In Review: Star Trek: Discovery – Brother

The Crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joins forces with Captain Pike to unravel the mystery of seven mysterious red signals that have appeared across the universe. 

Synopsis: The Crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joins forces with Captain Pike to unravel the mystery of seven mysterious red signals that have appeared across the universe.

Review: The second season of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is setting itself up to boldly try and address some of the continuity issues regarding the sacred canon that many had an issue with during the first season. To that end, they have introduced Captain Christopher Pike and little time is wasted in introducing him.

The Story

While traveling to Vulcan to drop Sarak off. The Discovery receives a coded Starfleet message from The Enterprise and picks up Captain Pike, who immediately takes command for a priority one Starfleet mission. The Enterprise is incapacitated, which means that Pike needs to Discovery to track down a Red signal, which isn’t registering as any known ship or alien life form. But one of the signals has given the Discovery team a clear path, which leads them into an asteroid field where they find a crashed Starfleet Medical ship The U.S.S. Hiawatha, which was believed lost during the Klingon War. So what started out as a mission of exploration becomes a rescue mission.

The Acting

Anson Mount becomes the third actor to take on the role of Captain Pike and seems to do a serviceable job of the role and gives us perhaps a more heroic figure than we got to see in Jeffery Hunter’s original portrayal of the character. This version of Pike is much more prepared to throw caution to the wind and go where angels fear to tread. And while Mount’s portrayal works in the context of Discovery. He is going to need to grow on me.

The chemistry between Sonequa Martin-Green and the main cast and crew is working much better this year than it did last season and I’m really enjoying the fact that other members of Discovery’s bridge crew other than Burnham and Saru got their moment to shine and I hope we get to learn a little more about them this year.


This is a very strong start to the season with some really nice character development for Burnham and a pretty good introduction for Captain Pike.

We get some fantastic action as Burnham, Pike and two other officers fly through the asteroid field to rescue survivors from the Hiawatha. And the flashback scenes with regard to Burnham’s history with her brother Spock is good set up for what is to come in regards to the mystery of his whereabouts.

The little preview at the close of the episode promises a lot of excitement for the crew of Discovery and I look forward to seeing where it goes and how the eventual introduction of Spock will work out.

Star Trek: Discovery - Brother
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