“Star Trek: Discovery” seems to have a plot problem this season. The burn could have been the focus of the season, but just as equally, Emperor Georgiou’s departure could have taken center stage. With Georgiou finally departed, “Su’Kal” tries to focus on the burn with mixed results. The show introduced too much at the last minute for things to make sense. We have two episodes to go, and it doesn’t feel like the writers are in any hurry to get anywhere.
“Discovery” travels to the source of the burn, and spoilers follow, finds that it is because of a holodeck program written to raise and protect a Kelpien child. Somehow, this is failing to grab me a plot device they built an entire season around. A stand-alone, moral-of-the-week episode might work, but getting from here to the destruction of Starfleet is going to be a reach. The implication that the dilithium has become somewhat sentient is a bit much.
Alas, Poor Saru
The cast of “Star Trek: Discovery” is fascinating to watch and has carried the season so far. It’s a good thing for the show it’s so easy to invest in the characters. Either plot point this season would have been interesting enough to follow on its own, but without proper attention given to either, all we have left is our relationship with the crew. The only odd man out this season so far is Saru. He’s given inexplicable options. When he tries to do what Admiral Vance wants, Vance changes direction. He goes on missions that by all rights he shouldn’t. It’s not easy to watch him get shortchanged as a character. He’s quickly becoming the Spock of the show and deserves better.
“Su’Kal” To The Rescue?
“Su’Kal” serves to highlight the problems with a season-long story arc. Character development is a highlight so that audiences will connect, but the plot itself is easily lost. “Su’Kal” feels like it is trying to make up for time lost focusing on other plot points this year. The elements alone are interesting, but the introduction of them feels rushed. With a bit more focus on this plotline, and a bit less on the others, the burn could be one of “Star Trek”s more exciting ideas. Instead, we have a disjointed mess that only has two episodes left to tie itself together.