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RECAP: Star Trek: Discovery – “Brother”

As TV shows go, 2019 has all the ingredients to create a feast of entertainment, unlike anything we’ve been fortunate to witness prior to now. For some of our most anticipated shows of the coming year, check out our post here. That being said, the opening episode of Star Trek: Discovery’s second season brings with it a sense of intrigue after the shocking turn of events to have transpired 12 months ago.

Taking place literally seconds after last season’s climax, the crew of the USS Discovery makes contact with the distressed USS Enterprise. After a couple of seemingly innocuous difficulties, Captain Pike and two of his officers arrive on board to detail their current mission.

From here on, the ship journeys its way through the galaxy to discover the nature of a strange series of randomly dispersed cosmic signals. On arrival to the closest anomaly, they arrive at an enormous asteroid field surrounding a crashed Federation Medical vessel from the Klingon War.

The remainder of the episode consists of a thrilling escape attempt, touching continuation of Stamets remorse regarding Culber’s death and intriguing introduction to the relationship between Burnham, Sarek and her estranged “Brother” Spock.

As far as expectations go, “Brother” didn’t set the world alight with its hard-hitting story. Instead, it adequately established stakes. Spock’s discovery of the signals before everyone else is intriguing, although a bit baffling. The ambiguity surrounding Pike is enough to generate a new list of conspiracies to keep most of us busy for weeks to come.

It goes without saying, but once again the visual effects department earned their mettle in this opening chapter – the scene through the asteroid field, in particular, was as dramatic and visually stunning as anything we’ve seen before.

Overall, “Brother” was a typically standard progression into Season 2 of Star Trek Discovery. Characters such as Tilly, Stamets, Saru and Burnham provided enough development to show growth, enough time on screen to create intrigue, and enough warmth to remind us of the family dynamic the crew of Disco so wonderfully share.

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