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Full Name: Section 31
Nationality: Assorted
Organization: Starfleet
Occupation Agency

Creator: Ira Steven Behr
Time Span: 1998 - 2019

ABOUT THE SERIES

Section 31 is a ultra-clandestine agency inside Starfleet.

Starfleet, of course, is the exploratory and defensive military arm of the United Federation of Planets (UFP), a collection of various sovereign planets joined together for mutual protection and advancement; its two charter member worlds being Earth and Vulcan. While from its inception, the Federation was meant to be an instrument of peace and harmony while at the same time reaching deeper into the unknown space to learn and grow, it was known by some that there would always be unseen threats to the stability of the organization. Most would come from outside, such as the Klingon and Romulan Empires, but some would originate from inside with some unscrupulous individuals and groups wanting to advance their own agendas.

When Starfleet was first formally established by way of the Starfleet Charter at the end of the 2130s, Article 14, Section 31 discussed the need on occasion to bend or suspend the Starfleet regulations in times of extraordinary threat. To that end, a very secretive subgroup inside what would become Starfleet Intelligence was created using as its name that little talked about part of the regulation.

The first recorded acknowledgement of the group comes when on the facility known as Deep Space Nine, its resident doctor, a man named Bashir who is later discovered to be a genetically enhanced individual in violation of Federation law, is suspected further of being under the control of the Dominion (a very nasty and dangerous race from the Gamma Quadrant. His arrest and interrogation is conducted by a team dressed in black uniform who would eventually identify themselves. That team's on-site leader, Sloan, is the first to mention it with, "Let's just say I belong to another branch of Starfleet Intelligence. Our official designation is Section 31. We keep a low profile. Works out better that way for all concerned".

He would go on to explain the purpose of Section 31 with, "We search out and identify potential threats to the Federation, [and once identified] we deal with them". When asked how, he replied, "Quietly".

When Bashir expressed disbelief that Starfleet went along with such methods, he said, "We don't submit reports, or ask approval for specific operations...we are an autonomous department". Later, when trying to recruit a vindicated Bashir, Sloan says somewhat chillingly, "I'll admit it takes exceptional people to do what we do ... people who can sublimate their ambitions to the best interest of the Federation. You violate those principles as a matter of course ... in order to protect them." Later, after Sloan and his team depart, DS9 commander, Captain Sisko, when asked how Federation authorities acted when the matter of Section 31 came up, said, " Starfleet Command doesn't acknowledge its existence, but they don't deny it either".

Note: Wikipedia has a very useful page devoted to this spy organization. The terrific website Memory-Alpha has an extensive list of appearances.

BOOKS

Number of Books:21
First Appearance:2001
Last Appearance:2019

The Star Trek universe is a far ranging set of adventure in a large number of series such as Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and so on. Many hundreds of books have been written based directly on characters in each of those and other television series. A good number have taken place outside those programs but still within the Star Trek/Starfleet/United Federation of Planets sphere of influence.

Just about all of these adventures are considered non-canonical, or apocryphal, in that they might have happened or might not have. None of the books listed here are canon.


1 Hollow Men Hollow Men
Written by Una McCormack
Copyright: 2005

A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine adventure.
Sisko is summoned to Earth to take part in the first Allied talks to come out of the Federation's new partnership with the Romulans. But Sisko's conscience weighs heavily on him, compelling him to seek some kind of penance for what he has done...while elements within Starfleet itself set in motion a scheme to use Elim Garak as a pawn against a human political dissident who may hold the key to the outcome of the war.

2 A Time to Kill A Time to Kill
Written by David Mack
Copyright: 2004

A Star Trek: The Next Generation adventure.
During the Dominion War, the Federation’s leaders secretly armed the neutral planet Tezwa with devastating weapons — a contingency plan against the Dominion if the front lines collapsed. But now Tezwa vows to use those weapons against the Klingon Empire, drawing the Federation into a conflict that threatens to erupt into interstellar war.During the Dominion War, the Federation’s leaders secretly armed the neutral planet Tezwa with devastating weapons — a contingency plan against the Dominion if the front lines collapsed. But now Tezwa vows to use those weapons against the Klingon Empire, drawing the Federation into a conflict that threatens to erupt into interstellar war.
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3 A Time to Heal A Time to Heal
Written by David Mack
Copyright: 2004

