Monday, December 7, 2020

Star Trek: Discovery - Forget Me Not

Hoping to find answers locked away in the symbiote of Discovery's new passenger Adira Tal (Blu del Barrio), the ship travels to Trill in hopes that Adira's memories could be accessed and answer questions about her past as well as Starfleet. What they find is divided civilization on decline, a faction of which is disgusted by the mere thought of a symbiote being joined with a non-Trill (which, until the previous episode, was as likely as a human male spontaneously giving birth). However, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Adira are able to find a sympathetic ally to help Adira make a connection with the former hosts.

Despite the radical departure of allowing a symbiote joining with a human, "Forget Me Not" does play on themes from earlier episodes (and build on them in unusual ways). Adira is taken to caves seen in "Equilibrium," although her experience in the pool are quite different than that of Dax. It also seems writers may have missed the idea written into canon in that episode saying the majority of Trills are suitable for joining (despite what they tell the masses) as it suggests there is a shortage of candidates after the Burn. Giving the star of the show something to do, Michael goes into the pool after Adira in an attempt to guide her and lead her into accepting a past she's been running away from (as it involves the death of the previous host - her boyfriend). Emerging from the pool fully joined seems to have mollified the xenophobic tendencies of one faction of Trill society (who attempted to kill Adira earlier on).

The episode's B-story gives the rest of the main characters something to do as Saru (Doug Jones) attempts to reconnect with the crew following Dr. Culber's (Wilson Cruz) medical recommendation that everyone onboard is in need of help finally realizing they are truly adrift and disconnected from everything and everyone they have ever known. Like the Trill storyline, there are pieces here at work (such as the Doctor's discussion with Michael early on), but as on the planet things seem to magically all work themselves out after only a tiny bit of trouble. Given the ways in which the episode ignores or flat out contradicts what we know of Trills (including the bizarre final effect of Adira's joining), along with something of a disappointing B-story, "Forget Me Not" is, at best, a mixed success.

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