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Star Trek: Discovery Took the Best Episode of Its Season and Gave Us a Much Less Interesting Version of it

Since it aired a few weeks ago, I’ve been coming back to what remains an outstanding episode of discoveryis the final season until now: “Face the stranger“, an incredible hour of television that used a format the series excels at to reflect on how far its main character and the series itself have come. This week the show kind of revisits that idea… it’s just not close to what it actually is Good to it.

That’s not to say that there isn’t some entertaining stuff in “Labyrinths” that revives last week’s simmering tension with the Breen chasing the fire Last reference to the ancestor in a thrilling shootout on board and around the secret interstellar library that houses the ancient knowledge of millions of species. There’s actually a lot there!

The library setting itself is fun, especially thanks to a delightful cameo from Elena Juatco as Hy’Rell, a remarkable lively librarian who slips effortlessly into a time-honored atmosphere Star Trek Guest role in “Little Alien Sicko”, in which she leads Michael Burnham to the clue. When it finally comes time for the episode to turn into a real battle with the Breen, the action is thick and fast and pays off effectively because of the tension and threat founded last week– especially in, boy howdy, our heroes not wanting to mess with the Breen – while also providing a brief but compelling twist in the villain subplot, as Moll and the rest of the Breen crew begin to realize how utterly out of their depth Primarch Rhun has fallen apart in his quest for power over the empire. The problem is that, aside from Hy’Rell, these exciting developments only take place in the final 15 minutes of “Labyrinths.” Most of the previous 40 involve a clue “puzzle” that requires a lot of ground-breaking for Burnham, and is only solved in a far less interesting way than has already been the case this season.

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When Michael finds the rare Betazoid text she was looking for in the library’s archives, he opens it and discovers a metal card that, when activated in the real world, essentially puts her in a coma and transforms her subconscious into a psionic replica of it the library and its countless hallways. There, guided by a clearly unhelpful portrayal from Book, she must figure out what test she faces that deems her worthy of finding the final clue. And here’s the problem that exists this season discovery has been done more than a few times so far: A season about solving clues on a treasure hunt is only interesting if the puzzles themselves don’t force our characters to do so act like they’re stupid. So writing a good puzzle is incredibly hard, and the show… doesn’t really do that here.

Michael, almost as exasperated as the audience inevitably is, has to spend most of “Labyrinths” wandering between bookshelves while she wonders aloud what’s going on, whether she’s figured out what the test is, and then the psionic book – equally flirtatious”maaaaaaybebefore revealing that she actually hasn’t figured it out yet. Sonequa Martin-Green and David Ajala do their best here – Martin-Green certainly conveys a lot of frustration at not solving the mystery given the tension and challenges around her, which resonates with the audience, and Ajala has a lot of which It’s fun to break out of Book’s usual characterization and deliver this mental image of him with a funny, effectively annoying grace. But because the scenario leaves Michael largely on her own, trying to figure out what she’s even supposed to do, there’s no one she can really turn to for respite: the Not-Book is more of a frustrating obstacle than a sounding board as part of the test, so it becomes quite questionable to convey the logic of it all to Michael.

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Finally, just in time, she snaps – and realizes that the test is less about a puzzle and more about her own character. As relentlessly self-critical as she is, she begins to rant about the Not-Book, about her fears and doubts, her need to seek validation for a leadership role that she somehow still sees as precarious, even though she has earned it multiple times or the ability to push people away to save herself the disappointment and fear that she might have let them down (especially Actual Book). As things look increasingly dire for them inside and out as the Breen launch their attack on the library, this becomes apparent The In fact, the test was not a labyrinth to escape or a puzzle to decipher, but an assessment of her character to ensure that she could be trusted with the great power that she strives to do the right thing.

All of this would be good if it wasn’t almost Exactly which is what “Face the Strange” was about a few weeks ago, and executed much more effectively. The episode’s time loop structure was quicker and a stronger format for a mystery that our heroes had to solve, and by giving her Commander Rayner a supporting character from which she could jump off – and ultimately literally face her former self discoveryIn the earliest days, Michael had real characters to engage with and learn about himself and others along the way. All Michael learns here is that she has her heart in the right place, but must face her fear of disappointing the people around her by realizing that those people are around her because they care about her and the journey she has taken in recent years, caring and respecting five seasons. This is the lesson she learned in Face the Strange – only this time she was rewarded with the knowledge of how to get the final clue. And even then, it’s still a lot less satisfying because aside from the fact that it’s a journey she’s already taken this season, getting there wasn’t nearly as exciting. There’s a difference between reinforcing a character beat and rehashing it, and “Labyrinths” unfortunately clearly leans toward the latter.

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Thankfully, though, as I said, the episode’s mystery arc ends right when we get into the action with the Breen – and there’s at least an interesting mirror between Michael and Primarch Rhun, who ends up paying the ultimate price for not noticing how the promise of the power of Progenitor technology has blinded him to his own connections and flaws. As he becomes increasingly aggressive and violent, first attacking the peaceful library and then attempting to break a Breen oath of honor to Michael to prevent further harm in exchange for the clue materials, we see Moll slowly convincing Rhun’s men that Things are going sideways. When the time comes when Rhun goes a step too far, she is able to lead a short but effective rebellion to overthrow Rhun and take his place, believing that she can use the Progenitor technology to kill L’ak to bring her back to life and kidnap her to take her place as the legitimate wife of the heir to the Breen throne.

It sets the stage for it discoveryThe final showdown gives us a much more personal antagonist than Rhun – who served his purpose well enough in recent episodes anyway – and by bringing it back to two characters driven by the need to connect and connect find strength in love with Moll and Michael. It’s a shame the preparations to get there were a little silly, but at least that’s out of the way now. As we go in discoveryThe final two episodes allow us to put aside the mystery and get to the core of what the series wants to say at the conclusion of its journey.


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