Star Trek Discovery Season 1, Episode 5: It worked for Polio

The Discovery’s dark and gritty because Lorca can’t stand the light. I cannot believe it took me until the show pointed an enormous neon sign to the fact. I’m disappointed in myself and you should all boo in my general direction. (Get yourself a compass, locate Greece on a map, and proceed accordingly).

Star Trek Discovery – Season 1, Episode 5 recap

It does, however, give me the chance to talk about how brilliant this decision is from a narrative standpoint. Lorca darkens the show. His goals and morals are antithetical to what most everyone on his ship signed up for when they donned the Starfleet uniform. So it’s kinda brilliant in the most simplistic of ways to have him (and his past, and the fallout of his decisions), have an impact on the actual look of the show. -Sidenote, I would like to thank the DP for lighting everything beautifully despite the relative darkness. I wish they’d give lessons to 90% of color graders and DPs currently working in the industry.

His tragic backstory wasn’t created to make him more sympathetic, though it does give his actions an air of honor. He’s also, weirdly enough, the only character on the show that makes decisions both good and bad knowing full well that they could have grave consequences down the line, ones he seems willing to face. Everyone else is lighthearted and curious in a way an old veteran can’t afford to be. He’s calculating and manipulative, but he’s an Adult. Trusting Ash Tyler, therefore, seems like an odd decision.

I want to trust Ash Tyler, I really do, but from a certain viewpoint he is here to stab everyone in the back. Capturing Lorca must have been an impossible endeavor, so sticking him with a potential ally and then having security measures lax enough to allow him to escape is either extremely arrogant, or implausible at best. Mudd is easily cast as a scapegoat, while the trustworthy golden boy avoids suspicion. The Klingon responsible for the horrors he faced remains very much alive.  The only things calming down my paranoia, like yoghurt on really spicy curry, is how distraught he seemed when coming face to face with his abuser, as well as the fact that their ship got blown up fractions of a second after they’d been beamed out of it.

Anyways.

The science crew are the most adorkable little nerds in the cosmos. Their worry over the tardigrade was touching, relatable, and the first real step in them becoming proper crewmates. Banding together to buck authority has that effect on people. And who knew they could swear now? Though I do have to chastise someone for not telling Saru the tardigrade was in trouble the second Culber had proof this was the case.

Speaking of Culber and his ginger half Stamets… They are cute, and theur simple domesticity is a joy to observe, but I would have preferred a slow build up to husbands.

Saru’s quest to better himself must have come to a grinding halt the second he discovered Michael was already there. She had all the qualities the computer presented, yet she had somehow thrown that all away. She then proceeded to ignore his authority, inspired other people into helping her be compassionate and follow her suggestions rather than Saru’s orders. No wonder he expressed such strong resentment (a feeling that was more complex and definitely more original than fear).

As far as mirror Stamets is concerned my hair might have been on end, but I think it probably all boils down to a slight shift in light travel…. That’s a thing right?

I could talk about this show for hours (and am interested in anything you can link me about the difficult terrain of racism + the mere concept of Klingons), however it is nearing 6 am and I must post this at some point.

Live Long and Prosper. <3

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