So this is Discovery.
I love what we’ve seen of the crew so far and how hecking flawed everyone is. There’s a sharpness to everyone, and the arrival of Starfleet’s first mutineer (is her brother the second one?) brings out the worst in most. Landry is your typical loyal jock, but I’m eager to see more of her, Stamets is a wonderfully hostile combination of reason and passion, and Saru is my adorable darling deathrection prince, crowned by the promise of blood. Even Sylvia wasn’t left to float in awkward waters, but was rather given a sneaky backbone, as well as confidence in her abilities. Just like that we have all four Hogwarts houses. And if the title of this recap didn’t tip you off, I love me some Harry Potter.
I believe I’m beginning to get the hang of the story being told.
It was really how cold, authoritarian and downright shady -though impressive- Cpt. Lorca is presented to be, that led me down this rabbit hole (reference absolutely intended). His character grated. Star Trek has always been about exploration, optimism, kindness, and a group of people working in relative harmony towards a similar goal. People with extremely different philosophies in life were shown to co-exist and grow together, learning from one another. This is pretty much what we got from Cpt. Georgiou’s crew, perfectly exemplified by her.
She was charming, warm, tough when needed, and with a twinkle in her eye that reminded me of the best of Kirk. So they killed her. They killed what we all think Star Trek stands for and I’m sincerely hoping this is a deliberate decision. Because if it is (and why wouldn’t it be?) we get to see our characters slowly reach for the best in humanity, and that just may be the Star Trek story we need right now. One where broken, flawed people try to make the best of a bad situation, begin to open themselves to each other and the unknown with a smile rather than reservation, and ultimately find their better selves in the vastness of space. (Still haven’t forgiven them for that death though)
I was particularly fascinated by Sura and Lorca offering Burnham food. Sura’s blueberries were described as better than ones Michael had tasted in prison. They are essentially the opposite of pomegranate seeds, marking Michael’s relative freedom, and Sura’s role in achieving this. The fortune cookies are also amusing given their bland taste and very low nutritional value. They represent ritual -something you crack open after meals simply because it’s there and that’s what you do- as well as a slight hint of mystery.
Michael also gave something this episode. The book is an almost assuredly treasured object, one of the few items in her possession and a fond reminder of family and childhood. She gives it to Sylvia cheerfully, sharing with her, and forging the first link of a bond that is going to be fascinating to watch develop. I adore how they chose the most mathsy bizarre book for the foster-child of a Vulcan and a human.
Now I must leave you as it is nearing 5am and this is becoming more of an unedited ramble full of mixed metaphors rather than a review. Feel free to tell me what you think of this change of pace, as well as your own thoughts on the show.
Live Long and Prosper.
(Gosh I love Star Trek)