Star Trek Discovery – Season 2, Episode 11 Review

The show writers must know I cry whenever Michael cries, but all their manipulations were for naught, because you can’t call a plot hole a time hole and be done with it without a lot of people paying attention. It’s wholly wrong.

tl;dw Star Trek Discovery – Season 2, Episode 11 Recap

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-War has a bad habit of heightening paranoia and introducing systems of control (pun absolutely intended) that have serious repercussions several years down the line. If I was a time traveler with a daughter who had a heavy hand in starting a war that directly led to an algorithm gaining what’s a synonym to control? oversight and authority over Starfleet, I’d start with trying to stop that war from ever happening. Or at least mention my failed attempts.

-Why did the angel (that we now think is Gabrielle) save Saru? Why was putting the Ba’ul in their place important to the coveted timeline? Unless I am forgetting something Burnham wasn’t in danger at the time and their presence there was because of the signals Gabrielle claims to know nothing about.

-Speaking of the signals, as far as juicy mysteries go this is as dry as bone dust. They have no tangible connection to any one character and offer no real intrigue beyond simple curiosity. The show is called Discovery, but an impending apocalypse takes precedence over signs in the sky that may or may not be connected to it. They obviously are, cause that’s how stories work, but I’m supposed to be interested in them without knowledge of narrative structures.

-The show tried to keep mother and daughter apart for no Watsonian reason I can conceive of. Michael has spent enough time thinking she was dead without Gabrielle whitefanging her (again for no real Watsonian reason). There’s no need for narrative tension for its own sake.

-Props to the writers for naming Michael’s mother Gabrielle. We only need a Raphael and a Uriel and we’re set. Though. while I find the naming incredibly meta and catered to me, I could go for religious symbolism I’m not that familiar with. Anything other than Christianity and Greek Mythology would be a breath of fresh air and something I’d like to see from a show like Star Trek. (Disclaimer: Please please PLEASE no repeat of Terralysium.)

-Sonja Sohn stole the show and somehow managed to be convincing as a woman lost in time, with the willpower to not give up after what seemed like innumerable failed attempts that resulted in a devastating apocalypse. I liked how Hugh approached her uniqueness.

-Georgiou and Tyler’s interaction near the end was delicious. We don’t get to see his sexy side often enough (besides what is obviously there before us) and I hope there’s more in the future. I don’t know why I find a man with nothing left to lose that is almost just going through the motions attractive, but narcissism is a powerful force.

Live long and prosper. <3

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