seen where the show will go next, but hopefully its writers will find a way to mine the less than ideal 32nd century concept further in Season 4.

 Bill Irwin as Su'Kal.

Questions and Notes from the Q Continuum:

  • I guess Blu del Barrio’s Adira and Ian Alexander’s Gray will be back next season, since the mystery of Gray’s return remains unsolved.
  • Book (David Ajala) apparently is also sticking around, and Stamets might want to watch his back now that there’s a new spore drive pilot in town.
  • Aditya Sahil (Adil Hussain) finally showed up again, and he’s got a Starfleet uniform and everything now!
  • Who’s this Lieutenant Ina (Avaah Blackwell) character who suddenly became so prominent the past few episodes? It sure seemed like she was filling the role Sara Mitich’s Nilsson usually would have, particularly when she was on the run with Detmer and company. Maybe Mitich was unavailable to shoot for a few days and they had to sub in someone?
  • A few weeks ago I guessed that the ghost-like creatures haunting Su'Kal were what was left of his crew after decades of radiation exposure. Seems I didn’t get everything right on this one…
  • Why does Adira get one of the fancy new Starfleet uniforms but Book doesn’t? Neither one was a member of Starfleet when this season began.
  • Is Zora/the Sphere data now going to just live in that cute little robot?
  • And that’s it: After a year-plus of Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Star Trek: Discovery, we’re fresh out of new Trek episodes… for now, anyway!

“That Hope Is You, Part 2” is reflective of the season overall in that it has plenty of moments that shine, but it’s also very uneven. Everything looks great as always, but the hour could’ve used less action and more character interplay and emotion to really center the resolution to the mystery of The Burn. Here’s hoping next season mines the complexities of the new world Burnham and the crew have landed in, and finds ways to mirror our world along the way, as the best of Star Trek does.

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Star Trek: Discovery recap: 'What's Past Is Prologue'

The Terran story line comes to a head in a violent episode

“I have been to another universe and back,” Capt. Lorca tells mirror Cmdr. Landry (Rekha Sharma) at the outset of “What’s Past Is Prologue.” “You think I’d come all this way without a plan?” But as the episode demonstrated, having a plan isn’t the same as successfully executing that plan — and in Star Trek: Discovery ‘s latest installment, Lorca and his group of Terran insurgents came to a fateful demise.

At the end of last week’s “ Vaulting Ambition ,” Lorca finally revealed that he had been a Terran all along, and he begins “What’s Past Is Prologue” by confidently taking aim at Emperor Philippa Georgiou. With Landry, Lorca tracks down mirror Stamets, explaining to the engineer how after he ruined his coup attempt, a freak ion storm incident catapulted Lorca from his Terran timeline to the Federation’s. “It was physics acting as the hand of destiny,” Lorca says. “My destiny.”

But the episode quickly dashes any hope that Lorca intended to overthrow Georgiou to make the Terran Empire a fairer, more hospitable place. “I’ve watched for years as you let alien races spill over the borders and flourish in our backyard,” he says, addressing Georgiou in a transmission to the entire I.S.S. Charon and impugning her for alleged softness. “Terrans need a leader who will preserve our way of life, our race.” And, in a thinly veiled Trumpian flouish, Lorca adds that he wants to “make the Empire glorious again.”

Events on Charon throughout “What’s Past Is Prologue” unspool as a cat-and-mouse game where both Lorca and Georgiou seek Burnham. Initially, Burnham — somewhat implausibly — escapes Georgiou’s throne room when the emperor refuses to let her contact Discovery to warn them about Lorca’s threat. Lorca, meanwhile, continues to send transmissions to the rest of the ship urging Burnham to join him in his quest for Terran domination.

“The Federation is a social experiment doomed to failure,” he says. “Childish idealism. Every species, every choice, every opinion is not equal, no matter how much they want it to be. The strong and capable always rise.” Lorca also lauds the Federation Burnham as having gifts that “far surpass” those of mirror Burnham’s. Lorca’s forces skirmish with Georgiou’s, including in a claustrophobic hallway fight sequence where both sides suffer serious casualties but Georgiou beams away unharmed.

To take down Lorca, Burnham initiates a — again, somewhat implausible — plan. First, she contacts Discovery, alerting them of what’s happened aboard Charon. In turn, Saru tells her what Discovery’s crew has learned: While their ship rides the mycelial network sustainably, Charon harvests the system’s energy in a way that threatens the safety of the entire multiverse. They’ll have to destroy Charon’s energy orb to ensure safety for all timelines, Saru explains. That leads Burnham to her next action: tracking down Georgiou and pledging to help the emperor defeat Lorca. “Both versions of me betrayed both versions of you,” Burnham says in an odd demonstration of fealty. “I won’t let that happen again.”

As Burnham and Georgiou devise a plot, wheels continue to spin aboard Discovery. Stamets has determined that to destroy Charon’s energy orb, Discovery will need to retool their photon warheads with spores — but that move will disable the ship from returning to its timeline and, even worse, will likely result in their incineration from massive energy waves. “Lorca abused our idealism, but make no mistake: Discovery is no longer Lorca’s,” Saru tells his crew, encouraging them to find a solution. Unsurprisingly, they do, with Tilly analyzing simulations and concluding that they can ride what Stamets deems “the mother of mycelial shockwaves” back to their own universe.

As the episode climaxes, Georgiou and Burnham relinquish themselves and are taken by Lorca’s Terran forces to Charon’s throne room. Once there, Burnham offers to remain with the Terrans, per Lorca’s wishes, in return for Discovery’s safe return to the Federation timeline. “I’m destined to kill you,” Georgiou tells Lorca, to which the ascendant Terran replies, “That would certainly be an impressive trick.”

“Impressive” is one word for what happens next. Lorca contacts Discovery as the ship drops out of warp travel and tells its crew that his admiration for them “was and is sincere.” Then, despite being disarmed and surrounded by Lorca’s lackeys, Burnham and Georgiou break free of their captors and stage a successful attack. A long fight sequence concludes with Burnham holding Lorca in the sights of her phaser. “We would have helped you get home, if you had asked,” she says, ultimately refusing to kill the Terran. Georgiou handles that, impaling Lorca with a sword from behind before kicking him into the energy orb.

Georgiou then grants Burnham safe passage back to Discovery — but as the embattled emperor begins to shoot at Lorca’s incoming forces, Burnham grabs her so both are transported back to Discovery. “What have you done to me!” a bewildered Georgiou asks her.

But Discovery has bigger fish to fry. While Stamets successfully navigates the ship back to Federation space — in an overwrought sequence that’s heavy on special effects but light on true suspense — he subsequently finds that he’s overshot its destination chronologically by nine months. Discovery attempts to contact Starfleet — but hears nothing in return. To learn why, Saru updates the ship’s tactical map. Symbols for the Klingon Empire flood the map and Discovery realizes it has returned to a grave reality: The Klingons appear to have won their war with the Federation.

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Discovery Episode #13 Primer

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Episode #13 of Star Trek: Discovery , "What's Past Is Prologue," will run this weekend. In advance of previewing the latest installment, let's summarize the events of " Vaulting Ambition "...

Saru managed to decrypt the Defiant data that was smuggled off the Shenzhou , but the file is redacted, prompting Burnham to comment that they'd "risked our lives for nothing." Not so fast, Lorca advises. Is there any useful info? Well, Burnham notes, the Defiant crossed into this space via a phenomenon called "interphasic space." Lorca lays down the challenge: Locate the original report in the archives of the Imperial Palace... their current destination. "Some people," Lorca notes, "would see that glass as half full."

Burnham has her doubts. Lorca argues that if he can handle more time in the agonizer, she can play dress-up a bit longer. What is she afraid of? "Georgiou," she replies. He nods, "You mean Emperor Georgiou." Burnham explains, "Logic tells me she's not the woman I betrayed. But this feels like a reckoning." Lorca stresses that her Georgiou is dead, a ghost. That doesn't placate Burnham. "Haven't you ever been afraid of ghosts?" she asks.

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Over in engineering, Saru and Tilly talk about Stamets, who's still in a coma, but being treated continuously with the spore-therapy procedure. Tilly insists that it's working, as here's increased neural activity. "I know it's subjective," she says very Tilly-esquely, "but he really does look better. I mean, look at his skin. It's so dewy." Saru admires her optimism, but cautions, "Let's call this what it is: a coma." Saru walks away, and Tilly stares at Stamets. "Are you in there, lieutenant?" she wonders. "Are you in there?"

Meanwhile, within the mycelial network, Stamets encounters Mirror Stamets. "What is this?" Stamets asks. "Am I dead? Is this the afterlife? Are you some sort of narcissistic Virgil leading me to my judgment?" Mirror Stamets teases Stamets that he's been wrong about everything, that there is a God, and she's very, very mad at him right now. Stamets tries to figure out who/what Mirror Stamets is. So, who is he? "You," Mirror Stamets reveals. "In my universe. Nice to meet you." It seems they're sharing parallel fates, and Mirror Stamets wants Stamets to "navigate us the hell out." Off to the lab they go. A creeping, rumbling energy appears to chase them, but they reach Stamets' lab safely.

