Season 3, Episode 4, “Don’t Forget Me”


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The trill was first introduced Star trek Franchise in Next Generation Episode “Host”. In that episode, Beverly Crusher falls in love with a trill ambassador named Odan, only to struggle when Odan is killed, and Symbian gets Riker until a new host can arrive. Is temporarily passed. To be honest, while I remember the episode’s existence, I have a hard time remembering much about its quality – I’ve somehow completely forgotten the Raiker section (a section that reads “Forget Me Helps to give at least some fanfare for “no. Main Story”). I doubt it was a classic, but when I reviewed it, I gave it a B +, which doesn’t sound too bad. But that’s not the point. The point, a key point of the episode, is that while the Federation knows about Trill, Beverly has no idea about symbiosis until a crisis forces her lover to act on her It is not a species that everyone is familiar with and while Deep space nine Will fill in too many gaps, it is still considered something of a mystery.

“Don’t Forget Me” over Adira’s relationship with her own symbiosis, a trill named Tal. Adira is aware that Taal was part of the Starfleet Admiral who sent the message that Discovery is in pursuit, but is unable to use those memories to tell Discovery where she needs to go next. As far as storyline motivators go, this is perfectly justified. It has a certain video game-y quality – go here for the next quest that will help you move forward in the main quest – but Adira is an interesting character, and it’s not unreasonable for her to want to get some answers. What I get is how everyone on Discovery knows about Trill. It’s not the upcoming thing on the original series, but everyone chats about it as if it’s not a big deal. Certainly, Saru is briefly concerned when a scan of Adira’s body reveals that symbiosis is covering her heart, but in general, the show’s characters react to her situation in a way that the author clarifies Roopa expects the audience to respond to it. We are doing journey Fans, so clearly We Already know what is going on, so why bother with weeds?

This is one of the problems with doing the prequel, and while Search Jumping forward 932 years and solving a lot of my issues with my base, it cannot shed itself for its lazy world-building habits. I’m also not sure why they decided to use Trill again. It is almost a millennium for God in the future. Create a new weird symbiotic alien race. As such, I kept trying to remember that if we saw anything here, refuted the information from the earlier series, and then got upset because that’s not the point, but actually able to help ourselves Is not. However, the problem is not about maintaining continuity. It’s about using familiar journey Concepts without feeling specific to land them or show them. It’s about saying “Hey, remember this,” and then assuming there will be enough shorthand that they don’t have to create the illusion of a coherent universe.

“Don’t Forget Me” has two storylines, both of which work fine in wireframes. In the first, Adira and Michael beam down to Trill Homeworld; Adira realizes that she sees most of Trill’s leaders as an abomination (Symbian should not be involved with humans); After a quick fight, she and Michael are taken to special magic caves, Playboy swam to symbiosis at the Grotto Pool, where Adira can go swimming and keep in touch with her past lives. Meanwhile, on Discovery, Drs. Hugh tells the Steamets that everyone on board is struggling psychologically, and Saroo tries to ease the tension, first with a super weird dinner, and then with a fun movie night.

This, as noted, is fine. She even finds time to throw in a sad / sweet story that explains why Adira is struggling with her symbiosis: her boyfriend, Gray, was a trill, and she was forced to live with her life after an accident. Was chosen to take in, he was left near death after an accident, in order to prevent symbiosis from dying. I appreciate that Saroo showed the Buster Keaton film to everyone (Sherlock Jr., Which is completely the rule), and the plot moves like a clock, ending the episode with a star chart, leading to the location of the Federation’s current headquarters.

It’s just execution that kind of sucks. Well, “sucks” too much, and honestly, I can see the appeal here – it’s all very warm and friendly, and it’s legitimately great to see journey The series without a straight white male in a major, or indeed any, lead role. It sounds new and interesting, and I’m relieved that the show didn’t immediately find a replacement for Pike (I love Pike, but he moved into space so quickly that Lorca was left behind, feeling like someone behind the scenes Was also not afraid not to be around the square-jawed curb-type to shout orders); Cypress makes a good captain, and at his best, Search An energy and attitude that seems unique to one journey Display.

but. In fact “these are bad people, these are good people, let’s be more complicated than hugs.” The writing is frustratingly lazy due to a complete lack of trust in the audience, running to happy conclusions without bothering to actually explore the problems that caused them trouble. For example: Cypress goes into engineering and tells Stamat how to use spore drives that do not require direct human (or otherwise) intervention. Tilly suggests that they try to do something with the dark matter, and the Stamets immediately jump into her throat. Because, of course, it’s the Stamets and he’s super defensive, but it seems more complicated than that. Later, on Saroo’s strange eating, things heat up even more. And then five minutes later, Stamets is apologizing and they are embracing it and everything is fine.

