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In the recent episode S02E13 of Star Trek: Discovery,

USS Discovery is being sent to the future to protect Sphere Archive. For this, Time Crystal and Red Angel suit have been planned to use.

But, what's the point of it when USS Discovery has got Spore Drive which can take the ship anywhere in the Mycelial Network which spans across multiple universes let alone time and space?

  • Can they control time jumps with the Spore Drive? I don't think it was shown as possible so far (to control the jumps, not to do it in general). – Shana Tar Apr 16 at 15:29
  • @ShanaTar They were making use of Time Crystal which was fully alien to them. In contrast, they had access to full Spore Drive logs. With litte research they could definitely replicate the previous time jump. – I Love You 3000 Apr 16 at 17:12
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The entirety of my answer, I think, would be a spoiler, so...

The spore drive was never established as capable of time travel. Since it could take Discovery anywhere, there is no place it could be sent from which it could not eventually return. The only one-way trip would be through time, into the far future. Not discussed in dialogue (so far as I recall) is the assumption that the controlling intelligence isn't able to invent or co-opt a method of time travel in order to return to the series "present" or even "past" to become an even bigger menace.

  • When USS Discovery returned from the mirror universe, it landed into the future when Klingons had almost already won the war. – I Love You 3000 Apr 14 at 1:10
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    @AvengeTheFallen I forgot that. I'm open to correcting my answer. However, Discovery didn't travel that far into the future, and although they were able to navigate the Discovery in space with some reliability, the time displacement was uncontrolled and only happened as they traveled between universes. – Anthony X Apr 14 at 2:03
  • Control just needs to get a Time Crystal. – Jerry Nixon - TOS Apr 16 at 15:25
  • @JerryNixon-TOS Control would also need to know when to travel to. – Joe Apr 19 at 18:29

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