Ok, after the hiatus comes a smash-mouth episode. Some of our theories have come true some have not. Much action and twists of plot.
1. Ash is Voq, this is pretty much certain now I think but we also see that L'rell is having trouble getting through to the Voq consciousness and that there is the possibility of the Ash persona fighting through, although given that he has murdered doctor Culber he seems to be pretty much in deep trouble if he gets back to Disco.
2. They are in an alternate universe and a VERY alternate universe it is. Humans the bad guys no pity no respect xenophobes with starships.
3. Tilly is a captain but not as she imagined it, Burnham is a captain but not as she wanted it and Lorca is a traitor in a bit of an about face.
What does this mean for the rest of the season?
Burnham, Ash and Lorca on the Shenzhou are in for a bad time but in different ways. Lorca is being tortured physically. Burnham is being tortured mentally by the choices she is having to make and the persona she is being forced to adopt. Ash is being tortured by not knowing who he is and the actions he has taken and may take in the future, tortured by the lack of control over his self.
Tilly is going to have a nervous breakdown trying to play the hardened merciless killer and trying not to become the ship everyone is trying to kill.
Stamets is completely off his rocker but seems to be able to have some sort of prescience about events and motivations. When he finally recovers somewhat he is going to have to deal with the grief at Culber's death and there is a great possibility that he will feel some guilt for them being in this predicament and for his partners death which may destabilize him further.
I found it interesting that stamet's statement that the enemy was here was in the presence of Ash and when Ash entered the bridge Saru's threat ganglia erupted, he is going to be a major problem.
The question seems to be can they survive long enough to get back to their own universe. I think time is irrelevant here with regard to getting back with the shield frequencies as if you can jump to an alternate universe it is likely possible to jump to a specific time. The question would seem to be can they jump at all, will Stamets ever be able to do it, will he do it even though it might kill him as he is distraught at losing his partner. Or will they find some sort of wormhole to take them back, but to when in their timeline would they return?
Why is it that all my posts seem to ask far more questions than they answer?
I may have even more questions after I have watched the episode a second time.