This week Discovery returned with a strong episode titled "Forget Me Not" that is certainly an episode to talk about for many reason. We have a crew that deals with isolation and loss, a member of the crew who is dealing with finding herself and a captain who is trying to be morally uplifting using a machine. It's an episode that is not necessarily going to be my favourite, but it is surely a rich one to dive into.
Who am I?
I believe that the biggest element of this episode, the so called "A-plot" was focused around Adira and Grey. Now as we found out from the previous episode Adira go a Trill symbiont inside of her, but we only found out that her symbiont is basically her boyfriends symbiont who we got to know a little bit of background of as well in the episode. The one thing we surely learnt from Trill's in general from past series such as TNG and DS9 - mainly - that a joint Trill is a bit more complex person than the individual who joined was. We seen that change happening in the TNG episode The Host and throughout many visits from Dax's past life before Jadzia. The challenge for Adira and for Grey was to find each other with this new and complicated living situation that sadly been cut short.
I was wright about thinking that she - just like Ezri - happened to be in the right time in the right place. her union with the Tal symbiont was clearly successful biologically, but clearly it seems that her mental state was imbalanced and she needed help. Going back to Trill and seeing the same cave puddles and her getting involved her inner self was a nice touch. I'm not really sold on the visuals as of the tentacles touching her fingertips, but I guess that is just me... and therefor nothing wrong with that. In comparison I really loved what they did with the Doctor in the Matrix in the latest season of Doctor Who, that was nice, it gave a foggy feeling that she needs to find herself and to see who she really is. The "tentacle forest" felt a bit creepy for me, but again... nothing wrong with it. :)
At the end of course it was nice to see that she and the symbiont united and we got to see the previous hosts as well, many whom dates back to as far as the Picard-era, which means that the symbiont must be about 900 years old at this stage. Nice round number for sure.
Obviously the Trill facing their newest era of hope is partly going into the right direction and with it change has to take place deeper in their society. It is for sure interesting to see that they did not get away the old ideas of "only the privileged ones" can join opposed to as it was established at some point in DS9.
Dinner with the captain
Frankly the dinner scene was nice and Saru's attempt go get in touch with the crew and try to raise moral was admirable. However it felt quite awkward in many occasion. The stress and slight depression did not let them enjoy the night as they wished and Georgiou's immature verbal comments weren't helping either.
Detmer finally lost it in a sense and it did turn out that she was dealing with some suppressed feeling on her own about the landing and navigating through the ship in the wormhole. I did feel like that unnecessary blaming and calling out on Stamets was quite over the line, but it did point out an interesting thing though. Some people can feel useless and over-shadowed by others and their capabilities. Someone who has been through and in some level dealing with the same feeling can surely relate to that as well...
Seeing the crew coming together at the end watching an old movie in the cargo-bay was a nice way to conclude the episode and to come to the point when some of the crew members have put aside their pride and started acting like family.
Dammit JIM, I AM A DOCTOR...
I loved that our Doctor Culber got many opportunities in this episode, finally he has done a bit more than in previous seasons and did feel like a Doctor to me know more than ever, caring for the people and being available when they need to talk. Also worth pointing out that he does felt more like a counsellor at some point, when Detmer finally had a visit to see him. Good old Doctor Culber feels like getting into character. :)
WHAT THE COMPUTER?
So seems like the only thing has gotten no attention from the crew - well, especially from Saru - is the darn Computer itself. I mean I was quite surprised that the computer's voice and behaviour suddenly just changed, even the panel was flickering and Saru just carried on like nothing happened? I mean did Jean-Luc got freaked out hearing Barclay as the computer? Didn't Janeway noticed that the computer was ordering her to make coffee? Didn't Kirk and Co found odd that their computer was making a laugh? even O'Brien had some chat with the computer and he has noticed a thing or two with the station.
I find it odd that this has not gained any attention in the episode and Saru just declared that "I think the ship just wants to serve and protect us, just like we did for her." You cannot just ignore and accept that someone is living in your ships computer? I know, the sphere-data is technically living there, but I would have expected a little more out of it.
Overall the episode was good and for some reason I enjoyed the secondary plot more than the Adira/Grey and trill shenanigans - again, nothing wrong with that plot and I liked that we got to see the Trill again, but the crew for me was more important to see. Overall the episode was good and it earned a solid 3/5 for me this time round. _\\//