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Over on the Charon , in an elaborate throne room, we meet Emperor Georgiou, but she's not just Emperor Georgiou. As detailed by Captain Maddox, her most Imperial Majesty is "Phillipa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius. Mother of the Fatherland. Overlord of Vulcan. Dominus of Qo'noS. Regina Andor." ( NOTE: Jordon Nardino, who wrote the script for this episode, tweeted that Emperor Georgiou is somehow connected -- possibly a cousin, but more likely as a tribute/honor -- to Empress Hoshi Sato, the Mirror Hoshi Sato from Star Trek: Enterprise ).

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"Captain Burnham," Emperor Georgiou hisses. "A face I thought I'd never see again in the flesh." She is pleased to see the gift Burnham has brought her: Lorca. "Your life will be long, Gabriel," Emperor Georgiou warns Lorca. "And every single moment of it will be spend in our agonizers. A fair price to pay for your vaulting ambition." ( NOTE : Vaulting ambition is a reference to Shakespeare's Macbeth .) As Lorca is taken away, to cheers from the assembled, Emperor Georgiou shifts her attention to Burnham. "Let her rest a bit and have her at my residence by dinner," she says. "There is so much to discuss. Everything" -- she caresses Burnham's cheek -- "will be the way it was, dear daughter."

Back on the Discovery , in sickbay, Tyler threatens to kill everyone... in the name of T'Kuvma. Dr. Pollard and Saru are at a loss. "Unless someone can tell me how they put a Klingon inside a Starfleet officer's body, I don't know how we can treat him."  For a moment, Tyler seems to be... Tyler, asking if Burnham is OK. He asks for Saru's help, but then the Klingon rage returns.

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On the Charon , Emperor Georgiou eats dinner with Burnham. "No one prepares Kelpien like the Imperial Chef," the emperor intones, passing a piece to a disgusted Burnham. "Here. Have my ganglia. You deserve a treat."The conversation continues. "Why would you leave me, then?" the emperor asks. "I gave you everything. The best education. Riches beyond imagination. Even your own ship." They're feeling each other out. "Never could tell when you were lying to me," the emperor admits. "This time I know." Emperor Georgiou summons her guards. "Take her to the throne room. Gather my council. She is to be executed by my own hand, for treason."

Emperor Georgiou summons a medallion that spins in the air and quickly zips through the skulls of her council, killing all but Lord Eling, who remains to clean up the mess. The emperor clearly believes Burnham.

Saru confronts L'Rell in the Discovery brig. He seeks her help to ease Tyler's distress, but she's having none of it. "Beneath that man's inferior carriage is a devoted warrior who has sacrificed everything... and is T'Kuvma's chosen successor," she says. "He will light the way for his race. He will win this war." Now, Saru is having none of it. "I guess you didn't hear the news," he reveals. " Discovery was thrown in a parallel universe. Here, the war is over -- and you lost." Furious, she accuses Saru of lying, but, of course, he's not. And she still refuses to ease the pain of either Voq or Tyler. "Voq" accepted that suffering in order to best the enemy," she reasons. "That is what it means to be a soldier. That is war."

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Back in the throne room aboard the Charon , Emperor Georgiou and Burnham carry on their dialogue. Burnham insists that the emperor has no reason to hold "my captain" any longer, as he shouldn't suffer for "your Lorca's crimes." The emperor is unmoved. Burnham explains that her ship and crew are here by accident and all they want is to return to their proper universe, "but we need your help to do that." The emperor dismisses such talk. "Your people are dangerous," she begins, rattling off the many reasons why she refuses to get involved. Finally, Burnham mentions something of value to Emperor Georgiou: the ship jumped here because of a displacement-activated spore-hub drive.

Saru is still trying to reason with L'Rell. He shows the Klingon footage of Tyler scratching roughly at his chest. He's too violent for sickbay. The doctors can't help him. Will she? "No," she replies. Saru has Voq/Tyler's limp body beamed into the brig and right on to her lap. "You," he warns, "have sealed this being's hellish fate." Finally, she caves: "It can be undone... but only my hands can tend to him."

L'Rell, now in Discovery 's sickbay, operates -- at phaser point -- on Voq/Tyler. He goes from speaking Klingon to English. Success. Flashbacks to Voq and L'Rell. Cut to the present, and L'Rell bellows toward the sky, carrying out the Klingon death ritual.

Deep within the mycelial network, Stamets and Culber converse in what Stamets sees as his quarters with the doctor. He saw Culber die and thought it was a dream, but it wasn't. This is their goodbye. "You're in a coma on the Discovery ," Culber shares with Stamets. "And the simplest way back is just to open your eyes." Stamets knows he must go, but he doesn't want to say goodbye. "It's never goodbye," Culber promises. "Isn't that what you've been trying to teach all of us? Nothing in here is ever truly gone. I believe... in you, Paul. I love you." The partners kiss and Stamets says, "Goodbye, Hugh." In voiceover, Culber urges Stamets to look for the forest. "Open your eyes!" he implores. Stamets opens his eyes.

"I'm back," declares Mirror Stamets, on the Charon . "He did it!" Meanwhile, on Discovery , our Stamets is back, too. "Oh my, lieutenant, you're back," Tilly chirps. "He's back!... And he's... leaving!" She tries to reason with him, but he notes, "I know about Hugh. But I need you to come with me... right now." They enter the mycelium forest, only to realize they're too late, the sickness has already spread to their supply.

Saru and Burnham speak, he from the captain's ready room, she from Georgiou’s dining room. Their plan is in motion. Emperor Georgiou has a curious smile on her face. "Federation through and through," she says. "They would never abandon you and your captain. Rules to live by... rules to die by."

Meanwhile, over in the Charon brig, Captain Maddox continues his torture of Lorca, cranking up the agonizer. "My sister loved you," he growls. "Say her name and beg for forgiveness." Elsewhere on the Charon , Emperor Georgiou ignores Burnham's pleas for mercy for Lorca, pointing out that if Burnham's bond for her crosses universes, so too does Lorca's treachery. The Lorca she knew was her right hand. She trusted him with the Empire's most-sensitive missions. She trusted him with... Burnham.

Dropping a bomb on Burnham, the emperor spins the following tale: Burnham gained a mother when Emperor Georgiou adopted her. In Lorca, she saw a father, until "it became more." The realization staggers Burnham. "You're saying, Lorca and I..." Emperor Georgiou nods. "He groomed you," she says. "He chose you." Burnham flashes back to assorted conversations with Lorca that back up the emperor's claim "He said," the emperor explains, "he'd cross time and space itself to take what was rightfully his."

Emperor Georgiou glances out a window, first covering her eyes from the light and then turning away from it. "You're sensitive to light," Burnham notes, to which the emperor responds, "Only compared to a human from your universe. It's the singular biological difference between our two races.

Back to Burnham, piecing it all together. Lorca, she tells the emperor, needed her to get aboard the Charon. The emperor wouldn't have let him otherwise. He needed Burnham to get to Emperor Georgiou. "None of this was an accident," Burnham announces. "My so-called captain is not from my universe. He's from yours."

"Ava," Lorca says, standing over Maddox. "Her name was Ava. And I liked her. But you know how it is. Somebody better came along." And, with that he stomps, brutally, on the head of the prone, seizing Maddox. Fade. To. Black.

Next on Discovery...

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In "What's Past is Prologue," Lorca plans to move forward with a coup against the Emperor, propelling Burnham to make a quick decision to save not only herself, but the U.S.S. Discovery .

Worth Noting

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There's no mistaking Commander Landry in the "What's Past Is Prologue" trailer. Also in the teaser, Saru seems to be assuming the captain's chair nobly, spurring his crew by saying, " Discovery is no longer Lorca's She is ours." And clearly Lorca and Burnham will come face to face, as Lorca is seen and heard saying, "Welcome home, Michael."

When Star Trek: Discovery ends, After Trek begins. Stream it Sundays at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT. Joining host Matt Mira will be:

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The following contains spoilers from Star Trek: Discovery ‘s Season 4 finale. Proceed accordingly.

“Hope springs eternal” was the central thesis for Star Trek: Discovery’s Season 4 finale as our heroic crew persisted with their efforts to save Earth and Ni’Var from total catastrophe.

They faced huge obstacles in Thursday’s episode, including the DMA barreling towards both planets, Tarka in the final stages of his plan to blow up the DMA (which would be disastrous for all involved) and the Ten-C ignoring Burnham’s attempts at contact.

General Ndoye (played by Phumzile Sitole) helmed a shuttle that crashed into Book’s ship, knocking it off course but directly into the path of the hyperfield. Efforts to transport Book to Discovery failed and he was presumed dead, leaving Burnham devastated. But with the DMA still a threat, Burnham pulled herself together and led the crew straight to the Ten-C for one last attempt at diplomacy.

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Realizing the destruction and grief they’ve caused with their device, Ten-C agreed to stop using the DMA. However, they did use it one last time to send the Discovery crew home. Plus, we learned that Book — who appeared before them safe and sound  — survived because the Ten-C intercepted his transport.

