Stamets and Culber have a serious moment after he's already dead in Vaulting Ambition

We have no idea where to begin with “Vaulting Ambition.”

But who called it? Raise your hands.

This episode crammed a lot of developments into 40 minutes. VoqTyler / L’Rell, Stamets / Stamets /Culber, Lorca /Lorca, Georgiou / Burnham, Dinner / Kelpien.

It’s hard to know where to begin!

Behind the Camera

“Vaulting Ambition” was directed by Hanelle M. Culpepper, and I think the folks at CBS were real impressed. She is getting tapped for another season two episode called “The Red Angel,” but that ain’t nothing. Because she’s also been called to do the series premiere of the new Picard series they’re working on. That’s huge! And she demonstrated she’s more than capable with this flawless episode.

As far as the writing of “Vaulting Ambition?” That credit goes to Jordon Nardino. This is his first solo credit on Star Trek Discovery, but not for long, as he is also returning in season two with “An Obol for Charon.” He also did four episodes of Desperate Housewives, and perhaps more surprisingly? Two episodes of 10 Things I Hate About You. This is especially surprising personally because I love the movie, and had no idea there was a series.

In Front of the Camera

  • So…Do I start putting Wilson Cruz here now? Hugh Culber got unceremoniously murdered in “Despite Yourself” so every appearance feels like a gift to be treasured.
  • Raven Dauda makes her debut as Dr. Tracy Pollard! It looks like she’ll be getting a lot of screen time with Culber dead. She’s in the upcoming “The War Without, the War Within” as well as starting out season two in “Brother.”
  • Mary Chieffo’s L’Rell continues to just be chilling out on the Discovery, increasing my concern about her future as a character.
  • Michelle Yeoh is back as Emperor Georgiou, and I’m still having a tough time swallowing her as a cruel character.

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