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Kobayashi Marie #24: Star Trek Discovery Sn. 2 Ep. 9

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Kobayashi Marie continues its adventure into the second season that is Star Trek Discovery with Episode 9 – Project Daedalus

Let’s play chess

So annoying. A character who has been intriguing since the start of the first series finally gets her moment – only to meet her end before the episode is up.

This is Airiam’s (Hannah Cheesman) episode, where we learn that she’s a cybernetically enhanced human, as a result of an accident. We find out about her relationships, her friendships; things that are important to her. We think we’re starting to get to know her. And it turns out she’s going to end her days as a vehicle for a software virus? Poor show guys, poor show.

To be fair, her final scenes are handled impressively. I saw echoes of Kirk and Spock dividing by a door at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as Airiam and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) had their ultimate conversation. Despite Tilly (Mary Wiseman) appealing to Airiam’s human, emotional side, logic prevails and, just like Spock, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few (or the one) and she chooses to sacrifice herself.

I must comment on a simple, yet striking scene which happens before the landing party leaves for Section 31. It’s a briefing meeting where the camera circles around those present. There’s Captain Pike (Anson Mount), Lt Detmer (Emily Coutts), Lt Cmdr Airiam, Cmdr Nhan (Rachael Ancheril), Burnham and Admiral Cornwell (Jayne Brook); Pike is the only male character and the power of the female crew-members on Discovery is immense.

There’s a little more to discover about Spock (Ethan Peck) this week too. Not that there was any doubt, but we now know he didn’t commit murder. He still has anger issues with Michael though, where she accuses him of ‘posturing’. He seems to be enjoying a bit of a wallow in his various emotions. I can see how, by exploring them now, he will be able to control them later down the line in Star Trek TOS.

But everything was overshadowed by the treatment of Airiam, which was totally unnecessary.

Kobayashi Marie will be back on Friday with an all new column for Season 2 of Star Trek Discovery

You can catch up on the prior columns here!

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