Star Trek: Discovery – Die Trying

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Saru (Doug Jones) in Die Trying (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)
Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Saru (Doug Jones) in Die Trying (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)

“Die Trying” is the 5th episode of the 3rd season of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Forget Me Not“.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “Die Trying”.

USS Discovery reaches Starfleet headquarters. Starfleet Commander in Chief, Admiral Charles Vance (Oded Fehr), welcomes Saru (Doug Jones) and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), but quickly makes it clear that there’s no trace of their mission or what happened to them in the past. This means he can’t trust them and intends to separate the crew members. Saru and Michael Burnham offer to prove their good faith and worth as a crew by participating in aid for a health emergency.

The storyline based on the crew of the USS Discovery receiving a much less warm welcome than hoped for is already becoming repetitive. Luckily, compared to the third episode, it’s developed in a very different way, offering something new. Alas, the head of security, Lt. Audrey Willa (Vanessa Jackson), is truly a stereotype, if she appears again, I hope she gets developed decently.

A positive element is seeing that Starfleet, despite the limitations due to the consequences of the Burn catastrophe, still has very advanced technologies. After a few episodes where we only saw some interesting progress, we were able to participate in the crew’s excitement for all the visible progress.

Among the starships parked near Starfleet headquarters is the USS Nog, a tribute to actor Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and sadly passed away on September 21, 2019.

The debriefing offers interesting moments for Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), perhaps the most interesting and intense of the episode. After seeing her behavior in the ending, it seems clear that there will still be developments that could hold surprises.

“Die Trying” also offers space for Commander Nhan (Rachael Ancheril). At the end of the episode it becomes clear that the reason for her importance goes beyond contact with other people of her species.

The USS Discovery crew appears to have passed the test, and perhaps in the next few episodes we might start seeing more of the mysteries related to the Burn assuming that the USS Discovery will work with Starfleet to gather new information. I would not compare “Die Trying” to a work by Giotto but I hope it will lead to a renaissance in “Star Trek: Discovery”.

Admiral Charles Vance (Oded Fehr) in Die Trying (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)
Admiral Charles Vance (Oded Fehr) in Die Trying (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)

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