Star Trek Discovery S04E06 is the sixth episode of the fourth season of the scifi TV drama series streaming on Paramount+. The series had a mixed reception due to its perceived retconning of Star Trek canon, being set 10 years before the events in the original Star Trek TV series and by introducing Michael Burnham (as the sister of the iconic character, Mr. Spock). In season 3, the series transported the ship and its crew almost a century into the future, thereby (cleverly) avoiding any issue with Star Trek canon once and for all.
Entitled “Stormy Weather”, Star Trek Discovery S04E06 repeats the main flaw with season 4 thus far – nothing of import really happens with each succeeding episode! Echoes of S04E02 “The Anomaly” can be seen strongly in this basic premise.
Seeking answers, the U.S.S. Discovery ventures into a subspace rift created by the Dark Matter Anomaly. (IMDB)
Thus, both episodes 2 and 6 involved the Discovery being caught up in a space phenomena that threatened to destroy the ship until the crew are able to figure out a solution to the problem. As mentioned in previous reviews, this is emblematic of this season where episodic plots, which advance the season story arc by small increments, attempt to engage the audience while superficial character development is undertaken.
In Star Trek Discovery S04E06, Book is the target of such development along with Zora, the sentient ship computer. The former begins to experience hallucinations of a deceased family member while the latter has to deal with new-found emotions in order to save the ship and its crew. It’s all rather mundane and boring, sad to report, and fails to progress the plot one iota. Clearly this is a sign of narrative paucity.
Not much else to say except that the series is critically reaching a story dead end and something has to change sooner than later if season 4 is not going to end up as one big yawn.
Now streaming on Paramount+.
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