Doug Jones on Discovery

He is an actor that is not recognized on screen—only because he usually wears a mask. But he is very popular and has amassed quite a following before participating on Star Trek.  Doug Jones on Discovery is the newest

Doug Jones on Discoverytalented person with marvelous credentials.  He has acted in countless numbers of commercials, music videos and movies. Mostly in prosthetics.  Some of his most memorable roles are Hellboy’s Abe Sapien, The Faun and The Pale Man in “Pan’s Labyrinth’ and the Amphibian Man in “The Shape of Water.”  All of these movies were directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Doug Jones is one of four brothers from Indiana. The youngest of them all. He graduated from Bishop Chatard High School. With a degree in Telecommunications and a minor in theatre, Jones graduated from Ball State University in 1982.  With wife Laurie, Jones still has special theatre projects in Indiana. They have no children, but love theatre.

 

DOUG JONES FACTS

Name: Doug Jones

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Birthdate: May 24, 1960

Height: 6’3”

College: Ball State University

Spouse: Laurie Jones

 

 

DOUG JONES MOVIES AND TV

Jones has acted in over 25 films and numberless commercials and many music videos.  Here are a few highlight roles listed in his acting career.

FILM

1992           Batman Returns                The Thin Clown

1993           Hocus Pocus                     Billy Butcherson

1995           Tank Girl                           Additional Ripper

1997            Mimic                                Long John  #2

2002            Men in Black 2                 Joey

2002            The Time Machine           Spy Morlock

2004             Hellboy                            Abe Sapien

2006            Pan’s Labyrinth                The Faun/ The Pale Man

2009            Legion                               The Ice Cream Man

2013            Dust of War                        Jebediah Strumm

2016            The Bye Bye Man              The Bye Bye Man

2017            The Shape of Water           The Amphibian Man/ Charley

 

TELEVISION

1998           Outer Limit                               Elder Alien/Alien #1

1998           Kenan & Kel                             Head Waiter

1999           Buffy the Vampire Slayer          Lead Gentlemen

2002           CSI:Crime Scene Investigation Grinder

2003           The Guardian                           Micah Oakley

2005           Criminal Minds                          Domino Thacker/Beanie

2008            Fear Itself                                Grady Edlund

2013           Falling Skies                             Cochise

2013           Sons of Anarchy                       Corrections Officer Crane

2014           Teen Wolf                                William Barrow

2015           The Flash                               Jake Simmons/ Deathbolt

2017           Star Trek: Discovery               Commander Saru

 

 

 

BECOMING SARU

Known for his ability to hide behind prosthetics, Doug Jones sits in a chair for Saru’s makeup about two hours. The makeup artists changed the slit eyes in the first episode to round eyes for the rest of the season.  The slits in

Pictured (l-r): Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru; Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham; Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY coming to CBS All Access. Photo Cr: Jan Thijs. © 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

his eyes were more difficult to handle than previously thought. Doug enrobes a cowl, face piece, bottom chin and a bottom lip. Doug Jones cut his hair for the four-piece mask and the first makeup test took around three hours to complete. Now the makeup crew has the time down to two hours or a little less than that. Of course, he dons gloves and special boots because Saru has hoofedd feet.

How tall is Doug Jones?

The no-heeled boot raises Mr. Jones’ height from 6’3” to 6’8”.  Framing Saru with other characters has been a challenge because of his height. And because of this heelless shoe, Doug Jones developed a supermodel walk for Saru.

 

DOUG JONES IS THE SPOCK OF THE STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SERIES?

A lifelong Star Trek fan watching the original episodes from the sixties with James T. Kirk and Lt. Commander Spock, the enormity of playing the Star Trek Dynamic Duosrole of Kelpian, Saru on Star Trek: Discovery is not lost on Doug Jones.

He was 6 years old when the Original Series aired and watched or known about every iteration of the Star Trek franchise since childhood. Spock is Doug Jones’ favorite character on Star Trek because “he is unlike the others in the crew.”  The pitch to Doug Jones upon taking the role of Saru was that Saru was the “Spock of the Star Trek: Discovery series.”

Who could turn that part down?

But Doug Jones understands his character’s inner turmoil better than others.  He believes Saru has an expanded range of emotions than his counterpart.  Saru feels fear more than anyone else.  His ganglia even allow others to know when he senses fear or imminent death. Spock—pointed ears.  The trio of captain and the first officers for Star Trek: Discovery are brother and sister relationship with Saru and Michael Burnham.  They compete for the motherly Captain Georgiou’s attention. Saru is known for being cowardly or cautious and Burnham more outgoing and a risk taker. Cute, cuddly and charming, Saru is a distinct character in the Star Trek world and will not easily be forgotten.

 

SARU THE CHARACTER

Saru is a Kelpian and the first Kelpian to graduate from Starfleet Academy.  He is a new alien species introduced to the Star Trek universe. A bilateral species, Saru is the prey species in this alien race. The animal instinct of fearStar Trek: Discovery manifests itself through threat ganglia that emerge from near the base of the skull.  When Saru is afraid or believes the threat of death is near, these threat ganglia expose themselves. This makes Kelpians vulnerable because others can sense when they are afraid.

 

SECOND SEASON OF SARU AND HIS GROWTH

Admitting Saru is not ripe for the captain’s seat just yet, instead, Jones wants Saru to go home and create more backstory in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery.  He wants Saru to find his family and interact with them.  This would make for an interesting second season with plenty of story lines.  Spock and his dad were an appealing plot device in the Original Series.  Saru, also, would be a delight with his amusing family on board the Discovery and how they relate to Saru’s crewmates.

 

IN CONCLUSION

Doug Jones and his talent in working with prosthetics is a much-needed surprise to the Star Trek universe.  He brings years of experience in acting and he is a gem to watch on this series week to week.  Hopeful, Discovery will stay on the air for a long time so we can admire his ability to bring depth to a character in a very humble way. Unrecognizable from the screen, Doug Jones is one of the most popular actors on Discovery and the Star Trek series you will never see face-to-face.

 

 

 

The Sonequa Martin Green Bio

 

Star Trek: Discovery

How did Star Trek: Discovery rocket to success weeks after its launch? Let’s try an answer that question. The Sonequa Martin Green bio will take a closer look at the actress who made a strong contribution to its maturation. Star Trek had not released a television series since “The Enterprise” which was axed after its fourth season. Taking a chance on another series over a decade later must have sent executive producers knees knocking especially since the new show would debut on CBS’ new online service only. The Star Trek franchise needed a star to head the new series and they needed the right one out of the gate.  There could be very few mistakes with the new “Star Trek: Discovery.”

Enter Sonequa Martin Sonequa Martin Green on DiscoveryGreen. Before even seeing the new series on television, many naysayers believed she was not the correct actress for the role. Even with the success on “The Walking Dead” and “Once Upon A Time,” a mass of haters decided she did not have the acting credentials to tackle a leading Star Trek role.

