Star Trek - Discovery - 3.12: There is a Tide...

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Penultimate episode and suffers a little being the middle of a three-parter. Directed by Jonathan Frakes and the action doesn't let up.

This episode quickly returns from last week's weirdness to a more normal "Die Hard" Christmas plot, it which Burnham has to make her way through Discovery to free the Bridge crew being held as hostages..

We surprisingly discover that Osyraa doesn't wish to destroy the Federation HQ but instead wishes to legitimise her Emerald Chain organisation with some kind of merger.

Burnham and Booker follow her using a Borg Transwarp conduit cluttered with broken ships, but in an unlikely series of events, the Coms breakdown so that they can't warn Admiral Vance about Osyraa, and Booker has only one personal cloak available (where has he been hiding this before?) He crashes into Discovery's shuttle bay (but twice claims that the cat is okay - surely the cat needs to leave home?)

The two-dimensional bad guy Zareh returns to hold Discovery while Osyraa goes to meet Vance. The Bridge crew use some Morse Code to make a break from their captors.

We discover that the Emerald Chain might not be all bad news. Many people depend on its mercantile exchanges. It is known space's biggest investor in scientific research. Even the Federation’s own deep space stations have partaken in its economy.

Vance will not step down from the Federation's ideals, and Osyraa reveals that she is, after all, merely the wannabe despot that she always appeared to be, while Aureli, her chief scientist, clearly has Stockholm Syndrome.

Michael reaches and frees Stamets, then Vulcan nerve pinches him and sends him off in an escape pod, so that she can prevent Osyraa from accessing the spore drive. Meanwhile Stamets pleads that the Discovery crew all chose to come to the future with Michael so she didn’t have to be alone, and she must allow him to rescue Saru, Adira and Hugh.

Then three robots manifest to help the Discovery crew take back the ship; the only part of the sphere data that Osyraa couldn't wipe.
 

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I still don't get it why Saru and Culber had to stay behind with no hope to survive. And why Adira had to go there too. But since this is only fiction, we can bet the producer will imagine some way for Adira to find a solution and protect them until Discovery goes back.

This time they showed us Grudge, the cat was alright.:D

I'm really dissapointed Zareh survived and back under Osyraa's command. Some suvive from what is expected as sure death and others die against the odds claiming otherwise.

So that was Osyraa's real plan. Take the Federation while pretending that was for their own good.

I got tired of Michael never ending story trying to save everyone while betraying those close to her.

When I saw those robots, I thought they were Federation. Huh ! I rolled my eyes at the conveniently appearing Sphere data transformed in mini robots ready to help the Discovery crew take back the ship while saluting Tilly as captain like in a cartoon.
 

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When I saw those robots, I thought they were Federation. Huh ! I rolled my eyes at the conveniently appearing Sphere data transformed in mini robots ready to help the Discovery crew take back the ship while saluting Tilly as captain like in a cartoon.

EVAs from Wall-E to the rescue!
 

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The DOT-7 robots have appeared since Season 2 and were also in Enterprise (apparently.) I can't say that I remember them, and they weren't in any other Star Trek series (but that's Star Trek canon for you). They do resemble EVE from Wall-E a lot and lots on social media regarding this likeness.

I haven't been able to see all of the Short Treks episodes. They are not easy to see in the UK. Some were on Netflix, but hidden away and they just appeared unannounced. Apparently, the Short Trek episode "Ephraim & Dot" is all about the DOT-7 and its relationship with a tardigrade. That is one Short Trek that I haven't seen, but I'm guessing that because of it, their appearance in this episode was much less of a surprise to US viewers than it was to those in the UK.
 

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The robots were a little cutesy, which is usually a good tension-reducing element in a show. Silent Running comes to mind.
The problem for me was how little, if any, screen time these had gotten before they stepped in to save the day. Are these the droids we've seen from afar making Discovery repairs, or are they not the droids we've been looking for?
I've noticed that they are featured in the opening credits this season, but I don't remember seeing them there in seasons one and two. Could just be my random memory ability.
Overall, I enjoyed this episode. I thought Osyraa's merger proposition was sincere, at least according to the amusing holo lie detector. Such a union would enable the Federation to redirect the resources it is putting into conflict with the Emerald Chain into more positive areas.
I give credit to the previously wishy-washy Admiral Vance for insisting that the pirate queen be held accountable for her atrocities, rejecting her let bygones be bygones for the greater good pitch. Osyraa made it clear to Aurelio, her pet scientist, that she is still a coldblooded killer at her core when she vindictively blasted Ryn into powdery blue fragments.
 

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I put this here because it belongs here and it goes along what I've been saying for while, we need to bring Ferengi's back and allow them to aid to Federation ... and make some profit.

 

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put this here because it belongs here and it goes along what I've been saying...
That goes to the very heart of one of the things wrong with Star Trek that really cannot ever be fixed. If they actually had replicators that could make anything from scratch by Mechanosynthesis (there is a good example of a nanoforge in the book Forever Peace by Joe Halderman) then money would be obsolete and all you would trade in would be rare elements required as raw materials*. Most things could be produced with the freely available water, carbon, sand and iron, and by recycling rare metals like aluminium, cadmium, lithium, zinc, copper, gold and silver etc.

But there is no conflict in a society like that. It is a society like Iain M Banks Culture. No one needs to work. No one needs to earn a living. A society without conflict is a boring universe in which to write stories, thus Banks' books deal with worlds on the edge, 'special circumstances'. But Star Trek instead wants to have its cake and eat it too! Why did Quark's Bar and Garek's Tailor shop exist on DS9? You'd just go to the replicator and get anything you want for free.

*You might also trade in Energy. There would be a small cost in energy to mechnosynthesise an item, however in Star Trek the Dilithium controlled matter/anti-matter reactions give plentiful cheap energy too. Maybe The Burn has changed this dynamic though?
 

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Why did Quark's Bar and Garek's Tailor shop exist on DS9? You'd just go to the replicator and get anything you want for free.

Why does Picard has a vinery that makes profit and allows him to hire outside the Federation services? He could have replicated everything, but instead he committed the work and made money that way.
 

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Why did Quark's Bar and Garek's Tailor shop exist on DS9? You'd just go to the replicator and get anything you want for free.
Sociability, quality? Maybe going to the replicator is the future's equivalent of eating at McDonalds and shopping at Walmart. :whistle:
 
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