The Star Trek Discovery finale is here, with “Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2!” And it contained so much stuff that Joe and I found ourselves running really long, so we’re breaking it up into two smaller bits. Each of these smaller bits run the length of one of our regular episodes, so that’s a pretty good indicator of how much stuff there is to talk about here. Star Trek Discovery did not go quietly into the night. It went screaming like Michael Burnham in a wormhole to the future.
Behind the Camera on Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2
Olatunde Osunsanmi continues his direction with Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2. We are heartily grateful for it over here on Disco Night. We loved him last week in “Such Sweet Sorrow.” Our love only grows this week. He is responsible for last season’s “What’s Past is Prologue, ” as well as the Short Treks episode “Calypso.” He made his Star Trek debut way back with beautifully named “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry.” In short? We love Osunsanmi.
We’ve got the same writing team on Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2 as we did for part one, as well.
This includes Alex Kurtzman, the showrunner of this series. The last episode was his first writing credit on Star Trek Discovery proper. Although he does have a story credit dating way back to the first episode, “The Vulcan Hello.” He also has a writing credit over on the Short Treks episode “Runaway.” Which, not coincidentally, he did with Jenny Lumet.
We first got introduced to Jenny Lumet back on “Runaway,” and we saw her last week with “Such Sweet Sorrow.” Her and Alex Kurtzman seem to have a history of collaboration with one another, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see her in season three. She has a writing credit on the Tom Cruise film, “The Mummy.” That movie? Directed by Alex Kurtzman. These two seem to get along well.
Another person that Kurtzman seems to get along well with? The third co-writer of this episode, Michelle Paradise. We saw her not too long ago with her debut writing credit in the Star Trek universe with “Project Daedalus.” But most notably? She’s been announced as co-showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman for next season of Discovery. Definitely a voice you want to be paying attention to if you want to glean any hints of the show’s direction.
In Front of the Camera on Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2
We see a lot of people in the season two finale. And a lot of these faces? I’m not sure we’ll be seeing again. At least not for a while.
- Anson Mount ends his role as Captain Pike, at least for now
- Ethan Peck has his finale as Commander Spock. Although I’m hoping beyond hope Kurtzman decides to push for a series based on Enterprise.
- Rebecca Romijn swings by for a bit as Number One, another character I desperately hope to see back in some capacity.
- Yadira Guevara-Prip comes back as Me Hani Ika Hali Ka Po. If you say you don’t want to see more of her in your life? I regret to inform you that you are a liar.
- Michelle Yeoh does some beautiful buttkicking as Philippa Georgiou
- Alan Van Sprang is an incredibly lucky person as he has the privilege of sparring with Yeoh in a safe acting environment in the role of Leland.
- Rachael Ancheril as Commander Nhan had some great moments this episode, and I’m grateful she’s aboard the Discovery as they’ve traveled to wherever.
- Mia Kirshner as Amanda Grayson comes back just long enough to promise never to talk about Michael Burnham
- Mary Chieffo saves the day as L’Rell, being a completely perfect and badass Klingon.
- Most notably, Jayne Brook as Admiral Cornwell. This very much seems like a good-bye sequence. But a good-bye sequence we have decidedly mixed reactions about.
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