Did this hinder the actress? If so, I can not tell and neither can the execs at CBS.  With an extension of episodes for season 1 and greenlight for a season 2, Star Trek: Discovery appears to be here for awhile and no small feat to the lead actress.

Star Trek: Discovery’s gravy train has not ceased with its hiatus before season 2. Sonequa Martin Green as well as Doug Jones has been nominated for a Saturn award.

SONEQUA MARTIN GREEN FACTS

Here are basic facts about the actress.

Name: Sonequa Martin Green

Born: March 21, 1985

Birthplace: Russelville, Alabama

Height: 5’4″

Hair Color: Black

Eye color: Brown

Parents: Charles and Vera Martin

Siblings: One sister and three older half-sisters

Hobbies: Cooking

Alma Mater: University of Alabama in 2007

Bachelor:Theater and Dance

HER EARLY LIFE

Green was born in the small town of Russelville, Alabama to Charles and Vera Martin. Under 10,000

Pictured (l-r): Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru; Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham; Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY coming to CBS All Access. Photo Cr: Jan Thijs. © 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

people in population and the county seat of Franklin, the city has a name for a few successful people: Miss Alabama USA 2011 Madeline Mitchell and rock composer Lee Clayton. Now it has Sonequa Martin Green. And July 27, is Sonequa Martin Green Day there in her hometown. Wanting to become a psychologist as a child, Sonequa Martin Green got bitten by the acting bug in tenth grade. Feeling that acting answered the same questions about human behavior as psychology, Green decided to attend the University of Alabama for a degree in theater and dance.

Afterward, she high tailed it to NYC where she met her future husband Kenric Green in a play called “Fetch Clay, Make Man.” They married December 4, 2010. There in New York she was also certified in stage fighting. Later it would come in handy for “The Walking Dead” and “Star Trek: Discovery.”

The African American actress moved to LA with her husband, Kenric Green to pursue more opportunities for acting. She found them in “The Walking Dead” and “Star Trek Discovery.” She also gave birth to her son, Kenric Green Jr. on January 10, 2015. The Stand Up 2 Cancer Ambassadors has a mother that is a three-time cancer survivor and one of her sister’s is a breast cancer survivor. Kenric Green, her husband lost a mother to the disease previously.

Sonequa Martin Green’s net worth is $2 million as of April 2018.

MOVIES AND TV SHOWS FOR SONEQUA MARTING GREEN

Her notable roles in film and television are:

Films

2007 I-Can-D

2008 Blind Thoughts

2009 Rivers Wash Over Me

2011 Yelling to the Sky

2012 Shockwave Darkside

Television

2009 Army Wives

2009-11 The Good Wife

2011 Gossip Girl

2012-17 The Walking Dead

2013 Once Upon A Time

2017 Star Trek: Discovery

THE WALKING DEAD

“The Walking Dead’s” show runner at the time Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 14 The War Without, The War WithinGlenn Mozzara and Sonequa Martin Green clicked, but the role of Michonne was awarded to Danai Gurira. Still, the character Sasha Williams was created for Green in the third season primarily for the actress herself. The actual character is not a part of the original novels. Albeit, the theater graduate recurring role for season 3 became a starring role by the time she left the show in season 7 even masking her pregnancy in season 5. The child she gave birth to was a son named after her husband Kenric Green.

SONEQUA MARTIN GREEN ON DISCOVERY

As season 7 wrapped up on “The Walking Dead,” so did Sonequa Martin Green’s job on the show. Around the same time a new role appeared for her. Earth and SunAmid controversy that she quit “The Walking Dead” for the new role, Sonequa Martin Green maintained the was released from “The Walking Dead” before the new role was acquired—Star Trek-Discovery.

Here she played Michael Burnham, a human child orphaned because of a Klingon raid on an outpost. A Vulcan named Sarek became her ward and raised her on his home planet. Now on the USS Shenzou, she has been labeled as a mutineer for using un Starfleet like tactics in an attempt to stop a war that would ensue. Born under the sign Aries, the god of War, proved a good omen for the actress who helped to launch CBS’s online television franchise. The new Star Trek series gained over 9 million viewers its first season and sky-rocketed CBS’s online only television network with a 200% growth in subscriptions. Month, week and daily sign ups were record setting for CBS.

The good times keep coming with Saturn Award nods for the actress and co-stars Doug Jones, and Jason Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh and for the Best New Media TV Series. The accolades and recognition keep coming. What is next for the actress?

Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery is hidden under lock and key by the producers, writers, directors and actors, but the rumors continue to swirl and the momentum continues to swing in the series’ favor.

Conclusion

Sonequa Martin Green has admitted to negative comments from her detractors.
Though it was painful, she stated, “I am a black woman that was raised in the South so it did not surprise me.” She did believe it was a surprise that much of the negative comments came from some of the Star Trek fans because of the themes of equality and diversity Star Trek upholds. This spoken on CBS This Morning with Gayle King in 2017.

That being said she is now the new figure for the pillars that Star Trek stands for. And with the records she is helping to set, Sonequa Martin Green is doing an exceptional job. What do you think of Sonequa Martin Green and her role as Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery?

 

 

 

 

STAR TREK PUZZLES: SALE ON MIND BOGGLING GAMES

Star Trek puzzles, Star Trek jigsaw puzzles, Star Trek puzzle
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Mr. Spock and his logic were always lovable. People always wanted to think like him. Now there are Star Trek puzzles that just might help you do that. Sale on mind boggling games. These brain busters are sure to baffle even the most Vulcan of us all. Here I have comprised five puzzles that will undoubtedly addle you.

CATAN, ANYONE?

First is Star Trek: Federation Space. This board game is an extension of the Star Trek Catan. Star Trek Catan is based on the Catan series. Kirk and crew must settle unknown worlds by building star bases and outposts near them and deal with the troublesome Klingons along the way.

This expansion series, Star Trek Federation Space, allows Kirk and Spock to travel known sectors of the galaxy. Remember Sherman’s planet? Explore Vulcan and The Gateway Planet in “City on the Edge of Forever”, Tellar from the episode “Journey to Babel” and many other planets on the Catan map that relatively match the map shown in Kirk’s ready room on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country!

Star Trek: Federation Space

This is undoubtedly a collector’s item.

LOGICAL, FLAWLESSLY LOGICAL

What about these star trek jigsaw puzzles. I believe Mr. Spock was excellent at putting pieces together in any mystery, well, quite logically. Why not try out, Star Trek: Federation Ships and Star Trek: Enemy Ships. Identify as many ships as you can shown in the television series as well as from the movies of the franchise by piecing together these jigsaw puzzles.

  • 1500 piece set
  • 33 inches by 22 inches

Star Trek Federation Ships

Star Trek Enemy Ships

3D PUZZLES

Last, but not least, the 3D model sets. Metal Earth: USS Enterprise and Metal Earth: Klingon Bird of Prey. These would be taxing for even the most logical of Vulcans. Simply assemble the steel sheets with no need for glue or any extra adhesive. You only need wire cutters to separate the pieces. They are mind boggling! Comes with easy to read instructions, but these puzzles may stump the most experienced riddle solving authority.