A Star Trek: The Next Generation adventure.
A cataclysmic war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire has been miraculously averted, and a new government is finally in place on the planet Tezwa. But deadly secrets still threaten the fragile peace accord. Rebels still loyal to the old Tezwa regime have captured Commander Riker and are willing to kill to achieve their goals...the Orion Syndicate is interfering in the rebuilding -- and may also be involved in much more than that. But the most devastating revelation of all threatens the very foundations of the Federation itself -- leaving Captain Picard to possibly face the very conflict that he labored so hard to prevent....
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4 The Good That Men Do The Good That Men Do
Written by Andy Mangels, Michael A. Martin
Copyright: 2007

Book 11 in the Star Trek: Enterprise series.
"Over two hundred years ago, the life of one of Starfleet's earliest pioneers came to a tragic end, and Captain Jonathan Archer, the legendary commander of Earth's first warp-five starship, lost a close friend. Or so it seemed for many years. But with the passage of time, and the declassification of certain crucial files, the truth about that fateful day -- the day that Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III didn't die -- could finally be revealed. Why did Starfleet feel it was necessary to rewrite history? And why only now can the truth be told?"

5 Kobayashi Maru Kobayashi Maru
Written by Michael A. Martin, Andy Mangels
Copyright: 2008

Book 12 in the Star Trek: Enterprise series.
Captain Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise? seethes with frustration, wondering if anyone else can see what he sees. A secret, closed, militaristic society, convinced that their survival hangs by a thread, who view their neighbors as a threat to their very existence -- the Spartans of ancient Greece, the Russians of the old Soviet Union, the Koreans under Kim Il-sung -- with only one goal: attain ultimate power, no matter the cost. The little-known, never-seen Romulans seem to live by these same principles.
The captain realizes that the bond between the signers of the Coalition charter is fragile and likely to snap if pushed. But he knows that the Romulans are hostile, and he believes they are the force behind the cargo ship attacks. If asked, Archer can offer no proof without endangering his friend's life.

6 Beneath the Raptor's Wing Beneath the Raptor's Wing
Written by Michael A. Martin
Copyright: 2009

Book 13 in the Star Trek: Enterprise series.
"The rise of the Coalition of Planets strikes dread within the Romulan Star Empire. They feel its growing reach will cut them off from what is rightfully theirs. The Romulans know that the alliance is fragile, that the correct strategy could turn allies into foes. Perfecting a way of remotely controlling Coalition ships and using them as weapons against one another, the Romulans hope to drive a wedge of suspicion and mistrust between these new allies.
One Starfleet captain uncovers this insidious plot: Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise. Determined not to lose what they have gained, outmanned and outgunned, the captains of Starfleet stand tall, vowing to defend every inch of Coalition space until the tide begins to turn."

7 To Brave the Storm To Brave the Storm
Written by Michael A. Martin
Copyright: 2011

Book 14 in the Star Trek: Enterprise series.
The Coalition of Planets has shattered, with Vulcan, Andor, and Tellar abrogating the treaty. Their pledge to come to the mutual defense of any power that is attacked has been shunted aside. Horrified by how easily the Romulans can seize control of their advanced starships, turning them into weapons, Andor and Tellar have joined Vulcan on the sidelines. Humanity is now the only thing that stands between the Romulan Star Empire and total domination of the galaxy.
To drive humans from the stars, the Romulans employ ruthless and murderous tactics...and even dare to strike on the Vulcan homeworld with the hopes of demoralizing their Vulcan brethren. Heartened by their victories, the Romulans carry their all-out war assault closer to the heart of humanity—Earth.

8 A Choice of Futures A Choice of Futures
Written by Christopher L. Bennett
Copyright: 2013

Book 15 in the Star Trek: Enterprise series.
When a new threat emerges from a force so alien and hostile that negotiation seems impossible, a group of unaligned worlds asks Starfleet to come to its defense, and the Federation’s leaders seize the opportunity to build their reputation as an interstellar power. But Archer fears the conflict is building toward an unnec­essary war, potentially taking the young nation down a path it was never meant to follow. Archer and his allies strive to find a better solution...but old foes are working secretly to sabotage their efforts and ensure that the great experiment called the Federation comes to a quick and bloody end.

