Star Trek Discovery (S02E10) “The Red Angel”

Hello to all the trekkies out there! It’s time for my review of the latest episode of Star Trek Discovery entitled ‘The Red Angel’

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The crew standing solemn at Airiam’s memorial. Photo courtesy of Google.
The Red Angel is who?

After a brief recap, the episode opens with Airiam’s (Hannah Cheesman) memorial. All of our characters contribute to the eulogy in some way. It’s a beautiful and moving service. Saru (Doug Jones) even sings a song of mourning from his home planet. Later, Ash (Shazad Latif) and Pike (Anson Mount) have a conversation. Things are pretty awkward between them right now.

The crew is now on the hunt for the futuristic A.I. Even though they stopped it from gaining access to control, it is most likely still out there lurking. Biding its time. While Micheal (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the others are strategizing, Tilly (Mary Wiseman) comes in with some startling new information. It seems like Micheal is the Red Angel!?

Now the crew has something to go on. They start trying to figure out any patterns in the Red Angel’s appearances. Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and Leeland (Alan Van Sprang) come aboard. They propose a trap to catch the Red Angel to question her. They reveal that they had initially built her suit. The Klingons were researching time travel and they needed something to combat their efforts. Section 31 created Project Daedalus. But the suit was stolen and destroyed by the Klingons… or so they thought.

I want all the answers now

Later, Michael confronts Georgiou and demands all the answers. In response, Georgiou tells her to talk to Leeland. Moving to engineering, Stamets (Anthony Rapp) gives an in-depth explanation to Georgiou and Tilly on how they plan on capturing the Red Angel. In the middle of this, Hugh (Wilson Cruz) walks in. Georgiou makes the situation very uncomfortable with some choice comments. Commander Nhan (Rachael Ancheril) and Micheal have a moment of remembering what happened at the airlock.

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Georgiou, Pike, Micheal, and Spock make plans to capture the Red Angel. Photo courtesy of Google.

Saru is aboard Section 31’s ship. He is scrutinizing Leeland and finds him to be working in the best interests of both crews. At least, for the moment. Micheal confronts Leeland. He tells her he knew her parents. He says that it’s his fault they died. Micheal’s parents help build the suit. Leeland stole a time crystal to power it. The Klingons tracked it. Shocked and angry at these revelations, Michael goes to Ash. She starts yelling at him and accusing him of hiding the truth from her.

let’s become the bait

Hugh visits Admiral Cornwell (Jayne Brook). He’s still feeling so alone and still questions himself. Who is he? What’s his identity? Cornwell tells him to give himself some slack. It takes time to figure things out.

Michael is in the gym taking her frustrations out on a dummy. Spock comes to see her. They have a very heartfelt conversation and it looks like they are finally making amends. Spock has figured out that the Red Angels appears when Michael is in danger. This means that she has to be the bait for their trap. She has to die.

The crew starts setting up the trap. Michael takes the time to talk to Ash. She says goodbye with a very emotional kiss.

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Spock with Micheal before the trap is set. Photo courtesy of Google.
dying isn’t so bad

The trap is ready. Spock leads her out into the hangar. At the last moment Michael questions if it will work. Spock tries to assure her it will and then leaves. The vents close, the roof opens and Michael starts to suffocate in an incredibly painful way. She dies, and the Red Angel appears, along with maybe something else? The Red Angel revives Michael. The trap worked.

The Red Angel isn’t Micheal though. It’s her mother.

final thoughts

Ok, so there’s a lot going on in this episode. The initial idea of Micheal being the Red Angel felt really strange and I never fully believed it. The scene in engineering with Georgiou, Tilly, Hugh, and Stamets was the funniest part of the episode. Like if she could have Tilly would have probably said ‘what the f**k?’.

I was happy to see Spock actually show signs about caring for Michael. Those two had such a rough start. Hopefully, things will continue to improve for them. I don’t know how I feel about Ash and Michael. There’s so much going on now.  Time will tell if they can work things out or not. Did anyone else cringe when Micheal was suffocating? I found it really hard to watch that part.

Now that the Red Angel’s identity has been confirmed, I am super curious to see what she has to say for herself.

Overall, I give this episode a 7.5/10.

Catch a new episode of Star Trek Discovery on Thursday, March 28 on Space. 6/8E.