Metal Earth: Star Trek - U.S.S. Enterprise - NCC-1701

Metal Earth: Star Trek - Klingon Bird-of-Prey

CONCLUSION

Here you can find a Star trek puzzle for any Star Trek enthusiast.  The nostalgia alone of Star Trek: Federation Space will make this gift a beloved collector’s item as well as a great game night pleaser fro the family. The Star Trek jigsaw puzzles can entertain Trekker on a rainy day. And the tough 3D model sets can baffle the most logical Star Trek fanatic.  So, if you are interested, buy these products today.

HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH NICHE AFFILIATE MARKETING

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Not everyone wants to make money (or monetize) their website. That’s fine. You don’t have to, however if you want a website that is visible and could get great rankings on Google or Bing, I will tell you how you can do this as well. Either way, its nice to try at something new and discuss your passion.
So what do we do:

  • Find your niche.
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  • What is an affiliate?
  • How do I make money (or monetize) with my niche?
  • Who can help make my interest into a website that works for me?

What is Niche Marketing?

First of all, people may ask,”What is niche marketing?”
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What is an Affiliate and How do I become one?

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How do I Make Money with my Niche?

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Who can Help Make my Interest into a Website?

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This blog explained how to make money through niche affiliate marketing.
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  • What is niche marketing?
  • What is an affiliate?
  • How to monetize (or make money) from your niche website
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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SEASON 1 EPISODE 15

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 Star Trek: Discovery uniform colors and designepisode 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

Commander Saru

Ash Tyler

Paul Stamets

Sylvia Tilly

Emperor Georgiou

Amanda Grayson

Admiral Cornwell

L’Rell

Sarek

Shavo

Keyla Detmer

Admiral Gorch

Weapon Trader

Rhys

Dennas

Ujilli
Airam

Joann Owosekun

Bryce

Shava

Director: Akiva Goldsman

Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Gretchen J. Berg, and Aaron Harberts (story)

Teleplay: Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts

Airdate: February 11, 2018

SYNOPSIS

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 Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 14knot; 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

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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.

REVIEW

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.

CONCLUSION

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.

How do you think the next season will be of Star Trek: Discovery? Please feel free to leave your comments below.

 

STAR TREK:DISCOVERY SEASON 1 EPISODE 14

THE WAR WITHOUT, THE WAR WITHIN

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 14 “The War Without, The War Within” is a quiet episode full of drama. We are struck with the aftermath of a nine-month war with the Klingons which the Federation is losing. Emperor Georgiou is a part of the prime universe now. What to do with her? This is key to the plan against the Klingons. The relationships between Burnham and Georgiou is more complex now. We do not know what is up her sleeve, but Georgiou wants to travel back to her universe. Does she have a plan to do just that? Will she use Burnham’s weakness of guilt for the death of her captain to forward her own agenda?

MAIN AND GUEST CHARACTERS, WRITERS, DIRECTORS

 

Michael Burnham

Saru

Ash Tyler/ Voq

Paul Stamets

Sylvia Tilly

Captain Lorca

Emperor Georgiou

Admiral Cornwell

L’Rell

Sarek

Keyla Detmer

Dr. Pollard

Admiral Shukar

Admiral Gorch

Rhys

Airam

Admiral Drake

Joann Owosekun

Bryce
Writer: Lisa Randolph
Director: David Solomon

Cinematography: Colin Hoult
Airdate: February 4, 2018

SYNOPSIS

 

Back in the prime universe, the USS Discovery is boarded by Admiral Cornwell and a convoy at phaser point. Surprising the crew, acting captain Saru demands to know the meaning of this. The admiral must be sure. They

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move the entire bridge crew away from the controls. Sarek, performing a mind meld, sifts out the truth from Saru the troubles the crew encountered in the mirror universe. For a moment he sympathizes with Burnham in a very humane way. Very unlike the Vulcan. Or more like himself than we know.

Cornwell seizes control of the Discovery. In the conference room, she reports heavy damages waged by the nine-month war with the Klingons. The algorithm of the cloaking device may aid The Federation, but that also could be too late. One third of the Federation fleet is obliterated. Multiple star bases have been ravaged by cloaked suicide Klingon Birds of Prey. Not only that apparently the Klingon houses are wrestling over leadership of the Klongon Empire.

Meeting with Emperor Georgiou in her quarters’, Cornwell confesses their resemblance is “remarkable likeness.” Burnham appeals for asylum for Emperor Georgiou and that the emperor has no motive. But mirror universe Georgiou denounces Burnham’s plea. Georgiou does not want Burnham’s

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assistance or The Federation. She only hankers to return home to her own universe. The admiral denies the request because The Federation is in the middle of a war and it does not have the means to return her. Admiral Cornwell’s plan is to travel to Starbase One. There Emperor Georgiou will be held until other arrangements can be made.

Jumping to Starbase One, Discovery realizes their hails are not being answered. Saru’s ganglia are out for a moment. Upon further investigation, Star base One has been overtaken by the Klingon house of D”Ghor. Burnham deciphers the Klingon crest. With no humanoid life signs, Saru orders the Discovery to warp out of range of the Klingon scanners. A hesitant Cornwell declares most of the Federation leadership was on that base and “the Klingons are practically in Earth’s backyard.”

Burnham flocks to Emperor Georgiou’s side to pump how the mirror universe Terran Empire won against the Klingons. The answer: attack Qo’noS, the Klingon home world. But the emperor believes Burnham is “too weak.” Mostly because of her regret for her captain’s death. Haunting her, Burnham admits it bothers her every day.

Georgiou summons Sarek to her quarters. She has observed the paralleling demise of both Burnhams. Declaring Burnham is not capable of the reality

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of a true plan to shatter the Klingon empire once and for all, she brainstorms a better strategy against their common foe. All Georgiou desires is Sarek and Cornwell’s service to effectuate it.

Tyler is back. Voq has been defeated by Klingon L’Rell. Not everyone on board Discovery identifies Tyler with his former self, but the Klingon Voq. While Saru is diplomatic and Tilly accessible, Burnham is not and Stamets, who Culber is survived by, are less forgiving. Tilly accepts Tyler the way she accepted Burnham in episodes past.

Discovery can jump to Qo’nos, but the spore drive has too few spores to complete the jump. Stamets must terraform a nearby moon for more spores. Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 14 Successful, this is only stage one of the plan to return authority to The Federation. Next, jump to Qo’noS and tactical locations by jumping into a cave system there in a recon mission.

Who will head this treacherous mission? Georgiou. Emperor Georgiou will substitute for dead Captain Georgiou of the prime universe. A lie masterminded Admiral Cornwell to mislead the crew in believing the prime universe Captain Georgiou was captured not killed by the Klingons and The Federation saved her in a daring rescue attempt.

THEMES AND OTHER LITERARY DEVICES

 

“The War Without, The War Within”. The title suggests coordinated worlds of our souls and our universe. It also alludes to the fight within The Federation as Georgiou ventures into the role of “captain’ of the Discovery.

