“Star Trek Discovery: Fear Itself” by James Swallow


By James Swallow

Star Trek Discovery’s breakout character is without a doubt the Kelpien first officer, Saru. His species continually live in fear, and that constant trepidation leads every decision they make. What would have been a fascinating exploration of his origins and life on the planet with horrible predators is, instead, a story told around four years before the events of Burnham’s mutiny (pilot episode of Star Trek: Discovery).

A rescue mission goes awry, and Saru and Burnham clash. A story set with these characters and especially Saru is always welcome, but it also feels like a missed opportunity. It is fun to watch a character who acts as if every move he makes will kill him try to command and be a negotiator when things go wrong.

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