David Ajala in Star Trek: Discovery

The hour ended on an optimistic note, with a voiceover from Burnham confirming that Ni’Var joined the Federation while Andoria was in talks to do the same. And in a surprising twist, politician and activist Stacey Abrams appeared as the President of United Earth to announce that they’re also ready to rejoin the Federation.

In the conversation below , TVLine spoke with director-producer Olatunde Osunsanmi about how it came together as well as what to expect in Season 5. (The series was renewed back in January .)

TVLINE | How did that cameo from Stacey Abrams come together? Wilson Cruz has a relationship with her, and he asked [showrunner] Michelle Paradise and [executive producer] Alex Kurtzman if they’d be willing jump on the phone with her. It turned out that she is a legit fan, quoting dialogue from episodes. [They tried to see which part worked for her] and ended up choosing President of Earth.

She came on set and everybody’s head exploded, because 90 percent of the crew didn’t know she was coming. You could just see necks break like, ‘What?! Stacey? What is going on?’ She killed it. She knew her lines, knew the intentions and motivations behind them, delivered them great and understood the blocking that I was trying to do with it. It was really strange to be directing Stacey Abrams, but it was really cool at the same time. Sonequa [Martin-Green]’s head was exploding. She had a good time talking to her between takes and then performing with her on camera. It was really special.

TVLINE | Book and Burnham’s conversation with Ten-C about the destruction they’ve caused with the DMA sounded familiar to conversations we’re currently having about how big corporations are impacting the environment. What was the inspiration behind that dialogue? Sometimes those corporations do understand the impact they’re having on society and they don’t care, and that’s what was interesting about the Ten-C. What side do they fit on? And if they’re this advanced, how could they not know? It’s comforting to think that not everything is evil. Sometimes there just needs to be diplomacy, and people need to make connection and come to an understanding to stop horrible things from happening.

Connection is something Michelle and Alex love to write, and it’s also a big part of what Star Trek is — diplomacy and understanding each other. The Star Trek themes always seem to be very appropriate for what is happening in real life, whether it be Ukraine or the environment or Black Lives Matter. It always seems to resonate with what’s happening in real time.

TVLINE | Did you always know that you were going to bring Book back? What went into the decision to keep him alive on the show? When I first read the outline, I was like, ‘What’s going on here? Are we killing Book?’ He survived, thank God. When we got to the script, I knew better call David Ajala and let him know so he doesn’t have total meltdown while he’s reading it [for the first time during the table read.] I never got an opportunity to tell the rest of the cast, and you could just see their heads exploding during the table read.

It was always in the plan to not kill him, to believe he’s dead and then actually have him survive at the end. Earlier in the season, we didn’t quite know how that would occur. [There was a moment in Episode 2 where the audience wasn’t sure Book survived the DMA.]  Michelle asked me not to make that moment too dramatic because she didn’t want anybody to think that he was dead so that it wouldn’t step on what happens in the finale.

Sonequa Martin-Green and Stacey Abrams in Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 finale

TVLINE | Have you begun planning Season 5? We have started the very early part of prep. I think it’s going to be an unbelievable adventure. Michelle has more adventure teed up for this season than ever before, but is also looking into the past; just with themes of science and trying to keep it Trek . Because we’re creating cannon, we can do almost anything. The thing that keeps it Trek is its history and what has come before, so it’s always trying to test that out a little bit. Season 5 will probably push that to the extreme.

TVLINE | There’s time travel in other Star Trek shows. Do you think a crossover is possible? It would be a lot of fun to show up on the Picard set and shoot there with the Discovery crew… A lot of cross-shooting and exchanging occurs between Strange New Worlds and Discovery because we’re a quick car ride away. [They use the same sets.] Usually, our sets don’t appear on the show as the same set because we’ve altered them. But there is a lot of sharing that goes on, and it would be fun to share within the show.

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SA could not be a governor in real life so she decided to play a pretended president in TV Scifi show as a consolation price!! LOL!

Those words will come back to haunt you when she wins on November 8, 2022 lol

Yeah, she’ll be one come January 2023… and maybe eventually president.

It was nice of the future governor of Georgia to make a cameo appearance as the President of Earth. This great lady will make a great governor and future President.

Your statement could be true if you are comparing Stacy to Kamala!!

Just another politician who chooses fame over the American people. No thank you.

Barack and Donald both wanted to be cult leaders and gods instead of presidents.

And here I thought that rewarding election conspiracy theorists was a bad idea since it undermines peoples’ faith in the electoral process. But then this show has been getting worse with every season, so I guess that’s one way to go boldly where no one has gone before…

Then don’t watch it, and we’ll all be saved from hearing from you.

And your low level expectations is why it keeps getting worse. So enjoy!

I guess being miserable comes with being wrong so often.

Looks like you are one of those who wants a fascist dictatorship…if you are watching STP, you must think that the alternate timeline that Q(!!!) created was paradise…

Lmao this is an alternative universe it would have to be

This show is an embarrassment in every possible way.

In a word disappointing to dragged out and enough of Book & Burnham get back to the roots of star trek not this mush of cake The avenues are endless but get on with it they could have tied all that nonsense of interpersonal relationships along with an adventure not a fall asleep dragged out season of nothing ness no spark there sorry Pink Skins !!!

Thank you. I thought so too that we have too much of Book and Burnham. Too much of talking feelings that go nowhere. I want to see Trek adventures not soap operas. Please also get rid of “lets fly”! I cringe every time she says it. Come on, starships don’t fly.

From Webster’s definition of flight: 2a : a passing through the air or through space outside the earth’s atmosphere I cringe every time someone boldly goes where no stupid person has gone before. Congrats!

Stacey effing Abrams showing up completely took me out of the show. It was ridiculous. Was Hillary not available? At least they acknowledge that Abrams can only be elected to office via science fiction…

She’s been previously elected to office. Also, you can admit that your objection is at least in part politically partisan. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just more honest.

Not only has she been previously elected to office, but the only way she was “beaten” was to cheat big time…purging hundreds of thousands from voter roles, making voting much more difficult for black people and any and all means they could find to cheat and steal. And now they are worried that this might not be enough, so they are trying to install all their partisans on local election boards…and, if even that is not enough, letting them just overturn results they do not like. These people should at least be honest about their hatred of democracy!

And 2023… and beyond.

Please, please, please keep Star Trek non political. It us our last best hope for pure entertainment.

Star Trek has always been political, though… You think having a black woman on the crew off TOS wasn’t political? Picard and Janeway’s many, many diplomatic speeches and diatribes… The whole of DS9… To make Star Trek non-political would be the antithesis of what Trek *is*

Not to mention Earth & Federation have always been very progressive in their beliefs and their desire to help and accept everyone. They don’t talk about building walls to keep out refugees, they go out there and embrace them. They don’t hate people for being different, they accept them with warmth and love. The very foundation of the Federation is also based on socialism. The Prime Directive is a liberal doctrine against imperialism too.

Right?!?! Reading some of these comments I have no idea why these folks like Trek. It seems to stand for everything they hate. Of course the show runners wanted Stacey— her policies are very on par with the federation. It literally makes no sense that they call themselves trek fans.

What does For April, With Love mean?

April Nocifora is a producer on Discovery. She’s also a writer who’s worked on several shows over the years and has been involved in the Star Trek franchise since 1994. She’s been battling cancer for over two years and has documented her struggle.

I absolutely love this show but they lost me today. I watch to enjoy the Star Trek legacy but putting a spot light on such a divisive political figure is abhorrent at best. Sorry I’m now out

Serious question: how is she divisive?

She’s not, she’s just hated by Republicans because they fear her.

She’s divisive because she believes in (and works very hard for) fair elections. For one side (guess which) that is the last thing they want…

Works hard!! You have got to be kidding! Well if whine and complain counts as work then I guess so.

Trumpsters wouldn’t be so afraid of her if that was all she did. But, among other things, when they purge hundreds of thousands from voter rolls, she goes out and gets them registered…and in record numbers! When they enact even more egregious “laws” designed to help them cheat, she fights them tooth and nail in court. She does these things in Georgia and in the rest of the U.S. She is a modern-day hero who fights for the remnants of our democracy when too many want to give up…and so many of the rest want it demolished in the name of some fascist dictatorship. And this last thing is not really even hyperbole…what else can you call it when you use such blatant lies as a pretext to overturn an election…and when that doesn’t work, make sure it does the next time…

I seriously and absolutely love this show but they lost me today. I watch to enjoy the Star Trek legacy but putting a spot light on such a divisive political figure is abhorrent at best. Sorry I’m now out because they absolutely ruined it with her appearance. Disgusting

I am with you. Was looking forward to watching the next episode tonight of season 4 before the finale but with this news, I am done with Discovery. As a Trekkie, I just want the entertainment not what I get on news every day. This is just being thrown in our faces. She can continue to believe she was robbed of the governorship of Ga but Donald Trump can’t complain— really??? Done sadly.

