[DSC] Into The Forest I Go

[DSC] Season 1, Episode 9: Into The Forest I Go

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Rating: 4

There isn’t much in this episode that’ll be surprising, (except maybe for some flashes of Klingon nudity??) but it was a particularly well executed action episode that pays off a bunch of the season’s storylines. There are also a number of nice emotional payoffs between characters – Burnham and Tyler, Lorca and Stamets, Stamets and Culber, and a brief moment between Burnham and Saru. There are two major teases for what the next chapter has in store for us, one (L’Rell related) that I’m worried about, and one (alternative universe related??) that I’m really looking forward to.

***SPOILERS BELOW***

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This is a pretty effective “Disobeying a direct order to do the right thing,” sequence, as far as Trek tropes go.

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And as far as “Science/technology excuses to support upcoming action beats” the need to beam onboard the Klingon ship to place little thingies so they detect the ship while cloaked is also pretty effective.

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This shot is cool. It’s nice to see a starship a little further off and not in battle.

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The little thingies Burnham and Tyler have to leave on the Klingon ship seem a *tad* on the conspicuous side. Hopefully nobody looks over there.

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They find the Admiral and L’Rell, so Tyler freaks out ’cause of all that torture.

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Discovery/Stamets having to do a ton of spore drive jumps is a nice culmination of that story thread.

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Culber. Is. Bummin’.

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Burnham has to distract the Klingons on the bridge. Also that misc. Klingon has a cool helmet.

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Time ta fight!

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I didn’t screen cap it very well, but this was a great Burnham moment, as she collects herself before charging.

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The whole light sensitivity thing with Lorca has been weird, but it’s great as an anticipatory beat preceding – –

 

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Blowing up that Klingon ship!!

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Saru approves.

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Great scene between Lorca and Stamets.

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This exchange between L’Rell and Tyler all but confirms the fan theories, unfortunately. We’ll see what happens….

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Uh-oh, you know our characters are in trouble when they start making romantic plans! Something bad is gonna happen!

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Something bad DID happen. Can’t wait to see what kind of multi-verse madness is waiting for us when the second chapter of Discovery starts!