Saru was then contacted by Burnham to come to the ISS Charon. Getting along with other people is tough, even in a socialist utopia. (This wouldn’t be the first time “Discovery” did this, having killed off Michelle Yeoh’s Good Georgiou and Jason Isaacs’s Lorca prematurely.). More importantly (and speaking better of the writing as a whole), the implications are what really matter here. The finest a captain could ever hope to command. This has the makings of another wasted story line: To see Tilly develop because she has an alien that possesses her rather than seeing her succeed on her own, again, seems like contrived character development. On your way. When Dr. Pollard and her medical team were unable to help Tyler/Voq, Saru then allowed L'Rell in helping Tyler/Voq in easing his pain. The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry. Cmdr. In the 2250s decade, he served as a lieutenant commander and chief science officer aboard the USS Shenzhou, under Captain Philippa Georgiou in 2256. In his youth, Saru lived an agrarian life on his home planet Kaminar, with his sister, Siranna, and father, Aradar. The best parts of the episode came early, when the Discovery crew was having a simple meeting. Saru follows Georgiou to the stars, expecting to never see his people again. Though discouraged by his father, Saru contemplated his people's place in the universe and questioned the ritual sacrifice of his people to the Ba'ul. “Saru is the Spock of the series, he’s the Data of the series,” he said. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello") Nevertheless, Saru highly esteemed Burnham's intelligence and skills. Saru may have been the first of his species to have this alleviated, as after encountering the native energy lifeforms of Pahvo, he briefly experienced relief from this state while on the planet. It is compelling character development, even as audience members know deep down that Worf is probably not going to die. Starfleet purportedly also has other ships looking for Spock. He’s the first of his kind to make it to Starfleet.”, Lt. Saru and and First Officer Michael Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery. Saru then ordered Burnham beamed aboard prior to destroying the Charon. Former SARU player Piet van Wyk sadly passed away in Kimberley on Wednesday – condolences to his family and friends “Piet loved the game of rugby… who the angelic figure is that has so vexed Burnham, Spock and, you know, the rest of the universe. While EW describes the Kelpiens as having “evolved” their death sense, Saru’s own description of his talent as “determined for one purpose alone” implies a certain amount of design, or at least intentionality. "), Saru met with the Enterprise's CO, Captain Christopher Pike, along with Commander Nhan and Lieutenant Evan Connolly. Season 2, Episode 4 of Star Trek: Discoverybrought around major changes for Saru’s character. Instead of having Saru become a better person through conquering obstacles, “An Obol For Charon” gave him a disease. Star Trek: Discovery Has Us Wondering, How Tasty Are Aliens Anyway? This story line has been tough to follow because we don’t know what the alien’s intentions are or what the fascination is with Tilly in particular. Photo: CBS All Access. Listening to their stories and aspirations, Saru resolved to join Starfleet to help those in need, as he had been helped. During this time, Saru warned Ensign Tilly that her reckless behavior could endanger her position in the Command Training program. Our species map is binary; we are either predator or prey. (DIS: "New Eden", "An Obol for Charon"), Even while serving aboard the Shenzhou, he imagined a path where first officer Michael Burnham would be mentored by Captain Georgiou, move on to her own command, and he would take her place as Georgiou's mentee. You have your orders. Saru then had mind-meld with the Ambassador who learned about Discovery's trip to a parallel universe, Lorca's true colors and apparent demise. Why is Burnham crying next to Saru’s Not-So-Deathbed? (DIS: "The Wolf Inside") Upon acceptance, Tilly often worked with Saru as her CTP director. (DIS: "An Obol for Charon"), Saru was the first Kelpien to join Starfleet. Saru sounds like a genuinely fascinating character and new Trek species. Saru became first officer under Emperor Georgiou, posing as her prime counterpart, during a mission that was supposed to map Qo'noS' volcanic system for a future military strike. I may not have all the answers; however, I do know that I am surrounded by a team I trust. A Starfleet Science Officer and Lieutenant Commander initially on the U.S.S. In the early novel Desperate Hours by David Mack, it is claimed that Saru is from a world called Kelpia and that he was rescued from that world by Starfleet officers. (DIS: "The War Without, The War Within", "Will You Take My Hand?"). (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars"), Saru stands watch on the bridge of Discovery, About six months later, Saru had been promoted to commander, transferred to the command division, and made first officer of the USS Discovery under Gabriel Lorca. Mary Doria Russell’s 1996 novel The Sparrow describes Jesuits heeding radio signals from space and travelling to the planet Rakhat, only to learn that the species who made contact with them are essentially cattle. So even if the writers did kill him off in this episode, it would have been an unnecessary waste of a character. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Saru later appears in Fear Itself by James Swallow, where his home planet is instead called Kaminar. Doug Jones did not have to audition for Saru, as the show was pitched to him. When the prison transport shuttle carrying the disgraced former Starfleet officer Michael Burnham was brought aboard the USS Discovery for repairs, Saru escorted the former officer to engineering so that she would work as a "data cruncher" under Lieutenant Paul Stamets. (If you want a an example of a Trek episode that better handles the prospect of a key crew member’s death, go watch “Ethics,” an episode in the fifth season of “The Next Generation.” A cargo bay container falls on Worf, paralyzing him and leaving him to beg Riker to help him commit suicide. