After the destruction of the USS Gagarin at the hands of the Klingons, Starfleet is finding itself at a critical point in the war: the losses are mounting and Starfleet needs a way to combat the Klingons’ cloaking technology, which is giving the Klingons an advantage in the ongoing fight. The answer, ostensibly, lies on planet Pahvo, which is being visited by an away team made up of Burnham, Tyler, and Saru.
Every object on Pahvo vibrates with a unique tone and a kind of harmonized energy. It also has a towering crystal transmitter that the away team believes can be modified into a sonar device to detect cloaked Klingon ships. While on the surface, however, Saru is overcome by a seemingly benevolent energy life form.
Consumed by the planet’s harmony and peaceful existence, Saru immobilizes the away team to keep them on the planet, forcing Burnham to defy Saru and use the crystal transmitter to contact the USS Discovery for an immediate rescue.
Meanwhile, the imprisoned Admiral Cornwell is paid a visit aboard Kol’s Klingon ship by L’Rell, who expresses her desire to defect after suffering her own personal losses at the hands of Kol. She offers to help Cornwell escape if she will allow her passage aboard Discovery.
In what may or may not have been a completely staged fight, Cornwell is incapacitated by L’Rell after they are caught during their escape. Kol places L’Rell under guard for deception and the ship is summoned to Pahvo by its inhabitants to confront Discovery in what Burnham suspects is an attempt to get the two warring races to end their fight.
Posters courtesy of Laz Marquez and J.J. Lendl
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