Katras, Memories, and Forgetfulness.
We knew that Sarek played an instrumental role in raising young Michael Burnham, but the extent to which she was part of Spock’s family remained cloudy—until “Lethe.” The sixth episode of Star Trek: Discovery—with its title aptly related to the past and memory—took the concepts of the katra and the mind meld to places never visited before.
In this episode of Notes from The Edge, in which we deep-dive into connections between Star Trek: Discovery and the broader Star Trek universe, host C Bryan Jones shares his thoughts on “Lethe”—particularly how it plays into the Ash Voqler Theory—and explores katras throughout the 51 years of filmed, written, and drawn Star Trek.
Thoughts: Meaning of the Title (00:02:15)
Thoughts: The Ash Voqler Theory Revisited (00:04:49)
Notes: USS Buran (00:22:39)
Notes: Grazer (00:23:30)
Notes: Yridia (00:24:47)
Notes: The Holodeck (00:26:56)
Notes: Vulcan Extremists (00:28:33)
Notes: The Katra (00:31:33)
C Bryan Jones
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Thomas Puleo (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
The Cast, Part 2. We continue our discussion of the actors who bring Star Trek: Discovery to life and their overall Star Trek experience thus far.
The Cast, Part 1. We discuss the actors of Star Trek: Discovery, how they bring the characters we love to life, and their interactions with fandom through social media, interviews, and conventions.
Burnham. We discuss her mutiny, redemption, and why nature vs. nurture is so important to the lead character of Star Trek: Discovery.
Tilly. We discuss Discovery’s fiery cadet, how she helped Stamets with the spore drive, her interactions with the crew, and her short-lived command stint as Captain Killy in the Mirror Universe.
Fan Response to the Season-Two Trailer. We discuss all the feedback we’ve received from listeners of The Edge—both positive and negative!
Culber. We discuss this compassionate member of the USS Discovery medical team, his role aboard the ship, his relationship with Paul Stamets, and his possible existence within the mycelium network.
Stamets. We discuss spore drive, the relationship between Stamets and Culber, Mirror vs. Prime characters, as well as the mycelial network and the incredible sacrifice Stamets made to save it.
Georgiou. We discuss the Prime Universe captain and Mirror Universe emperor, their similarities, and what role Emperor Georgiou might play in the Prime Universe now that Section 31 may be involved.
Saru. We discuss the first Kelpien to serve in Starfleet, what we learn aboiut his species, his relationship with Michael Burnham, how he lives in continual fear, and his competency to be captain.
L’Rell. We discuss the character, actress Mary Chieffo, the complex relationship with Voq/Tyler, her role in season two, and more.