The season finale was a mess -- an energetic mess, says Kaila Hale-Stern. "My rebuke of Discovery stems from the fact that I believe the show can be so much better as a whole, and for every step forward, it seems to take two back at warp speed," says Hale-Stern. "Its worst instincts are a tendency to explosive largesse better suited to cinema, leaning on a crutch of Trek nostalgia past, and underbaked characters delivering over-the-top dialogue. Unfortunately, all of these elements were out in full force in the conclusion of the two-part finale. I don’t know what I was watching last night, but much of it did not feel like Star Trek. A great majority of the episode, an incoherent intergalactic space showdown between Discovery, the Enterprise, and Control’s Section 31 drone ships, was far more Star Warsian in nature."