Synopsis: “But to Connect” continues to establish the character of Zora (voiced by Anabelle Wallis), the U.S.S. Discovery’s computer. Zora has the coordinates of the DMA, but won’t reveal them, out of concern for the crews’ safety. Consequently, tensions soon rise . . .
All of the separate strands of this story tie in, which works really well. For example, we see Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Book (David Ajala) once again clash, over the best course of action. However, their disagreement only really begins to have serious consequences once they get the coordinates of the DMA. Having Zora withhold them is a fantastic idea, pulled off well, too.
Having Stammets (Anthony Rapp) convince Zora to give the coordinates was typical Star Trek. It allowed the character both characters to grow. It must be said that these scenes are very well written. As stated, they push the story on, but also develop characterization. It was a little obvious that Book (David Ajala) and Taka (Shawn Doyle) would go rogue, but still worked very well.
Again, another brilliant performance in “But to Connect” from Shawn Doyle as Ruoun Take. We’ve already lauded his talents, and impact in our review of episode five, “The Examples”. He may only be in a few scenes, but when he is he has some awesome presence.
Once more, the talents of Anabelle Wallis, as Zora, must be duly credited. It’s hard to hold your own, without physical presence, but that’s certainly achieved. Finally, another strong week for Anthony Rapp, who shows that he understands the Stammets’ complexity.
CGI & Effects
As usual, the CGI was simply stunning. However, it’s hard to pick out individual elements, as there wasn’t much action. That said, the “dream” sequences were very impressive, as we saw the actual inner mind of Zora. Given how badly Discovery messed up the Klingons it’s good to see that they have nailed other species. Two important effects were the modern day “white Andorian”, (The Aenar) and the female Ferengi, at the DMA meeting/voting gathering. This close attention to details really does matter a great deal.
Yet another strong week for Discovery, which really does seem to have found its feet now. “But to Connect” had all of the ingredients that you’d expect from a Star Trek episode. There was tension, morality being argued and character development. As stated, all of these separate elements came together well, instead of clashing. That meant that by the end of things we were all set for what’s to come. Now, with the recently announced mid-season break, there’s some actual excitement as we wait to discover who is behind the DMA. And the events will no doubt have a serious impact on the relationship between Burnham (Sonequa Martin Green) and Book.
- CGI & Stunts10.0
- Incidental Music9.7