Star Trek Discovery Season 1, Episode 4: Tardigrade A

I refuse to call the tardigrade Ripper, so it will be referred to as Jack from here on out.

Star Trek Discovery – Season 1, Episode 4 recap

Klingon politics and Starfleet’s afterschool special about not judging a book by its cover, were served with a side of sexual tension and guilt trips respectively. It was an all around satisfying meal if perhaps a bit simplistic.

Voq seems about as politically savvy as Ned Stark, so I’m glad they gave him a companion with some common sense to go with all that righteous honor. It was strange to see all that UST between Klingons, but I for one am in. to. it. in a way I don’t care to examine.

Jack is an adorable monster it pains me to see hurt. The way Jack was approached by her showed us another side to Michael (one closer to her characterization as a first contact expert) and I’m looking forward to the crew finally figuring out how to use it without hurting it. Jack serves as a very obvious metaphor for Michael, her reputation in constant battle with who she actually is. I wonder if it’s also there to subconsciously make us think that Gabriel Lorca can’t be all that bad. He appears to be more like Lucifer than Gabriel at the moment, using any and every thing at his disposal to achieve his goals. He doesn’t seem to care about his crew’s mental state if a few anguished cries will make them motivated, but if you like at it differently he has a group of scientists on his hands that have never been in a war nor understand the very real stakes. I remain undecided about his moral alignment.

I live for what I can only assume is a further reference to -and investment in- the Alice mythos. Not only did we get a chance to see the amazing Philippa again, she also packed an emotional punch and left us with a looking glass and everything it represents- exploration, DISCOVERY, adventure, coming home. (We also got an explanation as to why it even existed on her ship in the first place)

There are still some things that need to be ironed out of course.

Six months is a hecking huge amount of time during war time for a stealth ship with a profound history to be left to its own devices.

I know that Starfleet’s mission statement isn’t military in nature, but even amateur tacticians can tell you that protecting 40% of your army’s fuel is paramount to surviving.

It’s rather annoying that we lost our jock so early in the game. It’s supposed to happen once we get past the one-dimensional weight-lifting grunts and discover the human underneath. It’s far more painful that way. Losing Rekha Sharma from yet another SciFi show shouldn’t hurt as much given how often it happens, but it still grates.

The science remains slightly hinky (or at least I can’t much sense of it), but I’m liking the way they’re approaching the subject of science being co-opted by the military.

Who thought that title was a good idea?

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