[Editor’s note: Spoilers for Season 1, Episode 5, “Choose Your Pain” follow.]
Not One Big Happy Family (Yet?)
When you compare “Discovery” to other “Trek” series, one aspect that stands out is the comparatively small size of the cast.
There’s a new addition this week, though, after Lorca brings on board Lieutenant Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif), whose status as a former prisoner seems like it’s left him pretty messed up. The engineering team of Stamets, Tilly, and Burnham has coalesced into a fun trio, and all of Burnham’s interactions with Saru are interesting, given how those characters have a deep backstory.
However, the cast in general hasn’t really come together yet as a full ensemble, which speaks to the unconventional nature of the plotting here,