Synopsis: With Georgiou at the helm of the plan to end the Klingon war once and for all, the U.S.S. Discovery crew struggles to fathom or tolerate her hostile tactics. Memories of past hardships are rekindled within Burnham.
Review: After 15 episodes. Star Trek: Discovery has made it to its first season finale and what a finale.
No, we did not see the Klingons magically morph back to the Klingon’s of the TNG era, but we did see what is perhaps the beginnings of the Federation we come to love and know in the original series and TNG eras. As has been reiterated throughout the series. Star Trek: Discovery is a story told through Officer Burnham’s eyes and she has as pivotal role to play in ending the war with The Klingon’s than she had in starting it as she accepts her own humanity and lets it in.
Georgiou is now in command and is on a special mission to the Klingon Homeworld with Tilly, Burnham, and Tyler. As far as Burnham and the others are concerned. The mission is a recon operation to gather intelligence about strategic targets on Quonos. It turns out Georgiou has other orders, which you might say are very much against the ideals of Starfleet and the Federation.
By the end of the episode. Georgiou is talked down as Burnham manages to convince Admiral Cornwell that Starfleet are better than the Klingon’s Instead coming up with a more diplomatic solution by placing L’Rell in a position to alter the course of the Klingon Empire thus ending the conflict.
There was a lot of to like about this episode. Firstly was our first look at the Klingon homeworld, but from a much different point of view than we have seen in the past. In all the prior ‘Star Trek’ series, we only ever seen the Klingon military and the halls of power and political office. Georgiou’s mission on the Klingon Homeworld gave us a look at how Klingon’s live. What amusements they have. What their drinking establishments look like and how the Orian Syndicate has a presence there. It’s a world that looks very war-torn and divided, but it is also the homeworld.
As far as the story goes. I think it is fantastic that it did not end in a huge battle and loads of space battles. That would have been far to easy and just would not have felt very Star Trek. As Burnham says in her in her address to the Federation Council as the Discovery crew accept their medals. The Federation and Starfleet must be the torchbearers of their higher ideals. The Federation and Starfleet must lead by example.
Overall. This was a strong finale, which surprised. It didn’t really quite end how I would have expected. Obviously, Burnham had a big part to play, which was something we all expected to happen. But it is how it all played out that ultimately surprised.
Added to all that is the cliffhanger that will have us all gagging for the second season. A cliffhanger that involves a certain Starfleet ship with the registry number of NCC 1701 and its first Captain. At least its first Captain to appear in the television series. As most Star Trek fans know. The first Captain of the Enterprise was Robery April who we only got to see in later life on the animated series.
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