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"Choose Your Pain" packs a dark thematic punch, sharpened by the wit of Rainn Wilson's performance as a Harry Mudd.
So far, the journey is an interesting one, and we're still on board, especially given the way in which Discovery keeps surprising us week after week.
With Sunday's fifth episode, "Choose Your Pain," Discovery continued to loosen up, albeit in small ways.
If you're able to gets past the sometimes forced nature of the show's emotional palate, this entry is a considerable improvement from last week.
Discovery hasn't lacked for tension. It has had moments of shaky storytelling and character development, however. Thankfully, this episode delivered a near-perfect mix of all three elements.
There are a number of excellent moments in this episode.
Discovery is a darker Star Trek than we've seen before, and the series shows no signs of reigning that back in any time soon.
Okay, what was with that ending of the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode? Did "Choose Your Pain" turn Star Trek into a horror show?
Presenting new sides to its flawed characters has worked in the favor of Discovery, which is fitting.
Mudd offered this: "They always say confession is good for the soul, too back none of us have one anymore." I cannot help but think that line continues the subtext that the show's creators and writers have set forth comparing their future to the present.
Another exciting episode that perhaps moves too fast for its own good at times. But these characters and this cast have gelled very quickly and this brave, new Star Trek continues to impress.
It took a little while for Star Trek: Discovery to have a bad episode, but it is here, and it is just so terrible, not even a fun performance by the reliably great Rainn Wilson can save it, hampered as it is by bad decisions and even worse stereotypes.
... introduces new characters, ratchets up the intensity and delivers a positive step after the show's rough start.