Burnham rubs Saru's ganglia free head in An Obol for Charon
“Ganglia free since 2253”

All Discovery is trying to do in An Obol for Charon is to track down Spock, but no. Instead of that, Discovery gets cruelly ripped out warp and shoved back into realspace by what turns out to be a 100,000 year old life form on its death bed. They get a 100,000 years of knowledge for their troubles, though, which is nice.

Speaking of death beds, Saru’s not feeling so well and makes a few difficult requests of Burnham. Like cutting off his little head tentacles.

In Front of the Camera

  • Tig Notaro returns as Jett Reno. Every episode automatically becomes 30% better for having her in it.
  • Rebecca Romijn makes her first appearance as Number One, albeit an incredibly brief one. I very much hope we’ll be seeing more of her this season because 1) Rebecca Romijn is a helluva get for this show and 2) Number One as expanded in books like the Star Trek Legacies series is a character I definitely want more of.
  • Rachael Ancheril reappears as Commander Nhan, and we continue to be suspicious of her.
  • Also Raven Dauda comes back as Dr. Tracy Pollard, who seems to be Discovery’s actual chief medical officer. I’m curious about this character probably far more than I should be. But I want more.

Behind the Camera

“An Obol for Charon” was directed by Lee Rose, who also directed the first season episode that first introduced Harry Mudd and Ash Tyler: “Choose Your Pain.”

The teleplay was written by Alan McElroy, who has not done any Star Trek before now. What he has done, however? Was the screenplay for movies like Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Spawn. That’s some amazing information that I’m not sure what to do with right now. Andrew Colville also worked on the teleplay with McElroy, who we also saw just last week in “Point of Light.”

The story for “An Obol for Charon” was written by Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts, who also had a credit on the season two premiere, “Brother.” They were joined on the story by Jordon Nardino, who also brought us last season’s “Vaulting Ambition.”

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