‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: It’s Hard to Say Who Wins In Intriguing Mid-Season Finale

IndieWire | 11/12/2017 | Staff
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As the way we watch television changes, so does the way many TV shows define the release of episodes. That’s why we’re going to acknowledge that CBS All Access refers to the first nine episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1 as “Chapter 1,” with the next batch, “Chapter 2,” set to premiere in January 2018.

How does that affect our experience watching the mid-season finale? Thanks to the ending, there’s a very clear endpoint for at least one storyline, but plenty more to be explored going forward. It’s always a fools’ game to look for complete answers at this point in the season — as “Discovery” is very much a modern version of “Star Trek,” which means it’s determined to keep us on our toes.

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There’s good news and bad news. Good news: The Discovery officially took down the Ship of the Dead, a massive blow for the Klingons that includes the (theoretical) death of Kol. Plus, the peaceful planet of Pahvo is safe, Admiral Cornwell has been successfully rescued, and Klingon heavyweight L’Rell is in the brig. Oh, and the intimacy between Burnham and Tyler grew even deeper! That was all nice.

Bad news: The physical toll of over a hundred spore drive jumps has left Stamets both blind and incoherent. Tyler’s not doing so great either after confronting L’Rell. Oh, and the Discovery is totally lost in unknown territory. So, you know:

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There was a lot of kissing in this episode! And while the sweet embrace between Tyler and Burnham might have proven genuinely moving (the way she cups the back of his neck and he lets it happen, such a trusting and vulnerable moment for them both), it’s really that forceful smack on the lips between Stamets and Culber that resonates. Their deep commitment to each other makes it clear...
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