Trekkerprise, Trek On the Tube and Starfleetboy join forces to recap and share our thoughts about "Chapter 1" of Star Trek Discovery. Tune in to our discussion and we look forward to hearing what you think about the show and the topics we discuss here.
After the mission at Pahvo proves to be a failure, Starfleet orders Captain Lorca to bring the discovery into the safety of Federation space even though that means the Pahvans will surely meet their doom at the hands of the Klingons, so instead, Captain Lorca feigns problems with his spore drive to buy the crew time to come up with a solution. The solution the come up with is quite complex but its the best they've got and so they get right to it, hoping their efforts will end the war by disabling the one advantage the Klingons have over the Federation, a cloaking screen. The crew are successful and they even manage to recover Admiral Cornwall and manage to capture the Klingon L'Rell along the way, but it comes at great cost to poor Commander Tyler and just when we think they'll get a rest, the Discovery jumps to an unknown place that is not registering on any star charts. Is she in another dimension, or universe, perhaps the mirror Universe, perhaps the prime timeline? We'll have to wait till January 7th to find out but you can find out what we thought of this episode of Star Trek Discovery by tuning in.
We come to it at last, the mid season finale of Star Trek Discovery or the end of Chapter 1 as the show would have us call it. Everything starts off routine as the Discovery desperately tries to save the Gagarin from destruction and fails in a not so bad battle except for the wrongness of the ships. All of a sudden out of nowhere the federation realize that a giant naturally occurring antenna on a planet called Pahvo is the answer to all their problems with the Klingons. If the transmitter can be re-configured to send out a different frequency it can act like sonar revealing the position of every cloaked ship in the entire quadrant. Burnham, Saru and Tyler are dispatched to complete this mission when they discover that Pahvo is not uninhabited by an advanced as previously thought, the Pahvans who exist in an non-corporeal state are quite friendly, or so it seems and even try to help poor Saru who is going mad from the constant sounds emanated by the planet and the naturally occurring transmitter. Unfortunately this leads to Saru flipping out completely and endangering the mission the away team set out on. Fortunately Burnham and Tyler have their eye on the ball and concoct a plan to distract Saru and it almost worked except that crazy lying Saru decides to meld with tyler through an emerald that is conveniently given to him by the Pahvans. In a race to the finish, Saru attempts to destroy the signal augmentation that Burnham puts in place but not before the Pahvans intervene and ask Saru to quit with the paranoia. The pahvans, who are probably weirded out completely repair the transmitter allowing the away team to make contact with the discovery but its not as we thought, after the crew beam away the Pahavans start broadcasting a message to the Klingons forcing a conflict with the Discovery.