I promise you, I don’t hate hugs. I normally do a lot of pro-hugs. And of course some values ​​flare up in showing interpersonal conflicts and then burn out without the need to make everything intensely dramatic. But I don’t really know why the Stammates decided to apologize, like I don’t really know why he was defensive to begin with. I can speculate, and I’m sure the stress of this has something to do with the experience of the entire crew, but everything on the show is so focused that we make sure we all love each other and that’s all right. Is that any kind of synergy is felt because it is unavoidable.

Or hell, take Adira’s time on the trill planet. At first it seems that there will be some drama here. Most people at Trill High Council drop out when they learn that Adira is human, and while the conflict is overly simplistic, it is at least an indication that these are people with different intentions and views of the world. But then Adira Fakir runs into the pool, and Michael dives to save her – which, by the way, is so strange that the pool is considered holy and Michael is surrounded by half a dozen trills. It is very compelling that Michael is even there in the first place, noting that Adira has a Dr. Had to travel with Hughes; Hugh sent Michael down as he decided that Adira needed emotional support, and was somehow best equipped to provide this to Michael, because God knows, we are the one without Michael to fix everything. The chief cannot advance the story.

This is not what I’m driving – at this point Michael’s involvement is more or less considered, and it’s not like the original journey Ever made a compelling argument for why Kirk had to be part of every mission. The disappointment here is that once Michael forces Adira to face her past, we get a simplified, and truthful, love story that takes place without any real twist and transcends it. “They were really into each other and they were so good, and they were the one they died.” (Adira has a hint of being jealous of Graeff’s newfound trill abilities, but it is resolved immediately in the same flashback Goes where it is offered.) Once Adira is able to confess this confessional but dramatically dislocated piece of her back, she gets access to symbiosis.; And suddenly all the trills that she considers a disgusting Thea is now firmly on her side.

It is all weightless. Trill culture has no meaning beyond obscure mysticism. journey Has decided that “peaceful culture,” indicates and none of Adira’s feelings are beyond learning or developing in any way that tragic memories are tragic. If the scenes between Adira and Gray were reaching you, I wouldn’t want to make fun of that reaction or try to overcome it (I couldn’t), but I think we’re a little more than a Hallmark commercial can ask. Just as the show is bringing Hand Waves to the trill, it is writing that so much is needed to get this resolution that it cannot tolerate anything complicated or difficult or thoughtful sitting. Everything is shortcut and simplification. This is not always ineffective; The crew is growing on me, and the hangout vibe is that the secondary storyline in this episode is engaging and good. But it is entirely possible Characters of choice And Conflict without sacrificing the effect of either, and this is something Search The struggle with

Lost observations

  • Therefore, as anticipated last week, it is revealed that both non-binary and transgender characters have been promoted before the season premieres. Ian Alexander plays Gray, Adira’s love interest; Gray is clearly identified as a male without being transgender. I’m not sure if both Adira (who is still recognized as “she” in the show) and Gray Trill are as progressive as we were led to believe, but it’s probably that call to make Not my place
  • Eventually we take out his long-awaited Dettr Freak, as he runs out of stammats (of all people) during Saru’s dinner. It’s a nifty, scary moment, but we still know so little about Detter that I’d be massively disappointed if it’s all for the signs that the show is setting up.
  • “Symbians are a gift to all, not just trills.” -Adira. I’m not really sure what that means? A simple “I’m going to stick with Discovery for a while, just ’cause” would have been fine.
  • Any show that uses Buster Keaton and Sherlock, Jr. Not all can be evil as an expression of pure bliss. (This almost makes up for that terrible line about Elon Musk that comes back in season one.)

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