There are just three more episodes left in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. Here are the thing we are hoping to see, before they wrap it up.
11. Pahvo’s fate
The Pahvans are a unique and rather naïve species; they need further investigation and protection. The Discovery just jumped away at the end of “Into the Forest I Go” even though more Klingons were almost certainly on their way. So are they okay?
10. Airiam’s origins
It would be nice if we got to know a bit more about the intriguing Lieutenant Commander Airiam, the Discovery’s Spore Drive Operations Officer. Maybe we can find out just what she is? We know she’s not a robot, she’s some kind of augmented being. Is she human or an alien? (We’ve heard differing stories, none are on-screen canonical yet) Does she need all those cyborg-like replacements due to some kind of major rare illness?
9. Explanation for the black badges
Way back in episode 3 (“Context is for Kings”) we caught a glimpse of special black insignia, but they haven’t been seen again. The badges were on officers who were guarding the door to an engineering lab. Maybe there’s more weird science to be done on board the USS Discovery. (They did say that the Discovery is capable of accommodating “300 discrete scientific missions.”) There’s also that lingering fan theory that Section 31 is involved somehow.
8. Where the real ISS Discovery went
When the USS Discovery was sent into the Mirror Universe it was transposed with its Terran Empire counterpart. So while the Discovery has been in the Mirror Universe, the ISS Discovery has presumably been in the Prime Universe, under the command of Captain “Killy.” So, what has this evil ship been up to?
7. L’Rell’s next move
After releasing Voq to Sto-vo-kor, it seems like L’Rell’s best laid schemes are over. She betrayed Kol already so his supporters in the Klingon Empire probably aren’t too keen on her, so does she simply go to Federation prison? L’Rell always seems to have another move. She purposefully didn’t kill Admiral Cornwell. She’s also said a few times she considers herself a bridge builder, initially between Klingon houses, but she may now see an opportunity to save herself and bring an end to the war which no longer has any meaning for her. T’Kuvma is dead, his followers easily abandoned him for Kol’s food and resources, and the true believer in T’Kuvma, Voq, is also now dead by her hand.
6. Status of the mycelial network
What’s going on with the mycelial network? Last week we learned from Mirror Stamets that there’s some kind of corruption (or maybe a better term is “sickness” since these are living multidimensional fungi) in the network. We know the spore drive has to eventually be unusable since of course it’s never used or talked about in the future. So could this corruption be the final nail in the spore drive? Also, what does it mean to be in the network? We see Culber there and he appeared to have knowledge that Stamets didn’t, so he may be more than just a pleasant coat of paint for the network to present itself to Paul. If there’s more to this, does it mean the mycelial network is like the Nexus from Generations? Can Paul somehow retrieve Hugh?
5. Tyler’s condition explained
After a hasty scene in Sunday’s episode, we’re pretty sure L’Rell terminated the Voq consciousness, leaving just Tyler. But what does that actually leave behind? Surely this version of Tyler is forever changed with the odd flashes of his conversion and conditioning remaining, he still should have some kind of PTSD-like symptoms from all of this. With Voq gone, are we just going to consider him Ash Tyler? Will he just go back to work like nothing happened? How does Stamets feel about all of this, considering Tyler is responsible for his partner’s death? And lastly, does Tyler still get random cravings for gagh?
4. Lorca’s (and Lorca’s) backstory
Now that we know the suspicions were true, just how did Mirror Lorca cross over? Perhaps he already knows the secrets of the USS Defiant and interphasic space? Did Prime Lorca die with his crew on the USS Buran? Or perhaps Mirror Lorca switched places with his Prime counterpart (as in “Mirror, Mirror”), so perhaps our Prime Universe Lorca died on the ISS Buran in Mirror Lorca’s place?
Whatever happened, Mirror Lorca seems to have quite a plan cooked up. In the promotional photos released on Tuesday we can see Mirror Stamets is being held at gunpoint, so Lorca seems to need a Stamets in the Mirror Universe for something too.
3. An end to the Klingon war
Discovery began with sparking a war with the Klingons. When the USS Discovery jumped into the Mirror Universe, the crucial information about how to defeat the Klingon cloak went with them. So, in order to wrap up what was supposed to be the season-long arc, presumably they need to get back to get that crucial information to Starfleet Command. Also, we haven’t really seen much of the war, it would be nice to see something of the front lines before the season wraps up.
2. The USS Enterprise
This one is a potentially huge symbol for fans. We got a tease of a “Connie” in the form of a wireframe schematic of the USS Defiant, but that was after 100 years in the Mirror Universe. The Enterprise was name-dropped back in episode 6 (“Lethe”), so it seems like the writers have been toying with the idea of this famous ship for a while. Captain Pike’s USS Enterprise is out there somewhere and seeing it will help cement Discovery as being set in the Prime universe. But please no uncanny valley CGI versions of Jeff Hunter and Leonard Nimoy. Just including the ship and lingering on her name on the hull, or something similar, would suffice.
1. Burnham’s redemption
The focal character of Star Trek: Discovery is Michael Burnham, who began as the first officer of the USS Shenzhou only to be stripped of all rank and sent to prison after an attempted mutiny. Above all, this season has been about her journey. After all her heroics, her discovery of the tardigrade “Ripper” being an integral part of the spore drive, and helping to gather the data needed to defeat the Klingon cloak, her status remains that of a “Specialist” on loan from prison. We’ve seen people like Ro Laren and Tom Paris, who were court martialed and sent to penal colonies, come back and earn their place among the commissioned officers. Can Starfleet and the Federation forgive her and even reinstate her as an officer? Perhaps more importantly, can Burnham finally forgive herself for the betrayal of her mentor, Captain Georgiou?
Star Trek: Discovery is available on CBS All Access on in the US and airs in Canada on the Space Channel, it is also available on the CraveTV streaming service. It is available on Netflix outside the USA and Canada.
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