9 Patterns of Interference Patterns of Interference
Written by Christopher L. Bennett
Copyright: 2017

Book 19 in the Star Trek: Enterprise series.
"The time has come to act. Following the destructive consequences of the Ware crisis, Admiral Jonathan Archer and Section 31 agent Trip Tucker both attempt to change their institutions to prevent further such tragedies. Archer pushes for a Starfleet directive of non-interference, but he faces opposition from allies within the fleet and unwelcome support from adversaries who wish to drive the Federation into complete isolationism. Meanwhile, Tucker plays a dangerous game against the corrupt leaders of Section 31, hoping to bring down their conspiracy once and for all. But is he willing to jeopardize Archer's efforts—and perhaps the fate of an entire world—in order to win?"
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10 Zero Sum Game Zero Sum Game
Written by David Mack
Copyright: 2010

Book 1 in the Star Trek: Typhon Pact mini-series.
A spy for the Typhon Pact—a new political rival of the Federation—steals the plans for Starfleet’s newest technological advance: the slipstream drive. To stop the Typhon Pact from unlocking the drive’s secrets, Starfleet Intelligence recruits a pair of genetically enhanced agents: Dr. Julian Bashir, of station Deep Space 9, and Sarina Douglas, a woman whose talents Bashir helped bring to fruition, and whom Bashir thinks of as his long-lost true love. Bashir and Douglas are sent to infiltrate the mysterious species known as the Breen, find the hidden slipstream project, and destroy it. Meanwhile, light-years away, Captain Ezri Dax and her crew on the U.S.S. Aventine play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a Typhon Pact fleet that stands between them and the safe retrieval of Bashir and Douglas from hostile territory.
Note: Sarina Douglas is a Section 31 operative.
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11 Plagues of Night Plagues of Night
Written by David R. George III
Copyright: 2013

Book 6 in the Star Trek: Typhon Pact mini-series and Part 1 of 2 in a sub-series in it.
As Starfleet rebuilds itself, factions within the Typhon Pact grow restive, concerned about their own inability to develop a quantum slipstream drive to match that of the Federation. Will leaders such as UFP President Bacco and RSE Praetor Kamemor bring about a lasting peace across the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, or will the cold war between the two alliances deepen, and perhaps even lead to an all-out shooting war?
Note: an agent with Section 31 and close friend to Dr. Bashir of Deep Space Nine plays an important role.
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12 Raise the Dawn Raise the Dawn
Written by David R. George III
Copyright: 2012

Book 7 in the Star Trek: Typhon Pact mini-series and Part 2 of 2 in a sub-series in it.
After the disastrous events in the Bajoran system, Captain Benjamin Sisko must confront the consequences of the recent choices he has made in his life. At the same time, the United Federation of Planets and its Khitomer Accords allies have come to the brink of war with the Typhon Pact. While factions within the Pact unsuccessfully used the recent gestures of goodwill—the opening of borders and a joint Federation-Romulan exploratory mission—to develop quantum-slipstream drive, they have not given up their goals. Employing a broad range of assets, from Romulus to Cardassia, from Ab-Tzenketh to Bajor, they embark on a dangerous new plan to acquire the technology they need to take control of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. While UFP President Bacco and Romulan Praetor Kamemor work feverishly to reestablish peace, Captains Sisko, Jean-Luc Picard, and Ro Laren stand on the front lines of the conflict...even as a new danger threatens the Bajoran wormhole as it once more becomes a flashpoint of galactic history.
Note: an agent with Section 31 and close friend to Dr. Bashir of Deep Space Nine plays an important role.
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13 A Ceremony of Losses A Ceremony of Losses
Written by David Mack
Copyright: 2013

The 3rd of 5 books in a TNG / DSN crossover event.
Despite heroic efforts by Thirishar ch’Thane, the Andorian species is headed for extinction. Its slow march toward oblivion has reached a tipping point, one from which there will be no hope of return. With countless lives at stake, the leaders of Andor, the Federation, and the Typhon Pact all scheme to twist the crisis to their political gain—at any price. Unwilling to be a mere bystander to tragedy, Doctor Julian Bashir risks everything to find a cure for the Andorians. But his courage will come at a terrible cost: his career, his freedom...and maybe his life."
Note: Section 31 plays an important role in this matter.
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14 Elusive Salvation Elusive Salvation
Written by Dayton Ward
Copyright: 2016

