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This latest Star Trek: Discovery episode, “An Obol for Charon,” was a real emotional doozy. This has got to be one of the best episodes of Discovery so far. While prior episodes have entertained while setting up the overall mystery of Red Angel, “An Obol for Charon” took a break from the story to give us everything Star Trek is all about.
Let’s get into what made this episode such a great summation of Star Trek’s mission statement.
Problem - Episode - Star-like - Friend - Foe
The problem for this episode is figuring out if a strange star-like sphere is friend or foe, or if it’s even alive. Turns out the star is sentient. But we don’t know if it’s a killing force until the final arc of the episode. Seeing how it’s blocking the Discovery from following Spock’s vessel, disrupted the universal communicator, shut down massive portions of the ship and is emitting serious energy, it seems like it’s clearly a bad deal.
However, Saru and Michael manage to convince Pike to not destroy the star. They discover that the star has been trying to communicate with them and relay its 100,000-year life story before it died, but its method of communication was overpowering the ship. The way Saru figures this out is through his own health; because of Saru’s empathy, the star was able to reach him. Sadly, it consequently set off Saru’s death cycle, but it was because of Saru’s biology that he was able to deduce the star’s true intentions.
Mission - Core - Starfleet - Focus - Universe
This mission showcases what is at the core of Starfleet’s focus, which is to discover more about the universe and its lifeforms. In fact, Michael says as much, which convinces Pike to allow her and Saru to engage with the star. Watching Discovery allow the star to tell its story before it died reflects a lot of the...
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