Imma just spew out these points in no order. I could write a book I think. So much love. So many things!!! Amazing choice to have no music during fight scene. Loved that Tyler appeared to be defending himself between attempts to just restrain Culber. That come back to Culber was a gut punch. LOVED the cold open recap. Respectful. Owned the modernization of the era. Really worked as a bridge for me to modern Pike. I love Spock. That is all. I just do. I think Ethan is going to land this beautifully. Culber is so painfully truthful IMO. The scenes between him and Stamets seemed real and crushing. Vina and Pike! That scene was everything. They had amazing chemistry and lent depth to “The Menagerie” like mad. Pike’s reaction when she came to him was masterful. Wonderful. I think Michael and Spock have amazing chemistry. Also the switching between past and present and child adult pairings changing constantly also spoke to me. We carry family hurt with us our whole lives. At least I felt them saying that. I think of a song I love “Be careful how you send me, be careful how you bend me. Careful how you end me. Be careful with me.” I know non-sequitur in a way but those lyrics seriously bloomed in my head as I watched. Brutal. Brutal. Brutal. (And I knew that would be the cause of the rift and fully expected to be underwhelmed. Instead they killed me with how sad it was). Saru’s explanation and 100 percent sassy reasoning absolutely had me and my friend howling out loud. In fact she made me rewind so we could watch it again. Lol. I could talk about every line and even if this episode and not praise enough. It is definitely my favorite Disco to date and will probably not be topped. It was like a gift I always wanted and didn’t know I wanted it.