Now we have an extended wait earlier than Star Trek: Discovery returns, however the present’s newest comedian might assist tide you over. Twice the size of a typical challenge, the primary Star Trek: Discovery Annual explores Paul Stamets’ backstory, introducing the early days of his Spore Drive analysis, and reveals how he and Dr. Hugh Culber fell in love.
For a lot of followers, the latter will likely be extra thrilling than the previous. Whereas we noticed loads of Stamets’ fungus analysis within the present, his love life obtained much less screentime. Dr. Culber, we hardly knew ye—though Discovery’s showrunners have promised he’ll return subsequent season. This comedian shares recent perception into their relationship, though to my shock, Stamets’ skilled partnership is simply as fascinating.
Earlier than he joined Starfleet, Stamets shared his tutorial profession with an astromycologist named Straal, who died when testing his personal model of the Spore Drive. Studying the backstory, it’s clear that Stamets benefited quite a bit from that partnership. Straal had higher social abilities and was much less adventurous, smoothing over Stamets’ standoffish character and discouraging him from taking pointless dangers. With out him round, it’s simple to see how Stamets turned remoted and depressing amongst Lorca’s crew.
Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018/IDW
The 2018 Discovery Annual brings collectively a inventive workforce from IDW’s ongoing Star Trek comics and Discovery itself. Artist Angel Hernandez has drawn different Star Trek titles for IDW, and prolific Star Trek comics author Mike Johnson shares a credit score with Discovery workers author Kirsten Beyer. They don’t precisely take inventive dangers, however they undoubtedly know methods to make a Star Trek story work.
Just like the present’s first two tie-in novels, this comedian gives some welcome background for a moderately plot-heavy season of TV. Given how a lot it teaches us about Stamets and his tutorial life with Straal, it really invitations a rewatch of Discovery‘s earlier episodes. For one factor, it reminds us that Stamets isn’t actually a Starfleet man, a key element when understanding his function within the present.
Amongst old-school Star Trek followers, there was lots of debate about whether or not Discovery adopted the suitable tone. The primary few episodes have been fairly grim, and it took some time for the crew to achieve that trademark Star Trek workforce spirit. For higher or worse, this was intentional. Discovery’s first season noticed the crew forge their very own id as a unit, bonding over shared trauma and deciding what Starfleet means to them. Stamets is the odd one out as a result of whereas he’s undoubtedly a part of the workforce, he isn’t a profession Starfleet officer. He’s an formidable scientist who grudgingly allowed Starfleet to fund his analysis. So, not like Michael Burnham or Saru, he doesn’t have a robust sense of Starfleet ethics. He’s in all probability probably the most egocentric character apart from Lorca, as a result of as a substitute of striving for collective betterment, he actually solely has one purpose: fungus analysis. This man loves his house mushrooms!
Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018/IDW
With Stamets as a single-minded workaholic and Culber as a extra pleasant, emotionally intuitive sort, this might result in an unequal relationship. Someway, they’re nonetheless completely cute collectively. It’s not like Culber has any illusions about Stamets’ character, in any case. Stamets is straightforwardly impolite throughout their preliminary assembly, but Culber cheerfully indicators up for extra.
We additionally know that Stamets is far softer at house than he’s at work. Whereas he’s sharp and impatient along with his colleagues, he’s (thank goodness) extra enjoyable and open along with his boyfriend. In flip, Culber appears to search out his snippiness amusing moderately than hurtful, and enjoys taking a extra supportive function of their relationship. I’m curious to see how this progresses subsequent season, as a result of regardless of how Culber returns from the lifeless (Mycelial ghost? Alternate universe twin?) it can inevitably shake up their unique dynamic.
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