'Star Trek: Discovery' Spoilers: Can Book and Michael Burnham save the spore drive from the Emerald Chain?

The Federation is in dire straits, with the loss of the Discovery, and it may be up to Book and Michael Burnham to launch a rescue mission


                            'Star Trek: Discovery' Spoilers: Can Book and Michael Burnham save the spore drive from the Emerald Chain?
David Ajala and Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery/ CBS)
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The crew of the Discovery have finally figured out the source of the Burn, but at what cost? Their investigation has almost triggered another Burn incident as they discover the Kelpian responsible. Su'Kal (Bill Irwin) still maintains his strange connection to dilithium and its stability is tied to his emotional state. To make matters worse, the Discovery and its unique, teleporting spore drive has been stolen by the criminal Emerald Chain enterprise and there's no telling what they will do now that their travel is no longer limited by dilithium shortages. 

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In the last episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery', investigations into the source of the Burn led the Discovery to the Verubin Nebula, where they find a life signal still coming from within. Risking radiation, a rescue team beams down only to find themselves trapped in a holodeck simulation tied to Kelpian survivor Su'Kal's fragile emotional state. At the same time, Osyraa (Janet Kidder) takes charge of the Discovery, leaving Saru (Doug Jones), Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) and Adira Tal (Blu del Barrio) trapped with Su'Kal while Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) has beamed up to Book's (David Ajala) ship, suffering from radiation poisoning. 

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The next episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery', entitled 'There is a Tide...", will see what remains of the Discovery's crew attempt to figure out a way to rescue their ship. It will be no easy task. The Federation has a limited supply of dilithium, with reduced travel capacity, while the Discovery can be anywhere in the universe that Osyraa wants it to be. The Federation is going to have to find a way to lure her in, but what could they offer that Osyraa doesn't already have? With the spore drive under her control, the Emerald Chain is unstoppable in a universe crippled by its inability to travel. 

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The official synopsis for the episode reads, "After capturing the U.S.S. Discovery, Osyraa seeks a meeting with Admiral Vance while Burnham and the crew must overcome unimaginable odds as they attempt to regain command of their ship." You can watch a trailer for the episode below:


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This episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery' airs on December 31 on CBS All Access.