Star Trek Discovery episode 9 review

So now a bit of grand finale of sorts. Well mid-season finale anyway

Following right on from last week’s episode the Discovery is at that fairy dust planet awaiting the Klingons who will certainly attack the planet to destroy the crystal tower thingie. The crew of the Discovery want to stay and protect the fairy dust creatures but Starfleet orders the Discovery to leave.

Lorca has other ideas and instructs his people to find a way to fight the Klingon stealth Ship of the Dead and they come up with a plan that involves mapping the energy of the cloaking device using a couple of transmitters secreted on the Klingon ship. The Discovery will also have to do 133 spore drive jumps in rapid succession to get enough data. For some reason. Hand wave.

The Klingon Ship of the Dead appears. Burnham and Ash Tyler beam over to place the transmitter things. While there they discover Admiral Cornwell is being held captive so they go to rescue her. So she’s not actually dead then. That’s one mystery from last week answered. In fact they find her in the Klingon Dead Body Storage Room along with that lady Klingon. I guess it doubles as a cell.

Ash Tyler has an extreme reaction to seeing the lady Klingon. Admiral Cornwell tells him it’s PTSD. He has flashbacks of being tortured by the lady Klingon. Well it’s either that or he was a Klingon surgically altered to look human and infiltrate Starfleet. But that sounds a bit far-fetched…

Burnham goes to the bridge to place the second device and is able to hear what the Klingons are saying via the universal translator. Which is pretty cool I must say.

The Discovery starts doing the jumps which is going to take a toll on Stamets. We know this because his doctor husband person says it will take a toll on him. (Honestly I can’t remember the doctor’s name. I’ll know it next year. Probably.)

The Klingons get a bit bored with watching the Discovery jump around a lot and decide to leave. This is a Seriously Bad Thing as the Discovery has to get the data from all 133 jumps in order to map the cloaking device. So Burnham has to delay them. She reveals herself and challenges Kol to a fight. They fight.

The Discovery finishes the jumps and beams out Burnham, Tyler and Admiral Cornwell. The Klingon lady manages to but her arms around Tyler to get beamed out as well.

They now have enough data to compute where the Klingon ship is so they open fire and blow it the hell up. So like, the big bad Kol is toast. Everyone is feeling pretty happy and acting like the war is over already.

They put the Klingon lady in the brig (which makes her look a lot like a Klingon Hannibal Lecter actually) so inevitably Ash Tyler goes to confront her. He acts all upset like he’s either been (a) tortured by her or (b) had to take human form to infiltrate Starfleet plus had his memory wiped presumably.

Doing the jumps took a toll on Stamets but he gets better and says he will do one more jump to take the crew home and then he won’t do any more jumps. So he does one more jump. But it Goes Wrong and they end up Somewhere Else.

The End.

Until January apparently.

This was a pretty fast moving and exciting episode. It felt pretty satisfying have Burnham fight Kol on the ship of the dead and get Captain Georgiou’s badge back.

But is that the Klingon war over? If so what will the focus of the show be? Is it going to become a different type of show?

These have been a solid nine episodes that have kept me entertained. I look forward to seeing where the show goes next.