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Get ready for tonight's Discovery episode

"An Obol For Charon"

“An Obol for Charon,” the fourth episode of Star Trek: Discovery's second season, will stream tonight. is here to get you ready for it with 4 Highlights from "Point of Light" and a preview of "An Obol for Charon."

May from Junior High

Tilly can't outrun her ghost friend, May, whom she knew briefly during junior high and who died far too young. No one else can see her, but she's real as can be to Tilly -- and a real problem/distraction. "You are the symptom of an unfit mind, and I can't have that right now," Tilly implores May. "I just can't." May will return several times, driving Tilly to the brink, with Tilly freaking out those around her, including Saru, Burnham and Pike. May insists Pike is... an impostor, an accusation Tilly utters out loud, before promptly quitting. It turns out May resulted from that mysterious spore speck that landed on Tilly amidst the events of "What's Past Is Prologue." In other words, May is a multi-cellular fungus that's grown inside Tilly. Interestingly, she thinks Stamets is captain of the Discovery.


A Vulcan ship approaches Discovery. Everyone assumes it carries Sarek on board, only it's Amanda, who, pardon the pun, is determined to search for Spock. To secure his medical file, she did the only logical thing when rebuffed: she stole it. Several Amanda-Burnham conversations/confessionals shed light on Spock's childhood encounter with the Red Angel ("It changed him"), Amanda's belief that she gave Michael all the "joy and affection I was not permitted to give to (Spock)," Burnham's guilt over her fractured relationship with Spock, and more. And, apparently, Spock supposedly killed three of his doctors and fled the starbase where he'd had himself committed.

Behold the Klingon Baby

"Point of Light" fills in many blanks, and delivers a couple of genuine shocks in the Klingon department. Tyler reveals the D7, which will bear the markings not of one house, but of a united empire. Kol-Sha, Kol's father, mocks Tyler as merely L'Rell's plaything. Debate ensues about what language -- Klingon or English -- certain characters should use, a debate that works both within the episode and as fan service. Later, L'Rell and Tyler/Voq make their peace, settling, for now, the unusual love triangle. Tyler and Burnham talk as well (and mention Klingon hair!). Add to that, a kickass fight, Georgiou's sudden arrival, a Klingon baby boy and a Klingon baby's head! Plus, Tyler's" severed head, too! And say L'Rell's fresh, fiercer title with us... "Mother."

Section 31 Makes Its Move

Section 31

Georgiou not only stepped in to save L'Rell and Tyler, but she warned L'Rell that moving forward there can be no signs of weakness, thus the fake Klingon baby and Tyler heads. A sleek, shiny ship decloaks. It's Georgiou's new ride. She suggests to Tyler that he should consider sticking around, since the ship's commander likes misfits. Tyler expresses surprise that Georgiou calls herself a "misfit." Her reply: "The freaks are more fun." A few moments later, Georgiou insists to Leland that Tyler "is in" with Section 31.

Next on Discovery

Episode Preview | Star Trek: Discovery - An Obol for Charon

In "An Obol for Charon," a mysterious sphere threatens the U.S.S. Discovery even as May, in her original form, implements a plan that puts Tilly’s life in danger. Saru and Burnham’s bond grows when Saru is forced to acknowledge a deeply unsettling Kelpien truth. Pike receives new intel on Spock from a loyal friend.

Star Trek: Discovery streams exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States and is distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space Channel and OTT service Crave.