“Such Sweet Sorrow” is the 13th episode of the 2nd season of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Through the Valley of Shadows“.
Note. This article contains spoilers about “Such Sweet Sorrow”.
The crew of the USS Discovery is abandoning the starship, which must be destroyed to prevent Control from seizing information that would allow it to become fully sentient but the database has a form of self-protection and prevents destruction.
The first part of “Star Trek: Discovery” second season finale is linked to the mini-episode “Runaway” with the new appearance of Queen Me Hani Ika Hali Ka Po (Yadira Guevara-Prip), who provides assistance to implement a new plan to prevent Control from obtaining the database on the USS Discovery. Ensign Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) sometimes continues to be a joke despite the really extraordinary experiences she has lived but at least in this episode she’s useful again.
In “Such Sweet Sorrow” emotions are used in part in many interpersonal relationships, including the appearance of Sarek (James Frain) and Amanda Grayson (Mia Kirshner), who manage to reach the USS Discovery and the USS Enterprise faster Section 31’s starships. Some scenes seemed a bit cheesy but at least there were some personal moments for various characters.
The construction of a new time travel suit doesn’t seem to be a big problem and explains why the biosignature of Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) was linked to the Red Angel. The really curious thing is that after the discovery that Gabrielle Burnham was the Red Angel nobody aboard the USS Discovery wondered about that inconsistency. In the fandom a twist was yet again widely discussed well in advance, in this case the possibility that Michael could become the Red Angel as well.
“Such Sweet Sorrow” has some padding in the sense that the authors Michelle Paradise, Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman wanted to involve as many characters as possible during the preparation of the plan to transport the USS Discovery into the future. In essence, Section 31’s starships always remained at the right distance to keep the tension of the pursuit and the urgency to do whatever it takes to implement the plan despite the journeys that the USS Discovery and the USS Enterprise made during the episode.
Personally I confess that I wasn’t particularly excited because in “Star Trek: Discovery” too often there was much ado about nothing but it seems to me that at least the cast provided good performances. Now I hope this season finale is better than last year’s.