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Who Is the Red Angel? Some Healthy Speculation

Star Trek Discovery’s Massive Thriller in Season 2 is the Query of Who the Pink Angel is. *Spoilers Forward*

In case you didn’t learn it within the headline, this text goes to be chock filled with spoilers for Star Trek Discovery season 2. Proceed studying at your personal danger! Okay, now for the enjoyable!

On the finish of Discovery season 1, the titular USS Discovery comes bow to bow with the legendary USS Enterprise, commanded by Christopher Pike at this time limit. We decide up originally of season 2 simply a short while later as Pike is given short-term command of USS Discovery to research a number of mysterious power bursts inside the galaxy. They have been highly effective, they usually all occurred in the identical immediate. Their trigger and their penalties stay a thriller, as do their origins. In the direction of the top of episode one, Michael Burnham sees a imaginative and prescient of an angelic wanting creature with a purple aura bathing it. We additionally discover out that Spock had been having nightmares about these creatures when Burnham reveals a hand drawn map of the approximate places of the bursts. Discovery additionally takes on an enormous chunk of the asteroid that that they had been investigating due to sure bodily properties that it was proven to own.

In episode two, Discovery tracks the supply of second burst to a planet that, towards all logic, had been settled by people almost 2 hundred years beforehand, earlier than warp drive existed on Earth. Pike, Burnham and Lt. Joann Owosekun beam right down to the planet’s floor the place they discover the supply of a misery sign that that they had beforehand picked up on board the ship, a 21st century misery beacon that dates again to World Conflict III. Their investigation additionally exhibits that the settlers of this planet mishmashed numerous Earth religions collectively, after which folded what seems to be that purple angel into their perception system. It’s in the course of the search of a church basement that one of many settlers, Jacob, makes use of some kind of concussion grenade to stun the investigators. Throughout her time of unconsciousness, Burnham as soon as once more sees the mysterious angelic creature, though I feel this may increasingly properly have simply been a flashback to the earlier incident. By the top of the episode, an understanding has been reached between Pike and Jacob as Jacob realizes that simply the actual fact that somebody got here from one other world in reply to the misery name was validation sufficient, and you recognize, the finer particulars aren’t terribly necessary for our functions. What’s necessary is that Pike brokers a commerce with Jacob: an influence cell from Discovery for a army helmet with a digital camera that was transported with the unique group that settled the colony. On the very finish of the episode we see the contents of the digital camera, and what ought to seem proper on the finish, however one of many angelic creatures.

It begs the query, who is that this mysterious new creature that appear like it’ll function fairly prominently within the story arc of season two? We’re solely two episodes into season 2 as of the writing of this text, however I assumed it could be enjoyable to open up a discussion board for we followers to throw round some theories and see what sticks because the season progresses. There have already been a lot of theories postulated within the final couple weeks so let’s begin there, after which we’ll get to my actually juicy principle.

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The Iconians Are Meddling within the Affairs of Lesser Species

Some of the prevalent theories up to now is that the Iconians from Subsequent Era are someway concerned within the mysterious bursts, and extra notably, that they’re the angelic creatures. The idea got here throughout my radar by means of This concept appears to stem from a few issues, some canon, and a few not as a lot. From the canon perspective, we’re discussing a race that was first featured within the Subsequent Era episode, “Contagion”. Additionally, we truly see Iconian area outlined on a star chart briefly in the course of the Discovery episode, “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”. Ergo, Starfleet is already at the very least conscious of the Iconians by the second season of the present.

There are plenty of items of proof to recommend that this concept may maintain somewhat water. First, Picard discovers the Iconian doorways on their house planet that permit them to journey to just about anyplace within the galaxy instantaneously. Second, with so little concrete information about their tradition, the concept they could have been benefactors inside the galaxy at giant is a twist that might be cemented and nonetheless stay believable. From a non-canon standpoint, lots of people have apparently drawn parallels between the looks of the Iconians in Star Trek On-line and the creatures being portrayed in Discovery. This can be a primary comparability that’s actually solely pores and skin deep, however it’s a courageous new Star Trek world that we’re dwelling in, and who’s to say that the artistic employees behind Discovery haven’t been given permission to mine some parts from STO to construct upon their very own portion of the mythology.

To me, this can be a respectable concept. The one actual gap I can discover is that it’s been beforehand established that the Iconians vanished from the galaxy some 200,000 years earlier than TNG. Nevertheless, this little element didn’t cease the builders of Star Trek On-line from folding the species into that portion of mythology, and it labored rather well. The Iconians are portrayed as fairly malevolent, and find yourself turning into an enemy to the Federation, which might make for a superb supply of battle for Discovery as properly. This potential story line permits for lots of artistic flexibility on the a part of the writers of the present and that’s good. They might perhaps should work a bit more durable to keep away from contradicting what has already been established concerning the Iconians, at the least in canon, however since so little has truly been established, it leaves them with plenty of artistic leeway so actually, there’s no purpose to say that this one isn’t completely believable.

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The Preservers are Trying to Protect Humanity

This principle truly comes from an in depth good friend of mine, and it’s an fascinating concept. His concept goes that seeing the potential international destruction of Earth, the Preservers from the TOS episode, “The Paradise Syndrome” as soon as once more step in to protect a race and a tradition that’s in peril of extinction. I like this principle as a result of it adheres to that optimistic concept that there are benevolent species within the Star Trek universe that simply need to assist. Additionally, in case you’ll keep in mind waaaaay again to Discovery season one, Burnham is given an indication of the spore drive by Lorca and as many pictures flash by us, one accommodates a what seems to be a Preserver obelisk just like the one seen in “The Paradise Syndrome”.

