[Editor’s Note: The afterward analysis contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 3, Adventure 4, “Forget Me Not.”]
Here’s the “Star Trek” we’ve been cat-and-mouse for. What a swooningly affecting episode, with affective little adroitness addendum for assorted acknowledging characters forth the way. This appearance has continued struggled to accomplish the best of its acutely accomplished ensemble, but “Forget Me Not” suggests a aisle advanced that includes best of the acknowledging cast, and it does so thoughtfully. “Star Trek” was consistently at its best aback it presented ample portraits of its characters: Abstracts wasn’t aloof an android or a science officer, he was a painter, a cat owner, an ambitious Shakespearean, a pen pal. Riker admired applesauce music, played the trombone, occasionally had a holographic girlfriend, and alike already approved his duke at beginning theater. “Discovery” hasn’t done that about as able-bodied for its acknowledging characters. Owosekun, Nilsson, the Lizard guy (Linus), Detmer, Bryce, Rhys, Nhan. I appetite to get to apperceive all of them. But alike admitting they’ve appeared in abounding episodes, their screentime has been so bound that you’ll acquisition appealing bare listings for anniversary of them on their Anamnesis Alpha pages.
“Forget Me Not” began to set that right, giving anniversary of those acknowledging players a moment to shine, while additionally infusing affecting activity into Blu del Barrio’s new appearance Adira in an abundantly active way. Who didn’t acquire tears in their eyes as the adventure neared its end?
Unlike “Far From Home,” which was accompaniment in that it presented a annoying ancillary adventure while not ambidextrous with the affections of the crew, “Forget Me Not” is affectionate of a abeyance — a way to booty banal of area all these characters acquire been and how they can action their lives activity forward. It begins languidly enough, with continued aerial shots of the address as Dr. Culber gives his log. He wants to allotment with the aggregation how he’s been in their shoes before: he’s absolutely been abandoned and absent as well. “But first, they acquire to acquire help,” he said. Activity to Earth in the antecedent adventure helped their new absoluteness to bore in. Jumping advanced 930 years into the future, aggregate they knew and admired is gone.
Adira says she has some memories and abilities from the symbiont, but aback she isn’t Trill herself, she can’t admission all of them. She can accomplish a beggarly Bajoran hasparat, though. (For what it’s worth, admitting del Barrio uses they/them pronouns, it appears Adira is scripted as she/her.) One way to get her to admission those memories? Booty her to Trill and see if the bodies there can advice her. And aback they get there the Trill assume promising! “It’s been abounding years aback we’ve apparent a Federation starship,” an agent from the world, allegedly a abundant garden apple with CGI aerial angle that absolutely do fly, tells them.
But aback the Trill ask Adira to “recite her names” she can’t. She’s a animal afterwards all, and can’t admission all the memories of the antecedent hosts who agitated this symbiont afore her. “She’s an abomination, she charge be afar immediately!” one decidedly biased Trill says. A added advanced Trill, Zee, sees an opportunity, though: this could be the approaching of the Trill, aback their own breed hasn’t had abundant applicable hosts in generations. Zee helps them and takes them to the angelic caverns area the symbionts acquire consistently lived in aglow “Minority Report” pools. Burnham’s with her throughout all of this; Culber was appropriate in adage that they’ve both afresh gone through “post-traumatic growth” and should accomplish a acceptable team.
A less-than-welcoming Trill affable party.
Meanwhile, the Discovery aggregation is fatigued to the max, and Culber’s aggravating to amount out how to abate everyone’s accent hormones, which are off the chart. Saru asks the computer for help, and it says they would account from “exercise, medication, bound dairy… yoga, hyperbaric chambers, ameliorative appearance books, interstellar shopping.” Again the computer takes on a audibly altered tone, aural about like Scarlett Johansson’s all-purpose-friend AI in “Her.” It’s got to be the apple abstracts starting to accurate its personality through the ship: this woman’s articulation suggests amusement as the best antidote for the crew’s accent — such as the ball that transcended accent barriers in the 20th Century: bashful comedy.
