This is my guide to Star Trek Discovery episode: Point of Light, spoilers ahoy so turn back now if you haven’t seen episode 3 of Star Trek Discovery’s second season.
The Search for Spock Continues via Qo’nos
Imagine you are someone who wants to watch Discovery without spoilers, and that you don’t read any reviews. Imagine that are someone who hasn’t got a google alert set-up to inform them immediately of every little tidbit to do with Star Trek and CBS’s plans for spin-off shows and you don’t even watch the additional scenes they sometimes put online. If you are this person this episode was probably very confusing. It was confusing and muddled for me, and I am someone who allows himself mild spoilers, and was one of the three people who have watched the short treks (a big shout out to the other two, Glenn and Valerie). There was a lot going on in this episode I am going to eschew my usual scene by scene approach and cover the episode according to story arc. Hopefully this will catch you up and fill you in on some of the missing details.Overall, I found the episode too busy and after two episodes that promised a more episodic approach, we are thrown straight back to the chaotic plotting of episodes one and two of season one. There is nowhere near enough Pike time, nowhere near enough Spock plot and everything was loud and rushed.
After spending all of last season predicting and hoping for Section 31 storylines, what we get here is almost a whole episode that acts as a back-door pilot for a Section 31 show, which is odd because a Section 31 show has already been greenlit. So, why was this? Testing audience reaction? Episode three was a strange place to position this in my view, as it is so jarring compared to what the first two episodes seemed to be offering.
Tyler and L’Rell
Aside from some development for L’Rell, establishing her as a chancellor with authority and some backing from the different houses of the Klingon Empire, all of the Tyler and L’Rell stuff seemed unnecessary and it didn’t further the Spock plot at all. I feel that this could have been threaded throughout the whole season, and all it did was serve to establish Ash Tyler as a character in the Section 31 show. But what if you didn’t know there was going to be a Section 31 show? Surely you would be scratching your chin asking what the frack is going on? I get the impression that CBS really want you to watch their shiny new spin-off show about Section 31. Emperor Georgiou strode around like a pantomime villain and it was a shame that Michelle Yeoh hasn’t been given a more meaningful part to play in the proceedings, instead of swishing about like Darth Vader. I half expected her to turn to the camera and twirl her evil moustache, she’s dark and edgy and not to be trusted lest we forget. In short summary, the Klingons don’t like L’Rell’s human boyfriend and it turns out that L’Rell has had a baby with Ash. The Klingons won’t accept L’Rell’s authority with Ash on the scene so Georgiou beams in with a lightsabre and helps L’Rell fake the deaths of Ash and their baby, whisking them off to the death star where they will be marginally safer.
The Exorcism of Sylvia Tilly
Tilly is taking part in the command programme’s half marathon but it’s really difficult to concentrate with the spore-ghost apparition of a former friend haunting your every step. May appears to have a menacing quality this week, in stark contrast to the benevolent Dr.Culber, who seems to bring some comfort or guidance to Stamets. May is an agitated figure and she is bugging Tilly to meet the Captain. In the best scene of the episode Tilly is on the bridge and trying to shadow Captain Pike but ends up telling him to shut-up. She is not really telling him to shut-up but is actually communicating with May. We can see that May is having a severely detrimental effect on Tilly’s mental health, an interesting subject matter that I wished the episode had explored more thoroughly. However what we got was the whole May story arc being wrapped up within this episode and it felt a little rushed. Stamets appears and quickly works out that Tilly must have a spore attached to her and this is manifesting itself as May. It is not clear why Tilly sees May, but the May lifeform sees Stamets and is convinced that he is the Captain. Stamets whips out his proton pack and captures mushroom May in a bubble and the exorcism is completed. How May is linked to the mycelial network and whether this is connected to Culber in anyway will hopefully play out in future episodes.
Amanda & Burnham
Sarek’s ship approaches the Discovery but it is not Sarek on board but his wife, Amanda. She has come for Burnham’s help in reviewing Spock’s medical file, which she has stolen. It is encrypted and they enlist the help of Pike. Initially Pike refuses saying he would be in violation of Star Fleets rules, and “my mother wouldn’t like that.” There is a nice interplay between Amanda and Pike in his ready room and these pleasing character moments are sadly in short supply throughout the episode as a whole. Pike is charming and wily and we see he is prepared to put things on the line to help his friend Spock. My favourite line of the episode is here. “Was she this bossy as a child?” He asks Amanda. “On Vulcan we call it persistence and she gets it from me.” Quips Amanda in return. We get to spend some time with Amanda in this episode, developing her character more than we have previously seen in the franchise.