It Ends as It Begins. Burnham quizzes Georgiou on the answer to annihilating the Klingons. Emperor Georgiou (from the mirror universe, Burnham’s real captain Georgiou is dead) as Sarek did in “Battle at the Binary Stars” relinquishes the answer to bring the Klingons to their knees.Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 14 The War Without, The War Within Is it a mistake, again? Or is she right, again? We don’t know yet. We do know Admiral Cornwell and Sarek are in on the ruse more than Science Specialist Burnham and Commander Saru know. Sarek, Cornwell and Georgiou intentions are not exactly the same as Burnham and Saru. Besides, Georgiou does not believe Burnham has the “inner strength” to implement such a subterfuge.

The problem there in: Will this be a problem for Burnham and Saru? “Captain” Georgiou heading USS Discovery is a disaster waiting to happen in Burnham and Saru’s opinion. But Georgiou is needed for the success of the plan. What are the writers whispering to the audience about the state of affairs in this country? It could mean anything or nothing at all.

By the way, why hasn’t anyone relieved Burnham from duty? It was under Captain Lorca that Burnham was given released from prison temporarily. Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 14 The War Without, The War WithinMaybe there is no time. Maybe there is no Federation for now. Release her to where?

Parallel. Ash Tyler is now the ostracized one in the group instead of Burnham. Tilly is to Tyler as she was to Burnham. Open. Looking for friends. Tyler is the outsider. A betrayer. Mutineer. Burnham cannot handle the lover that almost killed her. Like the Klingons who killed her parents so long ago?

Ash Tyler is the soldier who had two people living in one body-the one who could do the unthinkable and the one who could not. He was patriotic,then a deceiver. After all this mayhem, he acknowledges all the wrong that was done by his hands. Can he forgive himself? Can everyone else?

Evil Leadership. No matter how the USS Discovery tries, it is always under evil leadership. First Lorca. Now “Captain” Georgiou. It’s a select crew on board this ship and a sterling ship, but the leadership is destructive. Is this what the writers are trying to say about America? Your decision.

REVIEW

This week’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 14 “The War Without, The War Within” discusses topics in a hushed tone. Alliances are made behind trusted friends’ backs. How much to do in war when your backStar Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 14 The War Without, The War Within is against the wall comes into play? Making deals with the devil. Any devil. In hopes everything will turn out well. With Starbase One fallen, Admiral Cornwell is looking for an answer with none in sight. Enter Emperor Georgiou. Lisa Randolph wrote an outstanding episode. Her credits include the television shows “Reign” and “Rush.”

There are many mysteries this week about The Federation’s tomorrow. Looks grim.

Meanwhile, the characters’ who took center stage this week were another triplet: Sarek, Cornwell and Georgiou. Burnham was the concern of Sarek and Georgiou for different reasons. Ash Tyler’s reemergence signified a mirror of Burnham’s past which she is trying to disassociate herself from. He, like Burnham, must discover who he is now.

Subtleties are important in this episode. Actor James Frain performed these subtleties effortlessly. He played in “Agent Carter,” a tv series and “Tron:Legacy.” Frain has been around the acting business for some time.Musical composer Jeff Russo’s scores are a great and overlooked detail into the drama of this episode, but should be suitably observed. All around good episode.

CONCLUSION

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 14 brings the audience almost to the end of the season and to the edge of our seats with anticipation of The Federation’s future. Cornwell and Sarek have devised a plan with Georgiou that is unique, true enough. But will it work? Stay tuned. What do you think will happen next to the crew of the Discovery and the Klingon war? Appreciate your comments below.

STAR TREK DISCOVERY: SEASON 1 EPISODE 13

WHAT’S PAST IS PROLOGUE

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Ending with last week’s episode’s BIG reveal about Lorca, Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 13 asks a thoughtful question about destiny and fate. How do we perceive our destiny and fate and how it will all end? Destiny. Fate. Reality. Quoting Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” “What’s Past Is Prologue” and Star Trek: Discovery’s writing have great backstory that is necessary to understand and enjoy the full effect of each of them. Mixed with the allusions of MacBeth’s”Vaulting Ambition” Ted Sullivan’s writing this week does justice to Star Trek: Discovery. And it keeps with the tradition of Star Trek’s obsession with The Bard alive.

MAIN AND GUEST CHARACTERS, WRITERS AND DIRECTORS

 

Captain/Science Specialist Michael Burnham

First Officer/ Captain Saru

Lt. Ash Tyler/Voq

Paul Stamets

Captain/Cadet Sylvia Tilly

Captain Gabriel Lorca

Emperor Georgiou

Commander Landry
Keyla Detmer

Lord Eling

Rys

Airam

Joann Owosekun

Bryce

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

Cinematography: Glen Keenan

Writer: Ted Sullivan

Airdate: January 28, 2018

SYNOPSIS

In the Agonizer room, Lorca releases his crewmen who were imprisoned in the agonizer chambers for following him in the rebellion against the Emperor-Georgiou. This includes Commander Landry (her counterpart died

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fighting a tardigrade in the fourth episode.) Lorca promises to make the empire “glorious again” by transmission seeking more followers for his resistance against Georgiou. He seizes control of the ISS Charon and threatens to uproot Georgiou revealing his location to her for a showdown. He also is told by Mirror Stamets his folly of leaking the coup to Georgiou without Lorca’s consent. Lorca finishes Stamets for that later. In the meantime Mirror universe Stamets provides Lorca with a new biological weapon to use in the war.

Georgiou listens to the transmission and orders Burnham into the Brig not allowing her to contact the Discovery to them of the upcoming battle between Lorca and Georgiou. Burnham escapes Georgiou’s crewmen. Lorca urges Burnham to join the rebellion and notifies his team not to injure her.

The Discovery is en route to the palace ship Charon when Saru releases Stamets for work as engineer. Stamets levels with Saru and the crew about Mirror universe Paul Stamets corrupting the mycelial network for evil gains-using its resources to power the flagship Charon.
In the corridor, Georgiou is met by lone Owosekun, the sole survivor of the massacre on her party by Lorca. She is to give a message to Georgiou reporting the events of the fight. Soon after delivering this message, Lorca and his team kill her starting a phaser fracas. All of Georgiou’s team are dead except for Georgiou herself who beams away to another part of the ship.

Meanwhile, Burnham contacts Discovery. She has the unpleasant duty of wising Saru and crew that Lorca is from the Mirror universe and cannot be trusted. Ordering them to leave quickly, Burnham briefs the crew of Discovery about the hostilities between Lorca and Emperor Georgiou.
Saru, on the other hand, updates Burnham on the corruption of the mycelial network that Stamets learned while in the mycelial forest and in his comatose state. Due to the palace ship’s unhealthy use of the network as an

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energy source, the mycelial reactor must be obliterated to save all universes and every timeline. Discovery must be in proximity to fire a spore filled photon torpedo. However, the shock wave from the explosion consume the ship and devour the spore drive. Discovery will be stranded in the mirror universe.

