That said, it’s not clear who Burnham’s First Officer was prior to Saru’s return. Tilly? Maybe?
As Saru and Burnham talk about Georgiou, they look at the telescope. This telescope appeared in the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery Season 1, “The Vulcan Hello.” And, at that time, it wasn’t a metaphor. At that point, Burnham, Saru, and Georgiou used it to check out a lurking Klingon ship, which was undetectable with sensors. After Georgiou died, Burnham got the telescope as part of Georgiou’s will, but Burnham later gave it to Saru, who kept it on Discovery. The telescope now seems to be co-owned by both of them.
Also, to be clear, when Saru refers to Georgiou here, he’s only talking about Prime Georgiou, the late captain of the USS Shenzhou.
Curiouser and Curiouser
When Discovery jumps to the anomaly, Stamets says “Curiouser and Curiouser” This is a quote from Alice in Wonderland. In Discovery Season 1, it was established that Michael Burnham was read this book by her adoptive mother, Amanda Grayson. Spock also quotes from Alice in Wonderland, in “Light and Shadows,” in Discovery Season 2, Episode 7. We don’t know why Stamets likes Alice in Wonderland, but Spock’s mother reading him the works of Lewis Caroll was established in an episode of The Animated Series in 1973 called “Once Upon a Planet.” In 2019, Nicholas Meyer — director of The Wrath of Khan and consulting producer on DISCO Season 1 — mentioned that bringing Alice In Wonderland to Discovery might have been his idea. “I’m trying to remember if I brought up Alice in Wonderland that first year [of Star Trek: Discovery,” Meyer said in 2019. “It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that I did. And it wouldn’t astonish me—well maybe it would astonish me—to learn that I didn’t.”
Gray’s New Body Comes From Picard
Culber tells Adira and Gray that the new Synth body for Gray was created using the “Soong Method.” This references the finale of Picard Season 1 in which Picard’s mind was moved into a humanoid Synth body. This means that the Soong Culber refers to isn’t Data’s dad Noonien Soong, but rather, Data’s human “brother,” Altan Soong.
Gray mentions becoming a host again.
Gray says that he might want to “become a host again.” This is a quick line, but it’s actually kind of wild. This implies two things: First, that a Trill host could become joined with another symbiont after having been joined with a different one. Obviously, there’s never been a reason to think about this before: Usually, the reason a host no longer has a symbiont is that they’ve died and the symbiont has gone to someone else. So, now that Gray will be “reborn,” but not joined with Tal, he is right, he could become a host again.
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