Nevertheless, I actually really feel like this one breaks down for various causes. First, if we return to the TOS episode, we study that the Preservers have been actually palms on about transplanting people to a brand new world. They took the time to construct the obelisk to guard the brand new settlers from cosmic catastrophe. They taught a person inside the group methods to use the obelisk, they usually left specific directions that a successor be chosen to discover ways to use the obelisk all through every era. That is actually arms on, and no less than so far, we haven’t seen that type of strategy from our angelic creatures. Nevertheless, I’m prepared to concede that since we’ve solely seen two episodes of the season up to now, there’s much more room to increase what we find out about these beings and this conduct might begin to present itself because the season unfolds. That is one other potential route that permits for a ton of artistic room for the writers. Being as just about all of USS Discovery’s missions are categorized, there’s no cause that the crew couldn’t have contact with the Preservers earlier than Kirk’s incident a decade later. It might even be a great way to offset the doubtless grittier drama current by way of the rising unrest inside the Klingon Empire.

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KC’s Juicy Left Subject Concept

My private concept might at first appear fairly foolish, and sort of half-baked. Nevertheless, when you’ll bear with me, I feel it’s an interesting concept, and because it’s my very own concept, you possibly can relaxation assured that I’m not in the least biased in the direction of it. At. All. My concept goes that confronted with the attainable extinction of humanity, the Devidians stepped in to rescue a small cross pattern of our species and deposited them on New Eden. Now, I’ll admit that proper off the bat, there seems to be a obtrusive gap in my principle because the Devidians would probably have already recognized that humanity would endure past World Conflict III, however we’ll handle that in a second. Right here’s some supporting proof combined with some wild hypothesis. First, we all know from the TNG two-parter “Time’s Arrow” that the neural power of people is the one efficient supply of nourishment that the Devidians have discovered for themselves. Second, we all know that they’ve the power to journey by way of time. Third, we all know that they exist barely out of part with the remainder of the universe, very similar to the darkish matter discovered throughout Discovery season two episode one. And fourth, we all know that they possess the power to vary their look which signifies that they will look like no matter they need. This can be a actually tantalizing tidbit to me as a result of I feel if I have been a part of a race of time travelling parasites, I’d need to current myself to my meals supply as one thing that they might readily belief, or that they might simply be manipulated into trusting.

The crew of Enterprise-D didn’t destroy the Devidian doorway till 2369. That signifies that in the course of the time of Discovery, the Devidians are nonetheless in play. I can completely think about that, confronted with the potential of dropping their greatest meals supply, the Devidians would try to maneuver a big sufficient inhabitants off world to offer a again up supply of meals. They’ve the know-how to take action and keep in mind that we’re by no means informed that one other available supply of nourishment exists so the extinction of people might very properly set off the ultimately extinction of the Devidians. Given these circumstances, I can completely see a tradition just like the Devidian’s having the audacity to make humanity do their soiled work for them. As to the concept the Devidians would in all probability have recognized that humanity would survive WWIII, if there have been bodily and genetic mutations launched because of nuclear fallout, and it’s truthful to imagine that there can be, that would go away the Devidians with a finite time-frame from which to pluck people for meals. It’s additionally fairly straightforward to concede that a time faring species would perceive simply how a lot they might farm Earth’s previous with out disrupting the pure, sustained evolution of our species, which signifies that meals can be nonetheless be finite. Nevertheless, having a technologically primitive colony just like the one on New Eden from which to reap people can be a reasonably strong association.

I really feel like, of the three theories introduced right here, this may make for an exquisite narrative twist. Up to now, this angel creature has been portrayed as fairly benevolent. Nevertheless, in good serialized storytelling, issues all the time must be working by way of some kind of battle, and constructing to a climax. I can actually dig the sinister twist of Discovery leaping by means of all of those hoops in pursuit of enlightenment, solely to comprehend that they’ve been serving to a sadistic race of time murderers perpetuate their tradition. It’s simply the type of sinister plot that would go away me speechless! I’d rank the Iconian concept second as being probably the most believable, however with none inbuilt motivation, it’s nonetheless a troublesome promote for me at this level. I’m nonetheless on board if it have been to be the Preservers as properly as a result of I actually like my optimistic Star Trek, and this principle represents that point-of-view  exceptionally nicely. The Preservers additionally include fairly easy built-in motives to drive their actions. I really feel like this route would offer our characters an opportunity to additional contextualize themselves inside the universe, and would current us, the viewers, with that optimistic exploration of the human situation that got here to epitomize Star Trek through the years.

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A Fascinating Season of Discovery

Whether or not you’re completely on board with Discovery, or it’s taking its time rising on you, it’s onerous to argue that this story arc with the pink angel will make for a reasonably fascinating season of the present. Already, we’ve seen how specializing in a thriller that isn’t pushed by warfare and violence has helped to strengthen the present, notably from the facet of extra equal display time and contributions of the varied crew members. I personally love a superb thriller, and this, no less than at first impression, seems to be to be a superb thriller. I do know I personally will take pleasure in making an attempt to puzzle out every facet of the story as I study extra, however what about you?

What are your ideas and theories about this mysterious pink angel? And what different surprises do you assume could also be in retailer for this newest season? Pontificate within the feedback!

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