The newest twist on Discovery is an unexpected ‘TNG’ Easter egg

The newest crew member of the USS Discovery has a secret. Unknown to Saru and Burnham, this secret relates to something that happened to Commander William T. Riker in “The Host,” a pivotal episode of The next generation But why don’t Saru and Burnham mention Riker or the Enterprise?– –D?

There is a very good reason. What’s more, this clever one TNG The reference could give us a clue as to how the rest of this act might play out. Here’s how the big twist in discovery “People of Earth” works in context with the rest of the Trek canon, in particular The next generation and Deep Space Nine.

Spoilers ahead for Star Trek: Discovery Staffel 3, Folge 3, „People of Earth“.

Although Adira (Blu del Barrio) initially pretends to be an “inspector” for United Earth, she is a human who harbors a Trill symbiote who was previously in the body of a deceased Starfleet admiral named Senna Tal. Fans might remember Adira being heralded as the first non-binary gendered character in the franchise, despite Adira using “she” and “her” pronouns in this episode.

Despite what they discovery The crew says Adira isn’t the first person to work with a Trill symbiote.

Blu del Barrio als Adira in „Star Trek: Discovery“.CBS

Why didn’t Burnham and Saru know about Trill? – – Even though discovery Now it takes place in the year 3188, the ship has just jumped from the year 2258. This means that in terms of Starfleet’s knowledge of galactic events, the crew of the USS Discovery’s Info older than Die Originalserie. (The mirror universe is the only exception here.) That is, if the discovery If the Romulans ever meet Romulans, she will be shocked to learn that Romulans look like Vulcans, as this is done until the TOS Episode “Balance of Terror” which takes place in 2266. What does this have to do with the trill?

Burnham’s dialogue suggests that she knows Trill but didn’t know anything about the symbiote thing. This checked against the visual canon that we saw discovery Previously: Leland posed as a trill in a deleted scene discovery Season 1 and a Trill crew member appeared in the DISCO era Short walks Follow “The problem with Edward.” So it is Starfleet deliberately of the trill they were (mostly) unaware that the humanoid trill was often associated with symbiotes.

The first “discovery” of Trill symbionts for Starfleet did not take place until 2367 The next generation Follow “The Host”.

Terry Farell as Dax, the most famous trill in “Deep Space Nine”.CBS

Trill origins are confusing – Canon gets tricky as you go back to the origins of the Trill. In “The Host” Picard, Riker, Crusher and the rest of the crew don’t seem to know anything about the Trill symbionts. in the Deep Space NineSisko has had a long relationship with Dax, which suggests that some people in Starfleet knew the Trill symbiotes on intimate terms. We also tend to think of the trill that has spots on the neck, but in “The Host” the trill Amdassord Odan has one of those classic bumpy Star Trek foreheads. The IRL explanation is simple: When Terry Farrell was cast as Jadzia Dax in Deep Space NineThe producers tried the “original” Trill makeup and decided it looked strange to them, so they retrospectively decided to do the dots on the neck instead. This inconsistency has been addressed in some non-canon Trek books and basically indicates that different trills from different parts of the planet look different. (Star Trek: Picard tried a similar approach with different Romulan foreheads as well.)

Whatever. discovery avoids information gaps in the 24th century about the trill just because Saru mentions that his information comes from “the sphere data”. in the discovery In Season 2, the ship encountered a sentient alien sphere full of useful information. Even so, the Sphere Data could not read the future, which means that the details of what happened in the 24th century are sketchy for the future discovery Crew.

Riker is pretty exhausted from a Trill symbiote. But is Adira?CBS

Riker did what Adira is doing now – Adira is a human who houses a Trill symbiote who is biologically risky. In “The Host,” Riker competed against the Odan symbiote when the host was killed. In contrast to Adira, Riker could now access Odan’s memories, because that is exactly what this story was about. Riker was almost killed in the process. He was mentally able to handle the connection, but his body couldn’t keep up with the added strain.

With Adira it’s the other way around. Adira appears to be physically fine (so far), but she cannot access the valley symbiote’s memories. Burnham and Saru do not have access to Dr. Crusher or Dr. Bashir’s logs on Trill as they are fairly new to the future and haven’t really received the full Starfleet history download yet. What this means for Adira’s trip is unclear. The Host tells us that a human with a Trill symbiote could be in danger of losing his life. But that can no longer be the case. After all, the events of “The Host” are now about 830 years in the past. The trill could have changed a lot since then!

In any case, in the next few episodes we will almost certainly learn more about Adira and her Trill connections. However, it remains to be seen whether someone mentions Jadzia or whether Will Riker was the first person to also have a Trill symbiote.

Star Trek: Discovery airs Thursdays on CBS All Access.

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