The Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 finale is very much the second half of a two-parter. If “Part 1” of “Such Sweet Sorrow” was about building the stakes for the epic battle to come, Part II is all about the battle against “Control”, Section 31’s artificial intelligence which has emerged to be the main antagonist for the season.
We are learned that the mysterious ‘Red Angel’ is indeed Michael, who was sending the signals to make sure that the Discovery would have everything it would need to defeat Control in battle and travel through time, forever keeping the Sphere data from falling into the wrong hands.
While dogfights between fleets of small single helmed fighter ships are more Star Wars fare than Star Trek, this battle is something in between and very different from what we usually see in the Star Trek universe. It is a proxy battle of drones; with Discovery outnumbered, outmatched, outmaneuvered, and outgunned, the crew aren’t aiming to win the battle, just to survive long enough to get the Discovery to safety. With the help of both Klingons and the Ba’ul, the battles rage on. It turns out that the solution to the peril is found in the past.
Whether you like the series – the episode – or not, there is no denying that the stunning visual effects of the battle are glorious chaos thrown at the audience.