“Point of Light” delves into Klingon politics as we see the return of two first-season characters and learn a little more about the missing Spock and his mysterious red angels.
This recap of Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 3, “Point of Light”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Most of “Point of Light”, the third episode of Star Trek: Discovery’s second season, takes place on Qo’noS, the Klingon home world. Remember in my recap of the first episode when I suggested that the show might be distancing itself too much from events of the previous season? Well, forget I said that, and instead enjoy almost a full hour of soapy internal Klingon politics as L’Rell (Mary Chieffo) attempts to unite the Klingon houses under her banner.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Discovery is leaning into the Klingon stuff again, as their old-fashioned honour culture and ancient houses and political struggles is most reminiscent of Game of Thrones, and thus most likely to entice casual TV audiences who’ve suddenly developed a liking for squabbles over illegitimate heirs and such. L’Rell’s problems in “Point of Light” are twofold: The first is that she’s a woman, and the second is that her torchbearer is a human. Yes, Tyler (Shazad Latif) is back, now with a messianic beard, and despite still technically being a Klingon, at least internally, the Klingon dissident factions don’t really give a s**t and the show itself has been remarkably unclear about how much of Tyler is Voq and vice versa.
Nonetheless, someone gets disembowelled in “Point of Light”, and we also see the welcome return of Michelle Yeoh as Terran Emperor Phillipa Georgiou, who arrives awesomely and just in time to save the day. She’s now working for Starfleet’s shady wet-work branch Section 31, because of course she is, and of course Section 31 has a comically efficient plan for re-establishing L’Rell’s politically-sound leadership, both by removing Tyler from the equation and staging a wacky counterfeit story that he tried to murder both L’Rell and their illegitimate albino baby.
With order on Qo’noS more or less restored, we can actually check in with the crew of the Discovery. Tilly (Mary Wiseman) is still having unproductive back-and-forths with an internal alien parasite that manifests as her weird friend from Middle School, and Spock is still missing – he’s now missing twice, actually, as a cursory attempt by Captain Pike (Anson Mount) to contact him at the psychiatric facility reveals that he has killed two doctors and legged it. This, needless to say, is deeply suspicious, and so Pike orders Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) to open his medical file that was conveniently brought aboard by their adoptive mother, Amanda Grayson (Mia Kirshner). And what does it reveal but more nebulous details about the red angels!
“Point of Light” felt like a bit of a diversionary episode, devoting more time to Klingon politics than seems reasonable, but I dug it. Star Trek: Discovery is quite clearly bending over backwards to allow Mirror Georgiou as much fun as possible, which is fine by me, and while the overarching mystery regarding Spock and his angels gives the season some kind of shape, the absurdly silly sci-fi details at the core of each episode are endlessly enjoyable. This isn’t great television by any means, but if you ask me it’s greatly enjoyable television, and sometimes that’s almost the same thing.
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