“Star Trek: Discovery” has already captured my consideration. I imply, it is the Meredith Gray of Star Trek sequence (darkish and twisty, that’s). Plus, as a streaming present, everybody will get to swear (thrice to this point!). 

We’re simply 5 episodes in, and when it comes to canon and timeline, I have already got numerous questions. In an try and get some new tidbits (or possibly an indication that we’re heading in the right direction), I reached out to the producers over at CBS, however they politely declined (dang it) to share any secrets and techniques. (Disclosure: CBS is Proinertech’s guardian firm.)

Clearly there can be spoilers, so flip again now if you have not seen episode 5 but.

Why have we by no means seen the spore drive in different (later) Treks?

This has been a standing query for a lot of viewers for the reason that system was launched. “Discovery” government producers have maintained from the start that the complete present will *finally* line up. At a current New York Comedian-Con panel, EP Akiva Goldsman stated (daring emphasis mine), “We’re wildly conscious of every part that seems to be a deviation from canon. We are going to shut out every of these points earlier than we arrive on the 10-year interval and hit [the start of The Original Series].”

Lastly, we might have our first clue why we have by no means seen this tech earlier than.

Have a look at that creepy, lingering smile…


Throughout episode 5, Lt. Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) locations himself contained in the spore drive room-thing so the Discovery can soar out of Klingon territory. In doing so, he appears to undergo catastrophic accidents (Saru by no means seems to be like he can discover a pulse), till instantly he is awake and … laughing?

On the finish of the ep, as Stamets turns away from his lavatory vainness, we see his double? different self? stay behind precisely the place Stamets was, then flip and stroll towards the bed room simply seconds behind the true Stamets. Is Stamets actually “our” Stamets? Did his journey on the mycelium community imbue him with powers, or did it throw him out of sync with the world? Is part of him nonetheless catching up, or have his personal timelines diverged?

We clearly have to attend to search out out, however this might be the start of Stamets’ descent into insanity, ceaselessly out of sync and trapped by his personal organic clock, maybe doomed to madness.

Then once more, this might simply be the start of our episodes concerning the Mirror Universe, which EP Alex Kurtzman confirmed simply final week we might be exploring this season.

Simply how deep down the rabbit gap are we going to go?

(As a result of I will go mid-level tinfoil hat deep proper now.) 

Since episode three (although a lot sooner in Trek canon), the significance of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” has been harassed. Within the ep, mutineer Michael Burnham recites a passage from the Lewis Carroll e-book as she crawls by way of a upkeep duct (Jefferies tube, to be precise) on the usGlenn:

The rabbit gap went straight on like a tunnel for a way, after which dipped instantly down, so instantly that Alice had not a second to consider stopping herself, however as a substitute discovered herself falling down a really deep effectively.

She was now solely 10 inches excessive. Her face brightened up. She was now the proper measurement to undergo the little door into the beautiful backyard.

On the finish of the episode we see Burnham give her copy of the e-book (full with what seems to be like an unique John Tenniel illustration on its cowl) to new roomie Cadet Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman). So how does all this play into the present? I’ve some concepts (and extra questions, naturally).

Burnham palms over her “paperback” to Tilly.


Capt. Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) naturally looks as if Burnham’s information, a lot because the white rabbit helps Alice discover her means into and all through the wonderland. Like Alice, Burnham makes her personal resolution to enter the brand new world, willingly taking (and presumably consuming) the fortune cookie Lorca gives her.

The caterpillar rests on the mushroom, and what does Ripper the Tardigrade journey on? I believe he and his spore community are navigator for extra than simply Alice/Burnham right here.

As for the Queen of Hearts, I’ve no hassle imagining Tilly sliding into that function. The woman already appears just a few playing cards wanting a full deck.

So who may the (Mad) Hatter be? That appears fairly simply to be Stamets, however just like the Queen, it is a function he might very effectively develop into, out of sync like I discussed above.

The episode titles for the remainder of the primary half of the season additionally appear to lend credence to madness as an necessary theme. So as, they’re: “Lethe,” “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” and at last, “Into the Forest I Go.”

In context, all of them cope with dropping (often your thoughts): Lethe is a Greek spirit of forgetfulness and oblivion, in addition to a river within the underworld of Hades. The second title is from Homer’s “The Iliad,” and the total line is “The warmth of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible — magic to make the sanest man go mad.” 

The third is a Latin phrase usually translated as “If you’d like peace, put together for warfare;” all through historical past many have modified it to swimsuit their wants, typically swapping phrases — in a single notable case swapping put together for “make warfare” (undoubtedly seems like a misquote Lorca would approve of). The ultimate title is the start of a John Muir quote: “And into the forest I’m going, to lose my thoughts and discover my soul.”