Burnham decides to help Georgiou rout Lorca and his rebellion. They allow themselves to be captured by Lorca and his crew. They are brought to the throne room. Bartering herself for the release and escape of Discovery’s crew, Lorca blabs to the Discovery crew about Burnham’s decision. This gives Saru time to fire on the ship and Georgiou and Burnham to stage a comeback against Lorca’s forces and lower the containment shields on the mycelial reactor. Burnham struggles against Lorca in the throne room until she wins pointing her phaser at him. She confesses the Federation would have helped Lorca return to his mirror universe if he had asked for help. She spares his life, however, Georgiou does not and in a twist of fate, stabs Lorca in the back. Georgiou then throws Lorca into the reactor chamber.

Gerogiou hands Burnham her communicator to contact her ship and admits that fighting alongside Burnham reminded her of the Mirror universe

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Burnham quite a bit. Georgiou knows her time is short with the rest of Lorca’s rebellion advancing to the throne room and realizes her own demise. She will prolong the rebellion’s advancement as long as she can so Burnham can transport home.

In so doing, Burnham has a thought and rushes Georgiou saving her from her own fate. They are transported back to Discovery. Discovery fires on the mycelial reactor and warps into its center. Using the mycelial network to jump, Discovery travels through its own universe with the help of Culber’s ghost reminding a confused Stamets through a rejuvenating mycelial network and showing him the way home. Discovery arrives in their universe-the prime universe. But they overshot their mark by nine months-in the future. The Klingons, it appears- have won the war.

THEMES AND OTHER LITERARY DEVICES

First in the title, “What’s Past Is Prologue” is a quote from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” Act II scene i. It means the past is only the beginning to a wonderful future if you follow through with your plan. In “The Tempest” it is Sebastian, the villain and very Lorca-like, who suggests to Alonso to kill his father to be king and take his place. Sound familiar? It hints to us that the writers even borrowed the plot of the Shakespearean tale in some respects.
Plans. One of the running themes that makes a blatant emergence. Georgiou even states directly to Burnham in the throne room,”It was a good plan.” She gives the impression that she is well pleased with Burnham’s plan and deception to Lorca. Let’s analyze Lorca’s long range plan of returning to his mirror universe. He, too, has been conniving the entire time misleading Lt. Stamets and putting Stamets’ life in jeopardy and lying to Saru and Burnham about how they arrived in the mirror universe.
Escapes. Lorca and Landry escape the agonizer booths. Georgiou and Burnham escape Lorca’s rebellion. After a plan is a way of escape. Skillful writing. Everyone in this episode has a plan almost like an effect for every cause.
Communicator. An expression of communicating with others. In the mid season cliffhanger “Into The Forest I Go,” Burnham is trapped on the Klingon ship of the Dead. She lays down the phaser and the communicator to face the Klingon leader Kol. Now, the device she needs is kept from her by the Emperor Georgiou. Burnham must contact Discovery. It must put as much distance between it and the Charon as possible. Again, Star Trek: Discovery uses death in Greek mythology in the sixth episode “Lethe.”
Salvation. Burnham saves the life of Emperor Georgiou. In the “Vulcan Hello,” Burnham was not able to save Georgiou or transport her body back to the USS Shenzhou. In this episode, Burnham delivers Georgiou to the USS Discovery unharmed from the doomed lot. Her flagship named the ISS Charon, literally is the ferryman of Hades in Greek mythology. He carried souls to across the River Styx to the world of the dead.

REVIEW

Star Trek: Discovery Episode 13 “What’s Past Is Prologue” displays the power, grace and talent of actresses Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh and actors Jason Issacs and Doug Jones. The crew of the bridge begins to gel with Captain Saru as acting captain and we are ready to acknowledge them and interact with them. Which is perfect.

Airam played by Sara Mitich, Emily Coutts as Detmer and Oyin Oladejo’s Owosekun unfurled more than just a close-up or an acknowledgment to orders in an episode. It was great.

The action was packed and suspense high as martial arts and CGI flourished superbly. Congratulations to director Olatunde Osunsanmi and writer Ted Sullivan for Saru’s pep talk to the crew after Lorca’s betrayal was uncovered.

As far as action in the Star Trek universe, this series is one of the best.

Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green highlighted the episode and will be at least in the upcoming episode. What chemistry!
Burnham had so much to gain with the Mirror Universe Lorca. In her universe, she is a prisoner with very little rights if any. Here Burnham could rule an entire galaxy. People obey her every whim. What would not be hers? She’s lost alot-Ash Tyler, for example. The deck is stacked in her favor with Mirror Lorca if he can be trusted. He attempts to sway her.

Instead, Burnham is bent on correcting her error in her universe that Lorca perceives as a plus in his universe. She is going to preserve Emperor Georgiou’s life. I like the subtleties in this episode. You must think for yourself.

Finally Burnham, Georgiou and Lorca share the screen together and it is magnetic. Hopefully the Star Trek: Discovery audience will score a Discovery movie deal in the future. Only they could pull off a movie devoted to the mirror universe on the big screen. The fight scene with Lorca, Georgiou and Burnham was excellent. Michelle Yeoh is as graceful as ever, maybe even more so. Jason Issacs as Lorca was a top-notch decision by the production and casting crew. Skillful decision-making.

CONCLUSION

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 13 was jammed packed with action and suspense. The crew of Discovery is not out of the woods yet. Now that they are back in their universe, the events have changed a little with the war with the Klingons. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Another problem to solve. Each episode is more heightened than the last. Interesting. Knowing that they have a following (Star Trek: Discovery and CBS All Access), how will this season end? Cliffhanger or resolution. We will have to stay tuned to see. Please comment below on this season thrilling end will be.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SEASON 1 EPISODE 12

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 8VAULTING AMBITION

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 12 “Vaulting Ambition” aims to expose Captain Lorca’s true plans and his hunger to repossess the Terran Empire. Opportunistic? To say the least. The title quoting Shakespeare’s play “MacBeth” and cluing us into Lorca’s state of mind, we also watch Lorca cross people and universes to enter the Imperial ship for one purpose-a coup against Georgiou. Here we learn why Burnham is so important to him and what is at stake for Discovery to return home.

 

MAIN AND GUEST CHARACTERS, WRITERS AND DIRECTORS

Michael Burnham

Saru

Ash Tyler/Voq

Paul Stamets

Sylvia Tilly

Captain Gabriel Lorca

Emperor Georgiou

L’Rell

Dr. Hugh Culber

Lord Eling

Captain Maddox

Barlow

Senior Guard

Dr. Pollard

Junior Guard

 

SYNOPSIS

Traveling by shuttle craft to Emperor Georgiou’s flagship, the ISS Charon, Burnham and Lorca discuss meeting with the alternate universe Georgiou and their mission in the Imperial palace ship which is to track down intelligence on the USS Defiant. The data files Saru and crew analyzed was mostly redacted. A lofty goal considering…Statmets is improving with care

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from Saru and Tilly, but he is still in a coma and his brain is somewhere in the mycelial network. Floating there with his carbon copy genius scientist, the other Stamets admits to a miscalculation in an exercise with the spore drive. They both are in a coma and trapped in the mycelial network. And the network is polluted. Our Stamets has a get away plan form it.

