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After waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay, Craft finds himself on board a deserted ship, and his only companion and hope for survival is an A.I. computer interface.

Summary Edit

Alone in a V'draysh escape pod, a man named Craft spends his time watching Betty Boop cartoons as he drifts. Suddenly, he is caught in a tractor beam. It is from the USS Discovery.

He awakens in sickbay and attempts to put on an ill-fitting jumpsuit. He then hears the voice of Zora. He believes Zora to be alive, but instead it is the Discovery's computer.

Craft learns the truth about Zora in the mess hall, where he spends time playing chess and learning about human culture. He is particularly intrigued by the concept of Taco Tuesday.

Craft wishes to return to his wife and child, but is told by Zora that he cannot; there is only one warp-capable shuttlecraft on the ship, and after a millennium, it is likely unworkable.

Consequently, Craft spends his time watching old movies on the bridge with Zora. Zora's favorite is the 1957 film Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. The film is viewed as a holographic projection. Craft realizes that he can dance with Zora through this projection, and replicates himself a coat much like Astaire's in the film. However, as they dance, he recalls his wife and child, and leaves the bridge.

Zora realizes that Craft can never truly love her and equips him with a spacesuit and the warp-capable shuttle and he warps off for home to see his family. Zora and the Discovery float on through the cosmos.

Memorable quotes Edit

"Zora? I don’t know where you are or exactly what you are. I don’t know if I'll make it home or what I'll find when I'll get there. But I know you saved my life, heal my body. You reminded me what it means to be Human..."
"Please, Craft, no. Poignant ironies, this is hard enough, already."
"Then I'll just say goodbye."
"Craft: on your world, if we were lovers, would you tell me your name, your true name?"
"If we were lovers, on my world, you would give me my true name."
"Oh, well, then I already did."

- Craft and Zora, final dialogue between the two

Background information Edit

Calypso teaser

Title and airdate from teaser trailer

  • The episode's title, synopsis, and airdate were announced on 20 September 2018. [1]
  • The title refers to Calypso (Καλυψώ), a nymph in Homer's Odyssey. She rescues the shipwrecked Odysseus and keeps him on her island for seven years, enchanting him with her singing. However, he yearns for his wife Penelope so strongly that the gods order Calypso to release him. Despite her sorrow, she complies and gives him supplies for his voyage. In addition, the name of Craft may be a further allusion to the Odyssey, as Odysseus is frequently referred to as "crafty Odysseus" (πολυμήχανος Ὀδυσσεύς).

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'S Wonderful; 33rd century; Alcor system; Alcor IV; Astaire, Fred; automobile; Avery, Dick; beef; Bimbo; Boop, Betty; Calloway, Cab; carbohydrate sleeve; cheese; chess; Craft's family; cyclops owl; Earth; escape pod; evolution; flowers; flower pot; foodstuff; Funny Face; Funny Face; Hammock; heavy blast armor; Hepburn, Audrey; Human; hunting; hydropulse; Koko the Clown; The Long Ago; love; media files; media log; Mexico; mink; pigeon; protein; pulse burns; pulse-rigger; Quarrel; Reach; scar; settlement; seven dwarfs; skeletons; Snow-White; sombrero; sour cream; "St. James Infirmary Blues"; stellar cartography; Stockton, Jo; syrup; white table; taco; Taco Tuesday; tattoo; torture; Tuesday; V'draysh; V'draysh escape pod; waffle; weapons rack; wind; wine

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