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‘Star Trek Discovery’ S1 EP 10 & 11: ‘The Wolf Inside’ and ‘Vaulting Ambition’ Review

If you’re not seeing Star Trek Discovery, you really should, whether you are or aren’t a Star Trek fan. If you’re one who enjoys action, mystery, tension, a little bit of drama and constantly saying “What the….” at the events happening on the screen, this show is for you.

This review contains spoilers, so if you haven’t seen Discovery, I recommend you not to read this review, as what’s commented here contains not only heavy spoilers but possible triggers as well. This show is not so careful in those aspects.

Having said that… let’s begin.

Both episodes have not only confirmed some theories the fandom has been working on since the very beginning of the show but have also shown us a much darker and “twisted” tone in the Star Trek series.



Ash Tyler


First, we have the confirmation that Ash Tyler is not Ash Tyler but Voq, the Klingon soldier who T’Kuvma let in charge after his death and gave his body and mind to the philosophy of the Klingon war.

In a medical procedure, which resembles a lot like torture, Voq transformed into Ash Tyler, as a means to infiltrate Starfleet and win the war… Only to backfire and bite him in the butt, as Tyler is suffering from that and being useful to no one, but a danger to all.

Tyler/Voq’s fate remains unclear, but one thing is sure: nothing will ever be the same for that man/Klingon.



Culber’s favorite moment of their day


Then, we have the first appearance of Culber after his death, sharing an emotional moment with Lt. Stamets -a.k.a the love of his life- telling him to save his life, the life of everyone aboard the Discovery and the mycelial network.

Culbert and Stamets are the first canonical gay couple in the Star Trek Universe, and it was a shock to see when Tyler -a.k.a Voq- murdered Culber as an attempt to silence the only one who knew the truth… or at least some of it.

While some claim that this is not the last time we see Hugh Culber, it won’t be the same, and we all know that. They ended the first canonical bi-racial gay couple and I’m still not over it, even though they gave them a beautiful goodbye, touching and moving.



Captain Gabriel Lorca


On other aspects of fan-theories proven truth, we have the fact that finally, FINALLY, it’s revealed why Captain Lorca was so strange and mysterious since his first appearance – I’ve been saying it since I began reviewing this show– and it’s because Captain Lorca is not Captain Lorca from the Federation Universe, rather than Captain Lorca from the Mirror Universe.

Apparently, in the Mirror Universe, Lorca helped Phillipa Georgiou raise Michael as her daughter, but when the time came and she grew up, Gabriel Lorca and Michael Burnham began a “romantic” relationship and started planning to kill the Emperor of the Mirror Universe -Phillipa- in order for them to rule that world.

Discovery writer’s tell us, with the use of flashbacks, that since the first moment we met Gabriel he was looking for Michael to re-recruit her and go to the mirror universe to end what they have begun so many years ago. –I KNEW LORCA WANTED SOMETHING WITH MICHAEL I KNEW IT

The episode ends with Captain Lorca looking down at a soldier, confirming he is from that universe and showing how merciless he truly is.

While Discovery keeps getting stronger -with a plot twist every week- the truth is that this show is not for everyone, as it depicts some truly messed up things and might trigger some people. Contrary to chapter one -episodes from 1 to 9- this second chapter is bolder, darker and much more unpredictable as it continues. My only question is… how many plot twists are too many plot twists?

We are truly going where no man has gone before.


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