WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
After a century of silence, war erupts between the Federation and Klingon Empire with a disgraced Starfleet officer at the center of the conflict.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
After jumping to a parallel universe by way of the Discovery's spore drive and the subsequent betrayal and death of Captain Lorca (I knew he wasn't to be trusted!) in season 1, the USS Discovery is flying without a captain but under the command of acting captain Saru. The Klingon war is over, Starfleet is victorious, and Commander Michael Burnham is being hailed as the hero that she rightfully is.
This season sees the Discovery being commissioned by the captain of the USS Enterprise while is docked and being repaired. Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) is everything a Starfleet captain should be and the very antithesis of Captain Lorca. Aside from being super dreamy, Captain Pike is the kind of leader that you'd follow into battle and inspires such loyalty in his crew merely by valuing them as people with expertise that he might not have.
"Pike is the leader who realizes, 'Okay, you know what? I have fifteen brains around me? So why am I just using mine?' So he's willing to go, 'I have no idea what's happening right now. Does anybody have a better idea, because we'll do that,'" actor Anson Mount told reporters at a press day according to Decider.com.
Captain Pike's brought a much-needed sense of cohesion to the Discovery. Under Captain Lorca, things were well run, and the crew trusted him, but the man was shady from the get-go. Captain Pike is dashing, charismatic and loyal to his crew.
Season 2 centres around the big mystery of seven mysterious signals that pop up across time and space and a red angel that appears with it. It has something to do with Spock who is not only Michael's estranged adopted brother but also our beloved Spock has disappeared from the mental facility he checked himself into. Through much of the first part of the season, Michael and Pike are looking for him because they don't believe in the charges that Starfleet has brought against him.
Meanwhile, Ash Tyler who is the Klingon Voq (who saw that twist coming? Not me) is finding that he doesn't fit in with the Klingons and eventually finds himself working for Section 31, a branch of Starfleet Intelligence that seems to operate outside the laws of the Federation at times. In other words, Section 31 is shady as heck.
Season 2 is a lot more cohesive than season 1 with regard to its storylines. While the Red Angel mystery does seem to be dragged out more than it should be, it was exciting and satisfying watching Michael and Spock mend their relationship figuring it out.
One of the most heart-breaking storylines of the season is Stammets losing his husband, finding him again only for Dr Culber to be a changed person. Seeing their relationship fall apart when you thought nothing could ever break them is just too sad to watch.
Memorable character plots this season include Tilly's progression as an Ensign, the inclusion of brash but lovable Jett Reno who clashes brilliantly with Stammets and Commander Saru's storyline about his people and sister is just so great.
The way this season ends explains a lot why the USS Discovery and its crew are never mentioned in any other Trek stories or lore and the way it expands the Enterprise and Spock's history is brilliant. While I'm sad that Captain Pike had to go back to the Enterprise because he was such a bright light in this season, I am looking forward to the adventures of the Discovery and how they will now operate within the United Federation of Planets and Starfleet.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: