This episode had all the elements of the new series at its best. Character development! Past as prologue! Pike being catty! Tilly getting things DONE! The most adorable version of Spock this galaxy has ever seen!
For all their attempts the show has yet to convince me it can handle complex philosophical arguments. I love the characters, but my lords, after the coexist episode we are now treated to the writers’ attempt at exploring the nature of oppression.
I think the show has finally found its balance, setting the characters where they are supposed to be, and bringing us all a sense of closure without presenting an end. Other than the potential reappearance of Lorca, Season 1’s loose ends are well and truly tied and we can move on with our lives.
So many significant things happened concerning so many people over so short a time frame, that it’s honestly a miracle this was in any way coherent. The end result is a good episode heavily courting disaster.
This had the unmistakable feel of a bridge episode. Important things happened and new information was brought to light, but with the exception of the Klingon plot thread, everything else just left me wanting more. The Klingon part also left me wanting more, though not in a good way.
I thought there were great things about the episode, but it also highlighted what is often problematic about certain aspects of the worldbuilding in Star Trek. Ideas are simplified, leading to a serious suspense of disbelief in order to manage to enjoy the episode.
This was a smashing start to a new season, which makes me hopeful we get a lighter set of fun adventures and some interesting character development. There are also a bunch of unanswered questions related both to the overarching plot and the individual characters and I for one am all for it.
I ended up having a lot of negative emotions about this episode, certainly more than my initial plan to have fun with the campy original series promised.
The show has got to stop sacrificing character motivation at the altar of plot twists. We won’t care about the plot twists if they happen around nonsensical creatures merely there to further plot, no matter the cost to character development or core drives.
This week, watch as all my Teddie jokes look me straight in the face before destroying me from the inside out. Also it was quite an episode to release on Father’s Day. Here’s hoping it was on purpose. (And unless I’m mistaken Game of Thrones did something similar one year… or not?)