Star Trek Discovery 2×11, Season 2, Episode 11, “Perpetual Infinity” aired March 28, 2019
With the cliffhanger ending of last week’s episode, we already knew that things would once again get tough for Michael Burnham. This episode sure didn’t disappoint as far as the emotional drama of being reunited with a mother believed dead for twenty years is concerned. Other plot points… well, it’s complicated!
A long overdue reunion – and it’s not what Michael would have wished for
The episode starts with Michael experiencing a flashback to the traumatizing childhood moment in which her life was changed forever. Later on we see the same moment from her mother’s point of view. Intent on saving her family, she puts on the Daedalus suit to jump back a year in time, but somehow ends up 950 years in the future. No matter wherever and whenever she jumps, she’s always drawn back. That’s the problem the crew is currently facing: Even though they have placed Michael’s mother in stasis down on Essof IV, it’s only temporary and time is quickly running out on them.
In an emotional moment, Gabriele shares her view of time as she has experienced it during the many years she has tried to stop Control from destroying all sentient life in the galaxy. She describes it as a savage, living thing with “gravity and will.” And while it is obvious that she wants to reunite with her daughter, it’s clear that her number one objective is her mission: Stopping Control from evolving and preventing it from gaining access to the sphere’s data.
The sphere’s data help Michael understand what her mother has gone through, but from an emotional point of view, she’s struggling – even more so when learning that her mother has been with her all along during key moments of her life such as her graduation.
“Struggle is pointless” – Now, where have we heard that before?
Leland is still held captive by Control which tells him that it now needs his face and body, as “there’s an element of human nuance [it has] not yet mastered.” The AI then injects him with another round of nanites and assimilates him. “Assimilate” may just be the right word here, because the way Control intones “Struggle is pointless” resonates deeply within us. In fact, it triggers a memory of the Borg’s infamous “Resistance is futile”-line delivered in the same, robotic tone. So… is Control an early form of the Borg?
Next, Control/Leland tells our Section 31 representatives Ash and Georgiou that Dr. Burnham cannot be trusted and instructs them to get their hands on the sphere’s data. Fortunately, both suspect that Leland has been compromised. Together they can prevent the sphere’s data from being completely transferred to Section 31.
When Ash goes to find out what Control/Leland is up to, he almost ends up being killed. But as Klingon/human hybrids are distinctively hard to slay, we feel pretty sure Ash is gonna make it!
Spock’s imperfection made him perfect for the Red Angel
With access to new data, Spock is finally able to get some much-needed answers. He has always wondered why he was chosen to receive visions of the Red Angel. Apparently “his logic training and human emotions seem to give him the psychological balance to comprehend [the angel’s] existence. And his dyslexia allows him to process the effects of atemporal dysplasia”, making him the only person able to help Michael’s mother achieving her mission’s goal. So his dyslexia enables him to understand complex matters better? Ehm… okay! Doesn’t sound logical, but who are we to judge?
This episode continues the trend of Spock being a good brother that began last week. While he still visibly struggles with offering verbal comfort – although we see him very hard trying to do so for Michael’s sake – he is there for his sister in his own way. In what is perhaps the most meaningful moment of the entire episode, we see him playing a game of 3D chess with Michael. The implication is clear: Even though Michael may have once again lost her mother, her brother is there to stay.
- Dr. Burnham sure has a way of giving us the chills! First, we have to deal with her gripping speech about the nature of time, then she literally breaks us with her not so subtle hints about Pike’s own future. So hard to take, particularly considering that viewers already know what will happen to him.
“You’re a ghost to me, Captain Pike. One of hundreds of trillions that fill a galactic graveyard.”
- While the “mom moment” between Gabriele and Georgiou (with Garbrielle imploring Georgiou to take care of Michael) was definitely touching: Are we just going to forget the fact who that woman is and what she did? Because strangely, it feels as if the show is putting her on to a path of redemption. Can it really be that simple?
- It’s so nice to see. Dr. Culber reinstated and picking up his duties! He rocks at being empathetic and kind. You know what would be even nicer? Seeing him and Stamets taking some steps towards each other again!
- Dr. Burnham denying all knowledge about the seven signals strikes us as odd. If it’s true, then there must be another entity/force at play here.
- We stan good brother Spock!
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Star Trek: Discovery airs Thursdays at CBS All Access
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