Sibling relationships are always hard to pull off. In this case I think Discovery succeeded, though while realistic, it doesn’t necessarily ring true to what we know about the characters.
(here’s a link for anyone having a problem with the embed)
-Michael and Spock fighting over the thruster was peak sibling behavior. So was insulting Spock’s beard even though Michael had all that crushing guilt about what she said to him. What was strange is how they have such intense sibling energy even though they must have drifted apart when they were both -Spock in particular- very young. You have to go through all the ups and downs of puberty with someone to truly loathe and love all at the same time and that just didn’t happen. I liked that Spock pointed out that Michael didn’t actually know him all that well.
-Dear reader I was a mess when we inevitably reached the part of the episode where I had to watch little tiny baby Spock fight for his sister to stay only for her to White Fang him in the most heartbreaking of ways. First rivers of tears of the season.
-I am on the fence about Spock’s beard. It’s not a goatee which would have me on high alert, but it’s still facial hair on a character that prefers to go clean-shaven and has stated that he has tried to find the truth in logic, grounding himself through familiar patterns. So I don’t know why the heck he has a beard. Maybe I’m thinking about this too hard.
-While I have Issues with the Talos original episode, I liked the call-back. It kinda ties everything together, I wish it didn’t and that Discovery was an entirely independent show, but my thirst for ToS makes me weak. What I was and still am meh about is Pike’s romance with Vina. The actors and the screenwriters did a good job, yet I still can’t get over how much I dislike the original take on them.
-The Talosians are more a plot device than actual people in this. There to navigate our characters through their problems unscathed, nothing but a lazy writer’s tool. Boo to that.
-Hugh and Tyler’s showdown, while not healthy is definitely intense and dramatically appropriate. For all the trauma someone can be put through, murder is usually not something you come back from (thankfully?), so it’s a pickle of a situation to write about, and I think I’ll be able to be more analytical about it once the character arcs are concluded one way or another. Also since it seems that this show is a treasure trove of guilty pleasure ships for me, Tyler/Culber has a lot of potential. Just saying.
-I have actually seen Episode 9 as of this review. It’s a whammy. Very action-packed too with limited dialogue so I don’t know how the recap will go but I should have that up for you soon.
Live long and prosper. <3