In the hall of the ISS Charon, Georgiou meets with Burnham and Lorca. She presents Burnham with a present. Three Kelpiens stand by and Burnham must choose which one,but for what purpose, she does not know. The choice, alternate universe Saru.

In Sick Bay, Tyler and Voq compete for dominance of the body both inhabit. Between screams of hate form Voq, Saru hears the pleas from Tyler for help. What is Saru to do?

Over dinner of Kelpian cuisine(Poor Saru), Georgiou quizzes Burnham on her hesitance to rush Harlak as commanded. Her working theory is Burnham and Lorca are colluding to topple Georgiou. Stating Burnham and Lorca became more than teacher and student more like intimate, Georgiou explains with a knife to Burnham’s neck. Her decision is clear. Execute Burnham. The crime. Treason.

The Stamets twins chart a path out of the network. Prime Stamets sees Dr. Culber.

Execution time for Burnham. Enter the throne room.

The Imperial Council surrounds her when Burnham confesses her true identity. Giving Empress Georgiou the Starfleet pennant of the prime universe Georgiou, the empress pieces together the puzzle. She executes the Imperial Council except for one. The deal is he is tight-lipped about this situation and he gains a governorship. Emperor Georgiou is well aware of the Federation.

In the brig, Saru persuades L’Rell to explain Ash Tyler/Voq. She elucidates that Ash Tyler’s organs were donated for the surgery to alter Klingon Voq after Ash Tyler was captured at the Battle of the Binary Stars…

Catching up with Culber in their quarters, Stamets uncovers the truth. Culber is dead.

Emperor Georgiou offers another trade in the throne room. To Burnham. The redacted data of the USS Defiant for the spore drive construction plans.

Saru has an idea to end Ash Tyler’s pain. Beaming Tyler/Voq to L’Rell’s cell, Saru leaves him there. She must decide what to do with him.

L’Rell chooses to perform a ritual ending in a Klingon death cry.  Only she can touch him.  With gloves hands that extend sharp thin blades, L’;Rell touches Tyler/Voq’s head.

In their quarters, Culber snitches on the alternate Stamets. The is the reason the mycelial network is polluted. This pollution will corrode the known universes-both of them.  He also informs Stamets that he is dead.  It crushes Stamets.  He does not want to gone on without Culber.   His partner reassures Stamets that he must keep right on going.

Both Stamets awaken. One on the ISS Charon, the other on Discovery.

Georgiou leaks more Intel to Burnham about her alternate’s relationship to Lorca enough evidence to surmise that Lorca is the mirror universe Lorca as he frees himself from the agonizer booth.

REVIEW

Star Trek Discovery Season 1 Episode 12 “Vaulting Ambition” gave us excellent drama and surprising twists (some predictable), but all in all a good show. Hanelle M. Culpepper directed this episode. Her work includes TV hits like “Gotham,” “Empire,” and “Criminal Minds.” Her ability to capture Emperor Georgiou’s longing for her daughter and Burnham’s surprise of Lorca’s true identity was exceptional. Not a minute lost in storytelling. Jordon Nardino’s writing talent has not suffered one bit. After writing for “Desperate Housewives” and “Gilmore Girls,” he put his abilities to good use here. The Georgetown University alumni easily fit together the clues left by the show’s previous writers to create the picture of Lorca’s true identity. His high-flown ambition to “reclaim what is rightfully” his-The Terran Empire. Masterfully done. Michelle Yeoh is always a pleasure to have back on Star Trek: Discovery. Her presence always felt and welcomed. Great show this week.

CONCLUSION

So, Lorca revealed as the mirror Lorca was this week’s big surprise as well as Burnham and Georgiou’s counterparts relationship. Burnham’s parents still die in the alternate universe. A fact Burnham cannot escape in either universe. Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 12 has answered a few questions and produced a few others. Please feel free t leave a comment below and answer any of these question. Stay tuned for Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 13 “What’s Past Is Prologue.”

How will Star Trek: Discovery get back home?

Will Burnham give the spore drive secrets to Georgiou breaking the Prime Directive?

How will the crew deal with Lorca now that his new identity is exposed?

 

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SEASON 1 EPISODE 11

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After the initial shock of entering the
mirror universe in episode 10, Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 11
handles the crew descent into the “abyss” of life as Terran Empire
crew mates and the effects it has on the moral and ethical foundation of
their Starfleet upbringing and training. This week’s episode reminds me of an old Cherokee parable. A very mindful one. Episode 11 has deep roots in the moral duality of right and wrong.

 

MAIN AND GUEST CHARACTERS, WRITERS AND DIRECTORS

Michael Burnham

Saru

Ash Tyler/Voq

Paul Stamets

Sylvia Tilly

Dr. Hugh Culber

Captain Gabriel Lorca

Sarek

Emperor Georgiou

Keyla Detmer

Shukar

Director: TJ Scott

Writer: Lisa Randolph

Airdate: January 14, 2018

SYNOPSIS

On the Shenzous Burnham lies on her bed in her captain’s quarters of the ISS (Imperial Star Ship) Shenzhou. If you recall, she and Captain Georghiou spoke of her being a captain one day in episode 1 called “Battle at the Binary Stars.” Now in episode 11, Burnham is unhappy and unsettled by the idea. Her monologue is simple, she cannot rest in this universe and will not likely find any so long as she is here in the mirror universe. However, in an intimate moment, Burnham and Tyler admit that each is the strength of the other. The Saru’s echo which is a slave in the mirror universe enters the room. Tyler checks on Lorca and the slave is named by Burnham Saru.

Later, Saru communicates to Burnham about their plan to find information about the USS Defiant that disappeared into this mirror universe years ago-a key to returning to their own universe, in their own timeline. Saru is curious about Kelpiens in his timeline and though Burnham knows about the Kelpien existence, she lies to Saru about that knowledge for fear of hurting him. Kelpiens are slaves in this universe and Saru’s counterpart is just that on the Shenzhou. When she asked his name, he said he had none. Slaves have no names. But Burnham named him Saru. No only is Burnham lying, but so is Saru. He did not inform Burnham of Dr. Culber’s death.

The bridge is another story all together. The Shenzhou receives a transmission that Fire Wolf, the leader of the Resistance, has a base on Harlak-a planet nearby. Her orders are to destroy him-Terran General Order 4. It states: Any exotic species deemed a threat by the Imperial Supremacy will be extinguished without prejudice.
Instead of launching a strike against the planet, Burnham and Tyler beam down to contact Fire Wolf-with a proposition. Burnham questions Lorca about which plan of action is correct-hers or the Empire.

Meanwhile, Tilly with the help of Saru attempt to save the life of Stamets. Tilly believes Stamets did not kill Culber on purpose. Stamets has proven violent against Culber in the past after his transformation in last week’s episode before killing him. So, Tilly believes she can save Stamets. How? With the spores that impaired him. The mushrooms used in that spore drive have the ability to bridge life and death. Perhaps reverse the neuro problems his is having.

