In Review: Star Trek: Discovery (S5 – E7) Erigah

With Moll and L'ak in custody, the Federation is pulled into a diplomatic and ethical firestorm when the Breen demand they be handed over.

Synopsis: In Erigah, the Federation is pulled into a diplomatic and ethical firestorm when the Breen demand Moll and L’ak be handed over. Meanwhile, Book looks for ways to help as Tilly, Adira and Reno work to decipher the latest clue.


The Story

Having captured Moll and La’k in last week’s episode. Captain Burnham and her crew are drawn into a diplomatic nightmare when a Breen Captain comes to Federation space to claim Moll and La’k as his prisoners. However, as Michael eventually figures out. The Breen only wants La’k because he is a part of their royal bloodline. Making matters worse is the fact that La’k is having a life-and-death struggle from the wounds inflicted on him by Captain Burnham.

Meanwhile, Tilly and Adira turn to Reno for help with the latest clue to the whereabouts of the progenitor technology. The clue is a scarce Betazoid book.


The Acting

Elias Toufexis and Eve Harlow put in a fantastic performance this week as we likely see the last of La’k and Moll. Toufexis’s final few scenes where he expresses La’k’s disgust about his fellow Breen are brilliantly done. Also good was Harlow’s performance where she shows the Breen Captain the brand that signifies her status as La’k’s wife.

Tig Notaro makes a welcome return as the eccentric Commander Jett Reno whose checkered pre-Starfleet career gets tapped into by Tilly and Adira.



It was an okay episode that gave us a little insight into The Breen while bringing some closure to La’k and Moll’s part in the overall story arc. Aside from that, it felt like the writers were treading water where it came to the overall story arc.

We get some strong acting performances from both main and guest casts and we learn a little more about first officer Rayners past and see him deal with some past trauma involving The Breen.

Star Trek: Discovery (S5 - E7) Erigah
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