Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Star Trek: Discovery - Far From Home

"Far From Home" catches up with the rest of the crew of the USS Discovery who emerge from the wormhole to crash land on an unknown world. The damage to the ship allows for some convenient storytelling by making it impossible for the crew to determine their arrival in either space or time or attempt to contact their missing crewmember. While most of the crew works on repairs, unaware of the time sensitive nature of the parasitic ice the ship has crashed into, Saru (Doug Jones) and Tilly (Mary Wiseman) attempt to barter with the locales whose limited resources is balanced by the amazing advances in technology since Discovery's time. The arrival of the murderous Zareh (Jake Weber) complicates matters. While Weber has fun with the role, Zareh is a rather bland villain of convivence who hints at the kinds of threats Discovery will face in their new time.

Working as the second-half a two-part series premiere, "Far From Home" gets Saru and the Discovery limited information about the future the find themselves thrust into. While humanity has survived, the crumbling of Starfleet and the event which changed the balance power have left it far different that the time they escaped. Philippa's (Michelle Yeoh) refusal to follow orders works out in Saru's favor here as it turns out her kind of negotiating is needed to end the hostage situation and get the supplies back to the ship before the Discovery is lost. The appearance of Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in the final minute of the episode confirms she has been in the future for a full year, while we'll need to wait for further episodes to discover just what she's learned in that time and how the mission of the USS Discovery may need to change in this new reality.

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