Warning: The following incorporates spoilers for the Star Trek: Discovery episode”Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.”
The newest episode of Star Trek: Discovery was seemingly the tip of the road for Admiral Katrina Cornwell (Jayne Brook). Cornwell had beforehand been kidnapped by the Klingons after she was lured right into a entice they’d meant for Vulcan Ambbadador Sarek (James Frain). The Klingons torture the nice Admiral in an try to achieve invaluable details about the Federation’s conflict technique, however she proves to be a troublesome nut to crack. L’Rell (Mary Chieffo) volunteers to strive her hand at extracting intel from Cornwell, however surprisingly she informs the Admiral that she needs to defect to the Federation. En path to L’Rell’s ship to flee, the pair are confronted by Kol (Kenneth Mitchell). Seemingly to protect her personal disguise, L’Rell begins preventing Cornwell as if she was coping with a prisoner escape. She smashes Cornwell’s head into some type of gentle fixture, and the admiral’s lifeless physique is dragged to L’Rell’s ship – which is filled with useless Klingons, for causes that aren’t instantly made clear. Kol suspected L’Rell’s treachery all alongside, and has her hauled off at episode’s finish.
So did Discovery actually simply kill off its highest rating Starfleet officer in such ignominious trend? Probably not. The primary mechanics of the scene recommend L’Rell’s intent was to easily make it appear like Cornwell had died. There can be no method for her to defect with out Cornwell alive, and she will clearly sense Kol is working out of persistence along with her. It additionally appears unlikely L’Rell would trouble hauling Cornwell’s corpse again to her ship.
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From a story standpoint, it simply appears extremely unlikely that Discovery is finished with Cornwell, who has emerged as a surprisingly sturdy supporting character with a compelling relationship with Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs), and is the uncommon Star Trek admiral who appears each competent and freed from corruption.
Cornwell’s demise would additionally, in essence, imply L’Rell’s demise, as her treachery has been found by Kol and there’s no logical motive she wouldn’t be executed by the brutal Klingon commander. With the demise of T’Kuvma and the disappearance of Voq, the present is burning by means of its Klingon forged fairly shortly, and an excessive amount of time has been dedicated to L’Rell to easily kill her off this early.
All that mentioned, Discovery has displayed no qualms with dispatching its supporting feminine characters. The demise of Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) was clearly vital, because it arrange the majority of the collection’ plot. Yet the demise of Commander Ellen Landry (Rekha Sharma) in “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” felt low cost and mean-spirited, pushing an fascinating character off the stage in an effort to show how edgy and darkish this iteration of Star Trek is keen to be. The present’s producers boasted within the pre-premiere press about how they’re taking cues from Game of Thrones; informal, brutal demise is de facto not a Westerosi trope that ought to take up residence in Star Trek.
Discovery clearly desires the viewers to suppose Cornwell is useless at this level, nevertheless it’s a troublesome promote. Too many shifting items of the plot would come to a screeching halt if the drama on the Klingon ship is so swiftly resolved. It would even be one other troubling signal that Discovery is brushing up a bit of too intently to the realm of nihilism for the world of Starfleet. The present is definitely making some strides in that regard; the first plots of each “Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad” and “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” are quintessentially Star Trek, telling good, empathetic science fiction tales and largely eschewing the grimmer implications of the conflict with the Klingons. The present doesn’t need to draw back from the latter facet; it will be disingenuous if it did. But killing off characters like Cornwell for basically no motive would merely be a step too far into the darkness. We’ll possible discover out subsequent week if the present has truly gone that far.
The mid-season finale of Star Trek: Discovery streams Sunday, November 12th @ eight:30pm ET on CBS All-Access, on Space in Canada, and internationally on Netflix.