Netflix Review: 'Star Trek: Discovery' - Season 2 - Episode 9 - 'Project Daedalus' 'Discovery' introduces - and then kills off - one of its most compelling characters, all in one episode. Turning back to her display, Burnham begins reviewing with Spock the appearances of the Red Angel and the signals. As Airiam wheels on them, both Burnham and Nhan see the red lights flashing in her eyes, just as she raises her phaser and fires on them. Reception. "I disappoint him, he disappoints me, the sun sets, a new day begins. Hi, Cornwell! At that moment, Pike's voice sounds over the intercom, calling her to the bridge; she gives a pained chuckle as she reports she is on her way. A couple of musical cues from this episode were released in the soundtrack collection. Who should help me but you, of course, after all the entire Klingon War was your doing." Burnham asks to speak to Tyler, but Pike is adamant that there be no contact; despite her history with Tyler, the mission takes priority. "I disappoint him, he disappoints me, the sun sets, a new day begins," Spock replies. On the bridge, Pike orders yellow alert, and tells Detmer to take them in. Burnham tells him that she and Spock are thinking, to which Stamets tells her to "think louder". Burnham has a thought occur to her: The purpose of logic was to problem-solve in an uncertain environment, so perhaps some inspiration was required. Spock had said he did not understand why it chose him, so Burnham says that's where they need to start. SPOILER ALERT The USS Discovery and her crew are wanted for harboring a fugitive, namely Spock, as well as visiting the forbidden world of Talos IV. With a surprise visit by Admiral Cornwell, the crew head to Section 31 Headquarters to try and reset the AI known as Control. But someone on board is trying to thwart their attempts to set things right. Saru deduces that if Cornwell brought her concerns to Starfleet Command, she risked inadvertently informing Patar, which is why she has come to Discovery in secret. Star Trek: Discovery season 2, episode 9, "Project Daedalus", contains a bloody callback to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.In the final film starring the original Star Trek cast, Starfleet assassins wearing environmental suits and gravity boots boarded the Klingon flagship to assassinate Chancellor Gorkon. As she works, however, the three blinking lights from the probe flash again in her eyes, causing her to not respond to Tilly's teasing about being "pretty smart". Cornwell is unable to shut down the mines, as they've been reprogrammed, so Pike tells Bryce to hail Starfleet Command and tell them to order Section 31 to stand down. "Admiral, I believe I've made myself with clear. Before she could ask what that was, the airlock opens, venting Airiam into space. "Daedalus" is the tenth episode of the fourth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise. Spock considers it "arrogant" for Burnham to assert that his present manner of thinking needed fixing at all; Burnham jabs right back, saying it was arrogant for him to assert that it didn't. On two occasions, the signal was followed by the appearance of the Angel – the mission to the interstellar asteroid and the confrontation with the Ba'ul on Kaminar, but only the signal was detected when they traveled to Terralysium. Burnham comments that Sarek would be disappointed in his lack of effort. "That's not the Spock I know," Pike says, convinced it must have been doctored. Saru asks if Burnham was alright, to which she unconvincingly replies she was fine and goes to work. Burnham tries to help Spock but her efforts don’t go as planned. In the ready room, Burnham briefs Pike, Saru, and Cornwell on Section 31 Headquarters. Driven to desperation, Burnham manages to gain the upper hand using Nhan's phaser rifle, before finally pushing her into the nearby airlock. The second season of the American television series Star Trek: Discovery is set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series and follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they investigate seven mysterious signals. Cornwell retorts that if Section 31 thought they were coming to arrest her and the Discovery crew, they could think again. Daedalus, too, is a brilliant inventor whose invention kills his son, Icarus. Aboard Discovery, the crew stares in stunned silence; Burnham pounds the door in anguish, before breaking down in tears. But “civilization in the grip of an evil machine” was a standard plotline in the original Star Trek, and to see it brought back, only to have its origins in Starfleet’s own systems, is pretty neat. Manny Coto (executive producer of Star Trek: Enterprise) believes this episode to be one of the weakest of Enterprise's final season: "I wasn't pleased with the way the script turned Burnham, Nhan, and Airiam beam onto the station, hovering for a moment above the deck before their gravity boots activate. Saru believes he has an answer: As all living beings had a heat signature, he should have seen a change in Admiral Patar's when her authority was challenged, but did not… because the Admiral Patar they spoke to was a hologram. Children should know when