That is an extremely false equivalence. The republican methods of cheating are all out in the open and well documented. The other side’s claims are entirely pulled from the nether regions…yeah, maybe it was Dr. Fauci conspiring with President Zelensky! And, besides, she never incited riots that killed 5 cops.

Turned this into a soap opera more worried about a captains boyfriend than the needs of the many.

How does the Governor of Georgia have time to make a cameo in a television show?

She does it about nine months before she takes office.

Had no idea who that was. Makes no difference to me.

Once I saw her I just said nope, and stopped watching.

The lovely Ms. Abrams should win an Emmy for this performance. It was masterful, and I truly BELIEVED that she was President of Earth! If only she really was, this planet would be much better off. We would actually go to the stars instead of watching it happen on TV!

Its unfortunate that they would choose a divisive political figure: regardless of whether its a divisive Democrat or Republican or even Independent (since there have been those also, Ross Perot for example).

Unfortunately political tribalism incites emotional reactions and distracts from the rational consideration of ideas. If they wish to try to impart a political idea, doing so via the analogy in a story may be effective. Merely highlighting a particular individual politician merely distracts from that and turns away part of the audience they might have preferred to reach with their message. Its unclear if these people live in such an incredibly isolate bubble that they may have no idea how many people will experience a visceral hatred of members of a different political tribe and be turned off for no good reason. Personally I just think the politician in this case is vastly overrated and not that bright and doesn’t deserve to be put on the pedestal clueless fans give her.

The problem with American politics is that it’s all a cult of personality. No intelligence needed, merely have a popular catch phrase and make promises that appeal to a large number or people. If you win, great, if you lose perhaps that’s even better, because then you can claim the election was stolen from you. Abrams and Trump have both played this card, and so did Hillary via the “Russian interference” nonsense.

The best part of her appearance is watching the worst people on this site absolutely filling their diapers in impotent rage over it.

You love to see it.

Love the writing, the diversity in humanity as well as alien diversity. The challenge of finding a way to communicate with an advanced life form, the ten-c, was a really interesting story. Thanks for making this show possible. It represents the kind of future I hope we have.

You have to wonder how Stacy Abrams appearance in this show impacts compliance with campaign financing and equal access for all candidates given that she is in a active campaign right now.

But..but..but..only one* party gets away with skirting laws bcuz that party wrote/judicates them! Ha!

Really, ST Disco should try to get praise for writing..not personal politics * . It’s the best way to keep audience/sponsors happy without offending a few.

SA is much better actress than unity politician. ☮️

Nice to see Stacey Abrams wants to be treated like a rock star and a celebrity. Politicians never care about the American people. It’s all about milking your image for a sad little fantasy.

Remember this when she’s elected, raises taxes AGAIN, and tells you that you’d be worse off without her.

This is clearly a dog whistle to show their political perspective … so be it. I’m done with that series. Congratulations, you destroyed Star Trek.

I love all Star Trek, but I believe politics should be left out of it. I don’t care what side you are on but when you bring politics into a great show like Discovery you tend to alienate some viewers. Of course most people don’t care as long as it’s for their side. Reading through the comments I see that this has started some arguments and the way people are treating each other here is shameful.

I meant to say this kind of politics. ST has always been political such as highlighting the issues of the times. Supporting and endorsing political figures should be left out.

Too much touchy feelly in Discovery. It’s not Trek!

If they had used a Conservative politician would Liberals complain about it? I think so and the headline by TVLine would be “Controversy”.

Oh brother-how many comments have viewers knickers in a knot over the brief appearence of Stacy Abrams! She was on for about 7 minutes and some of you are going to stop watching Discovery? Geez in a word get over yourself! Season 4 was very good well plotted & paced. The final episode was excellent. I like the way that the producers presented the Ten C and how the group learned to communicate with them. I am looking forward to season 5 and what is next for the crew of Discovery

Amen! This show…and almost all of the rest of ST…presents a positive and optimistic outlook, quite different from so much other “sci-fi” which too often weighs so heavily on the militaristic view. In this sense, the appearance of Stacey Abrams was totally appropriate, because that is exactly the sort of attitude she has in real life, working so hard to achieve that positive outcome despite all the cards being stacked against her (and the rest of us poor schlubs). Bravo to SA and Bravo to ST for note being afraid to lose a few viewers…

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Episode 13: Saying Goodbye, Maybe.

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  • April 11, 2019

Season 2, Episode 13: ‘Such Sweet Sorrow’

In the penultimate episode of this “Star Trek: Discovery” season, we get fan service: a lot of it. There are gratuitous shots of the Enterprise, complete with the musical riff familiar to Trek fans of multiple generations. We spend much of the episode on what will eventually become Kirk’s ship (or will it?) instead of the Discovery. We see the colorful uniforms we grew to love in the original series (in contrast to the dark blue typical of the Discovery crew). We hear the whooshes of the sliding doors and the whistle when Pike walks on the bridge.

“She looks as good as I remember,” Pike says. Better, in fact, thanks to decades worth of production upgrades.

The Trek franchise has been in dire need of a fresher look, and this week’s episode was a distinct reminder of what a visual upgrade “Discovery” is.

I was into it, and not just because of how it looked. Previous Trek shows with tie-ins to earlier iterations sometimes struggle to keep the story their own — see the “Voyager” episode “Death Wish” involving Q. But the best ones (“Unification” in “The Next Generation”) keep the tone the show has already established while also properly integrating external elements from its forebears.

“Such Sweet Sorrow” has Burnham preparing to make a giant sacrifice. The sphere and the Discovery have merged, making it impossible to destroy, while Leland and Control are speeding to come get the data. As Spock says, “Discovery’s very existence is the problem.”

Burnham proposes using the crystal to “take the data out of this time,” meaning, “Discovery has to go to the future.” But of course, Burnham is the one who must go to the future without a certain path back to the present. Spock deduces that there is more than one Red Angel — one of them being Burnham.

A new signal appears that leads the Discovery to Xahea, to the delight of Tilly. Xahea, you might remember, was the focus of one of the “Short Trek” episodes from before the official second season of “Discovery.” The queen of Xahea, Po, is a 17-year-old who developed technology to recrystallize dilithium, which comes in handy in creating the supernova necessary to launch Burnham and the Discovery into the future.

Burnham’s crewmates, in a show of loyalty, commit to going with her into the future, suggesting that we might never see the Discovery crew again — unless the rest of the show takes place in the future. (Curiously, Pike offers to wear the suit in the first part of the episode but doesn’t offer to go later on. I was also surprised that Grayson and Sarek didn’t offer to go as well.)

The problem here is a self-created one by the “Discovery” writing team: Much of the episode features emotional goodbyes, but as we’ve seen, characters too often appear to get killed off only to return. And in this case, Spock is one of the crew who says he’ll go with Burnham to the future — and we know that this actually doesn’t happen, unless we are just wholly disregarding Trek canon.

My prediction is that Burnham doesn’t even get to make the trip because Control finds a way to disrupt the time crystal in the finale.

In terms of the Control-as-Original-Borg theory, I’m beginning to come around. I’ve said before that I don’t think this is a good idea for “Star Trek” as a whole, but let’s see if that actually happens in the season finale. Vulture’s Devon Maloney wrote a really smart piece arguing for how brilliant that idea would be, if true. I’m not sure I agree, but let’s see the execution first.

I enjoyed this week’s episode in part because of how much time we spent on the Enterprise. Some scenes made me laugh. At one point, Stamets snaps at his crew members to move quickly, emphasizing the urgency of the retrofit at hand. Seconds later, he pauses to have a personal conversation with Culber about the state of their relationship, which seems like a conversation that could’ve waited. But overall, it was a tightly focused episode, emphasizing the boldness of the writing staff.

Now, as Saru says to close the episode, “Prepare for battle.”

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Star Trek: Discovery season 3, episode 13 review: "An anti-climax"

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It’s not the first season finale that’s struggled to live up to what’s come before, and you can’t deny it’s spectacular. But judged on purely storytelling terms, ‘That Hope is You: Part 2’ plays it far too safe, and subsequently has an air of anti-climax.

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Warning: This Star Trek: Discovery season 3, episode 13 review contains major spoilers – many of them set to stun. Boldly go further at your own risk…

The no-win scenario is sacred in Star Trek. Ever since Spock came up with a heart-breaking solution to the Kobayashi Maru test in The Wrath of Khan, it’s been a recurring theme across the franchise. 

It’s no surprise, then, when Discovery’s all-action season 3 finale leans heavily into this classic Trek trope. Unfortunately, "That Hope is You: Part 2" overlooks one crucial part of the equation – it’s not a no-win scenario if everybody wins. 