On the surface of the planet Harlak, Burnham and Tyler are quickly surrounded by a rebel party. As a sign of peace, Burnham puts down her and Tyler’s weapons in exchange to talking with Fire Wolf. Agreeing, the party take Burnham and Tyler to a secret location. Tents line the city. There Burnham meets the correlative Voq. Equivalent Voq wants to unveil Burnham’s truest intentions and alternate Sarek is called in. His name-The Prophet. Through a mind meld, Sarek sees and comprehends their special relationship in another universe. She is honest and innocent to him. He treasures the connection of our or the prime universe.

Tyler almost extinguishes that moment when he has a bad reaction to the sight of mirror universe Voq and he rushes mirror universe Voq. But this Voq is prepared, a real warrior, and Tyler and Burnham on the brink of being killed. Sarek and therefore Fire Wolf Voq trust Burnham. He gives her the data chip of the rebel bases in the entire quadrant. In exchange the rebels evacuate Harlak.

On the Discovery, Tilly tries her theory on Stamets and it appears to be working. But Stamets loses his vitals and all seems lost.

Beamed on the Shenzhou again, Burnham inquires of Tyler about his actions against Voq in the copycat universe. He confesses to her he is the Voq in their universe. After that admission, he goes in for the kill against her proclaiming in the name of T’Kuvma. But substitute Saru, restrains him.
Stamets responds to the efforts of resuscitation. He meets himself in the plant life of the spores with his twin, Stamets from the Imperial Fleet.

Burnham beams Tyler out to space for his murder attempt on her life not before punching him first. Betrayal in the Terran Empire is punished one way. Discovery is waiting on him and he is beamed on board almost immediately. Saru retrieves the data from Tyler that was hidden by Burnham on Tyler unbeknownst to him.

However, the rebel base is demolished by another ship carrying the Emperor- Phillipa Georgiou. And she wants answers.

THEME AND OTHER LITERARY DEVICES

THEME

Contrast. Good vs. Evil. In the Mirror Universe, our prime universe Discovery crew has to fake for the real thing. They are making choices whether to follow the principles of Starfleet for the sake of right or fit in for the sake of survival. Burnham has to decide to fire on Harlak or not. Do the ends justify the means. And to what extent.

Chaos. In words with Tyler and Stamets. Clearly reality is shifting under people’s feet in this episode. Even Burnham senses an uneasiness in the episode early. Think of her monologue.

MOTIF

Dark vs. Light. The lighting used in this episode shows the contrast about right vs. wrong and morality vs. immorality. All of this has to do with choices. What is inside of us all. What will we do when we are surrounded by darkness. Will it consume us or are we the beacon? And how?

SYMBOLISM

Abyss. Space. The Terran Empire which represents fear, hate, inferiority, false superiority and anger. When all these vices stare back through us like Nietzsche states: If you star long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.

This Terran Empire which is a maze of our worst selves, and the monsters we fight could consume us if we are not careful. And how do we stop it? How to win?

Perhaps the Cherokee parable of “The Two Wolves” can shed light on this conundrum. The key may be in the title of this week’s episode.

REVIEW

“The Wolf Inside” revealed more character counterparts from the mirror universe. We met Voq, but not Lt. Ash Tyler. Sarek was an interesting twist as an introduction of Prophet. Lt. Ash Tyler’s confession of Voq and his transformation was eerie. The direction was excellent and represented the confused state of Voq/Tyler well. Canadian T.J. Scott is to thank for this. His work includes Orphan Black about an outsider who watches a woman who looks like her commit suicide then she steals the woman’s identity and Gotham. Everyone knows about the FOX hit. The lighting in this episode was more unearthly and darker than usual. Glen Keenan is responsible for the cinematography in this episode. Some of his work includes “Max Payne.” The rebel city and the tent scenes were basic and yet poignant of the resistance’s condition. Scott outlines this universe’s sinister feel quickly in the show. The writing was also noteworthy. Give credit to Lisa Randolph. She assisted on the television show for “Shield” in its heyday. From Lt. Tyler’s outbursts to Stamets prophetic ramblings. Chaos is enunciated throughout this episode. Very fine episode.

Conclusion

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 11 “The Wolf Inside” found Burnham making a difficult decision about the planet Harlak and the inhabitants of the base. She met the leader of the rebels, “Fire Wolf.” Not only that she has crossed paths with her late captain’s counterpart Phillipa Georgiou. The next episode “Vaulting Ambition” is sure to be just as exceptional. Stay tuned for episode 11.

What do you believe will happen to Voq/Tyler now?

How will Georgiou greet Burnham on her vessel…with open arms or rejection?

 

 

 

 

STAR TREK DISCOVERY SEASON 1 EPISODE 10

Star Trek: Discovery uniform colors and design

“DESPITE YOURSELF”

After a mid-season hiatus, Star Trek Discovery has begun again its

episodes for the rest of the season Star Trek: Discovery S1 E10: Despite

Yourself answers many swirling questions that cliffhanger episode 9

asked in December. Many conspiracy theories have been confirmed while

some still linger like Section 31, “a deep state” in the Federation.

This episode is sure to please as Jonathan Frakes takes the helm of

Discovery as its director in this episode “Despite Yourself.”

THE MAIN AND GUEST CHARACTERS, WRITERS AND DIRECTORS

Michael Burnham

Saru

Ash Tyler

Paul Stamets

Sylvia Tilly

Gabriel Lorca

Rhys

Keyla Detmer

Dennas

Airiam
Director: Jonathan Frakes

Writer: Sean Cochran

Airdate: 01/17/18

SYNOPSIS

Okay. The last episode, “Into The Forest I Go” the Discovery made a jump to unknown coordinates which was thought to be near Starbase 46. And it was. In this week’s episode, “Despite Yourself,” we find out that Discovery reached Starbase 46…but in a mirror universe. In other words, a universe like our own in most ways with some exceptions.

Okay. The rubble of what should be Starbase 46, the USS Discovery immediately is under attack from a Vulcan ship. Only the Cooper is there to save Discovery. The ISS Cooper. The ISS could stand for The Imperial Star Ship.

Lorca describes the mycelial network and their jump into this parallel universe through his map using the 133 jumps around the ship of the Dead. A pivotal scene. With a tribble on one side of his mycelial map and fortune cookies on the other, Lorca paraphrases his talk with Lt. Stamets about the realization of the paths the network accesses. Burnham and Saru visibly doubt Lorca’s credibility of this innocent mistake and Burnham wishes to review the navigation logs which Lorca shoots down the idea. Saru implies Lorca’s fault in Stamet’s condition and Lorca deflects it. His idea is this: Blend in with this mirror universe, seek a way to survive and then find a way home. He orders Discovery to comb the Klingon wreckage-leave no stone unturned-for information on this parallel universe, the exceptions in it, what makes it unique from our own universe and what they can learn about it.

