WILL YOU TAKE MY HAND?
Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 15 “Will You Take My Hand” is the finale of the season for this series. Much excitement surrounded how this episode with so many loose ends. What is Emperor Georgiou’s plan with Discovery now that she is captain of the ship? What will be her fate? How will the war end? L’Rell and Ash Tyler, will they ever have a life in The Federation?
All these questions could be answered in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. Or not. Burnham’s future is imperiled because after the war, she must return to the prison camp. She is a mutineer. Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 15 “Will You Take My Hand?” is sure to please whether it be a cliffhanger or an all out resolution to the events of the season.
MAIN AND GUEST CHARACTERS, WRITIERS, DIRECTORS
Science Specialist/Commander Michael Burnham
Director: Akiva Goldsman
Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Gretchen J. Berg, and Aaron Harberts (story)
Teleplay: Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts
Airdate: February 11, 2018
Burnham’s monologue while on the bridge asks us to identify fear and how to destroy it, then Emperor Georgiou posing as deceased Captain Georgiou interrupts her thoughts. Violently commanding the bridge and ordering the conn about the correct approach to identify Qo’noS, the Klingon home world. Her philosophy is to take humaneness out of the manner in which we look at our enemies. The unprincipled remarks made by Georgiou are discussed by Burnham and Saru. Burnham is ordered to stop talking to Saru by Georgiou who then insults him with a cannibalistic joke. Georgiou pulls Burnham aside to admonish her and expresses her belief that Burnham’s weakness is her inability to finish a plan like in the episode “The Vulcan Hello.” In the last episode, the Emperor utters to Sarek that Burnham has a weakness that would jeopardize their plan.
In the brig, Georgiou and Burnham interrogate the Klingon captive, L”Rell for intel on Qo’noS. L’Rell witnessed Captain Georgiou die earlier in the season. Burnham reasons with L’Rell to no avail. Georgiou uses force and brutal tactics t coerce the information until Burnham proposes another idea.
In Tyler’s room, Burnham questions him about Voq’s (his alter ego) memories of Qo’noS. She and Georgiou barge in on Tyler making a bowline knot; he tied them as a child, Voq. He believes it ties his past and future. Accessing Voq’s memories, Tyler discloses the location in the caves near an Orion outpost to drop the drone recon device. A 3-D holographic image of Qo’noS as an aid, Ash Tyler directs the best location for the recon drone. But the drone will need assistance in the caves. Tyler will be a part of Georgiou’s away mission to the caves of Orion. Tilly is also chosen for the away mission. She carries the drone in a case and the team travels to Qo’noS.
The Discovery jumps to Qo’noS. Near the Orion outpost in a market place with no other humans, the team masquerades as smugglers. Meeting an arms trader, Georgiou and Tyler discuss matters while Tilly and Burnham wander to a food stand. They reach an agreement not to trust Georgiou and to carefully observe her. The rest of the away team does not know her personal motives for this mission.
The team separate to search for the area. Georgiou enters a club and dances with a few of its employees.
As Burnham and Tyler investigate the black marketplace, they run into Klingons playing a gambling game called t’Sang. Ash Tyler is actually very good. His Voq persona controls him to speak fluent Klingon, to place bets and to ultimately win the game. But Burnham tires of the game and plods to a parlor down the street.
Tilly smokes an alien substance with a little green man. (That thought is entertaining all by itself.) This drug knock her unconscious.
Tyler trails Burnham to ask her why she left the game. Burnham explains her childhood trauma. Her parents stayed at the Vulcan outpost because Burnham wanted to watch a celestial event. The Klingons entered their home and she hid as they killed her parents, ate their dinner and cared not. Tyler understands now why Burnham hates Klingons. None have been kind to her, except Voq. Tyler and Burnham make amends with each other.
When she awakens, Tilly stops the little green man from prying open her case which contains the drone. After asking what she inhaled, the little green man informs Tilly that it is ash from the active volcanoes in Qo’noS. The volcanoes travel the entire planet. Then, Tilly opens the case. It is not a drone in the case, but a hydro bomb!
Georgiou steals the case from Tilly. Tilly levels with Burnham and Tyler about Georgiou’s actions. Quickly, Burnham radios Discovery and contacts Admiral Cornwell, but Burnham suspects Admiral Cornwell already knows and was in on the ruse.
If Georgiou iniates the bomb in the active volcanoes of Qo’noS, it will destroy the planet, all life on the planet. Genocide. Burnham advises
Cornwell to cease with the plan, but Cornwell will not give in. Left with one course of action, Burnham threatens Cornwell with mutiny. The rest of the crew on the bridge concur. Cornwell has no choice, but to change the plans.
At the Shrine of Morlar, Michael appears to halt the detonation of the hydro bomb. Georgiou is decidedly against it, but in the end backs down choosing her freedom.
L’Rell energizes into the shrine with Ash Tyler. Given a choice L’Rell can deactivate the bomb or annihilate all life on the planet of Qo’noS. She deactivates the bomb and is then transported to the Mo’Kai ship. Ash Tyler believes there is no life for him at Starfleet and he follows L’Rell. He leaves Burnham with his bowline knot…and memories.
L’Rell demands to be emperor of Qo’noS and start the reunification process of the planet will be destroyed by the hydro bomb she will set. The Klingons elect to allow L’Rell to lead them and so the Federation, Earth and the Klingon home world are saved.
In Paris, on the planet Earth, Burnham is reinstated as commander for her bravery and decision-making in the time of peril for the Federation. Sarek
recognizes her courage and his mistake and pins her as commander and his daughter. Other awards are handed out. Tilly is admitted to the Starfleet officer training school. Saru receives the Medal of Honor. Stamets and Culber, posthumously, are recognized for their heroism.
Discovery, with Vulcan father Sarek, travel to Vulcan to pick up their new captain. En route, the Enterprise captained by Pike send a distress call that Discovery intercepts…
THEMES AND OTHER LITERARY DEVICES
War. The Klingon War as been used to outline the idea of war ans why we war. It could be how we manage our fears. We need not destroy each other in the process.
Fear. Identifying fear and destroying fear is the only way to truly win in this world. It may have been the moral of the story. How we handle our enemies is a close tie to our humanity.
Perspective. Georgiou sees the enemy unhumanely. Burnham humanizes the enemy as she becomes more aware of her humanity herself. This happens on the bridge with Georgiou’s correction to the conn about what to call the Klingon home world. Also, these two clash again with L’Rell in the brig. Their interrogation tactics.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 15 “Will You Take My Hand?” was full of great surprises including the end, but we will get back to that in a moment. The holographs’ special effects her spectacular as were the sets for Qo’noS. The different alien life of Qo’noS reminds me of the richness of alien costume on Star Trek: The Original Series “Journey To Babel” where The Enterprise hosts a multitude of diplomats including Spock’s father Sarek. I am left to wonder what kinds of species the landing party of Georgiou, Burnham, Tilly and Tyler are dealing with on this planet. Michelle Yeoh as Emperor Georgiou proves she can handle characters made of heroines and villains. Sarek shows emotions as he congratulates and reinstates Burnham to her rank as Commander. James Frain and Sonequa Martin Green give another boost to this series with the relationship between Burnham and Sarek as well as Burnham and Amanda Grayson. Another select episode from Star Trek: Discovery.
This wraps up the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 15 “Will You Take My Hand?” tied loose ends while creating new ones that lead into season 2 nicely. A big REVEAL is soon to come with subsequent season. It has been a superbly directed season and well written episodes and an all-star cast. This Star Trek series is worth watching year after year.
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