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"Despite Yourself" launches Discovery right back into the trenches of intense moral quandary under the apt direction of Jonathan Frakes.
Get excited, hardcore Trek fans, because we're in the Mirror Universe!
A twist too far? Maybe, but this incarnation has in its bones a commentary on whether the hope encoded in original Trek can still persist today.
While "Despite Yourself" went heavy on exposition, it provided some promising strands for the forthcoming five episodes that'll conclude Discovery's debut season.
This series may be uneven, but I'm enjoying the hell out of it.
Discovery's true strength is in its characters, in seeing how they exist with each other, and exploring how it can use its beloved scifi setting to ask intriguing questions, and mirror our own times.
This is the fascinating crucible the mirror universe should have always been. Let's hope the rest of Season 1 dives even deeper into the dark.
While I can't knock the writers for wanting to get their money's worth from the evil universe, it does sort of reduce this episode to just another prologue.
Discovery remains, for the moment, still on a shaky course, albeit not quite as adrift as its eponymous starship.
All of the first season's loose threads finally tying themselves together is anything but cheap. Its tone could end up being a fitting exploration of taking righteouness for granted.
Star Trek Discovery is back, with an episode full of intense, daring and shocking moments that will leave more than one wondering what just happened and what's next for our characters.
It's Lt Tyler's increasingly unstable sense of self and all the questions that go with it that once again proved the most compelling arc.
Throughout all of the insanity this episode had to offer, the buried message was to not lose hope - there's always a way back to peace. Sometimes, you just have to go through some chaos first.