In Review: Star Trek Discovery (S4 – EP1) Kobayashi Maru

Synopsis: ‘Kobayashi Maru’ sees Captain Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew attempt a rescue, following a distress call. The new Federation President, Laira Rillak (Chela Horsdal) insists on coming...

Synopsis: ‘Kobayashi Maru’ sees Captain Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew attempt a rescue, following a distress call. The new Federation President, Laira Rillak (Chela Horsdal) insists on coming along, which means that tensions soon start arising . . .

Story

The Federation is only just being reestablished. So, at least that’s been taken into account, which was important to get right. For example, we hear about the increase in member states. Consequently, we can assume that great efforts are being made. What this does is to set up what becomes an important theme of this episode. It isn’t long until we see that there are vast differences between political intention and the reality of the situation. The conflict that drives the episode culminates in a terse exchange, which was good to see. Clearly, the character of Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is still a work in progress, and being further developed.

There was fantastic moment involving Saru (Doug Jones). What it involved was how important the larger picture is. Saru (Doug Jones) pointed out that his people, the Kelpiens, must look beyond their own needs, and indeed attitudes. This managed to sum up the essence of Star Trek. However, it also managed to touch on the difficulty that can come in forging relationships with other species.

Acting

There was nothing to warrant any huge praise. But that may well be due to the nature of the episode, because Kobayashi Maru’ wasn’t a character driven episode, really. That said, Blu del Barrio impressed. Their depiction of nervousness was very realistic and it meant that the experience became relatable. Furthermore, it seemed natural to the character of Adira Tal, So, some great work there, then.

CGI & Effects

No doubt about it, the strongest aspect of the episode. The future continues to absolutely incredible, visually. The way that the ship looks now doesn’t look out of place. Previously, the U.S.S. Discovery just didn’t look like it belonged to the same era as the original Enterprise NCC 1701. But that’s not all that looks better. There are so many wonderful elements, visually. One standout scene was Captain Burnham in the futuristic space suit, presumably complete with rocket propulsion system. It just looked so utterly amazing.

Overall

A strong opener, and promising start from Kobayashi Maru’. There was a good balance. The rescue attempt served as enough excitement to keep you invested. But it also managed to be a springboard for more. As well as keeping you invested, it acted as a set up, too. The already mentioned terse exchange seemed prescient. Going forward, it seems we’ll see Burnham continue to struggle to fit in. She’ll really need to prove herself. We mentioned this in our recent feature: Star Trek Discovery Season Four – Five Things We Want From it. So, we’ll be on black alert to see how things transpire. One thing is sure: the music is suitably dramatic, for the ride!

 

 

 

9.2
Star Trek Discovery (S4 - EP1) Kobayashi Maru
  • Story
    8.6
  • Acting
    8.8
  • CGI & Effects
    10
  • Incidental Music
    9.5
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