How T’Kuvma. How.

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Severely, the place did the Klingons get cloaking know-how?

I have been mulling this one for the reason that starting and I am stunned we do not have a solution but. However I also can see how the reply might lead us to one thing larger and badder if we get a second season of “Discovery.”

Throughout the historical past of Trek, throughout this time interval, the one ones able to cloaking know-how are the Romulans. All through Trek historical past, the Romulans and Klingons allied, however solely within the “future” of “Discovery” — this does not make it not possible in any respect, however merely provides one other layer to already established canon. (Facet observe: “Enterprise” round this time additionally endowed a bunch known as Suliban Cabal with cloaking tech, however they acquired it from a time traveler and didn’t independently develop it.)

I might assume Romulans can be oh-so-willing to share tech with any races they consider will convey concerning the destruction of Starfleet and the Federation — the enemy of my enemy is my good friend, and all that.


Lest all of us overlook: What the heck are the Black Badges for?

When will we get to see extra and why, why, WHY are they on board the Discovery? We have seen what a Black Alert does, however there does not appear to be a necessity for these black badges simply but. 

At first, the idea that this can be a Part 31 ship appeared potential, however the largest query there’s why a “secret group” would promote with one thing so outstanding? (The simple rebuke to that’s “That is the start of Part 31, due to this fact it might be barely extra open and identified.”) I am not the one one who’s requested about this, not by a longshot, however I am nonetheless not satisfied it holds water.

In any case, there higher be a cool-ass rationalization for these — if it seems to simply be “to guard the ship throughout Black Alerts,” that is going to be an enormous letdown for one thing so mysterious and grand-looking.

What’s with the swearing?

To be sincere, I by no means actually believed the Starfleet of the longer term *by no means* swore, however it was a pleasant thought. I prefer to assume “Discovery” supplies a bridge between the swear phrases a few of us use endlessly as we speak and the dreamy utopian future Gene Roddenberry initially imagined.

In an interview with Proinertech’s Roger Cheng, Kurtzman addressed this, assuring followers that the core themes of Star Trek stay.

“You can’t make Star Trek with out respecting and honoring the truth that the important imaginative and prescient that Roddenberry had was an optimistic one of many future,” he stated.

I am OK with extra swearing, and even with exploring the darker themes of Trek, a la “Deep House 9.” I simply hope we get some, effectively, hope in there too.

Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd made his debut this week. 

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Please, might we have now extra old-school callbacks?

They’re simply a lot enjoyable for followers to identify, Easter eggs for hard-core followers to search out and that are fascinating tales to be shared with new followers.

In case you missed them, here is what we have already seen:

Phew, that is not even all of my questions, simply a few of the ones I can provide you with theories or reasoning for. Take, for instance, those episode 5 introduced up alone (for me not less than): 

If L’Rell was answerable for that Klingon warship, the place, oh the place, was Voq? , the white Klingon she’d declared allegiance to? Why was she supposedly making googly eyes at Lt Ash Tyler (a Starfleet officer *AND* human besides!), after telling Voq in episode four he needed to sacrifice every part to get again what he’d misplaced? Would not seem to be she sacrificed very a lot … (Notably, rumors are that the actor who performs Tyler, Shazad Latif, was additionally billed covertly as Voq — thereby pointing to him being a deep-cover spy. Latif was initially solid as “Kol, T’Kuvma’s protege,” and even that description has modified.)

Why did Lorca not go down together with his first ship? Captains historically go down with their ships, so why did he assume he was particular and will get to flee?

Why does the Discovery spin when powering up for a Black Alert soar? There is no actual purpose and it does not even spin that approach to soar. Please somebody, clarify. 

Why was Saru, member of a prey species, so able to disregard any thought of Ripper being sentient? Was he blinded by his anger at Burnham, therefore the intestine response? Appeared out of character for the fairly Kelpien.

Did we actually have to double up on the f-bombs instantly? Once more, I am all for the swearing! However I do not actually see a must be repetitive and redundant about it.

Can I please get a kind of black toothbrushes and a set of the burgundy pjs? It looks as if they by no means needed to spit with these brushes and, come on, these pjs look so svelte and cozy! Severely, when and the place can I cop these?

I undoubtedly don’t count on solutions to any of those questions, or if we get them, that they’re going to come simply — for now, I am tremendous right down to dive additional into canon and lore and preserve asking questions. Who is aware of, possibly “Discovery” will open up a bit and allow us to in on the thriller earlier than it takes a hiatus for winter. Have a greater principle or a purpose why I’m to this point off-base? Let me know within the feedback. 

“Star Trek: Discovery” airs Sunday nights by way of Nov. 12 on CBS All Entry within the US, and Netflix around the globe. The second half of season one returns January 2018.

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