In Review: Star Trek: Discovery – The Red Angel

Burnham is stunned when she learns her ties to Section 31 run deeper than she ever fathomed.

Synopsis: Burnham is stunned when she learns her ties to Section 31 run deeper than she ever fathomed. Armed with the identity of the Red Angel, the U.S.S. Discovery goes to work on its most critical mission to date.

Review: The identity of The Red Angel is revealed.

The Story

This episode opens up with a touching funeral service for  Airiam who sacrificed herself for the greater good in last weeks episode. It then moves onto the crew looking into some of the puzzle pieces that have been left behind such as Daedalus and of course the identity of the Red Angel, which is revealed, but with a twist.

Now knowing the identity of the Red Angel. The Discovery Crew with some help from Section 31 set about creating a mousetrap of sorts to trap the Red Angel. The catch is that Michael will have to be willing to sacrifice herself for the cause. Which is a tough call given that she learns that Section 31 was responsible for the death of her parents.

The Acting

There are some great performances this week. First, we have a really fun scene between Stamats, Dr. Culber, Tilly and Georgio who tells them about their mirror universe counterparts and strongly insinuates that she had a sexual liaison with them. Michelle Yeoh is wonderfully mischevious with her delivery and the bemusement expressed by Stamats and Culber is priceless.

We also get a nice scene between Spock and Burnham, which is a reversal of the scenes between them in last weeks episode in that it is Michael who is being failed by her emotions and logic. Which is something that Spock points out, but also admits that he’d have gotten some satisfaction from seeing her punch Captain Leland on the nose.

Ethan Peck continues to nail Spock and seems to be doing a much better job of the role than Zachary Quinto did in the movies, which is pretty damn impressive given that both actors had a huge job of following up on the great work that the late Leonard Nimoy had done with the role.


A fairly strong episode, which solves the mystery of the Red Angel, which leads to a clever little reveal at the close of the story.

What we will likely see in weeks to come is Starfleet helping the Red Angel fulfill her mission, which is to probably clean up certain events that have happened throughout the timeline, which might build towards cleaning up some of the damage that the first season did to Star Trek continuity or at least go some way to explaining the changes.

Either way. Whatever happens. I’m in for the rest of the journey.

Star Trek: Discovery - The Red Angel
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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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