Lion of the Blogosphere

Discovery theories

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Addressing internet speculation about what’s going on.

All spoilers ahead

1. Lorca intentionally messed up the final spore-drive jump. I missed it while watching the episode, but it has been shown on the internet that Lorca “overrode” a setting before the jump. I believe this. I didn’t get the impression that he wanted to return to Starbase. And I believe he has an agenda independent of doing what Starfleet wants him to do.

2. Is Ash Tyler really Voq? I sure hope not. As I’ve written before, I can’t stand the scenes with Klingons talking to each other in Klingon, and can’t figure out any of it out, thus I would never personally have come up with the theory that some Klingon named Voq was altered to look like a human and set up as a spy. The Klingons of this series, for starters, just don’t seem creative enough to think of something like that. And Ash seems way too human to be a Klingon. His budding relationship with Michael Burnham, for example.

I continue to assume this is a fan theory that’s completely bogus, but hey, I could be wrong. I was wrong about Ed Gillespie winning Virginia, I could be wrong about this.

3. The official “mirror” universe. There was an iconic TOS episode, “Mirror, Mirror,” where a transporter glitch beams Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura into an alternate universe where Spock has a beard, and Uhura wears a bare-midriff uniform that shows off her sexy body. So it was a fun episode to watch, but campy. And the DS9 episodes about the same universe were even more campy. It was a universe that should have been left as a one-time thing.

I hope the writers of Discovery aren’t stupid enough to try to recreate that particular alternate universe.

4. Lorca is from the evil “mirror” universe. This fan explanation is that Lorca isn’t evil because he’s evil, but because he’s actually from the evil “mirror” universe. And the final jump of the Discovery was to the evil “mirror” universe where Lorca is now home.

I sure hope not. As I said above, the “mirror” universe was campy as hell. An alternate universe is fine, just not the “mirror” universe.

5. Stamets’ cloudy eyes are like Gary Mitchell in the TOS episode where he acquired godlike powers and had to be killed by Captain Kirk. Eh, I don’t believe it. I think he just had a problem that conveniently prevents the ship from jumping back to where it just came from, thus ensuring an interesting story in an alternate universe or a distant part of the galaxy.

And of course, it’s still likely that something horrible is in store for Stamets as a result of the mushroom DNA, and that’s what the cloudy eyes are about.

I do believe that Stamets has visions of alternate universes or future timelines or stuff like that. When he called Tilly “Captain” he was probably seeing something like that.


I believe that Lorca is supposed to be a psychopath. He doesn’t care about the lives of other humans, except for how it serves his own mysterious purpose. The most psychopathic thing that he did was send the Admiral to the Klingons so that she wouldn’t report him as unfit to the command the Discovery when she returned to Starbase.

Psychopaths are often charming and likeable, until they stab you in the back (sometimes literally). Just as CEO’s in the 21st century are disproportionally psychopathic, being a psychopath could be helpful for rising to the rank of Captain in the Starfleet future.

And because I believe Lorca is supposed to be a psychopath, the following theories are within the realm of possibility.

a. Lorca intentionally sabotaged the final jump because he doesn’t want to go back to Starbase where Cornwell would report that he is unfit for command and he would lose command of the Discovery.

b. He possibly has a secret agenda involving alternate universes, in which case, maybe he knows something about Michael Burnham in an alternate universe. Which is why he didn’t want to risk her life on the Klingon mission.

My theory was that Lorca likes people like Burnham and Tyler because he thinks they will be loyal to him and not to Starfleet. But maybe there’s another reason why he likes Burnham.

c. I still like my idea that the show we’ve seen so far takes place in an alternate universe and not the same universe as TOS or TNG, thus neatly explaining away continuity issues. But I could very well be wrong about that.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 13, 2017 at 5:12 pm

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  1. I still like my idea that the show we’ve seen so far takes place in an alternate universe and not the same universe as TOS or TNG, thus neatly explaining away continuity issues.

    If true, it’s for the best.

    The continuity between TOS, TNG, and DS9 is mostly coherent. There is no reason to think Discovery, as a mediocre-to-weak addition to the franchise that could easily get worse, will improve that continuity.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    November 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    • Yup. I’d be fine with Discovery if it was a one-off like the Abrams movies and they don’t try to fit it into the main Trek continuity in any way.


      November 13, 2017 at 11:10 pm

  2. You love the show, don’t you? 🙂


    November 13, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    • Discovery has the a great quality: it’s the show you love to hate. In that sense it isn’t doing things completely wrong.


      November 13, 2017 at 11:11 pm

  3. Maybe all villains in Star Trek are villainous because they come from the Mirror Universe. In the future utopia, villainry has been banned throughout the galaxy, but those laws have not taken effect in the Mirror Universe yet.