a warfaring race will attack without warning. Yet she continues to do so, just as she believed she could save Spock and his family from the logic extremists when they were in fact were targeting him, the "half-Human abomination"; Burnham's presence in Sarek's house was beside the point. I committed myself to the facility, therefore required no permission to leave it." Nhan, who was able to regain part of her rebreather implant, had triggered the airlock. "We're thinking, commander." Cornwell replies that it came straight from Starfleet Psychiatric. Phasers in hand, they move ahead, Burnham reporting back to Discovery that artificial gravity was out and there were still no lifesigns. If I could do that, I probably wouldn't recognize my mother." "If only you hadn't asked to watch a star become supernova. He orders Bryce to open a secure channel to Burnham and Nhan only, then asks Stamets for an update on the spore drive, as they might need it very soon; Stamets reports he will be ready when needed. "It is arrogant of you to assert that my present manner of thinking requires fixing at all." ", "Okay, come on. The center of this latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery is the relationship between Spock and Michael. At her station, Airiam appears to be downloading some kind of information, which then sends out a signal; as the signal sends, the mines suddenly deactivate and veer off. Burnham states that she believes Spock, and knows for a fact he did not commit murder. When asked what its visions mean, Spock begins to answer just as Burnham enters, saying that someone or something is going to bring an end to all sentient life, and clarifies that means everything: No Humans, no Vulcans, no Federation, all conscious life. Reviewing the data activity, Tilly realizes that Airiam transferred her entire memory archive into Discovery's computers; none of it was inside her head anymore, which leads Pike to wonder what she downloaded in its place. Cornwell explains that it is heavily fortified on all sides. You are a- a Starfleet officer. ", "I am trying to understand why the Red Angel chose me to expose a threat to the entire Galaxy, and your solution is to play chess?" Airiam replies that she was looking for something to aid in the decryption, as even with all the benefits of her augmentation, it did not have an infinite storage capacity. Stamets asks if perhaps Spock had considered what made him unique; Spock admits he is half-Human, which is unusual, but there were others. Airiam reviews files from the Sphere's database in the science lab when Security Chief Nhan enters, saying that Tilly had been looking for her, and asking what she was doing. Posted by 1 year ago. Airiam reveals that Control wanted her to kill Burnham, and that "everything" was because of her. Burnham reminds him that their captain felt otherwise, as Spock was the only person who has had contact with the Red Angel. When Cornwell points out the Federation didn't build them, Pike dismisses that as a "distinction without a difference". A lot of “Project Daedalus” is about the perils of assuming the weight of a grand choice on yourself. He tells Saru to form a landing party and meet him in the ready room; Saru insists he would be better remaining on board ship, at which point Pike then selects Burnham. Pike indignantly tells Patar that if Starfleet ordered an attack, they could tell him personally. As she takes the rook with one of her own, Burnham mentions that Sarek had taught her a more elegant strategy the first day she played. Jonathan Frakes returns to the helm for Star Trek: Discovery ‘s ninth second season episode “Project Daedalus,” an episode that contains some truly vital moments for … Star Trek: Discovery season 2 episode 9 review – Project Daedalus Reviews The latest Star Trek: Discovery episode has excellent character work and some game-changing plot developments. An email will not be created automatically. "Stop it." There is no logical explanation why a smart computer that just does logical threat analysis would all of a sudden want to evolve and kill off the entire universe. Control had created the forgery, and then created the holographic Patar after it killed the real one and her cohorts. "A fair point. Hearing the doors banging together, Burnham draws her phaser and stands ready, looking relieved when Nhan forces the door open. Spock replies that they will never be able to relate as equals so long as she continues to believe every burden is hers alone. But halfway through the second season I realised that that's exactly what was going to happen. Other than the data center where Control was located, power and life support were disabled all over the station, meaning the landing party would have to beam over in environmental suits. I don't like to listen to myself talk when I have an audience." Spock submits that Stamets' assessment is inverted – that Culber needed distance not because he no longer had feelings for Stamets, but because he no longer knew how to feel about himself. "It is arrogant of you to assert it doesn't. "Really? This week's episode of CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery, "Project