I didn’t know how to feel about this episode until the very last scene, and reader, I loved it.
-Poor Michael is getting her heart ripped out and stomped on every which way. Her decision to talk instead of attacking seems like a pivotal point in the narrative. It goes against everything Lorca’s been telling her and leads her to confront someone wearing the face of her role model. I hope her encounter with the emperor leads to some form of catharsis.
-I’m here for all the Tyler/Voq drama as long as I get my security officer back. There’s a simplistic and intense tragedy to the whole story of which I may have hinted at enjoying the pants off. Still feel slightly uncomfortable and woefully ill-informed to talk about the PTSD aspect of it. (And then there’s the matter of Voq as a religious zealot and the different ways in which the respective Voqs chose to interpret their religion… Add a prophet to the mix and subtext is beginning to look like text. Tricky, tricky grounds.)
-The Voq of the mirror universe is far more interesting, nuanced, and dare I say Star Trek, than his counterpart. Firewolf is still a ridiculous name.
-I don’t know how I missed the fact that Michelle Yeoh was going to be the emperor considering how much I complained about the fact that we were robbed of more of her performance. I’m excited to see the emperor’s relationship with Michael, as well as how the battle of the binary stars went down in this universe.
-(By the way, am I the only one that finds alternate universes of this magnitude of deviation to be improbable at the very least considering the long list of variables that go into shaping history?)
-The image of Stamets clutching Culber to his chest almost ripped mine part. The possibility that he’d wake up to find Culber dead and then being told he was in some way responsible, caused the kind of visceral pain only provided by torturous nightmares. I’m glad it was resolved within the episode.
-Lorca’s plan is coming to fruition and I for one can’t wait for him to be thwarted.
-Stamets being cured by spores made little sense to me, but I’m old and increasingly tired, so why not go along with it. I am interested in seeing clueless!Stamets and evil!Stamets sharing the same space.
-I am here, however, for Tilly pursuing a command position. Her predicament reminds me of BtVS, where the vampire version of Willow (from their mirror universe) exuded lesbian vibes, only for it later to be revealed that Willow had been a big ole gay all along. I want to believe that Stamets calling her captain is due to a promotion in Starfleet, not her position within the empire.
-Who else is very worried about a mirror universe Discovery rampaging its way through the Federation?
Live Long and Prosper. <3
-P.S. Somehow forgot to mention this last week, but Lorca’s Scottish accent when he pretended to be an engineer had me pumping both fists in the air, so congratulations to whomever was responsible for that decision.