“The Wolf Inside” is the 11th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Despite Yourself“.
Note. This article contains spoilers about “The Wolf Inside”.
While the USS Discovery is in the mirror universe, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is in command of the Shenzhou. A mission to inflict a hard blow to the rebel alliance is an opportunity to gather useful information but for some people looking in the mirror has unexpected consequences.
Immediately after I finished watching it, “The Wolf Inside” seems to me the best episode of the show so far. The beginning of the new story-arc with the USS Discovery in the mirror universe offered good hopes and it seems to me that the developments are interesting, even if once again not entirely surprising.
The choice to build a story on more episodes and therefore much longer than the ones of the previous shows set in the mirror universe offers many more possibilities to take advantage of both the emotions and reactions of the protagonists and the alternative history. The meeting with representatives of the rebel alliance in particular creates a mirror dance that has significant consequences also indirect like in Sarek’s case.
At last there’s a clarification about the identity of Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) that’s not exactly a revelation. It’s positive that this was developed in a good way, with a face to face that shattered his human personality to bring Voq’s out. The subsequent confrontation between Ash Tyler / Voq and Michael Burnham also added drama to that story.
The episode also includes some development in the subplot about Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), who is initially blamed for the murder of Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz). In his case, the mirror dance has just begun and where the spores will carry the character and his doppelganger is all to be seen.
“The Wolf Inside” also ends in a twist, though the revelation of the Emperor’s identity is perhaps even less surprising than the confirmation of Ash Tyler’s true identity. In this case in the mirror dance the choice makes sense so for once I can say I’m really satisfied with an episode of “Star Trek: Discovery”. I hope this story-arc means that the show is really taking off!