"The Arctic Circle, 1845: Escaping the tyranny under which their people have lived for generations, aliens from a distant planet crash land on Earth’s inhospitable frozen wastes. Surviving the harsh conditions will pose a challenge, but over time the aliens will migrate to more populated areas, with decades passing as they work to conceal their presence from their former oppressors, who continue to hunt them at any cost. 
San Francisco, 2283: When a mysterious craft is detected entering the solar system, Admiral James Kirk is dispatched by Starfleet to confront the vessel. He meets with an emissary from the Iramahl, a previously unknown alien race who have come in search of their brothers and sisters thought to have gone missing in this area of space centuries earlier. Having recently thrown off the last chains of subjugation by another species, the Ptaen, they now believe their lost people hold the key to saving their entire race from eventual extinction. 
New York, 1970: Roberta Lincoln, young protégé of the mysterious agent Gary Seven, is shocked when she receives the oddest request for help—from the future… "
Note: A major character from the mid 1980s will be found at the end of the adventure to be connected to the nascent Section 31. - Very tenuous and non-canon-canon.
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15 Rogue Rogue
Written by Andy Mangels, Michael A. Martin
Copyright: 2001

Book 1 of 4 in the first Star Trek: Section 31 mini-series.
"Six months before their ultimate battle against the Borg for the fate of Earth, Captain Jean-Luc Piccard and the crew of the USS Enterprise™ face a very different kind of crisis. A world in turmoil becomes the focal point of conspiracies and betrayal as an unexpected reunion brings with it startling revelations. Old friends become bitter enemies and one young officer reaches a crossroad when he's forced to choose between the greater good of the Federation and the ideals for which it stands."

16 Shadow Shadow
Written by Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Copyright: 2001

Book 2 of 4 in the first Star Trek: Section 31 mini-series.
"Someone or something is trying to kill Seven of Nine. As the crew races against time to save millions of refugees from an imminent stellar cataclysm, the former Borg becomes the target of several seemingly random but potentially lethal "accidents." The investigation reveals a truth more terrifying than anyone ever imagined, as Captain Kathryn Janeway and the crew of the Starship Voyager™ fight for their lives against the most unexpected enemy of all."

17 Cloak Cloak
Written by S. D. Perry
Copyright: 2001

Book 3 of 4 in the first Star Trek: Section 31 mini-series.
"Once, in order to preserve the galaxy's fragile balance of power, Captain James T. Kirk carried out a dangerous mission to capture a cloaking device from the Romulan Star Empire. Months later, while investigating a mysterious disaster aboard a Federation starship, Kirk discovers that the same technology he obtained for the sake of peace is being put to sinister purposes. What the crew of the Starship Enterprise™ uncovers will send shock waves through the quadrant, as Section 31 sets in motion a plan that could bring the major powers of the galaxy to their knees."

18 Abyss Abyss
Written by David Weddle, Jeffrey Lang
Copyright: 2001

Book 4 of 4 in the first Star Trek: Section 31 mini-series.
"Mere days after the startling events of AVATAR, Dr. Julian Bashir faces his darkest nightmare when Section 31 compels him to undertake a mission to stop one of their own. But this renegade is no ordinary agent. Like Bashir, Dr. Ethan Locken is genetically enhanced, a human superior in body and mind. But Locken dreams of remaking the galaxy in his own image—and creating a new human empire based on the example of the infamous Khan Noonien Singh. And as he begins to understand the terrifying truth about his opposite number, Bashir will learn more about himself than he ever wanted."

19 Disavowed Disavowed
Written by David Mack
Copyright: 2014

Book 1 of 2 in the second Star Trek: Section 31 mini-series.
"Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group committed to safeguarding the Federation at any cost. Doctor Julian Bashir sacrificed his career for a chance to infiltrate Section 31 and destroy it from within. Now it’s asking him to help it stop the Breen from stealing a dangerous new technology from the Mirror Universe—one that could give the Breen control over the galaxy. It’s a mission Bashir can’t refuse—but is it really the shot he’s been waiting for? Or is it a trap from which even his genetically enhanced intellect can’t escape?"

20 Control Control
Written by David Mack
Copyright: 2017

Book 2 of 2 in the second Star Trek: Section 31 mini-series.
"No law…no conscience…no mercy. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answering to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group pledged to defend the Federation at any cost. The discovery of a two-hundred-year-old secret gives Doctor Julian Bashir his best chance yet to expose and destroy the illegal spy organization. But his foes won’t go down without a fight, and his mission to protect the Federation he loves just end up triggering its destruction. Only one thing is for certain: this time, the price of victory will be paid with Bashir’s dearest blood."
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21 Collateral Damage Collateral Damage
Written by David Mack
Copyright: 2019