In a clear echo of the legendary James T. Kirk, Michael Burnham tells Emerald Chain leader Osyraa that she doesn’t believe in unwinnable situations – despite all the evidence to the contrary. This three-part denouement has delighted in putting every member of the Discovery crew in harm’s way, whether it’s Saru, Culber, and Adira being trapped on a radiation-soaked planet, Book being mercilessly tortured by the Chain for information, or Tilly leading her small band of bridge officers on a seemingly doomed mission to retake Discovery. Any one of them could have ended the episode being blasted into space in a ceremonial photon torpedo, so the fact that everyone emerges unscathed pushes the limits of plausibility past breaking point. It also suggests the writers have become scared of making the sort of bold storytelling choices that characterised, say, Battlestar Galactica.

That Starfleet comes out on the winning side is almost entirely down to one person: Michael Burnham. Having used her wits to survive and Die Hard her way around Discovery in the previous episode , she shifts into full-on superhero mode here.

Not only is she the smartest person in the room – as Burnham has been since day one, to be fair – she’s now a full-blown action hero. She fights, she wisecracks and makes physics-defying leaps, all while still finding time to send a coded message to Tilly containing instructions on how to disable the ship. Despite a history of insubordination, Burnham’s always been one of Starfleet’s most capable officers, yet here she’s just too good to be true. Perhaps we should have read more into the episode’s title: "That Hope is You, Part 2" is the follow-up to the season premiere , when Burnham made a go of it after landing in the 32nd century all alone.

For all the Discovery crew’s efforts, Burnham’s greatest ally in the episode is deus ex machina. When she’s not taking down Emerald Chain Regulators with the ease of a Jedi slicing through Stormtroopers, she’s being helped by a succession of convenient plot devices that beam in from nowhere. Concerned about the crew suffocating when the Chain turn off their life support? Don’t worry, Lt Owosekun has a previously unseen talent for holding her breath for 10 minutes at a time. And it’s no problem when you think she’s about to be blown up by the warp nacelle she’s just sabotaged, because a Sphere Data-powered DOT droid turns up in the nick of time to play guardian angel. 

Even Stamets’ absence is no barrier to using the spore drive, when it’s revealed – out of the blue – that Book’s enhanced empathic abilities give him a direct line to the mycelial network. And the person who drops this bombshell? None other than Aurellio, the genius Emerald Chain scientist who was working for Osyraa barely 10 minutes earlier, yet has now apparently been inducted to the Discovery bridge crew. In Harry Potter, they explain such contrivances away with a magical Room of Requirement. Here, it just feels like the writers’ room backed themselves into a corner they couldn’t get out of.

Even if this isn’t Star Trek’s finest hour in terms of plotting, you can’t fault this season finale for ambition. This has all the scale of a blockbuster movie, whether it’s ship-to-ship combat inside Starfleet HQ, or phaser fights in Discovery’s corridors. Inviting us behind the curtain of Turbolift technology is an ingenious move, a deep cut of Trek lore that just happens to allow for exhilarating chase scenes – it plays out like someone taking a joyride on Willy Wonka’s Great Glass Elevator. My one quibble is that the inside of Discovery seems implausibly large – have they borrowed some tech from the TARDIS since their move to the future?

The episode also shows it hasn’t forgotten its roots when it rolls out some old-school techno-speak. That the Burn, the tragedy that turned the 32nd century into a dystopian Wild West, was caused by a grieving child is a classic Trek twist, and Dr Culber and Adira effortlessly follow in the footsteps of Spock and Data when they work out what’s going on – they talk about polyploids and the resonant frequency of subspace as if they’re the most normal things in the world. Gray also gets to exist in physical form for a while in the holo-simulation – it’ll be intriguing to see if he materialises as a regular crew member in season 4.

To have thoughtful sci-fi like this next to Burnham’s scrap with Osyraa in Discovery’s datacore – is that a nod to Superman 3 when Burnham’s sucked into the machine? – is a very odd, jarring mix, but that’s the episode in a nutshell. There’s so much going on here that it borders on overload. None of the numerous story arcs are granted a truly satisfactory conclusion – we’d have liked to see more interaction with the Sphere Data –  and, as happened with the Star Trek: Picard season 1 finale , there seems to be an obsession with tying things up in a neat bow. It’s a letdown at the end of a season that’s frequently (and admirably) tried to expand Trek’s mission parameters – albeit with slightly mixed results.

Still, it’s a happy ending of sorts, with the Federation welcoming new members, dilithium being distributed around the galaxy and, er, stylish new uniforms for the Discovery crew. The only real source of tension is Stamets, who clearly still resents Burnham for not returning to the nebula to save Culber and Adira.

Which could be a problem now that Burnham’s been promoted to captain after Saru’s return to Kaminar. It’s been a long-time coming, and in some ways, it feels like the show’s entire run has been working towards getting Burnham in the big chair. Now she’s there – hopefully she’ll last longer than her predecessors, Lorca, Pike and Saru – she doesn’t need to be a superhero, just the exceptional Starfleet officer we know her to be. Though that “Let’s fly…” catchphrase possibly needs a bit of work – as with nicknames, they rarely land fully formed. Make it so!

Richard is a freelancer journalist and editor, and was once a physicist. Rich is the former editor of SFX Magazine, but has since gone freelance, writing for websites and publications including GamesRadar+, SFX, Total Film, and more. He also co-hosts the podcast, Robby the Robot's Waiting, which is focused on sci-fi and fantasy. 

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Such Sweet Sorrow

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When the U.S.S. Discovery's crucial mission does not go according to plan, Burnham realizes what must ultimately be done. The crew prepares for the battle of a lifetime as Leland's Control s... Read all When the U.S.S. Discovery's crucial mission does not go according to plan, Burnham realizes what must ultimately be done. The crew prepares for the battle of a lifetime as Leland's Control ships get closer. When the U.S.S. Discovery's crucial mission does not go according to plan, Burnham realizes what must ultimately be done. The crew prepares for the battle of a lifetime as Leland's Control ships get closer.

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  • Trivia The character of Po originated in the first episode of Star Trek: Short Treks (2018) , Runaway (2018) . Clips from that episode are included in the opening "previously" teaser for this one.
  • Goofs When Michael Burnham is discussing having the suit crafted for her, she says her "MRNA" is closest to Dr. Burnham's, her mother. Mitochondrial *DNA*, mDNA, is what is passed down from mother to child, not mRNA. mDNA = mitochondrial DNA, only maternally inherited, while mRNA = messenger RNA, totally unrelated to genetic inheritance.

Captain Christopher Pike : Sometimes we know the role we're meant to play, sometimes we don't. I'm not sure which is better, to be honest.

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Star Trek: Discovery Recap: The Bye-Bye Crew

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You know how some people listen to audiobooks at twice the normal speed? Because productivity, or whatever? Either I need to be watching Star Trek: Discovery at half its intended tempo, or the show itself has been playing at double speed from the jump. I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt like I needed to watch these episodes twice just to fully absorb what is happening on a minute-to-minute basis, let alone grasp the details for a recap. For an episode that took its sweet time getting from “we’re about to blow up the ship” to “whoops, that didn’t work, how about flinging it into the future?” — the meat of which can essentially be summed up as “the crew says good-bye for a full 45 minutes” — this week’s installment may also have been Discovery ’s most exposition-heavy episode yet.

Yet like every bit of this accursed/beloved show, “Such Sweet Sorrow” does find a way to frustrate and delight me in equal measure. Because yes, my hopes and dreams from last week about sending this crew into the far future seem to suddenly be coming true, with the help of Me Hani Ika Hali Ka Po (Yadira Guevara-Prip), the Teen Queen of the Most Politically Relevant Planet in the Galaxy Xahea. We met Po in Tilly’s Short Treks episode “Runaway” last fall, in which Tilly meets stowaway Po as she attempts to flee her coronation, on account of being a genius who figured out how to recrystallize dilithium, the material that in its plasma form powers warp drives — and which is found in abundance on Xahea (making it easier to trade …? I think?). But back to that in a moment.

We begin where we left off last week: evacuating the Discovery onto the Enterprise. (Mercifully, the show keeps its fan-service horniness to a minimum and doesn’t linger too much on the contours of the ship that started it all.) Now that everyone is evacuating, Burnham, who definitely came up with the idea to blow up the ship, is having second thoughts about blowing up the ship. Why did the signal bring us to Boreth if not to indicate we needed to use the time crystal in some way? She touches the crystal — as Jett Reno does later (man, is everyone just dying to be driven mad by their own future?) — and sees a future in which Control has launched an unexploded torpedo (?) into the hull of the Enterprise and Leland kills every single bridge crew member on Discovery. Still pretty unclear as to how these future visions work, if they’re controvertible or what, but let’s go.

They all evacuate and initiate auto destruct from the bridge of the Enterprise … but nothing happens. They fire torpedoes at the Discovery, but the ship raises its own shields : duh, the Sphere data has merged with its host system, thus making the entire ship virtually indestructible. (I don’t remember Starfleet shields being impenetrable , but I guess we don’t have a lot of time or resources to burn here.) Burnham also realizes that the Enterprise firing torpedoes on the Discovery was part of her crystal prophecy and not real life, so she manages to stop them before they actually fire on the ship, in hopes of averting the Control slaughter she envisioned.

