Star Trek Discovery – Season 2, Episode 10: A Lamb to Slaughter

This was one of the best, if not the best Discovery episodes to date. It had everything. A woman trying to mend a relationship by hitting on both the gay partners. A funeral I could have cried a lot harder at. Time travel shenanigans. Michael Burnham dying to save humanity from its sins. MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS! Sorry about the All Caps I’m just really excited.

tl;dw Star Trek Discovery – Season 2, Episode 10 Recap

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-A good plot twist is something you should have been able to figure out. Something that surprises, but upon second thought seems perfectly logical or even downright obvious (like Lorca!). Everything else is shoddy writing for shock value. We knew Leland was involved in her parents deaths. We knew the angel had some kind of investment in Michael’s well-being. The end of the episode is a perfect cliffhanger. Also Sonja Sohn is amazing and we’re lucky to have her grace our screens.

-There is no short supply of Jesus figures in literature and media, and I’m happy to report that this is one of the best. As a kid that had to watch various adaptations of the New Testament around Easter, I am happy to inform you that this episode had all the pathos, tragedy, and most importantly: love, that is almost always missing from most of them. Self-sacrifice is very Star Trek. It’s very Spock. It amuses me that it is now canon that he shadows his big sister even here.

(Is Michael never mentioned because somewhere down the line she’s erased from the timeline?)

-While I don’t mind a few episodes focusing on someone else -and this is after all more of an ensemble show- Michael is head and shoulders ahead of everyone else as far as whose story I want to follow.

-I will keep saying that I find Georgiou a strange choice for an antihero. Perhaps if she had been someone lower down the ranks I wouldn’t have niggling feeling every time I cheer for her, but she was the gorram Terran emperor. That is several layers of a cake full of wrong. But… Michelle Yeoh.

-I am thrilled that Spock has been used to his full potential. What I feared was going to be a very gimmicky addition to the cast works well and to the benefit of the story, offers beautiful moments, and inevitably makes me yearn for ToS. My only minor grumble is that the show could have been developing one of its own characters more instead of using an old one.

-Tilly didn’t get a goodbye from Michael. Not even in montage. In fact, ever since Spock appeared they seem to have not had a single memorable conversation and I won’t stand for it.

My work schedule means I won’t be able to post again until Monday. But come next Thursday I solemnly swear I’ll be caught up.

Live long and prosper. <3

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