Star Trek: Discovery – Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2 (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)
Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2 (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)

“Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2” is the 14th and last episode of the 2nd season of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Such Sweet Sorrow“.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2”.

The USS Discovery and the USS Enterprise can only count on their crews and the firepower of shuttles modified at the last moment for the battle against the fleet leed by Control. The hope is to gain enough time for the new Red Angel to be ready to accomplish her mission.

After the criticisms to the first season, reassurances arrived that in the second season the stories would reconcile what seemed to be problems with Star Trek’s continuity giving more solidity to the history told in this show. The project continued after the the showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts got fired and the show’s co-creator Alex Kurtzman was appointed as showrunner.

What we had was the elimination of the USS Enterprise’s holographic communication system, the presence of Spock (Ethan Peck) for part of the season and the regular presence of Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount). In Spock’s case there was an attempt to make sense of his complex family situation by putting together the information we knew from previous shows with the existence of Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). In Captain Pike’s case, his personal story, linked to events told in the original Star Trek series, played an important role in the second season of “Star Trek: Discovery”.

Plot-wise, the second season seemed to me more homogeneous than the first, being focused on one story-arc. It had the advantage of having the first season’s protagonists with a certain development behind them, so they only needed to be able to consistently add characters such as Spock and Captain Pike. For this reason I had certain expectations about the protagonists but in the second season Michael Burnham still showed a poor emotional balance and Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) was still used as a comic relief.

Unfortunately, the trend already present in the first season of relying heavily on the emotional factor and on plot twists continued in the second season. Fortunately, certain moments, such as the ones related to Captain Christopher Pike’s story, are well done but in other cases they seem to focus too much on Michael Burnham’s face expressions, which don’t inspire my simpathy. Drama can be good in Star Trek if done well, frankly I’d avoid melodrama.

The first part of the season finale looks like a filler before the real show. Indeed the second part is spectacular, with a space battle that lasted for most of the episode and with a very fast pace. In the frenzy, our heroes managed to assemble a time travel new suit at extraordinary speed to allow Michael Burnham to go into the future and send the cosmic signals.

Examining the various details, paradoxes and inconsistencies would come out, but time travel is pure science fiction, so let’s take the result as it is, bringing together the various pieces of the story-arc. Eventually the USS Enterprise remained, a presence underlined by the soundtrack that recalls the classic Star Trek series, to show once again the showrunners’ willingness to bring the story into the continuity we knew.

Spock (Ethan Peck) in Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2 (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)
Spock (Ethan Peck) in Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2 (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)

In the end, all in all I found “Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2” satisfactory since it ended the second season’s story-arc with more interesting events than the first season. The end also leaves the curiosity to understand what happened to the USS Discovery and for that we’ll have to wait for the third season but for it to go on the right path to become a good Star Trek show they’ll have to offer more substance.

Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) in Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2 (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)
Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) in Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2 (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)

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