Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Review

  • Series Title: Star Trek: Discovery
  • Season: 2
  • Episodes: 14
  • Discs: 4
  • Network: CBS (CBS All-Access)
  • Cast: Sonequa Martin-Green, Anson Mount, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Emily Coutts, Michelle Yeoh, Shazad Latif, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, Jayne Brook
  • DVD: Widescreen DVD (R1, NTSC)

The second season of Star Trek Discovery is very different from the first season, and much more like a traditional Star Trek series. Captain Christopher Pike is appointed the new captain of the Discovery, while the Enterprise is in spacedock for repairs. Seven strange “red signals” have appeared, signals which have some connection to Spock and Michael. Michael is Spock’s adopted sister, having been raised by Sarek and Amanda after the death of her parents. The Discovery follows the signals, also discovering the mystery of the “Red Angel” – a mysterious being that appears in times of crisis and seems to help.

Each episode of the series focuses on these two missions – the Red Angel and the signals. We also see Ash on the Klingon homeworld, but only briefly as for political reasons he is unable to remain as the Chancellor’s consort and he and their son go in hiding. L’Rell even claims she executed Ash and her baby to prove her loyalty to the Klingon Empire. The child is sent to a Klingon monastery. Later, Captain Pike will go to the monastery to obtain a Time crystal – and see a horrifying vision of his future as a result.

Suru has a health crisis, but when Discovery goes to his home planet, through complex means, it’s discovered that he is evolving into the advanced form of his species – a form largely without fear, and the planet’s apex predator which nearly wiped out the Ba’ul – the other species on the planet and the one that uses technology to cull the Kelpians. Suru helps his people to evolve.

Slowly Michael, Pike, and others solve the mystery of the Red Angel and of the signals. It does work as a series-long plot, with several interesting stops along the way. And Pike is an interesting captain, logical, calm, focused, and driven. He doesn’t rely too much on his instinct (Like Kirk), but he’s colder than Picard. And Pike has an inclusive style of leadership that brings takes into consideration the opinions of others on his staff, without more formal command staff meetings.

Section 31 again rears its head and proves to be very much the villain of the season.

Overall, I preferred Season 1 of Star Trek Discovery – it had some real surprises and pulled no punches in showing the compromises that happen when the Federation is at war. Season 2 isn’t bad, but it’s much more predictable and feels very much like traditional Star Trek, with traditional storylines and characters. Whereas in Season 1, Michael was the point of view character but she was flawed, and the season was very much about her learning things and changing her viewpoint, in Season 2 she’s very much a Mary Sue – everything revolves around her, and considering her still rather low rank, she spends too much time telling her captain what to do. She’s also become much less flawed, which is a problem. I will say though, I really liked the actor playing Spock – once they got him back from a Section 31 prison (it’s complicated). I also liked Pike – he’s a bit cold, but he fits with his crew.

Overall, recommended. If you watched only a few episodes of Season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery and thought it “really wasn’t Star Trek“, Season 2 is probably much more to your liking. There also isn’t much overlap between Season 1 and 2, so it’s perfectly possible to start with the second season without being extremely lost.

Read my Review of Season 1 of Star Trek Discovery.