It’s those damn Klingons again. The Away Team: Bounty continues the Klingon’s beef with Archer storyline. It eventually wraps up in the next episode, but this time it involves a Tellarite. The episode is entertaining, to say the least. The problem is that the A and B storyline are such polar opposites, they don’t seem to fit together in the same episode.
The A-storyline has Archer being taken prisoner by a Tellarite bounty hunter. In order to make him the bounty hunter with the heart of gold, he isn’t in it for the money. Well, he kinda is but not to get rich. He wants to use the bounty on Archer’s head to get his freighter back and repair his relationship with his brother. Obviously, Archer has to find a way to get out of it.
The B-storyline involves T’Pol and Phlox. After being exposed to a pathogen from the planet’s surface, they are forced to remain in quarantine. Leaving Trip in charge of finding Archer. The pathogen sparks T’Pol’s pon-farr and she wants to mate with Phlox.
The mix of those two stories created an uneasiness within the episode. Almost, as if, either one of those storylines should be within its own episode. The Phlox and T’Pol storyline should have been placed in a lighter episode. For this reason, it didn’t make the Archer storyline very dire at all.
Shownotes for “Bounty”:
- Happy Halloween
- Discovery Season 4 Trailer
- Lower Decks
“Bounty” Memory Alpha
“Bounty” is the second to last episode of the season. Definitely a filler episode, which is something you don’t see in short seasons of Trek. As many fans enjoy longer seasons, you don’t get so many missteps like TNG’s “Masks” or Voyager’s “Threshold”. However, compared to the season finale, this has much more excitement. Which is odd for a season finale.