Long story short: Since they can’t blow up the ship, they’re gonna have to use the time crystal, build another Daedalus suit (which has to be worn by Michael, whose mitochondrial DNA makes her the only one compatible with its DNA-customized design) and use its wormhole to drag the Discovery into the far future.

Suddenly, as if on cue, a fifth signal appears — over Queen Po’s planet, Xahea. Po’s supersecret dilithium incubator something something, she’s gonna tweak her thing so it can make a tiny supernova, which will power the time crystal.

Before Po showed up, it was assumed Michael could essentially slingshot the ship into the future and then zap backwards, but the only way the Xahean queen’s proprietary magic box can make the crystal go is by giving it so much power that it’ll burn out after just one use, so this will be a one-way trip.

(Call me a philistine, but I’m not getting why this whole dilithium incubator, “using a waterfall to get a drink of water” thing was necessary to explain why this is a one-way trip. Wasn’t Dr. Burnham assumed dead for 20 years, and is gone again now, literally because she couldn’t return to the present without being yo-yoed back to the future where she jumped in the first place? Quantum mechanics!!! At least Reno’s simile also doubles as a great way to describe me trying to keep up with this episode.)

Michael is fully ready to go by herself, and bids a tearful farewell to Sarek and Amanda, who show up after Sarek senses, through meditation, Michael’s plans to leave forever. (Control has been blocking all relays that would allow the two ships to call for backup, but Spock and Michael’s parents use this intel to pop in on a shuttle, say “we love you,” and peace out, instead of, you know, notifying Starfleet of the insane, apocalyptic-ass shit going down here .)

But of course, this crew is a bunch of geeks who couldn’t possibly stand to let Burnham be the only one to abandon everyone and everything she’s ever known to go off and explore the super-final frontier of the future. The Overachieving Bridge Gang™ announces they’re coming, too, on the Discovery; Po, Nhan, Reno, and Spock are among the volunteers (though the last will obviously be short-lived, given he’s got an original series to catch). An unnecessary montage ensues, consisting of like five of them leaving messages for the families they’re about to abandon forever.

Minus a couple notable figures:

Pike is staying with the Enterprise. Seems like hitching a ride to the future would be a great way to avoid getting turned into human goo, but nay, he has accepted his fate, and attempts to hand over command to Saru — who oddly equivocates by suggesting they decide this later. (Could Saru really be getting ready to decline , despite the fact that he’s the best candidate? Who does he think he is, Will Riker??)

Ash Tyler is going to stay in the present to prevent Control from figuring out how to follow them into the future. Apparently he’s the only one “in the gray area” who can do this — is he really the only decent person with Section 31 training/resources? Don’t get me wrong, Shazad Latif is ludicrously good at crying and I am grateful for every lip-quivering second of it, but did we have to have another tearful good-bye between these two? When will this couple be allowed to be happy? Quand?

We leave the crew this week as the two ships’ crews ready themselves to battle Control’s fleet, to give the time-traveling crew time to finish Michael’s suit and properly outfit the Discovery for the jump. We’ve got armed shuttles, courtesy of Number One’s uncanny foresight! (Random notebook dump: “Number One is Space Hermione.”) We’ve got a time-crystal massacre vision to fight against! Will Michael successfully tow the gang into the future? Will we have to watch Leland shoot all our friends (a scene that was surprisingly upsetting to watch, even though it hasn’t happened yet)? Praying the finale gives us a little bit of expositional breathing room, given all that was set up this week. I for one could use a solid, straightforward cry.

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• Oh, come on! “Discover your heart”?! The only way this line would have been acceptable would have been if it’d been delivered as an actual dad joke, in which everyone in hearing range audibly groaned at Pike’s all too on-the-nose good-bye speech to Burnham.

• Stamets officially closes the door on Culmets, to Culber’s visible dismay — Culber says he’s going to stay with the Enterprise, though I feel like this breakup might not stick yet, given (a) they both seem like they’re secretly dying for a reason to get back together, and (b) I expect Leonard “Bones” McCoy might have something to say about another doctor in his sick bay.

• I actually love Po as a character, but boy, did that line about outlawing snark in her presence feel like a personal attack! Even if it was aimed at Georgiou! I’m in this photo and I don’t like it!

• Questions that remain: Where does Tyler need to go that he can’t stay to help with the Disco-Jump fight? Why does Pike seem to already know Georgiou is Terran when she casually mentions it at the last possible second? Did Michael already tell him off camera? Is it … er, wise to allow Georgiou to come along to the future?

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Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 13 Recap Such Sweet Sorrow

This Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 13 Recap for the episode titled “Such Sweet Sorrow” contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words .

It’s time to say goodbye. But in “Such Sweet Sorrow” the crew of the Discovery isn’t just saying goodbye to their beloved vessel, but also to each other, to the current timeline, and to God-knows-what-else. It’s basically an entire episode of goodbyes, one that burns mawkish sentimentality for fuel, and trades in a good bit — perhaps too much — scientific mumbo-jumbo to keep things on-brand.

[su_pullquote align=”right”]This is where things get a bit complicated, so try and keep up.[/su_pullquote]

You’ll recall that last week’s episode resulted in the evacuation of the Discovery and its planned destruction, so this week opens with everyone bungling onto the Enterprise to watch the fireworks. The self-destruct predictably fails, so the next idea is to torpedo the thing, but wait! Michael ( Sonequa Martin-Green ) touches the time crystal and is treated to a vision of Leland ( Alan Van Sprang ) massacring the entire bridge crew, and figures out that nuking the Discovery will incontrovertibly lead to that future. Plus the sphere data has merged with the ship anyway, meaning that it’ll raise its shields if things kick off. (The Discovery has impenetrable shields now? Haven’t they been breached multiple times throughout both seasons?) Thus, a new plan is needed.

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[su_pullquote align=”left”]On the new agenda is building another Daedalus Suit that only Michael can wear because she’s the best.[/su_pullquote]

This is where things get a bit complicated, so try and keep up. On the new agenda is building another Daedalus Suit that only Michael can wear because her mitochondrial DNA makes her the only one compatible with it she’s the best, using the time crystal to open a wormhole, and then flinging Michael and the Discovery into the future. Michael’s initial plan is to leave Discovery there and rubber-band back, but that won’t work because there’s only enough power for a one-way trip. The science for this excursion is brought to you by Me Hani Ika Hali Ka Po (Yadira Guevara-Prip), the sassy teenage tech-genius queen of the planet Xahea who was introduced during Tilly’s ( Mary Wiseman )  Short Treks  episode.

With this explained, Michael sets about saying her farewells. She tearfully thanks Sarek ( James Frain ) and Amanda ( Mia Kirshner ) for taking her in, and thanks the bridge crew for providing her with the best moments of her life. But that bridge crew aren’t just willing to let her go alone, so a bunch of them — all of whom get sappy montages as they say goodbye to their loved ones — decide to go with her aboard the Discovery. Those who remain, meanwhile, need to fight off Control for long enough that Michael can yank her Scooby Gang into the future. “Such Sweet Sorrow” was an episode in which nothing much happened, but it also set up a finale in which virtually anything can happen, so we mustn’t grumble. The end is near.

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The end is nigh when Paramount+'s flagship space fantasy series returns April 4 for a 10-episode run.

It's been a long and somewhat bumpy road for Paramount Plus' " Star Trek: Discovery " since it first touched down on the streaming platform back in 2017 as the first "Star Trek" small screen enterprise in 12 years. It's taken a couple of seasons to moderate its tone and style but it seems on track to bring it all home safely starting on April 4, to stick the landing and satiate most temperamental fans.

Now with the turbulent events of season 4 in the rear view mirror after finally confronting the Dark Matter Entity, it's time for one last heroic mission for Captain Michael Burnham and her valiant crew into the cold inky abyss of deep space to try and locate a powerful treasure as this latest sentimental trailer explains. (Check out our Star Trek streaming guide to see when and where to catch the latest Trek shows.)

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"The fifth and final season will find Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery uncovering a mystery that will send them on an epic adventure across the galaxy to find an ancient power whose very existence has been deliberately hidden for centuries. But there are others on the hunt as well — dangerous foes who are desperate to claim the prize for themselves and will stop at nothing to get it."

"Star Trek: Discovery's" season five cast contains Sonequa Martin-Green (Captain Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Saru), Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Sylvia Tilly), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), David Ajala (Cleveland “Book” Booker), Blu del Barrio (Adira) and Callum Keith Rennie (Rayner).

In this final preview for the endgame season, USS Discovery captain Michael Burnham acknowledges that "It has been a helluva journey, but everything ends someday." As the entire crews gathers for one last adventure, Starfleet's Kovich (David Cronenberg) warns that "the greatest treasure in the known galaxy is out there. It's more important that you can imagine."

That's the basic launch point of a cosmic scavenger hunt to locate a puzzle box that looks like something right out of director Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element," and is described by Burnham as "one of the greatest powers ever known," while various competing factions attempt to claim this priceless universal artifact for themselves, including imposing foes L'ak (Elias Toufexis) and Moll (Eve Harlow).

