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Kobayashi Marie #26: Star Trek Discovery Sn. 2 Ep. 11

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Kobayashi Marie continues its adventure into the second season that is Star Trek Discovery with Episode 11 – Perpetual Infinity

I like science

I do love a good time travel theme, even though I’ll admit I don’t always completely understand what’s happening.

And so in Perpetual Infinity there’s a whole load of space/time physics going on, and I just have to trust that it makes sense to someone.

For example, I’m still struggling with the idea that Dr Gabrielle Burnham (Sonja Sohn), a renowned and expert scientist, manages to jump forward 950 years rather than backwards one hour. Is she really that incompetent? And she can clearly stay for a short time before being bounced back, so why can’t she just aim for an hour before the original attack again and still prevent it? Or did something else happen?

There’s also the thought that (and anyone who’s been watching the current TV iteration of The Flash will know what I mean) if Dr Burnham keeps travelling in time to prevent stuff, how does she know (and how do we know) that she isn’t a contributory factor to the whole thing in the first place? Particularly as she had no idea about the seven red signals that appeared.

Questions, questions … but that’s the beauty of science fiction, I guess.

The producers are certainly getting their money’s worth from Leland (Alan Van Sprang). Whatever his motivations started out as at the beginning of this season, that’s all irrelevant now as Control … well, takes control of him to complete its mission. There are hints throughout that both Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) and Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) are starting to mistrust him, but neither trusts the other enough to say something at the start; the beginnings of co-operation were gently tested and it might have been the start of a beautiful friendship … but I’m not feeling too confident about Tyler’s situation right now. The complexity of his character brings a lot to the show and I’d hate to lose him (again). But top marks for Georgiou giving Leland a right good kicking, at least.

And so to return to my opening – where we are at the end is confusing. Is that the last of Mamma Burnham? Will she ever get to hug her baby girl? And how can they stop Control from ending all sentient life in the universe?

More next time …

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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