Series three of Star Trek: Discovery has just finished it’s run on the small screen. We now follow the crew of Discovery through the 32nd century as they figure out what caused the burn. So what can we expect during Star Trek: Discovery season four?
I don’t think it was a bad season at all. Not the best, but it was certainly better than season one. We know that the end of season three was left with Michael Burnham in the captain’s seat. But who knows for how long? We know Saru is staying on Kamina to help the stranded young Keplin, who it turns out inadvertently started the burn. I was hoping the cause would have been a bit more sinister, but hey-ho.
To boldly go…
Unlike the ends of previous seasons, we don’t have a cliff-hanger ending. We saw Burnham sit in the captain’s chair and utter her own command, ‘let’s fly’. Ok, it’s not as bad as Pike’s ‘hit it’, but it’s no ‘engage’. As the credits rolled, we are left to wonder what adventures Discovery will continue to go on in the 32nd century.
We know that they now have more up-to-date uniforms on, although I much preferred the old ones. It will be interesting to see how Burnham gets on being in command; particularly as she can be a bit reckless and not one for following the rules. Although that seemed to be ok for a certain James T Kirk, so we’ll see. It’ll be interesting to see how her character develops in her role. But please Michael, try to keep crying to maybe once (or twice) a season and not every episode?
As the crew are free from the shackles of show canon now they’re in the 32nd century, let’s hope they explore some strange new worlds. It would great to find out what’s happened to the Klingons now and explore the relationship between the reunited Vulcans and Romulans. Perhaps season four may switch to an episodic format like previous Trek shows? That would make it more interesting and able to explore more stories, in my opinion.
Any return for Georgiou?
Season three saw Phillipa Georgiou sent back to the mirror Terran universe. She manages to assert her authority and defeat a mutiny from mirror Michael Burnham. It’s highly unlikely she will return in season four, but there is the Section 31 series based around her to come soon. So at least we have some Michelle Yeoh butt-kicking to look forward to. Whether the mirror universe will get explored in Star Trek: Discovery season four is yet to be seen.
What next for Book?
Michael Burnham’s new love is Cleveland Book, who’s now part of the Discovery crew. There’s still some mystery surrounding the origin of his name, so hopefully, more about him will be revealed in the coming season. His role so far has been to support Michael, so he does need a story of his own. Cat lovers will also be pleased that his cat, Grudge, will surely be a part of the new season.
It’s yet to be revealed whether he will officially join Starfleet, but we know he can operate Discovery’s spore drive. This will surely lead to some conflict with Stamets, who was the only one who could navigate the spore drive. Plus, there was already tension when Burnham ejected him from Discovery when Osyraa had control of the ship. This was to stop Osyraa jumping to the Verubin Nebula to harvest the dilithium. Although it was done with the ships best interest, Stamets saw it as leaving his family to die in the nebula. This will undoubtedly cause some friction between Stamets, Burnham and Book.
Gray to return
One story arc that’s been going on through season three is the relationship between Gray and Adira. We know that Gray is the partner of Adira. I say ‘is’, but he’s technically dead with his consciousness living through the Tal Symbiont inside Adira. Until the final episodes of season three, it was only Adiria that could see him. That changed when the away team were on the dilithium planet. The holodeck programme on the damaged ship made it possible for Gray to be seen by everyone. It was also hinted at the end of season three that Gray could be seen again away from the holodeck. This would offer hope to Adira, who could be able to have their partner back; albeit not fully human. It’ll be interesting to see how that unfolds.
Could Saru Re-join the crew?
One of my favourite characters is Saru. The Kelpian is portrayed by the fantastic Doug Jones, who has played many monsters and ghouls over the years. I did find it particularly warming to see him in human form on the dilithium planet. That was a nice touch. Anyhow, we know season three left him in Kamina looking after the orphaned Kelpian. Will he stay on Kamina and help him reconnect with his own species, or will he return to Discovery? I hope that he features heavily in season four as he’s a superb character. There could be some tension when he realises Burnham has the captaincy of the ship. But knowing Saru, I’m sure he would be diplomatic in conceding.
One of my favourites episodes was The Sound of Thunder from season two. This was set on Kamina and featured some superb acting from Doug Jones. This episode sums up what Star Trek is about – exploring the emotions and lives of new species. Let’s hope we have more of that in season four.
Whether you love or hate Star Trek: Discovery, there is no denying that it’s a good thing to have new Star Trek to enjoy. I think Discovery has taken some time to find its feet, but it’s getting there. We finally have a Trek show that has both feet firmly in the future and free from previous canon. Let’s hope the writers utilise that and to boldly go where no one has gone before.
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Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
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