In Review: Star Trek: Discovery – Saints of Imperfection

Section 31 is assigned to help track down Spock, much to Pike's dismay.

Synopsis: Burnham and the crew navigate a dangerous alien landscape in a race against time to save Tilly’s life, but Stamets is not at all prepared for what they find in the process. Section 31 is assigned to help track down Spock, much to Pike’s dismay.

Review: The crew of the Discovery gets an unexpected surprise while hunting for Lt. Spock.

The Story

While tracking Spock’s shuttlecraft. Pike and Michael wind up intercepting Captain Georgio and learn that Section 31 is also on the hunt for Spock and Georgio is the officer charged with the mission. Things get a bit more interesting and somewhat difficult for Michael when she learns that Ash Tyler has boarded Discovery as the Section 31 liaison.

Adding to the drama is the fact that Pike now feels that Michael is keeping secrets from him based on her reaction to Georgio’s sudden appearance.

Meanwhile, Stamats and Michael work together in a bid to rescue Tilly from the mycelial network, which becomes a rescue mission complicated by the fact that Dr. Culber was somehow transferred to the Network when Stamats got totaled on mushrooms in season one. We get a scientific explanation from Stamats about this and with the co-operation of May who initially perceived Culber to be a monster. They hatch a rescue plan.

In order to pull off the daring rescue from the Mycelial Network. The Discovery has to make a partial jump, which means the ship is stuck between normal space and mushroom space. In order to stabilize the Discovery while it is getting bombarded by spores, which I trying to make the ship a part of the network. The Discovery has to call on Captain Leland of Section 31 to use his tractor beams on Discovery to keep her steady for a long enough period of time so Stamats, Michael and co can get back to normal space.

The Acting

Michelle Yeoh makes a welcome return Georgio who has some great scenes and also has an interesting relationship with her commanding officer Leland who is played to great effect by Alan Van Sprang

Also good were Leland’s scenes with Pike, which reveal a past history between the two men.


This is the episode, which I hope ties up the whole spore drive thing for good. If anything it gives a pretty good explanation for why spore drives were never mentioned in the other Star Trek shows, which has to do with how Culber’s presence affected the Mycelial Network when he found himself stuck in there.

The best elements in this episode for me was the intriguing history between Pike and Leland, which could well prove to be a factor as the show moves forward as Section 31 and The Discovery have been ordered to team up in the search for Spock. Let us hope that they no longer need the Spore Drive to succeed in this.

Star Trek: Discovery - Saints of Imperfection
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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