The second season of “Star Trek: Discovery” came to an end this week with the Olatunde Osunsanmi-directed “Such Sweet Sorrow: Part 2.” In this episode we find the crews of the USS Discovery and USS Enterprise-1701 working to take down Control once and for all.
Star Trek: The Original Series – ‘The Cage’
Have you seen the original pilot episode for “ST: TOS”? In the Robert Butler-directed pilot episode, there is a scene where the camera zooms in on top of the saucer section of the Enterprise-1701. The scene fades to reveal Captain Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter), Science Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and other bridge officers listening to a distress call emanating from Talos IV.
In “Star Trek: Discovery,” the reversal of the sequence is apparent. The camera zooms away from Enterprise-1701 bridge interior and fades into outer space. This is a fitting goodbye to the Pike and Enterprise crew.
ST: TOS – ‘The Man Trap’
In a possible reference to the 1966 Marc Daniels-directed episode ‘The Man Trap,’ green blood can be seen on Lt. Spock’s (Ethan Peck) face when he is speaking with Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) from inside his shuttlecraft. ‘The Man Trap’ is the first known reference to Vulcans having green blood.
ST: TOS – ‘The Naked Time’
Did you hear how Jett Reno (Tig Notaro) responded to Burnham when she was asked about the time crystal and if it could be charged any faster? Even though the tone Reno uses is typically sarcastic, “Violate the basic laws of physics? Uh…no” is very much a Scotty reference.
In the 1966 Daniels-directed episode ‘The Naked Time,’ even though Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) needs his chief engineer to perform a cold start of the warp engines, Scotty (James Doohan) tells his captain, “I can’t change the laws of physics…I’ve got to have 30 minutes!”
In the two-part directed episode ‘Chain of Command,’ TNG fans will recall command of the Enterprise-D was temporarily transferred to Captain Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox) when Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) was sent on special assignment. Jellico, a by-the-book captain, was not the kind of Starfleet officer to suffer fools gladly. He had a style of command very different to Picard.
When Jellico wanted his officers to carry something out, he frequently said, “Get it done.” This is the phrase Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) can be heard using towards the beginning of this “Star Trek: Discovery” episode.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – ‘Trials and Tribble-ations’
To prevent interference with the true course of historical events, Lt. Spock quotes Star Fleet Regulation 157 Section 3. “Starfleet officers were required to take all necessary precautions to minimize any participation in historical events,” Spock said. This quote is lifted directly from the Jonathan West-directed “ST: DS9” episode ‘Trials and Tribble-ations’ in which Starfleet officers foil an attempt by a disgraced Klingon to sabotage established events.
During “Trials and Tribble-ations,” Barry Waddle / Arne Darvin (Charlie Brill) uses a Bajoran Orb of Time to take the USS Defiant back to a point in when Captain James T. Kirk was in command of the USS Enterprise.
Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) and the senior DS9 station staff successfully preserve events originally depicted in the 1967 Joseph Pevney-directed “ST: TOS” episode ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ before returning to their own time.
The procedure Darvin underwent to make himself look human mirrors what happened to Lt. Ash Tyler / Vog (Shazad Latif) during the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery.”
Star Trek: Voyager – ‘The Swarm’
Do you remember the moment when Georgiou taunted Leland / Control (Alan Van Sprang) about the number of ships he has in comparison with those he is facing off against? Because of her taunting, Leland responds, “Count again.”
The scene cuts to an exterior shot of the Section 31 ships. With numerous smaller ships breaking off from the Section 31 command-ship, this could have been inspired by the 1996 Alexander Singer directed “Star Trek: Voyager” episode “The Swarm.”
In an unrelated literary reference, after Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) asks Saru (Doug Jones) for words of wisdom, he quotes Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’ by saying “Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness,” Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) completes the quote by saying, “Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.”