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[REVIEW] STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Episode 11 “The Wolf Inside”

After last week’s fantastic episode, “The Wolf Inside” had a lot to live up to. While I wouldn’t say it surpassed “Despite Yourself,” Star Trek: Discovery‘s eleventh episode does a great job in its own right.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Doug Jones as Saru and Mary Wiseman as Cadet Sylvia Tilly

Doug Jones as Saru and Mary Wiseman as Cadet Sylvia Tilly (CBS)

Let’s get this out of the way right off the top: the worst kept secret about this new show was confirmed this week: Tyler is, in fact, Voq. After L’Rell began the wake-up call last week, seeing himself — or, rather, his mirror counterpart — finished the job. The scene in aboard the Shenzhou where Burnham confronts Tyler about it is one of the series’ best. Both actors are on top of their game and the moment where Tyler finishes his turn is simultaneously wonderful and horrifying. Even though it was expected, particularly after last week, the payoff was definitely worth waiting for.

Other than that, the episode feels like a bridge to next week’s showdown between Burnham and Empress Georgiou (another easy guess after last week’s episode). That’s not to say it’s bad, though. It does everything it needs to exceptionally well, and there’s some great universe-expanding elements contained within.

Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham

Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham (CBS)

After obtaining the files about the Defiant last week, Burnham now needs a way get them back to Discovery without blowing her cover. Meanwhile, she gets an order direct from the Emperor via another captain to go to a hidden rebel base and destroy it because it houses a particular rebel called the “Fire Wolf,” a.k.a. the Klingon leader of the resistance.

When they get there, Burnham and Tyler beam down and encounter the rebels, which gives us our first look of Discovery‘s Andorians and Tellarites. Like the Klingons, both species get redesigns for the new show. The changes to these species are more subtle than those done to the Klingons and, while I prefer the Andorians and Tellarites from Enterprise because of their simplicity, I feel that their new looks will grow on me in a way that the new Klingons haven’t yet.

Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham and Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca

Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham and Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca (CBS)

Burnham and Tyler surrender to the rebel group and are brought to the Fire Wolf, who is Voq. Burnham is impressed by how these four very different species — the aforementioned three plus the Vulcans — can work together. She tries to broker a peace, but Voq makes her undergo a mind-meld from mirror Sarek, who also sports a goatee like Spock and Soval before him. The meld revels much of Burnham’s past, and while its unclear if Sarek knows she’s not that universe’s Burnham or he just read the emotions of those moments, he vouches for her.

Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham and Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler

Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham and Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler

Tyler, however, starts remembering more of his past when, essentially, being faced with himself and attacks Voq. Voq handles him very easily and, after assurances from Sarek that Tyler was acting alone, Voq gives Burnham info she needs to help her cover their escape from the planet.

Back aboard the Shenzhoum, Tyler’s turn happens, and he almost kills Burnham if it weren’t for a save from Mirror Saru, who is Burnham’s personal slave in this universe. With Detmer’s encouragement, Burnham orders Tyler to be executed via transporter spacing, but not before she can put a plan in motion. Burnham hides the Defiant intel in one of Tyler’s holsters before beaming him out into space. He’s there for just a few seconds when he is beamed aboard the Discovery where, after he recovers the intel, Saru treats Tyler with a trip to the brig.

The B-plot for this episode involves Tilly and Saru trying to heal Stamets. Tilly is convinced that the only way heal him is to use the spores, but it doesn’t go so well. He flat-lines, leaving Tilly to mourn. For reasons that only make sense for the plot, they leave Stamets in the spore chamber presumable well after he is pronounced dead, where Tilly sees him come back to life. We then see inside Stamets’ head, where he encounters the mirror version of himself.

The episode ends with an appearance by the Empress, and in just a few moments, Michelle Yeoh totally owns playing the mirror version of her character. It’ll be fun to see her next week go toe to toe with Burnham once again.

What do you think of the latest episode if Discovery? Let us know in the comments below.


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Andrew Cardinale is from a Boston suburb where he works in IT. When he's not doing something Star Trek related, he writes, follows local sports and listens to far too many podcasts. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @acardi.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Paul A. Prince III

    January 15, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Let me apologize in advance for an editing nitpick, but I’m an English teacher and can’t help myself. In the fifth paragraph, you write, “her and Tyler beam down….” It should be, “SHE and Tyler beam down.” My ninth graders make the same mistake all the time. Again, sorry for the nitpick.

    • Paul A. Prince III

      January 15, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      P.S. It truly was an awesome episode. ST:D is giving us the best first season of any of the previous ST incarnations.

    • Karl

      January 15, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      Hah! That was my first thought reading that too!

      • Melly

        January 17, 2018 at 12:08 pm

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  2. JB

    January 16, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Michael discovers all of the things she normally is (emotional, judgemental, and violent) help her in this other universe. She launches a fool plan to meet a rebel leader and is somehow not killed by a dozen ambushers in elevated positions because the script. In a minimalist meeting, we learn Ash’s safe word is like the second most common Klingon word there is. Ash has a fight with himself, because it turns out sensors don’t work and Star Fleet can’t tell Pepto Bismol from ketchup, much less sort through DNA. Somewhere else a writer thinks that Star Trek is all about gibberish (rather than technobabel), so Stamets is getting hotboxed by Tilly in order to save his life. Turns out, he dies, which is almost sad if he wasn’t such an insufferable jerk. Just kidding, magic! Ten out of ten, because you can always count on some comedy over at TrekNews…

    • Mateusz R. Orzech

      January 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Yeah, that was definitely a weaker episode. The plan to meet with the rebels was indeed quite stupid, also the dialogues were weird, very expositional and unnatural at times. I also agree with the Stamet’s situation, it was unnecessary red herring. This is however bigger problem with DIS; the writers seem to devise surprising plot twists but they’re too obvious, it wasn’t surprising that Tyler is Voq, it wasn’t surprising that Discovery will end up in MU, it wasn’t surprising that Gieorgiu is the Empress and it won’t be suprising when they reveal that Lorca is originally from MU.

      But as I understand it, Klingons took real Tyler and used parts of his body and perhaps the marrow in order to fool Starfleet’s sensors. Also it seemed that they were not words that really woke Voq up (as L’Rell tried and failed) but mostly seeing himself in a mirror of sorts worked as a final push.

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