I am very much one to gloat, but this isn’t the only reason I liked the episode.
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-The empress was glorious. As a sworn enemy of tyranny it annoys me when they make evil look so good, and man, Philippa looked spectacular. She was so effortlessly engaging that you couldn’t hate her completely even though she goshdarn ate Saru. Love the art deco murder aesthetic. Buuuut, this is somehow more Star Wars than Star Trek and -much as I hate that argument- I’m making it.
-Culber and Stamets’ scenes are always amazing and I sincerely hope this isn’t the end for them. I could happily watch a show with the two of them travelling through space time and death, meeting important people to geek out about and administering penicillin long before it was supposed to exist. Make it so! (And mirror universe was sinister in a non-grandiose way only Lorca has managed to pull off so far)
-I’m not over the moon about the whole Tyler being Voq part of the story so I’m glad it’s coming to a close in one way or another. Narratively speaking both would be interesting and Shazad Latif’s proven to be great either way.
-I liked how Lorca was a certain kind of evil we all know and hate that was somehow abhorrent even to the mirror universe. I’m not usually a fan of flashbacks but Burnham’s focused on phrasing and his seemingly innocuous predatory behavior. I want justice for everyone on the Discovery he manipulated into trusting him. I want justice for the girl even though I didn’t know her.
-So Lorca is evil. Called it. It was the only thing that made sense. And that phrase right there is dangerous. I usually don’t like to fall down theory rabbit holes because of that phrase. I want to take some time away from being right to explain further. Stanning for a theory is a path to disappointment. Yes, sure, this time I was right, however, if I had not been my entire enjoyment of the show would be in jeopardy because I had based so much of it on a reality that wouldn’t have come to pass.
-I think many fans make the mistake of viewing theories as the end all be all and inevitably grow to hate what they once loved. Creators are not beholden to us, and while certain fan theories will always be more interesting than what the writers come up with -especially in a medium like television where the story is given so much time to unfold- we should all take a few steps back and theorize more abstractly. The reverse is also true. Sometimes writers make decisions you don’t agree with. If something happens out of the blue that’s understandable. However, when the writing’s been on the wall for quite some time, with many people theorizing that let’s say character X is going to die, and you refuse to accept that as a possibility your outrage is only on yourself.
-That being said, being right does have its own sweet sweet joy.
Live Long and Prosper. <3