“Into the Forest I Go” is the 9th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum“.
Note. This article contains spoilers about “Into the Forest I Go”.
Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) is given the explicit order to immediately leave the planet Pahvo but he doesn’t want to leave it to the Klingons and decides to send Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) on the enemy starship for a dangerous mission.
The middle season finale represents “Star Trek: Discovery” well but that’s not necessarily a compliment. There are also the show’s positive elements in the characters’ interactions but overall the plots keep on being too predictable.
The episode ends up leaving open possibilities that can still be interesting but we’ll have to see how they’ll be developed in the second half of the season. Ash Tyler had a PTSD episode but his face to face with L’Rell (Mary Chieffo) doesn’t debunk some fandom theories about his real identity.
However, the big question is about the situation of the USS Discovery and the future of Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp). The problem is that either they find their way home immediately taking away the force of the dramatic moment or will have to create a new story-arc more in the style of “Star Trek: Voyager” that could be connected to the existence of parallel universes.
Who knows, maybe they will reveal that after all “Star Trek: Discovery” is set in a timeline different from the previous shows, including the mirror universe one, and the reboot movies. This would explain the paradoxical situation of a show in which many references to the original series are shown all the tame and at the same time elements that seem to be incompatible with it are included.
I will keep on watching “Star Trek: Discovery” when it comes back on January 7, 2018 but so far it’s really a show that gives me mixed feelings. I take for granted that a new science fiction show is good from a visual point of view but that doesn’t impress me particularly. Instead, I expect more about plots and contents, especially from a Star Trek show.