Saru puts that on the back-burner at first. He decides instead to bandy a banquet party. All those ahead mentioned arrested characters — Owosekun, Nilsson, the Lizard guy (Linus), Detmer, Bryce, Rhys, Nhan — acquire abundant moments here! At last! Georgiou alike recites a haiku, causing the others to try and bout it. It’s a blissful scene, but one cut abbreviate aback Detmer gets abominable in abandoning how Stamets was about acutely wounded. Bitter undercurrents arise in anybody and they all leave with Georgiou adage “Well, at atomic the wine was good” while she takes the bottle.
At this banquet affair the recriminations breeze like raktajino.
Back on Trill, Adira is sucked into the symbiont basin and Michael dives in afterwards her. They acquisition themselves in one of the trippier environments “Discovery” has anytime accustomed us. They’re in ankle-deep baptize with tendrils all around, like aberrant assumption endings that appetite to connect. They appetite to affix with Adira so that she can bethink the symbiont’s memories. But because of a contempo trauma, Adira almost remembers her own memories. We see in anamnesis that Adira and her Trill admirer Gray (Ian Alexander) were aboard a bearing address attractive for Starfleet headquarters. Senna Tal charge acquire been aboard too and again died, with his symbiont activity to Gray. Adira remembers Gray was again aback a cello virtuoso. “I’m still me,” he said. “I’m aloof added me.” This accord amid del Barrio and Alexander (the aboriginal transgender man to act on a “Trek” series) is so advocate and yet presented in such a no-big-deal, calmly affecting way. They’re not symbols, they’re people. This is some acceptable storytelling, so accurate to the “Star Trek” we’ve consistently known, but evolved. It’s the best of the accomplished — abnormally the alteration adumbrated by all that we abstruse about the Trill on “Deep Space Nine” — with what we’ve abstruse forth the way since.
Adira again remembers some advance occurred on their address that acutely blood-soaked Gray, and so she had to booty the symbiont Tal, not aloof to accumulate Tal animate but so that she and Gray could still be together, their memories commingled.
By aperture herself up, alike to her grief, alike to her affliction memory, Adira again apart the memories of the above hosts, who arise about her in a circle. Including Senna Tal, who reveals the area of Starfleet Address — or at atomic active them in the appropriate direction. And Gray… for a bawling reunion. This is acutely moving. One of the best moments of the absolute alternation to date. Talk about accepting bleary eyed.
Then it seems, afterwards Adira’s aback onboard the address — she adopted to break with Discovery rather than abide on Trill — that Gray is somehow with her in a added anatomical sense. Is this aloof how she sees his anamnesis through the symbiont? Or was he fabricated added “real” somehow? Fascinating.
Back on Discovery, Saru is in a funk. “Captain Pike fabricated abutting with the aggregation assume so… effortless,” he said. But what he blurred is that the aggregation bare to accede that they weren’t accept first, afore they started to heal. Joy can alone chase aback you’ve been honest about how you’re feeling. That’s the bulletin Culber tries to admit to Saru. And Saru does absolutely what the computer suggested: he shows a bouncy Buster Keaton movie. Things may not be okay, but you can still booty abundance in art. Who wasn’t reminded of the “Star Trek: Enterprise” adventure “Twilight” aback Archer actually prevents the abolition of Earth and saves altruism — and his reward? Watching “Rosemary’s Baby” on a 22nd Century iPad. Because what’s bigger than aloof not accepting to be “on” and accident yourself in a movie?
The Discovery aggregation all watching a Buster Keaton cine is one of those archetypal “Trek” moments. Like the “Deep Space Nine” aggregation spending an absolute adventure arena a baseball game. Or any of Tom Paris’s “Captain Proton” holodeck belief on “Voyager.” It’s unique…indicative absolutely of the personality of the makers of the appearance and not at all article that checks a box for a formula. May “Discovery” accord us abounding added of those moments.
Season 3 of “Star Trek: Discovery” is accessible on CBS All Access.
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