In Review: Star Trek: Discovery – The War Without The War Within

Burnham and the U.S.S. Discovery crew are faced with the harsh reality of the war during their absence.

Synopsis: Burnham and the U.S.S. Discovery crew are faced with the harsh reality of the war during their absence. In order to move forward, Starfleet must use unconventional tactics and sources to take their next action against the Klingons.

Review: As learned in last weeks episode. The nine months that Discovery was missing in the Mirror Universe has seen the Federation take defeat after defeat at the hands of the Klingons. Meaning the crew has to adapt to a new set of circumstances as Admiral Cornwell takes tempory command of Discovery. We learn that the Klingons are fighting among themselves while simultaneously vying to conquer the Federation. They have pretty much taken over most outposts leaving a trail of death in their wake. Which means the Federation needs to resort to some extreme matters, but also need to use the spore drive.

In an attempt to find a way to win. Burnham goes to Georgio in order to ask how she and her empire defeated the Klingons. The deposed emperor tells Burnham only so much but holds back on the more gruesome details in order to bargain for her freedom.

This episode was mostly set up for next weeks season finale, which looks like it could be pretty epic. There are some fantastic character beats and some really tense moments.

Jayne Brook returns and puts in an awesome performance as a very desperate Admiral Cornwell who is pretty much resigned to the fact that she is going to have to play dirty in order to win. A realization that strikes her hard when L’Rell explains that the Klingon houses will not stop because they have tasted Federation blood. 

We also have a pretty powerful scene play out between Burnham and Ash Tyler who no longer has Voq’s consciousness locked inside of him. While the rest of Discovery are prepared to forgive Tyler. Burnham is unable to and just cannot reconcile the fact that she kind of fell for a Klingon.

Next weeks season finale looks like it could be interesting, to say the least. The pieces are in place as the Discovery prepares to launch an offensive on the Klingon Homeworld, but with Georgio in the Captain’s chair. Just how far will Michael Burnham let things go? And how long does Saru have to live given Mirror Georgio’s appetite for  Kelpien meat? Are we going to see history repeat itself with another mutiny?

Star Trek: Discovery - The War Without The War Within
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