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Star Trek: Discovery — Episode 13 Review: What’s Past is Prologue

Star Trek: Discovery wraps up its Mirror Universe storyline with a bang.

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Star Trek: Discovery Episode 13

You would be forgiven for thinking that tonight’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery was the season finale. It had all the marking of a season-ender: high stakes, much-anticipated showdowns, the tying up of many loose ends, and tons of action.

But “What’s Past is Prologue” is not the end of Discovery ‘s first, big, season-long story. It is but the (seeming) wrapping up of this Mirror Universe detour, with the fate of our Federation still up in the air following the Discovery’s return to the Prime universe. Which means it’s time to take stock: was this Mirror Universe storyline worth it?

“What’s Past is Prologue” picks up right after the previous episode, leaning hard into the reveal that the Lorca we have bee hanging with has been from the Mirror Universe all along. His master plan was to make it back to his original universe in order to finish his coup attempt for the Terran Empire.

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In terms of action, the episode pulls of Lorca’s bid for power well. It’s a high-intensity episode that doesn’t give any characters time to breath, keeping the sense of urgency ever-high. Unfortunately, the show has just not put enough character work in to make us care about these climactic moments as much as we could have, giving the entire affair an air of missed opportunity. When Lorca frees his universe’s version of Commander Landry from her Agonizer Booth, it’s not a moment of excited familiarity so much as an “huh, that character” moment.

The same could be said for all of Lorca’s Big Character Moments. When he makes his bid for Michael to join his team, it’s lacking the emotional depth it could have had. I simply don’t know why he would care enough to try to recruit her. He never seemed particularly fond of Michael past her role in his larger plan. Perhaps if we had seen a scene or two of his Michael, we might understand a bit better, but we never knew her and know the bare minimum about their relationship. He doesn’t seem a particularly sentimental man, so why would he care about someone who has the same face as a person he once seduced away from her adopted mother as part of a larger bid for power?

The same goes for Lorca’s final communique with what was his crew: the members of Discovery. These people went through some very trying times together, but the show never treated them like one, happy family—or even gave us a sense of what their camaraderie might look like. Lorca was always a super creeper with his own special weapons room who made weird, unilateral decisions. And past Michael, Tilly, Saru, Stamets, Tyler, and Hugh, this crew was never given a sense of identity or character. 

It wasn’t that these Lorca moments weren’t appreciated or even enjoyable, just that they gave us a glimpse of what this show  could  have been. Watching them, I wished that Discovery had taken the time to build these character dynamics because, then, this episode would have hurt so good, rather than simply being a competent, fast-moving conclusion to a not-always coherent storyline.

What did work well in this episode was Saru’s continued highly-competent captaincy. In the absence of Lorca, he has stepped up to be the kind of captainly figure we’ve come to expect from a Star Trek show. Not only does he actually seem to know the names of the bridge crew (hey, the cyborg character talked!), but he holds meetings to check-in, field questions and suggestions, and articulate his plan.

The pep talk Saru gives before the Discovery takes out the mycelial orb is the show I would like to see Discovery be more often, and an example of what Doug Jones is capable of when he is given him something to do. Most of these characters have not gotten cohesive character arcs, and I’m not saying Saru’s one character trait (which is actually a species trait) is something to write the WGA about, but it comes to satisfying fruition in “What’s Past is Prologue.” The character who we’ve often seen struggling with his fear learns to face it head on—not for the sake of himself, but for the sake of his crew and, you know, the entire multiverse.

Star Trek: Discovery has never met a stake it didn’t want to raise. (Hey, how about a nice Tribble episode?) The fate of two universes isn’t enough, so it raises us the entire multiverse. If the Discovery doesn’t destroy the mycelial orb, then the entire mycelial network will eventually die, which will mean the end to life as we know it. It’s a not-so-subtle climate change allegory that kind of comes out of nowhere, but, sure, why not? 

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Michael and the Discovery pull it all off with the help of Emperor Georgiou who, faced with the possibility of losing to Lorca, decides to give the woman with the same face as her daughter the assist—even though it makes about zero sense that she would be cool with destroying the super-powerful ship she calls home for the sake of a multiverse filled with life she doesn’t seem to care about.

Whatever the character fail, it makes for an epic fight scene that sees Michael and Phillipa fighting side-by-side once again. It’s a nice callback to the second episode, and one that also keeps Michael’s hands clean of Lorca’s death (though she notably kills a bunch of red armors). When Michael hesitates to kill Lorca—which: just do it, this guy’s the worst—the emperor gets the job done.

It’s a helpful move, but in no way justifies the decision Michael makes to bring the emperor back with her onto the Discovery, which returns to home by riding the wave from the mycelial core explosion all the way back to the Prime universe. Terran Georgiou might have the same face as a woman she once loved and failed, but, if this trip has taught us anything, it’s that these universes create very different versions of people. Bringing a bloodthirsty emperor back to your home universe is not only illogical, it’s dumb—two things Michael is not. (Silver lining: we will probably get more Michelle Yeoh.)

And what does the Discovery find when they return? A Prime universe lost to the Klingons, with the Federation seemingly non-existent. I wish we knew more of this world and this Federation to care about this on an emotional level, but the reveal does give our gang some new questions to answer and problems to solve. Hopefully, they’ll spend a little more time on that and a little less time half-heartedly delving into the not-so-interesting psychology of their villains.

Goodbye, Lorca. May your character’s absence finally give us more narrative time with the characters who aren’t secretly cold-blooded killers and are, instead, nerdy scientists, explorers, dreamers, and collaborators who use their big brains not for empty glory, but to solve the collective problems of the galaxy and universe.

So… was the Mirror Universe worth it? As much as anything has been worth it on this show. It was lacking the character work to make us feel the plot twists on any deeper level, a story indicative of the show’s larger struggle to find its feet in this first season—somewhat of a Star Trek tradition, really. The twists weren’t worth the narrative shallowness, but there remains something wacky, special, and eager-to-please about this show that continues to make it worth the ride.

Additional thoughts

The Terran Empire is really easy to overthrow, huh?

Poor Rekha Sharma, who plays Landry here, but has previously played baddies on BSG and The 100 , is always playing the characters we’re openly encouraged to hate.

I love you, Shazad Latif, but I did not miss Tyvoq at all this episode.

Michelle Yeoh is such a badass. When she kicked Lorca right over her own shoulder? Classic! During their fight, I really thought he was going to win because I think the show finds his character much more interesting than I do. To have Michelle Yeoh lose to anyone would have been a major logic fail and an unforgivable crime against the pop culture universe.

There’s no way Lorca is dead. He’s definitely regaining his strength somewhere on the mycelial network. This is why you always disintegrate your enemies, people! Don’t get fancy with your medieval-style trap door scenarios. Lorca knows this well enough to kill Other Stamets with a shot to the back. 

Also, though, this show has never felt more like a Game of Thrones wannabe than when it revealed its very own Moon Door. Embrace your Star Trek -ness, show. We’ll love you even more for it.

3.5 out of 5

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It's been two years since we had new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery , which debuted in 2017. Now Paramount+ has dropped the official trailer for the fifth and final season of the spinoff series.

(Spoilers for prior seasons below.)

As previously reported , Sonequa Martin-Green plays Michael Burnham, an orphaned human raised on the planet Vulcan by none other than Sarek (James Frain) and his human wife, Amanda Grayson (Mia Kirshner)—aka, Spock's (Ethan Peck) parents. So, she is Spock's adoptive sister. As I've written previously , the S2 season-long arc involved the mysterious appearances of a "Red Angel" and a rogue Starfleet AI called Control that sought to wipe out all sentient life in the universe.

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The big reveal was that the Red Angel was actually a time-travel suit worn by Michael's biological mother. She had accidentally jumped 950 years into a bleak future in which Control had achieved its nefarious goal and had been traveling through time, leaving signals (in the form of the visions), hoping to alter that future. In the S2 finale, Michael donned a copy of her mother's suit to lead Discovery over 900 years into the future. The crew of the Enterprise told Starfleet that Discovery was destroyed in the battle and was ordered never to speak of the ship or her crew again.

In S3, Michael,  Discovery , and her crew arrived in the future and found that Control's plan had been thwarted: Life still exists. But the galaxy was very different thanks to something called The Burn, a catastrophic event that caused all the dilithium in the Milky Way to explode and destroy much of Starfleet in the process. In the aftermath, with no warp drive possible, all the planets had become disconnected and were no longer governed by the Federation. Michael did, however, manage to locate one sole Federation liaison on a remote space station with the help of a new ally, Book (David Ajala).

The Discovery crew reunited with what was left of Starfleet, figured out what caused The Burn, and managed to defeat a rival syndicate known as the Emerald Chain, inspiring planets to start rejoining the Federation. Burnham finally became captain of Discovery after Saru (Doug Jones) opted to return to his home planet of Kaminar for a spell. And we bid a sorrowful farewell to Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh).