A Star Trek: The Next Generation adventure.
The past returns to haunt Captain Jean-Luc Picard—a crime he thought long buried has been exposed, and he must return to Earth to answer for his role in a conspiracy that some call treason. Meanwhile, the U.S.S. Enterprise is sent to apprehend pirates who have stolen vital technology from a fragile Federation colony. But acting captain Commander Worf discovers that the pirates’ motives are not what they seem, and that sometimes standing for justice means defying the law….
Note: this adventure deals in a good part with the aftermath of "the public exposure of Section 31's crimes" told in Section 31: Control.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:7
First Appearance:1998
Last Appearance:2019
Network:CBS

REGULAR CAST

Section 31 was "revealed" in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine [DSN] which was written, produced, and aired after the three earlier Star Trek series (Star Trek [TOS], Star Trek: The Animated Series [TAS], and Star Trek: The Next Generation [TNG]) had long finished. Therefore, there is no mention or allusion to 31 in any of those earlier storylines.

When, some time after DSN ended and the prequel series, Star Trek: Enterprise, was produced, there were a few instances of Section 31 (in its infancy) playing a part in the events.

Similarly, when Star Trek: Discovery, which takes place some decades after Enterprise and just before TOS, Section 31 is very much a part of things, at least before Discovery heads into the future.

Star Trek: Picard had a couple of references to Section 31 as did the humorous Star Trek: The Lower Decks.

Being televised episodes. all of the appearances are considered canon.


1 Inquisition
Episode S6-18, first aired 1998
Director: Michael Dorn
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle

From the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine television series, 04/06/1998.
Section 31 operatives take Dr. Bashir prisoner to determine if he is in fact a Dominion spy. This gives the first indication of the existence of Section 31.

2 Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges
Episode S7-16, first aired 1999
Director: David Lingston
Writer: Ronald D. Moore

From the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine television series, 03/01/1999.
Latin for "In times of war, the law falls silent". As Bashir prepares for a conference on Romulus, Section 31 agent Luther Sloan appears with an assignment for him. Captain Sisko advises him to accept it, in order to learn more about the secretive agency.

3 Extreme Measures
Episode S7-23, first aired 1999
Director: Steve Posey
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle

From the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine television series, 04/17/1999.
As Odo falls gravely ill to the shape-shifter disease, Bashir and O'Brien must get inside the mind of Luther Sloan, who holds Odo's cure.

4 Affliction
Episode S4-15, first aired 2005
Director: Michael Grossman
Writers: Manny Coto, Mike Sussman

From the Star Trek: Enterprise television series, 02/18/2005.
While Enterprise is visiting Earth, Phlox is abducted by the Klingons and forced to research a cure for a virus destined to wipe out the race. Reed is tapped by a secret agency and ordered to betray Archer. Trip transfers to the Columbia.

5 Divergence
Episode S4-16, first aired 2005
Director: David Barrett
Writers: Judith Reeves-Stevens, Garfield Reeves-Stevens

From the Star Trek: Enterprise television series, 02/24/2005.
As Enterprise tries to bring Trip on board to reverse the malicious Klingon modifications, Phlox and Antaak find a cure for the virus that will not please General K'Vagh.

6 Demons
Episode S4-20, first aired 2005
Director: LeVar Burton
Writer: Manny Coto

From the Star Trek: Enterprise television series, 05/06/2005.
Attending a conference on a proposed interplanetary alliance, Trip and T'Pol find out from a dying woman that they have a baby. Investigation shows the woman was a member of the xenophobic organization Terra Prime.

7 Terra Prime
Episode S4-21, first aired 2005
Director: Marvin V. Rush
Writers: Judith Reeves-Stevens, Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Andre Bormanis

From the Star Trek: Enterprise television series, 05/13/2005.
Paxton threatens to destroy Starfleet Headquarters if all aliens don't leave Earth. Enterprise must shut down the verteron array on Mars, but it is extremely well defended.

8 Will You Take My Hand
Episode S1-15, first aired 2018
Director: Akiva Goldsman
Writers: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 02/11/2018.
In a bonus scene first shown as a convention and later included in the DVD release of the season, we watch the Emperor Philippa Georgiou from the Mirror Universe, now exiled to the Prime Universe, being approached by a representative of Section 31 to join them.

9 Point Of Light
Episode S2-3, first aired 2019
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Writer: Andrew Colville

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 01/31/2019.
A surprise visitor to the USS Discovery brings shocking news about Spock and dredges up past regrets for Burnham. Following the asteroid incident, Tilly struggles to keep a grip on her reality. L'Rell's authority on Qo'noS is threatened.
Philippa Georgiou shows up as a Section 31 operative.

