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Star Trek: The Crew of the Discovery Has a New Mantra

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery Season 3, Episode 4, "Forget Me Not," now streaming on CBS All Access.

At the end of Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, the crew of the ship willingly went into the future to defeat the artificial intelligence called Control, knowing full well it would be a one-way trip. By traveling to the 32nd century, the crew moved away from everything and everyone they had ever known. Now, after crash-landing in the future and learning that Starfleet has essentially fallen, the crew of the Discovery has finally settled into their new reality.

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And already, in the series' latest episode, "Forget Me Not," their new lives in the future begin to take a toll, affecting the crew greatly. In fact, they now have a new mantra, and it's not to explore and discover -- it's to find the Federation, or what remains of it.

At the start of "Forget Me Not," Dr. Culber records a log entry that details the crew's state, both physical and psychological. He goes around the ship to assess how everyone is acclimating to the new time period and rapidly notices a drastic drop in morale. The family and friends the crew once had have been gone for hundreds of years and no one remembers them, leaving the crew feeling isolated.

Essentially, the crew no longer has a tether -- except each other. That is why, as Dr. Culber explains, they have now developed a new mantra: "when we find the Federation." Thanks to Michael Burnham's efforts, the crew of the Discovery knows all about the Burn, the event that resulted in the destruction of every dilithium-powered ship in the universe, and the subsequent fall of Starfleet. However, Burnham also knows there is still a network of Federation officers intent on rebuilding the once-great organization.

The crew is now devoting all of its time and resources to finding the remnants of the Federation because it's the only connection they have left. If they reconnect with the Federation, they can once again be part of something bigger, and they won't be all alone.

The mission, however, is easier said than done, and the crew's tempers get the best of them during a dinner hosted by Saru. They are under so much pressure and they feel so disconnected that they take it out on each other. Thankfully , the bickering doesn't last too long.

Thanks to the ship's sphere data, Saru is advised by the computer to host a movie night for the entire crew. The event provides the relief needed to bring the tension back down and allow the various crew members to resolve their issues. As the episode comes to a close, the crew members of the Discovery have a tighter bond and are more focused and devoted than ever to their mission.

For a long time, theirs was a scientific vessel whose mission was to explore. But now, the Discovery's primary goal is to find the Federation. And once they do, it just might be the key to bringing the organization back to what it once was.

Streaming on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Michael Burnham, Doug Jones as Commander Saru, Anthony Rapp as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets, Mary Wiseman as Ensign Sylvia Tilly, Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber, David Ajala as Cleveland "Book" Booker, Blu del Barrio as Adira, Ian Alexander as Grey, Tig Notaro as Chief Engineer Reno, Ethan Peck as Spock and Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou. New episodes of Season 3 are released on Thursdays.

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