Ghost within the shell.
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Discovery is warping sizzling and quick in direction of the conclusion of its first season, as this third Mirror Universe episode answered much more questions, solved much more mysteries, and offered much more dire stakes to our intrepid Starfleeters — all whereas additionally flipping the script on one main character specifically.
Let’s begin then on the finish, the place the speculation was confirmed that Captain Lorca has truly been the Mirror U. model of Lorca all season. This concept has been percolating for months amongst followers. It began due to his common warmongering angle, escalated when he left Harry Mudd to his possible loss of life in that Klingon jail, and was fairly effectively telegraphed within the mid-season finale when a quick cutaway shot indicated that he had purposely despatched the Discovery to the Mirror U. However now, not solely does Emperor Georgiou clarify the plain to Burnham, however Lorca himself seemingly confirms it whereas preventing the captain of the ISS Charon: “Her title was Ava. And I favored her. However you know the way it’s. Any individual higher got here alongside.”
It’s that final half that’s significantly troubling, nonetheless, and revelatory. Up till now, I’ve actually favored Lorca regardless of his tough edges, and the concept that he is likely to be Mirror Lorca didn’t appear so dangerous. In spite of everything, there are good guys within the Mirror Universe too! However this reveal that he was a father determine who apparently groomed Mirror Burnham to change into his lover is maybe essentially the most horrific factor we’ve seen a Mirror U. character do, and that’s saying one thing. As a result of whereas agony cubicles and taking out your commanding officer and the like are all Evil with a capital “E,” they’re additionally as cartoonish as Spock’s pretend goatee. However now you’re speaking a few model of terrible that’s approach too actual. Maybe it’s going to end up that Emperor Georgiou is making all this up with a view to play Burnham, however because it stands proper now, Lorca is irredeemable.
Michelle Yeoh’s return as this world’s ruler additionally brings a a lot improved efficiency from the actress. Her flip as Captain Georgiou within the two-part pilot didn’t work that effectively, however she appears to have discovered her groove right here because the “I’ll kill all my lieutenants with this flying disc thingee and never bat a watch” emperor of the Terran Empire, however one who nonetheless appears to have a tender spot for her “daughter” Burnham. Yeoh’s scenes with Sonequa Martin-Inexperienced are fairly efficient, significantly as we all know Burnham is struggling doubly so as a result of she’s additionally coping with the “ghost” of her Georgiou.
“Vaulting Ambition” additionally clarified Tyler/Voq’s scenario considerably — although I’m nonetheless a little bit hazy on what the unique Tyler’s standing is. Mary Chieffo, who’s underutilized by this present typically, bought to shine as L’Rell and Saru went forwards and backwards about Voq’s very tousled situation. (It appeared he tried to tear his personal pores and skin off, didn’t it?) It’s cool to see Saru play dangerous cop, as he does right here when he beams the injured Tyler/Voq into L’Rell’s cell, enjoying on her love for the Klingon hybrid. And was Klingon loss of life ritual scream she set free ultimately, when Tyler was seemingly restored? This arc can’t be resolved that simply…
Elsewhere, Anthony Rapp is lastly awake and up and about once more. Two of him, truly. The interaction between the 2 Stamets (sure, Mirror Stamets appears cranky too) is lots of enjoyable, nevertheless it sadly doesn’t final too lengthy earlier than they’re each despatched again to actuality — the incorrect realities. And Wilson Cruz persists regardless of Dr. Culber’s loss of life two episodes again, with him and Rapp sharing a very nice scene collectively the place Stamets simply can’t let the previous go. He’s grieving, Star Trek model.
Discovery additionally units up on this episode what might be the massive risk for the remainder of the season, because the mycelial community has change into corrupted as a consequence of Mirror Stamets’ experiments and “every part, in all places” is at risk of being destroyed. This does remind one, although, that the present has had a little bit of a focus downside by way of its bigger seasonal arc. Is it the Klingon Warfare, the Mirror Universe, or the destruction of the mycelial community that this primary season is about? Hey, possibly all these components will come collectively within the closing three upcoming episodes of yr one.
Questions and Notes from the Q Continuum:
- Get a load of the ISS Charon. And what’s that enormous ball of power floating underneath its hull? Emperor Georgiou has the hook-up!
- What do you wish to order for dinner? Chinese language, Italian or Kelpian?
- For a second there I assumed the Lorca loyalist who was introduced in to the agony sales space space was going to become Mirror Tyler. Seems it’s a great factor it wasn’t…
- After all it makes whole sense that the emperor would know all in regards to the Federation and the prime universe. It could be good to get a reference to Empress Sato from Enterprise in some unspecified time in the future, although.