Much to everyone's excitement, Burnham announces that the Discovery is going to enter the subspace rift left behind by the DMA. Hopefully some careful analysis will provide some clues as the origin of the anomaly. Saru (Doug Jones) provides some helpful exposition in an extremely long Discovery corridor tracking shot and we learn that the ride into the rift will bumpy and slow. While their dialogue often lets them down, Burnham and Saru do make a very effective command team.
The crew goes through a well-conceived plan of action in order to gain answers. A photonic flare fired at the same speed with an identical trajectory as the poor drone indicates that the sub-space bubble that the Discovery is in, is collapsing. So now we have our ticking clock for this episode. Nerd note: It's refreshing that an \"inverse tachyon pulse\" wasn't mentioned at any point since Saru did reference the Enterprise breaching a subspace barrier earlier and we assume that was from \"The Next Generation\" series finale \"All Good Things\" (Season 7, Episodes 25 and 26).
Since efforts to learn anything about the subspace void have largely failed, Burnham aborts the mission and orders a withdrawal. However, there are no reference points in space to use to navigate, so they're stuck. The team at Paramount behind this episode, be it the writers or the director, have done a good job of slowly and effectively shutting down every avenue of escape for the hapless crew of the Crossfield class starship.
Book resolves probably more with himself than with his hallucination, and the final scene as he wishes his dead father a happy birthday is quite touching. Another touching moment quickly follows as Book races to say goodbye to Burnham before he gets diced into a million pieces and she faces the full fire and fury of the subspace rift.
Practical Exercise: Rewatch the scene where Burnham is on the bridge, which is ablaze as the Discovery hurtles like a comet through the subspace barrier ... and listen to this (opens in new tab). Tell me you wouldn't be shouting at Zora to dial the volume up to 11.
The first six episodes of Season 4 of \"Star Trek: Discovery\" are available to watch now and subsequent installments will drop every Thursday on Paramount+ (opens in new tab) in the US and CTV Sci-Fi or Crave TV in Canada. Countries outside of North America can watch on the Pluto TV Sci-Fi channel.
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