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As promised a few weeks ago, we are now getting to see a new side of Commander Saru. An encounter with a dying entity in ‘An Obol for Charon’ initiates vahar’ai in the Kelpian officer, causing his threat ganglia to wither and fall off and his fear to disappear along with them. At the time he felt outrage for his people who believed they needed to sacrifice themselves to the other species on Kaminar the Ba’ul when vahar’ai began. That left us knowing eventually we’d be looking a bit deeper into this, and here we are.
The red angel that Spock and the Discovery crew have been separately chasing all season long appears briefly above Kaminar, leading Discovery to the planet before disappearing. Kaminar is protected by Starfleet general order one - no contact with pre-warp species. The crew decide, thanks to some newly impassioned arguments from Saru, that the need to follow any lead in the angel investigation takes priority and Saru and Michael beam down to the planet.
Once there Saru encounters his sister Siranna. She and the rest of the village Saru grew up in believed Saru to be dead with only Siranna questioning if there might have been more to the story, having seen a flash in the sky the night Saru disappeared. It’s easy to understand her anger then when Saru informs her that he hasn’t returned to let her know that he isn’t dead but instead just needs some information before potentially disappearing again. The Ba’ul are also upset with the return of Saru because it means the return of the natural predator of the Ba’ul people. In the past, once a Kelpian underwent vahar’ai they became a hunter species. The Ba’ul worked to rid the planet of the evolved Kelpians, and convinced the unevolved that once the change began, they needed to sacrifice themselves to the Ba’ul to maintain ‘the great balance’. In order to maintain their control over the Kelpians, the Ba’ul demand that Discovery turn Saru over to them or else they will wipe the species out. .