Set your face to ugly cry – in this week’s episode “An Obol for Charon”, Discovery’s most elegant soul, Saru, faces a fatal illness – the vahar’ai; the ship is held in place by a sentient orb which causes havoc to its systems; and Tilly is consumed by the fungal entity “May”. Team re:Discovery discuss the central theme of polarisation between action and surrender, whether we exist if there is no one to remember us, the “soft butch showdown” between Stamets and Reno, if shirtless Saru met our expectations and much much more. So grab a hanky and press play!
- Wikipedia has a limited description of soft butch; this term, mostly used by the queer community, can describe anyone masculine presenting with a touch of femme.
- Majel Barrett-Roddenberry also played Nurse/Doctor Christine Chapel and a whole host of characters in Star Trek: The Animated Series, including a young Amanda Grayson (Spock and Michael’s mother). Her run as the voice of the Federation’s computers actually lasted past Star Trek: Voyager through to Star Trek: Nemesis, as well as JJ Abrams’ first Star Trek film, which premiered the year after she died.
- Captain Christopher Pike’s appearances in original series episodes The Cage and The Menagerie were the only pre-Discovery insight into the pre-Kirk history of the Enterprise.