S4 opened with the plucky crew—including Saru as first officer—helping rebuild the Federation and celebrating the reopening of Starfleet Academy. They soon encountered a "gravitational anomaly" five light-years in diameter that destroyed Book's home planet of Kwejian as it moved through the galaxy. It turned out to be a powerful technology belonging to an alien species with interconnected minds called 10-C, whose language employed mathematical equations. In the S4 finale, the aliens ultimately agreed to turn off their technology, thereby sparing Earth and other Federation planets.

The fifth season was already in development by March 2020, and the plan was to film those episodes back-to-back with S4. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and put those plans on hold. Filming didn't happen until 2022. While S5 was originally meant to air last year, once Paramount decided to pull the plug and make it the final season, they needed to shoot additional footage in order to wrap up the series properly. Per the official premise:

The fifth and final season will find Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery uncovering a mystery that will send them on an epic adventure across the galaxy to find an ancient power whose very existence has been deliberately hidden for centuries. But there are others on the hunt as well… dangerous foes who are desperate to claim the prize for themselves and will stop at nothing to get it.

In addition to Martin-Green, Jones, and Ajala, much of the main cast is returning for S5: Anthony Rapp as Stamets; Mary Wiseman as Tilly; Wilson Cruz as Dr. Culber; Blu del Barrio as Adira Tal; and Callum Keith Rennie as Rayner. Eve Harlow and Elias Toufexis will reprise their recurring roles as Moll and L'ak, respectively. Returning as notable guest stars in S5: Oded Fehr as Starfleet Commander-in-Chief Charles Vance; Chelah Horsdal as Lair Rillak; Tara Rowling as T'Rina; David Cronenberg as Kovich; and Tig Notaro as Jett Reno.

The first two episodes of the fifth and final season of Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Paramount+ on April 4, 2024; the remaining eight episodes will air weekly after that through May 30.

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Kenneth Mitchell, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ Actor, Dies at 49

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Actor Kenneth Mitchell arrives for the Premiere Of CBS's "Star Trek: Discovery"  held at The Cinerama Dome on September 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Kenneth Mitchell , known for his multiple roles on “Star Trek: Discovery,” died from ALS complications on Saturday. He was 49.

“For five and a half years, Ken faced a series of awful challenges from ALS. And in truest Ken fashion, he managed to rise above each one with grace and commitment, to living a full and joyous life in each moment,” a statement reads on Mitchell’s official Instagram page. “He lived by the principals that each day is a gift and we never walk alone.”

In 2020, Mitchell announced to People that he was diagnosed with ALS in 2018. The actor had been using a wheelchair since 2019.

“I think it, over time, became the theme of us accepting this with grace,” he said. “Trying to see the beauty in it, in a way. I’ll never forget, one of my ‘Star Trek’ co-stars told me, because they had dealt with some trying times with illnesses and stuff, and I remember them communicating to me, saying, ‘You have a choice. You can look at this in many different ways, but maybe try to look at this like a gift where you get to experience life in a way that most people don’t.'”

He also revealed to People that he had to give up his part as the lead in a television show, which would require him to move to Newfoundland. “Being lead of the show, I really wanted that responsibility. But in the end, it just wasn’t the right thing to continue on,” he said.

Donations to Mitchell’s family can be made to this GoFundMe campaign .

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Kenneth Mitchell, Star Trek: Discovery and Captain Marvel Star, Dead at 49 from ALS 

His family announced the news of his death "with heavy hearts" on Sunday

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Kenneth Mitchell has died, five years after being diagnosed with ALS. He was 49.

Mitchell, who was best known for his roles in Star Trek: Discovery , died on Saturday, according to a statement from his family shared on X (formerly Twitter).

“With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Kenneth Alexander Mitchell, beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, son and dear friend,” read the post, which was also shared on Instagram .

“Ken was widely known as an actor in many films and television shows. He’s portrayed an Olympic hopeful, an apocalypse survivor, an astronaut, a superhero’s dad, and four unique Star Trekkers,” the statement continued.

Mitchell, who was born on Nov. 25, 1974 in Toronto, Canada, according to the statement, was the father of two children, Lilah and Kallum, whom he shared with his wife, 10 Things I Hate About You actress Susan May Pratt, and was described, among many qualities he possessed and roles he played in people's lives, as "Susan's partner and, more than anything else, a proud father."

“Ken was diligent and hardworking in everything he did, but as a father these traits found their fullest expression. He was extremely dedicated to being a positive and playful force in the lives of his children. Regardless of his later disabilities, Ken discovered a higher calling to be more fully himself for his kids. Ken will be forever proud of who his children have become,” his family wrote.

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Mitchell was diagnosed with ALS in 2018 and began using a wheelchair the following year. He shared his diagnosis publicly with PEOPLE in 2020 .

His family wrote of his experience of the disease: “For five and a half years Ken faced a series of awful challenges from ALS. And in truest Ken fashion, he managed to rise above each one with grace and commitment to living a full and joyous life in each moment.”

“Ken is forever grateful for the massive amounts of love and endless support he received from his community along this journey. Especially the courage, resilience and strength displayed from his extraordinary wife, family and friends.”

Elsewhere, the statement honored Mitchell as "the keeper of countless enduring friendships. Like a massive star exploding with kindness, purity and a particular brand of silly, you were pulled right into his orbit. Once captured, Kenny could bathe you in positivity, compassion, thoughtfulness, and hilarity, and make you feel so loved."

His family also praised him as “a giver, a listener, a sentimentalist and an excellent observer of his surroundings."

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In 2020, Mitchell shared that he was in “complete disbelief” when he was diagnosed with ALS two years before, after experiencing constant twitching in his muscles for several months.

"I do remember there was something really simple and beautiful in a way, how my wife and I were in the trenches together, and how we from this moment on we're having to deal with something so severe that was going to affect our lives forever," he told PEOPLE. "We grieved and mourned really hard. There was so much unknown."

The family decided to shift their focus to enjoying their time together while Mitchell was still healthy.

"I think it, over time, became the theme of us accepting this with grace," he said. "Trying to see the beauty in it, in a way. I'll never forget, one of my Star Trek costars told me, because they had dealt with some trying times with illnesses and stuff, and I remember them communicating to me, saying, 'You have a choice. You can look at this in many different ways, but maybe try to look at this like a gift where you get to experience life in a way that most people don't.'"

"From that point on, it became, 'Let's just spend time with the family,'" Mitchell continued. "We took a couple vacations. Pulled the kids out of school. We had meetings with all their schools, with the principal, the counselors, their teachers. Everyone was in support and understanding the situation and that we might be pulling them out of school more than most, just so we can spend some time together as a family while I was still healthy."

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The Star Trek world also paid tribute to Mitchell following the news of his death, with a statement on sharing that they are “deeply saddened” at his loss. 

“The entire Star Trek family sends their condolences to Mitchell’s family, friends, loved ones, and fans around the world.”

The actor played the Klingons Kol, Kol-Sha, Tenavik and another character, Aurellio, on Star Trek: Discovery , and also voiced several characters in an episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks , per . 

In 2017, he told the website of his role as Kol: “Whether someone is good or bad is all about perspective, and it’s about understanding that culture. You’ll get to know the Klingons on our show, and then people can decide if we really are the villains.”

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Mitchell also starred in several other projects throughout his career, including as the father of Carol Danvers ( Brie Larson ) in Captain Marvel and in TV shows including Nancy Drew, The Astronaut Wives Club, Jericho and Switched at Birth .


Paramount+ Confirms ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 5 Premiere Date – TVLine

P aramount+ has officially announced that the beloved sci-fi series Star Trek: Discovery will premiere its fifth and final season on Thursday, April 4. Fans can look forward to a two-episode premiere, with subsequent installments released weekly on Thursdays, rounding out the 10-episode concluding season.

The season promises to deliver a thrilling narrative where Captain Burnham and her team aboard the U.S.S. Discovery embark on a mission that involves unraveling a mystery that spans across the galaxy, in search of a powerful ancient entity that has been intentionally concealed for generations. The journey is fraught with danger as adversaries with intent on harnessing this mysterious force will stop at nothing to seize it.

In a recent teaser, Sonequa Martin-Green, who portrays Michael Burnham, hinted at “a big thing” in the upcoming season that she discussed at SCAD TVfest in Atlanta. Martin-Green described Season 5 as possessing a more adventurous and enjoyable tone, a departure from the previous seasons’ darker narrative.

Significant developments in the relationships within the Discovery crew are expected, particularly between Burnham and Book, played by David Ajala. Though details are kept under wraps, she assures fans that these dynamic connections will be explored thoroughly.

Potential cameos from characters external to the current Discovery roster have not been explicitly confirmed or denied by Martin-Green. However, she expressed hope for the appearance of recognisable figures, possibly alluding to characters like Burnham’s brother Spock, portrayed by Ethan Peck.

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The final voyage of the U.S.S. Discovery approaches as Star Trek: Discovery prepares to launch its concluding season on Paramount+. With promises of mystery, adventure, and even fun among the crew, the fifth season aims to be a significant and satisfying chapter for fans. While anticipations are high for what the end will bring, viewers will undoubtedly be watching intently come April 4th to see how the final story of this vessel and her crew unfolds.

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