Monday, December 14, 2020

Star Trek: Discovery - Die Trying

"Die Trying" offers the crew of the USS Discovery the opportunity to prove their worth Fleet Admiral Charles Vance (Oded Fehr), the current head of Starfleet, who is reluctant to trust a group of time travelers from the distant past. Despite the initial frosty reception, Discovery is given a mission with Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) in command that shows off the usefulness of the ship's Spore Drive and offer a strong argument for the ship's crew to remain together rather than be dispersed across other ships of Starfleet. It seems the crew has found a new home, as something as a mascot for Starfleet, but it also offers foreshadowing concerning Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) playing well with others in their new surroundings.

The mission for Discovery is to retrieve a sample from the USS Tikhov which houses a seed vault that stored samples from every plant in the known galaxy. The mission is complicated by the all but one member of the crew being dead and the remainder being left half-insane and phasing in and out of existence by the old reliable transporter accident. Aside from helping the crew prove their worth, and introducing the idea of music being tied to the Burn, the episode is most notable for bidding farewell to Nhan (Rachael Ancheril) who remains with the Tikhov as the show loses one of its more interesting supporting characters that never got the screentime she deserved.

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