In Review: Star Trek: Discovery (S4 – EP11) “Rosetta”

“Rosetta” sees Captain Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) lead an away team to further explore the DMA. This is a natural follow on from last week’s episode, “The Galactic Barrier”. But...
"Rosetta"

“Rosetta” sees Captain Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) lead an away team to further explore the DMA. This is a natural follow on from last week’s episode, “The Galactic Barrier”. But the away team are about to make a discovery that could changes everything . . .

 

Story

The theme of communication is important within the story of “Rosetta”. However, what works really well is it fits in with the larger narrative. Whilst the central plot features an attempt to find a way to communicate with species 10C, that’s not the only use of the theme. Federation President Rillak (Chelah Horsdal) informs Dr Hari (Hiro Kanagawa) of the importance of good communication. This shows she herself has realised this, too. It’s this sort of subtlety that really embeds themes powerfully and helps make for a good story. There are also other good examples. Adira (Blu del Barrio) feeling socially awkward about talking to Detmer (Emily Coutts) was a truly lovely human moment. We saw the very real difference between what we perceive about people, and what’s really going on.

 

Acting

Some wonderful emotional acting this week. Whilst down on the surface, the crew experience intense episodes of fear. Saru (Doug Jones) appears to be losing control of his faculties, but is able to overcome that fear. the depiction of frailty and vulnerability was very well executed. Doug Jones managed to capture what it’s like to have a resurgent emotion, that’s not been present for some time. Also, the rest of the crew did a great job of showing how such a shared experience can lead to a strong bond of understanding forming.

CGI & Effects

Perhaps the standout CGI this week was the EV suits on the surface. They looked absolutely awesome. It was great to see such a really vital piece of kit be so vital. Being able to rest the filter was what ended up working, and helping the crew. It doesn’t always need to be the phasers that save the day. This scene proved that. Also, the suits looked unlike anything we’ve seen before in the Star Trek Universe. Of course, that’s because we haven’t seen this far into the future. This visual aspect of the show continues to be stunning.

Overall

We saw a solid Star Trek episode in “Rosetta”. There was tension and danger, but also some compelling ideas and themes, too. Ultimately, Star Trek should be a human interest story. The science fiction aspect shouldn’t be the first and foremost vital element. Often, that was the case in the first two season of Discovery. But now the crew are more familiar to us, and the idea of connection and unity are being better explored. A strength of this episode is the balance to it. There’s numerous things going on, that tie into a single thread. And, Book (David Ajala) and Tarka (Shawn Doyle) having a very tense alliance only adds to the power of the current storyline.

9.4
In Review: Star Trek: Discovery (S4 - EP11)
  • Story
    9.1
  • Acting
    9.0
  • CGI & Effects
    10.0
  • Incidental Music
    9.5
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