Lt. Ash Tyler is appointed to sift through the Klingon rubble for a data core that will answer all their questions. During his mission in space, Tyler has flashbacks of his time in prison with L’Rell. They are vivid and to him horrible. Burnham confirms they are in a mirror universe and the Terran Empire exists not the Federation. This empire has a faceless emperor and they are prejudice against all who are not like themselves. This includes the Klingons, Vulcans and Andorians. All aliens are subject to their rule. Lorca understands they cannot ask these people for help. Burnham also elucidates that an identical Discovery may be in their universe now. Or you could meet your alternate self in this mirror universe.

Tilly’s twin in unearthed as the captain of the Discovery. An exception in this mirror universe. A long haired blonde, she is evil and ruthless. The Cooper thrusts Tilly in her captain’s role when they communicate by audio only and she must respond as captain. Lorca responds as her Irish engineer. The ship is refitted with the acronym ISS instead of USS. So, the crew wears different uniforms and rank insignia. The alternate universe Burnham was killed by the Lorca copy or so the Klingon data core states. And Lorca is a rebel. More exceptions.

Stamet is in and out of consciousness since the 133 jumps in the spore drive. He rambles about the palace and the enemy is near. Culber stays by his side. Lorca approaches Culber about his supposed guilt of persuading Stamets to perform the 133 jumps and he informs Culber that he wants some other doctor to provide care for Stamets. In fact, he believes Culber is too close to the situation.

Tyler visits L’Rell in the brig for some explanation. She answers with releasing her to receive that information. When he does, she uses the prayer of Kahless to trigger his memory. To resurface them completely. He recites the prayer in perfect Klingon. He recalls some of his memory but not enough. L’Rell is forced into her cell again by Tyler.
He goes to Sickbay to ask the doctor for help concerning his “imaginations.”

Tyler becomes highly irritable when the doctor questions him and Dr. Culber threatens to take him off duty. Tyler just wants some tests run to check himself out and not let the team down. Culber agrees. His tests confirm Ash Tyler has been altered in his physical body and psychological state-another personality lay underneath his Ash Tyler persona. After receiving this information from the good doctor, Tyler kills him. He rushes to the transporter room for an away mission with Burnham and Lorca. They all will transport over to the Discovery where Burnham is captain-an exception of this universe.

Since her absence, Connor has control over the Shenzhou and its crew. They are shocked and amazed to see Burnham and Lorca. She unwillingly takes him to the agonizer chamber for torture. Burnham and her away team must access the database to understand how the Defiant, another USS starship returned home after being caught in this universe. Connor escorts her to the bridge. On the turbo lift he explains that he never instilled the fear in the Shenzhou crew the way she did and he now knows why. He attacks her in the turbo lift in an attempt to kill her. He fails and she stabs him. Surprised by her own actions, Burnham can only stare into the eyes of her young crewman. The turbo lift doors open and she is welcomed by her crew who witness the result of her devastating act of violence. They remove his body from the bridge and she takes the captain’s seat.

THEME AND OTHER LITERARY DEVICES

THEME

Connectivity is the theme in the mirror universe. How we relate to
one another is almost as important as our actions toward each other.

MOTIF

Networking. The empire despises anyone “other.” If this empire can ostracize everyone else and their needs, they can sniff out any rebel like suffocating a fire.

Torture. Lorca was tortured in the agonizer booth as a type of punishment for betraying the Empire. Tyler was tortured by his memories in the Klingon cell and what happened there. L’Rell, the Klingon traitor, does not interpret Ash Tyler’s memories as a tortured experience, but an enjoyable one for both of them.

SYMBOL

The ISS Empire. The empire is an example of networking. How they
relate, interact and their actions towards others are decided by Terran
relations and that is the only way they will do business with anyone. They believe they can survive without anyone else and if they keep their network exclusive they can defeat anyone else. These people represent oppression.

The Rebels. Vulcans, Klingons, Andorians and other aliens make up a group to dispel the ISS Empire so they can live peaceably in the galaxy. These aliens are outside the “network” of the ISS Empire. They are segregated and hated by the empire for simply no being a part of Terran empire. They are the opposite of the network. They embody the idea of freedom.

The ISS Gesture. Among other things, it may hint at something greater. Observe that when Tyler is on his mission to retrieve the data core he extends his hand through his machine in quite the same way. Just saying.

SCENES

A very important scene in Lorca’s room where he explains to Burnham and Saru the depth of the mycelial network has him situated at a map of the network and its many locations. On one side is a tribble. On the other side are his fortune cookies. Not only symbolic, but doubtless, a portentous event. It was a well directed scene.

PARALLELS IN A PARALLEL WORLD

Tyler and Lorca parallel each other in that both are being tortured- Ash Tyler is psychologically and he does not know why. Lorca is being tortured physically in the agonizer. He definitely knows why. He is a traitor to the Terran Empire and he is trying to free the aliens suppressed by this regime.

Tyler and Burnham. Tyler kills out of aggression, but Burnham out of self defense. She is attacked in the turbo lift by Connor who was captain of the Discovery before Burnham’s return.

 

REVIEW

All in all, this episode felt right for starting the second half of the season. It has uncovered some interesting surprises and yet more remains. We have new questions which leads to the next episode “The Wolf Inside.” It has been confirmed that the crew of the Discovery is in the mirror universe. Although, Star Trek: Discovery is not quick to reveal a plot twist as in Lt. Ash Tyler failing a medical examination that would insist he is human when it does the episode races through the moment. So, the crew of the Discovery counterparts like Capain Tilly in the mirror universe did oppose their regular universe characters to me and Burnham and Lorca’s equivalents are thought to be dead. Lorca, himself, a known fugitive. The different sleek bridge design of the Discovery in the mirror universe was larger than the regular bridge and more breathtaking. I liked it.

There are many unknowns in this mirror universe. Nothing is as it suggests. This universe reflects some social issues of our times. Dr. Culber’s death was unexpected. It does fit nicely within the context of Lt. Tyler’s emotional problems and it was a logical progression that the lieutenant would act forcefully in that way.

Jonathan Frakes who played Commander Riker in The Next Generation directed “Despite Yourself.” His direction was above par. The fight scene between Burnham and mirror universe Captain Connor in the turbo lift was well done. I must also say that the scene with Lorca, Burnham and Saru in his room as he explains to them the mycelial network and other places it could take them may hold significance in episodes to come.

So, this episode was a well-rounded episode for the second half of the season and should pilot us to more revelations in the series.

CONCLUSION

The mid-season opener of Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 10 “Despite Yourself” was shipshape this week. The episode rubber-stamped some theories of Star Trek fans. It also surprised us with the death of one of the more important Starfleet characters. The Discovery appeared in mirror universe where nothing is as it seems. Many questions have popped up in the selfsame episode where there have been a few obvious questions answered.

The second episode of the second half of this season, called “The Wolf Inside,” will debunk the rumors of Star Trek: Discovery’s success as a series or will seal its demise depending on the direction of the show.
Either way, it is a certainty we will have to watch next week’s episode before we can decide on this series’ fate.

What did you think about this week’s episode?  How many of your questions does this episode answer?

Please leave your comments below…