Daedalus" is the very best of science fiction television and of Star Trek. In the spirit of honesty, Burnham snaps back that she wants Spock to stop taking out whatever is affecting him on her and identify what really angers him. Burnham replies that Spock's inability to logically reconcile the Angel's visions caused him to question his ability to examine the world logically; what better way to return to logic than with the game that represents it? Cornwell confirms that she has looked into Pike's concerns about Section 31, but before going into them, she requests a private meeting with Spock. Airiam finally responds, sounding panicked, as she explains she is unable to stop what she is doing because Control is overriding her motor functions; she was only able to transmit 25% of the AI data, and Control needed her to finish. Burnham tries to help Spock but her efforts don’t go as planned. When asked why, Patar smugly replies that Starfleet regulations were extremely specific on the definition of treason, and Pike, the Discovery, and Admiral Cornwell all applied. ", "You better be saving every single moment with me." Nhan follows her, suddenly suspicious. Detmer is to keep the ship close enough to the base if at all possible, while Airiam would beam over to the data center once the landing party had secured it, in order to restore Cornwell's access to Control. When Burnham fails to see the point he is making, Spock is blunt: Burnham avoids reality because it was easier to shoulder burdens than to face grief. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Owosekun and Saru are both stunned to see mines as part of its defenses, as the Federation does not use mines. Stamets suggests that if Spock wants to save the galaxy, he can start by helping Stamets restore power before Section 31 arrives to arrest them. There are so many inventions in the world of Trek. "No." Seeing no alternative, Pike orders Burnham to open the airlock. With Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman. Outside, Airiam drifts away; in her last moment before her cybernetics suffer critical failure, she relives her favorite memory, the one Tilly transmitted to her just before the end: The memory of herself and Stephen before the shuttle crash, walking on the beach: "But we're coming home! Shaken for a moment by this, Airiam asks if Tilly needed her for something; Tilly asks for help with decrypting Tyler's messages. Pike speculates that perhaps it wanted something from them; Tilly speaks up, saying that it wanted something from Airiam. In engineering, Stamets is examining the spore drive, wondering aloud what could have caused the failure, and comments on Burnham and Spock's silence; he does not like to listen to himself talk when he has an "audience". The season was produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment, with Alex Kurtzman serving as showrunner. Saru confirms scans were negative on their end as well, before welcoming the admiral aboard; Cornwell admits she would pr… As she tries to delete what Airiam uploaded into Control, the door to the data center shuts, while Airiam tries to manually override the airlock. Airiam then asks about Nhan's species, the Barzan, and their cybernetics that allowed them to breathe the Earth-equivalent atmosphere on board most Federation starships; when Nhan asks why she wants to know, Airiam admits to curiosity. Pike wishes them luck, and sends them on their way. ", "We will never relate as equals so long as you attempt to assume every burden as yours alone." "Even your parent's death was your responsibility." Cornwell reminds him that he was in a psychiatric facility, and asked why he escaped at all. Stamets speaks up and asks if they might find that inspiration elsewhere, as their "loud thinking" was actually distracting. Burnham retorts she knows what it means, but Spock tells her that translation was not the essence of understanding. In her quarters, Airiam reviews her memory files, beginning with one from her life before receiving cybernetic alterations, showing her with her husband Stephen. 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Burnham is clearly disheartened, hoping she and Spock would have a new start. Glancing at the readout, the cerebral monitor reads "non-deceptive": Spock is telling the truth. He adds a Vulcan phrase meaning "you are tending a plant that is dead". Star Trek: Discovery "Project Daedalus" Air date: 3/14/2019 Written by Michelle Paradise Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Airiam volunteers to go aboard with the landing party first thing, just in case Control has any backup defenses; Nhan pledges to look after her. In Burnham and Tilly's quarters, Spock comments that unlike Tilly, whose side of the room was littered with her mementos, Burnham has "no individual expression whatsoever", calling it an accomplishment to be "uniquely mundane". Pike is outraged, saying that giving up the Federation's values in the name of security was to "lose the battle in advance", and asks Cornwell if she sidelined the Enterprise specifically because she knew he would remind her of that. 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