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings", "An Obol for Charon"), Burnham's actions before the Battle of the Binary Stars in 2256 drove a rift between them. He was instructed by his father to dispose of debris fallen from the Ba'ul ship, Saru instead built a communications device from the alien technology and established contact with Lieutenant Philippa Georgiou. (ST: "The Brightest Star"; DIS: "The Sound of Thunder") He took with him a handful of seeds and a knife that had belonged to his sister. Unfortunately, Saru will deal with scorn from fellow members of Starfleet (so much for enlightened ideals), thanks to cowardice stereotypes applied to his species. Bless Unleashed Dreadnight Festival: Take On The Fright Lord To Win... Rainbow Six Siege EU League Stage 2 Playday 7 Results Are Out, Prepare To Meet The Star Kings In Age Of Wonders: Planetfall, Observation Review: The True Terror Of Deep Space, A Plague Tale: Innocence Review - The Ties That Bind And Shape Us, Rise of Industry Review: Industrialization At Its Finest. Saru also discovered that Burnham had saved Emperor Georgiou and lied about the mirror universe Kelpiens. It’s a fascinating choice, which could lead to interesting stories. Soon after, Saru led the ship on a voyage to Vulcan to pick up the Discovery's new commanding officer, but was sidetracked along the way to respond to a distress call from the USS Enterprise. "I saw hope, in the stars. Won’t they know that Discovery is up to something? We know that the spore drive has somehow disrupted life for those aliens, but the endgame isn’t clear. 1, essentially smuggled it to him. A lot of historic “Trek” episodes don’t have much to do with the central conflict. And you’d never guess what ended up happening. Saru kept Discovery's shields down to ensure that the landing party and the Hiawatha's crew were able to beam back. This feels cheap. The two reconciled once Saru admitted his thoughts to Burnham, and Burnham gifted him Georgiou's telescope. (DIS: "Choose Your Pain", "Despite Yourself", "What's Past Is Prologue"), Following Discovery's escape from the mirror universe and Lorca's death, Saru commanded the vessel's mission to Qo'noS in mid-2257, where it successfully forced a truce with the Klingons. These actions eventually led to the Pahvans withdrawing their influence on him, as they came to believe it was generating disharmony among their Starfleet guests. (DIS: "New Eden", "An Obol for Charon") He had a first contact specialist qualification. As unique as Saru’s species sounds, there are several precedents in science fiction, including in Star Trek.Mary Doria Russell’s 1996 novel The Sparrow describes Jesuits heeding radio signals from space and travelling to the planet Rakhat, only to learn that the species who made contact with them are essentially cattle. With Tilly, Saru agreed to use the mycelium spores to treat and heal him. As the Discovery investigated the first red burst, they found the USS Hiawatha on a interstellar asteroid. We rarely see these two together by themselves. It was stronger than fear. ", Doug Jones wearing "squinted" contact lenses, discarded during pilot filming. With several Birds-of-Prey converging on Discovery and Cornwell too shocked by this turn of events to give orders, Saru was forced to order a retreat. By 2257, he understood 94 languages including English, Mandarin Chinese, Wolof, Spanish, and Russian. Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page. On more than one occasion, he took command of the Discovery in place of the captain, Gabriel Lorca. FIFA Mobile is kicking off its Preseason. As unique as Saru’s species sounds, there are several precedents in science fiction, including in Star Trek . Remember, Pike is not supposed to know the location of the shuttle Spock stole. That’s fine with me, of course. (DIS: "The Wolf Inside", "Vaulting Ambition"). (DIS: "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum"), In 2249, Saru had obtained the rank of lieutenant and was serving in the sciences division aboard the USS Shenzhou under Captain Philippa Georgiou as a bridge officer. The grand conclusion of Saru’s near-death experience, which comes after the Discovery encounters a spherical being who wants to download its knowledge before dying, is that Saru … Which is why we hope for the best when Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sept. 24. Saru is all of those things and then some.”. Oh, and Tilly is kidnapped by that giant fungus-like alien that Discovery was keeping locked up. Showrunner Aaron Harberts explained Saru’s line in the trailer, telling EW, “He comes from a planet where he’s a prey species. Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Crimson Peak), who plays Lieutenant Saru, compared his character to non-human bridge officers from other Star Trek shows. Saru and Michael Burnham are the only two characters to appear in every episode of Star Trek: Discovery. (DIS: "Into the Forest I Go", "Despite Yourself"), Saru, along with Tilly, then found Dr. Culber dead and in the arms of Lieutenant Stamets. The release of the Short Treks episode "The Brightest Star", months later, confirmed the latter name as the name of Saru's planet in canon. But the Kelpiens are death-obsessed, their personalities radiating characteristics, like cowardice, we often find repulsive. He was present when Michael Burnham arrived on the starship. The near-death wasn’t a dramatic cul-de-sac. After learning that they were in a parallel universe, Saru then helped Cadet Tilly to pose as her counterpart after Lorca decided to have Discovery pose as the ISS Discovery. Shenzhou and then on the U.S.S. When the USS Glenn, the Discovery's sister ship, suffered a catastrophe, Saru spoke up in Burnham's defense, describing her as the "smartest Starfleet officer [he] had ever met. Saru was awarded the Starfleet Medal of Honor for his actions, the first received by a Kelpien. Jones has been an underused standout on “Discovery” since the pilot. So, I was definitely worried about Saru, which at least meant the scenes with him planning out his own demise weren’t boring. Following Discovery's arrival at the Charon's coordinates, Saru then spoke with Lorca, who offered to spare him and Discovery's crew in exchange for Burnham.