    Greg Pandatshang

    November 13, 2017 at 6:26 pm

  4. Perhaps they are setting up Lorca to be a Quintus Sertorius type character that sets up his own rival Federation in the provinces? Anyway, if this season has proved anything it is that excessive focus on Burnam character was a huge mistake. She’s easily the most uninteresting character on the ship. They should retool next season and make it more traditional with Lorca being lead and giving the rest of the cast equal attention.


    November 13, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    • Burnham was interesting when she was challenging the “Klingons.” She works as the angry Black woman, but not much else.


      November 13, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      • Yeah, I don’t have a problem with her being a character, but they have to get away from the first season mistake of making her THE character. It is as bad as if Next Generation were told from the perspective of Deanna Troi. Burnam is no more interesting than the alien character, the gay guy, or the stud security officer and considerably less interesting than the Captain. Season Two should transition in to making her part of the ensemble rather than trying to have her overshadow it.


        November 14, 2017 at 10:40 am

      • The gay guy is actually a lot more interesting than Burnham.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 14, 2017 at 11:03 am

      • I think the reason Lorca is not the main character is that the show intends for him to have a tragic fall. At some point Burnham will mutiny against Lorca. This would be better if they gave the two of them more screen time together, because they actually work well together as characters.


        November 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

      • Discovery is also burdened with the ugliest crew members of any Star Trek series with the most unpleasant personalities to match.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        November 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      • That’s MICHELLE Burnham.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        November 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm

  5. There is a theory out there that the producers are trying to merge all the different Star Trek timelines back into one. They intend to do this because the actor who orignally played Sarek, Mark Leonard, also played a Romulan and the Klingon captain in the Star Trek The Motion Picture. Something something about the reincarnated spirit of Sarek in three men and we all merge together because of space mushrooms.
    My personal theory is that the Discovery is a Section 31 vessel or at least Lorca is a member of Section 31.


    November 13, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    • That’s a magic mushroom theory if I ever heard one.


      November 13, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    • Someone somewhere theorised that Discovery is secretly the story of the founding of S31. But by following your link now I see that it apparently already existed as of Enterprise. Easy! Lorca uses the spores or some gaia magic or something to travel back in time and found Section 31 in the past.

      It would be thematically satisfying—less unsatisfying—because it motivates establishing Michael B. as a mutineers right at the beginning.

      Greg Pandatshang

      November 13, 2017 at 11:30 pm

  6. First the magic spores … sorry, science … first the science spores, and then, if I’m not mistaken, last episode they traveled to a special gaia planet to collect the science magic that naturally occurs there. Clearly, all of this is a metaphor (95% unintentional) for our loss of faith in technological progress and wish we could return to a natural approach. But these points seem unconvincing and lame because, as much as we might wish herbal remedies and homemade granola would solve our problems, we don’t really believe that they will.

    Greg Pandatshang

    November 13, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    • Several of my kids are very annoyed with the magic spores.


      November 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm

  7. The Mirror Universe was also featured in a two-part episode in Enterprise. It’s pretty popular in Star Trek.

    It’d be hard to do the Mirror Universe in Discovery because the world of Discovery is already very dark and gritty. How is the Mirror Universe supposed to stand in contrast with that?


    November 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    • the agony boot was pretty funny

      What do you think about The Expanse?


      November 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm

  8. I agree that Lorca is a psychopath and that he sabotaged the spore drive before the final jump to avoid being removed from command when they got to the Starbase. I don’t think he has an alternate universe agenda since he didn’t know that the spore drive could potentially take them to one until this episode. I think he just wants to buy time so he can guarantee that he keeps his command.

    I can see why Lorca would like Burnham since she owes everything to him; he can send her back to prison for life with a nod, but they don’t seem particularly close. I think Lorca assumed that he could trust Burnham to be loyal to him but hey, she is a mutineer.

    Overall, I’m really liking the show, but there are so many unanswered questions that I’m afraid the producers might pull a Lost and just give up on answering questions. Where did the Klingon death ship and it’s stealth technology come from? It’s not a regular Klingon ship and no one else in the Empire has that stealth technology until they copied from the Death Ship. Why do the Klingons look so weird, and how do they tie up the canonical problems of the Klingon look and why by Kirk’s time the humans are only familiar with human looking Klingons? How did everyone forget about the Klingon cloaking technology in just 10 years when the Romulans invent it?

    Mike Street Station

    November 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

  9. Let’s get back to Nichelle Nichols’ uniform + attitude in the Mirrorverse…

    She was enough to turn alternate-Sulu straight.


    November 15, 2017 at 12:20 am

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