You Are That Hope

Star Trek: DiscoveryStardate not given (3188): In debris-filled space above the planet Hima, Burnham – still encased in the time-traveling Red Angel suit – emerges from a wormhole and collides with a space freighter piloted by Cleveland “Book” Booker, a courier who doesn’t take kindly to her intervention in his escape from a rival courier. 930 years in Discovery‘s future, the Federation has collapsed following “the Burn”, an event a century earlier during which most of the dilithium in the galaxy destabilized catastrophically. But as if learning this information isn’t traumatic enough for Burnham, there is no sign of Discovery having survived its own trip into the future through the wormhole. Booker, though informative, quickly proves that his loyalty lies only with himself, and Burnham finds herself navigating a strange future without much help – and with a great deal of danger. After earning Booker’s grudging respect, Burnham is taken to what may be the last vestiges of the United Federation of Planets: one man on a mostly-abandoned space station who has been waiting decades for a commissioned Starfleet officer to give him further orders.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Michelle Paradise & Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman
directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
music by Jeff Russo

Star Trek DiscoveryCast: Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), David Ajala (Cleveland “Book” Booker), Adil Hussain (Aditya Sahil), Nicole Dickinson (Hadley), Riley Gilchrist (Andorian Regulator), Julianne Grossman (Sanctuary voice), Brandon McGibbon (Ithyk the Andorian), Jake Michaels (Ithor the Orion), Fabio Tassone (Book’s ship computer), David Benjamin Tomlinson (Cosmo Traitt), and Grudge

Notes: Quantum slipstream drive is common in the 32nd century, but not in a damaged ship (Hope And Fear, Timeless). The Burn – the event in which much of the galaxy’s dilithium “went boom” (according to Book) happened 120 years before Burnham’s arrival. Book mentions “temporal wars” as a thing of the past (see much of the first two seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise), following which all time travel technology was banished. This marks the first sighting of Lurians (Morn’s race) and Cardassians since the Star Trek Discoveryend of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Sonequa Martin-Green and David Ajala are the only regular cast members to appear in this episode.

The third season of Star Trek: Discovery was finished filming before the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020 brought TV and film production to a halt, but the sudden, unexpected shift to an all-remote post-production model posed significant obstacles to completion of post-production on the series, particularly in the areas of visual effects, video editing, and music scoring. The premiere date of season three, originally announced as April 2020, shifted to October 2020 as a result, and the first season of the animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks, premiered prior to Discovery’s third season, despite originally being intended to launch after Discovery in late 2020 or early 2021.

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Chapter 9: The Marshal

Star Wars: The MandalorianTrying to fulfill the Armorer’s instruction that the Child be reunited with others of its kind, the Mandalorian must now find others of his own kind to help on that quest – and after the Mandalorian covert was wiped out on Navarro, that’s not an easy task. A lead on a lone Mandalorian living in the Tatooine mining village of Mos Pelgo takes the Mandalorian and the Child back to that desert world, where he finds a village under siege – and the town marshal wearing Mandalorian armor that does not belong to him. The village and its population face extinction due to repeated visits from a ravenous Krayt Dragon, and the marshal, Vanth Cobb, strikes a deal to surrender his purloined armor in exchange for the Mandalorian’s help in dealing with the Krayt Dragon once and for all. But it quickly becomes apparent that two men in armor are insufficient; the entire village will have to pitch in…and worse, they may have to work together with their hated enemies, a local band of Tusken Raiders, to do away with the threat to them all.

The Mandalorianwritten by Jon Favreau
directed by Jon Favreau
music by Ludwig Goransson

Cast: Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), John Leguizamo (Gor Koresh), Amy Sedaris (Peli Motto), Timothy Olyphant (Cobb Vanth), Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett), Isaac C. Singleton (Twi’lek Doorman), David Choe (Ringside Spectator), Miguel A. Lopez (Tusken Raider #1), Xavier Jimenez (Tusken Raider #2), Leilani Shui (Jawa), W. Earl Brown (Weequay Proprietor), Dietrich Gray (Mos Pelgo Villager), Karisma Gideon (Jo), Dylan Curtis (Mos Pelgo Boy), John Rosengrant (Gor Koresh performance artist)

The MandalorianNotes: Obi-Wan Kenobi scared off a band of Tusken Raiders by imitating the scream of a Krayt Dragon in the original Star Wars; now we have a little more context for why they took off so quickly. Apparently a particularly ravenous Krayt Dragon can force a Sarlacc to abandon its pit. Peli Motto was previously seen in the season one episode The Gunslinger. Mos Eisley and Mos Espa (the site of much of Episode I‘s action) are both still thriving, though Mos Pelgo has struggled to survive both Tusken Raider attacks and the Dragon.

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