Spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery Season 3, Episode 3 “Individuals of Earth” previous this level.
The Captain of the ship on Star Trek: Discovery is just like the Protection Towards The Darkish Arts trainer from Harry Potter: they’re solely gonna final a 12 months. However hopefully, provided that every thing that’s occurred to this point on the present has led to Saru (Doug Jones) lastly sitting in that chair on this week’s episode, it’ll stick previous this season. Further-long Kelpien fingers crossed.
In Season 1 of Discovery, we bought Lorca (Jason Isaacs) a brusque, war-focused Captain who turned out to truly be a villain from the Mirror Universe manipulating his crew like chess items. In Season 2, it was Pike (Anson Mount), the other of Lorca in that he was variety, listened, and nearly deferent to his crew. He was additionally momentary, as a result of his future was to move again to the Enterprise.
Within the background, although, have been two crew-members probably destined for the Captain’s chair: Saru; and Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Inexperienced). They had been collectively and jovially jockeying for place since earlier than their time on Discovery collectively, on the doomed ship USS Shenzhou. And on Discovery, an argument could possibly be made for both: Saru for his steadfast service and perception within the hope of the Federation; Burnham as a result of she has saved the ship, the galaxy, everybody a number of occasions.
With Pike leaving Discovery, and the crew headed to the long run final season, Saru and Burnham tabled the dialogue of who would take cost. That dialogue — type of — bought picked up this episode, earlier than the credit even hit. When Saru tried to immediate a sit-down because of a delayed reunion with Burnham, she instantly shut that s**t down.
“No, it’s… You, Saru,” Burnham mentioned in entrance of the assembled crew. “And chain of command dictates it. I don’t know if it’s ever been me. You introduced this ship by time. You carried this crew in your shoulders. You’re a captain within the truest sense of the phrase.”
Humbly, Saru accepted, and kicked off his stint as Captain of Discovery with a traditional Captain-style speech: “This ship has the identify Discovery. By no means has that been extra becoming, or extra urgent. She has carried us into the long run, and will probably be our privilege to make that future shiny… Allow us to start. Collectively.”
…and in case you’ve been following the present for the reason that starting, you had been positively crying at this level, notably when the music swelled and the digital camera pushed in on Saru’s proud expression. However after all, it wasn’t not going to be easy crusing for the brand new Captain from there.
The primary problem he wanted to face within the episode — apart from the truth that Earth was locked down, and the Federation gone — is that Burnham gave up too simply.
“I have to admit, Commander, I’m having some issue trusting your judgement,” he later famous to Burnham in his workplace. “I’m grateful in your help of my captaincy, however your refusal to even contemplate the likelihood — stunned me. This previous 12 months has altered your perspective.”
Therein is the battle of the episode. Burnham, within the 12 months she’s spent sooner or later with out Discovery, has needed to do some very unhealthy issues (the extent of which, we’re unsure of but) which have sullied her outlook. You already know they’re unhealthy, too, as a result of she’s sporting black leather-based and a few critical eye-shadow. However by episode’s finish, a brand new establishment is reached that truly makes quite a lot of sense, although one which couldn’t have essentially been predicted again within the collection premiere: Saru brings Burnham in as his Quantity One.
“I’ll belief you to develop by change, as you’ve trusted me,” Saru tells her within the closing minutes of the episode.
“Then I’d be privileged to be your Quantity One,” she solutions.
What’s notably lovely about that is that everybody just about will get what they need, and their place makes an entire lot extra sense. Burnham might take command some day, and definitely she could need to (see above re: Protection Towards The Darkish Arts). However she’s far more centered on motion, and getting issues executed — notably now, with a good quantity of threat. Saru, however is a genetic empath: his ability is seeing others, and feeling what they’re feeling. He’s definitely modified and grow to be extra battle-hardened over time. However he’s the one who ought to be sitting within the chair and main, whereas Burnham takes the dangers he can’t take.
There’ll at all times be a way that Burnham ought to be in cost, after all… She’s the face of the present, so why wouldn’t she be the Captain of Discovery? However this place fits her, and 3189 Burnham much more. It additionally fits Saru, who’s the correct man for the job. Could he last more than Lorca and Pike.
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