This Sunday’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery looks like a big one as the Discovery finally faces Kol, son of Kor and Kahless’s cloak-enabled heavy cruiser. The feeling of finality from previews or the description is not just media hype.
According to Deadline, the series will return in January with its remaining six episodes forming a “Chapter 2” in Discovery‘s ongoing story. The site’s description of the next chapter indicates that the Discovery crew will be in “unfamiliar territory” as they fight off adversaries in an effort to get home. The curious shade of Voyager may suggest a major point of departure for the series and, perhaps, the Klingon-Federation War.
Or it could just be a description of the often-teased mirror universe episode. It’s easy to imagine Stamets’s (Anthony Rapp) spore drive sending the ship sideways into a universe where the Terran Empire is engaged in its final, bloody offensive to subdue the Klingon insurgency. It almost makes you wonder what sort of man Mirror-Lorca (Jason Isaacs) might be. You can also bet Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) is still alive in that universe.
But considering the way Discovery embraces its Star Trek tropes, will the ship’s visit to the Mirror Universe be an extended one? That would definitely put the brakes on my theory about Burnham’s second mutiny. Granted, that’s how junior officers become captains in the Terran Empire.
Come to think of it, that would a very different spin on Stamets calling Tilly (Mary Wiseman) “captain” last week.
Star Trek: Discovery streams its mid-season finale this Sunday on CBS All Access and returns for “Chapter 2” on January 7th.