If this episode is the sole reason for tying Burnham into Sarek and Amanda's family (and I'd be surprised if there isn't more to come giving Burnham's little moment at the end), then mission accomplished! This episode so smartly weaves a reason into the long held coolness between Sarek and Spock; Sarek felt guilty for not supporting Burnham's attempt to join the Vulcan Expeditionary Group more strongly, and so transferred that guilt to Spock when he refuses to take the path left for him by Sarek's choice to favour his son over Burnham. That's some damn good prequelling!
This whole episode was definitely enhanced if you've read the first tie-in novel, Desperate Hours, which also dives into Burnham's relationship with her parents and Spock. That book also started to explain that the incident's we've seen in Burnham's childhood were actually two attacks, and the episode laid that out; there was an off-world attack by the Klingons, that made Burnham an orphan and put her into the care of Sarek and Amanda, but later there was a further attack, a direct attempt at Burnham's life even, by the Logic Extremists, which is where Sarak saved Burnham using a mindmeld. Fascinating!
Meanwhile the other compelling plot was all about Lorca, testing and tested. He seems willing to accept Tyler completely, throwing him straight into Landry's empty post as chief of security. But then he's also not entirely sure of him, testing him on the firing range, probing the details of his background, and pretty much threatening him not to come back if he doesn't take sufficient care of Burnham on the shuttle mission.
Which leads us to a classic Lorca moment, when he refuses to dash off on a rescue mission. Is that really because he's taken the admiral's words to heart, and is waiting for authorisation, or is he willingly letting her remain in danger to prevent her revoking his command - Indeed, did he suggest her for the mission to ensure exactly that outcome?? Master of ambiguity, you really can't be sure what Lorca is up to.
Of course this all links back to Burnham. Her position, now uplifted to a formal posting as science specialist, is dependant on Lorca's sponsorship. So Lorca's fate surely determines Burnham's. Could this make her so far linear path to redemption a bit more contorted?
|Wonderful design of Dennas|
- First name drop of the Constitution class and USS Enterprise, as an aspirational posting. Cool.
- Stamets is basically high now? Sure the eventually crash will be interesting...
- The food slots are amusingly prone to providing too much information!
- DISCO T-shirts, yay!
- Dennas is such a beautiful design, really glad we got a clearer look at her this episode.
This episode really started to weave Discovery into Star Trek history, and was hugely satisfying as a result. In doing so is also bounced Burnham further along her path to redemption, and the entire peace talks plot moved the Klingon plot along too, with Kol now setup to lead the united Empire. More episodes with as much impact as this please!
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I agree, this was definitely one of the better episodes so far. Such a shame that the weakest part of DSC seems to be the over-arching narrative. Oh well.ReplyDelete
Gotta disagree on the Vulcan ship. Like many of DSC's designs, it lacks a strong profile. It's just another vaguely-angular blob. I suppose the ring drive is kind of there if you squint really hard, but for the most part it just looks like some random generic alien spaceship that would look right at home in virtually *any* science fiction television series or movie produced in the last half-century.