'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 3 Episode 6: Book returns, but is he for or against the Federation's return?
Book makes a return to the show, asking the Discovery for help with the Andorians and Orions in the Emerald Chain, though his motivations are clouded
The USS Discovery has finally made it home, to Federation headquarters, but that means that their work has only just begun. The Federation is still crippled without free access to dilithium, or any or form of faster than light travel, unable to unite a universe they can barely reach. Assuming those problems could be fixed, however, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) points out that the Federation can't ever gain the status it once had, not until it finds out exactly how the Burn happened and how to prevent a disaster of that sort from happening again. In the meantime, the Discovery hears from an old ally, Book (David Ajala), but is he for or against the Federation's return?
At this point, the universe has survived for well over a century without the Federation and though it's not been better off for the loss of the organization, freelancers like Book might not want to go back to a way of life that fell apart before he was even born. He's reaching out to the Discovery, however, so he's not above leaning on Starfleet for help. He's in trouble with the Emerald Chain, the Andorian-Orion syndicate that's taken control of much of the dilithium supply chain and investigating them might just reveal a major clue to the Burn's origin.
Of course, 'Discovery' isn't just about the big questions, but about their characters as well and the episode will also feature Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) bonding with Adira Tal (Blu del Barrio), while Saru (Doug Jones) attempts to figure out the Discovery's place within the larger Federation of the future. The Discovery may have come home, but the home they've come to has undergone some major changes and there's going to be an adjustment period for everyone.
The synopsis for this episode, entitled, 'Scavengers', reads "After receiving a message from Book, Burnham and Georgiou embark on a rogue mission to find him, leaving Saru to pick up the pieces with Admiral Vance. Meanwhile, Stamets forms an unexpected bond with Adira." You can watch a preview for the episode below.
This episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery' airs November 19, on CBS All Access.