10 Saints Of Imperfection
Episode S2-5, first aired 2019
Director: David Barrett
Writer: Kirsten Beyer

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 02/14/2019.
Burnham and the crew navigate a dangerous alien landscape in a race against time to save Tilly's life, but Stamets is not at all prepared for what they find in the process. Section 31 is assigned to help track down Spock, much to Pike's dismay.

11 The Sounds Of Thunder
Episode S2-6, first aired 2019
Director: Douglas Aarniokoski
Writers: Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 02/21/2019.
When a new signal appears over Saru's home planet, Burnham, Saru and the crew embark on a perilous mission that puts Saru in danger and raises questions about the Red Angel's intentions. Hugh struggles to come to terms with his new reality.

12 Lights And Shadows
Episode S2-7, first aired 2019
Director: Marta Cunningham
Writers: Ted Sullivan, Vaun Wilmott

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 02/28/2019.
Burnham goes to Vulcan in search of Spock, where she unearths surprising family secrets. In researching what is left of the Red Angel's signal over Kaminar, Pike and Tyler end up in battle with time itself. Georgiou has a few tricks up her sleeve for Leland and Section 31.

13 If Memory Serves
Episode S2-8, first aired 2019
Director: Marta Cunningham
Writers: Ted Sullivan, Vaun Wilmott

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 03/07/2019.
Spock and Burnham head to Talos IV, where the process of healing Spock forces the siblings to confront their troubled past. Stamets desperately tries to reconnect with an increasingly disconnected Hugh, while Tyler struggles to shed the crew's suspicions of him due to his past as Voq.

14 Project Daedalus
Episode S2-9, first aired 2019
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Writer: Michelle Paradise

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 03/14/2019.
The Discovery crew infiltrates Section 31's headquarters and suspicions arise that the crew may have a traitor in their midst. Meanwhile, Burnham tries to help Spock, but her efforts don't go as planned.

15 The Red Angel
Episode S2-10, first aired 2019
Director: Hanelle M. Culpepper
Writers: Chris Silvestri, Anthony Maranville

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 03/21/2019.
Burnham is stunned when she learns her ties to Section 31 run deeper than she ever fathomed. Armed with the identity of the Red Angel, the U.S.S. Discovery goes to work on its most critical mission to date.

16 Perpetual Infinity
Episode S2-11, first aired 2019
Director: Maja Vrvilo
Writers: Alan McElroy, Brandon Schultz

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 03/28/2019.
Burnham receives the reunion she's been longing for, but it doesn't go quite as she imagined. Georgiou and Tyler sense a disturbing change in Leland.

17 Through The Valley Of Shadows
Episode S2-12, first aired 2019
Director: Douglas Aarniokoski
Writers: Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 04/04/2019.
A fourth signal leads the U.S.S. Discovery to an insular world, where Pike is forced to make a life-changing choice. Burnham and Spock investigate a Section 31 ship gone rogue, leading to a discovery with catastrophic consequences.

18 Such Sweet Sorrow Part 1
Episode S2-13, first aired 2019
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Writers: Michelle Paradise, Jenny Lumet, Alex Kurtzman

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 04/11/2019.
When the U.S.S. Discovery's crucial mission does not go according to plan, Burnham realizes what must ultimately be done. The crew prepares for the battle of a lifetime as Leland's Control ships get closer.

19 Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2
Episode S2-14, first aired 2019
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Writers: Michelle Paradise, Jenny Lumet, Alex Kurtzman

From the Star Trek: Discovery television series, 04/18/2019.
The U.S.S. Discovery battles against Control in a fight not only for their lives but for the future, with a little help from some unexpected friends. Spock and Burnham discern vital new connections between the red signals while Burnham faces one of life's harshest truths: the right decisions are often the hardest to make.

MY COMMENTS

I have read a couple of very interesting treatises on the introduction into the Star Trek canon of an organization whose very nature is so contrary to the tenets of the Federation. The consensus is that it is a bad thing, for the most part, but intriguing.

Most interesting to me is that it did not show up in the official stories told in the entire history of the run of three different Star Trek series: the Original Series, the Animated Series (which to this day I still love), and the Next Generation. It was in the fourth series, and way towards the end of that one as well, that we are told about Section 31.

After that, well, occasionally it is mentioned a bit but otherwise, not so much. Well, in canon, at least. In the non-canonical adventures, sometimes  considered apocryphal, books and comics, it has thrived.

I can understand why. Spy fiction is replete with tales of organizations created specifically to defend beliefs by operating contrary to those same beliefs. Why should Star Trek be exempt?

GRADE

My Grade: B

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