Guys Pike comes walking into that meeting “Everybody to your stations”. But no idea why Nahn is off to the side. I agreed pretty much right down the line with you guys. This is probably my favorite episode since Lethe really. So emotional for me. Not just the Burnham Saru scenes (which even on a couple other watches still gets me because it doesn’t really matter if WE think Saru will die, Saru and Michael believe it so it impacts us. Michael’s break down just gutted me.), but also every time I think of the Space Oddity scene, even just think of it, tears spring to my eyes because it. Is. So. Loving. It is so clear that just as Michael says “I love you Saru” just as she thinks she will lose him, Stamet’s line “Tell my wife I love her” is really saying “I love you” to Tilly and Tilly’s tearful reply within the lyrics of “she knows” just was so laden with acknowledgement it just broke my heart into a thousand pieces. It was such a perfect moment. Those two are just magic together. I can’t remember the last time I got so emotional watching a tv show or movie. I am so on board with “what triggers Vaharai?” It is clear that empathy triggered Saru’s here but it’s not Logan’s run. You have priests and elders. There does not seem to be a specific age for this puberty. The culling seems random. I think there *is* something to that obelisk thing and being triggered randomly or genetically to go into Varahai. Or do the priests make these choices somehow? Which would be a real kick in the gut to Saru but his father was clearly weighed down by something. If so, that question Saru asks was very close to home when he says “Father what if I reach Varahai by the next culling” and his father just kind of rages at him “then you’ll be thankful for the honor“ and casts that in a whole new light. Michael really just took on a new inner light by the end of the episode I have not seen from her before. This seems to have been pretty cathartic for her too in some way. I am so so excited for next week. Though it looks a little terrifying.