Although Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 took us through the mycelial network and into the Mirror Universe, Season 2 has racked up the light-years in travel.
There was a dash into the Beta Quadrant to save an unknown human colony. Then a run-in with the sinister Section 31. And then trips to Kaminar, Vulcan, and, most recently, Talos IV.
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While forging new adventures, this season has been firmly rooted in pre-Kirk Trek lore, introducing Captain Pike and searching for Spock. There seems to be an aim to reboot the nostalgia of the original series if that's even possible.
And they haven't forgotten about their adventures in Season 1. Both Ash Tyler (whoop-dee-doo) and MU Georgiou (oooh... ahhh...) are deeply enmeshed in this endeavor.
Not only that but they've even tied into their series of mini-episodes, Short Treks, that aired during the hiatus.
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That's a lot going on. So what's working? And what needs Red Angel-ing into another, more distant quadrant?
An Obol For Charon -- Number One Appears
Highlight: To peak nostalgic curiosity, Captain Pike's legendary right-hand woman (played in 1966 by the First Lady of Star Trek herself, Majel Barrett), known only as Number One, made her only appearance so far in the series, played by Rebecca Romaijn.
An Obol For Charon -- Chief Reno
Highlight: My prayers were answered and Jet Reno (Tig Notaro) returns to the Discovery as their Chief Engineer. Love her!
An Obol For Charon -- Stamets and Tilly
Lowlight: Having figured out what May is, Stamets has every intention of ridding Tilly of her fungal friend. Again, ew.
An Obol For Charon -- Worried Stamets
Lowlight: Of course, that doesn't mean he has any idea how this will work. It bothers me that Stamets really never gets any moments of happiness or certainty. He's kind of become the emotional punching bag of Discovery. More on that later.
An Obol For Charon -- Saru Considers The End
Highlight: Although I was fairly certain they would NOT kill him off, Doug Jones really sold Saru's conviction that vahar-ai spelled the end for him, either physically or mentally. My mind boggles at how much time Jones spent in that prosthetics department for shirtless Saru scenes.
An Obol For Charon -- A Not-So-Final Request
Highlight: Gotta love a twist reveal. Fearing his vahar'ai will drive him to madness, Saru begs Burnham to help him end his suffering. Her hesitation allows the vahar'ai to complete and his fear ganglia FALL OUT. No fear ganglia, no constant anxiety. Super Saru is all kinds of awesome.