Episode Discussion | Star Trek: Discovery | 5x09 "Lagrange Point"

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After Moll and the Breen capture a mysterious structure that contains the Progenitors’ power, Captain Burnham must lead a covert mission to retrieve it before the Breen figure out how to use it.

Written by: Sean Cochran & Ari Friedman

Directed by: Jonathan Frakes

e_t_ Admin ,

They made it seem like the object was between the black holes, which would be L1, but only L4 and L5 are long-term stable. To remain at L1 (or 2 or 3), you need stationkeeping. The ability to keep station for billions of years is a wonder all on its own.

ricdeh ,
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As I understood it, it was actually the scientists that put the portal there.

e_t_ Admin ,

I thought the scientists just enclosed the portal in that cylinder of duranium. The final scene shows the cylinder being destroyed and the portal being exposed to space. That means the portal existed independently of the cylinder. If the cylinder was generating the portal, it would cease when the cylinder was destroyed.

ValueSubtracted OP Mod ,
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That's an interesting interpretation - like Richard, I assumed the Progenitors created both the portal and the container it was in (though not necessarily that the container was generating the portal, just encasing it).

e_t_ Admin ,

I thought the scientists from the 24th century had to have been responsible for the cylinder because they were responsible for the key that opened the cylinder. They found the Progenitor tech 800 years ago and decided it needed to be more hidden than it was. That's why they made the clues Discovery has been collecting all season. Those scientists may have followed clues left by the Progenitors themselves, but the clues Discovery has been following were left by the scientists not by the Progenitors. The clues lead to and allow the opening of the cylinder. I was thinking the portal is original to the Progenitors because it's still operational and as we saw with the Denebulan water makers, 24th century technology can fail within hundreds of years unless it's maintained.

End0fLine ,

Seeing Discovery firing weapons in the distance while heading towards the dreadnought from the perspective of the dreadnought’s shuttle bay … I just loved that.

ValueSubtracted OP Mod ,
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The effects are so good overall, and used so creatively, I kind of feel badk for taking them for granted.

ValueSubtracted OP Mod ,
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This season is really shaping up to the the Summer of Rhys, which is an unexpected surprise.

I was glad to hear the bit about the Breen using transwarp tunnels - it was bugging me that they were seemingly able to zip around the known galaxy nearly as quickly as Discovery.

ricdeh ,
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Oh man, the ending for Ep. 9 was just insanely cool! It saddens me so much that the show is almost over :(

GummySquirrel ,
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Looks like we'll get to see more of Action Saru next week 😁

khaosworks ,
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Annotations for 5x09 up at: https://startrek.website/post/10578181

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