What Star Trek: Discovery Gets Right (And Wrong) About Parallel Universes: Season 1 Episode 10
“If you can poke holes in spacetime, where you enter in one location and exist in another, you can get a wormhole, or an instantaneous way to transport from one disconnected location to another. This was how the wormhole to the gamma quadrant worked in Deep Space 9, and it’s how the spore drive works in Discovery. Now, combine that idea with the parallel Universe idea, and the conjecture that spacetime itself is a fundamentally quantum entity. When you poke a hole in spacetime, what if you don’t necessarily wind up back in your own, original Universe?”
The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery upon the return from mid-season hiatus has just aired, and has taken us in a bold new direction. No longer are we witnessing a Klingon/Federation war, but the reign-of-terror of the Terran Empire. Under Lorca’s direction, the Discovery crew is trying to infiltrate and fit in in this new situation: in a parallel Universe. But in the act of fitting in, they themselves are forced to become the very monsters they abhor! The greatest Star Trek episodes always focused on the mix of science, science fiction, ethics, and have served to hold up a mirror to humanity’s darkest moments and impulses. Under director Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), an astonishingly good, and different, episode came out of it, with an incredibly interesting (and mostly accurate) take on what parallel Universes are all about.