Great episode, the first really stand alone episode. I think that this is the show getting out of the setting the scene phase and into it's storytelling phase and I like it. Mudd was suitably deranged and maniacal. Burnham was being pushed out of her comfort zone into some serious personal development. Tilly was a bit wild when drunk and was, as always, absolutely hilarious and sweet. Ash is starting to grow on me so I really hope he is what he seems and isn't some sort of cuckoo in the nest. And Lorca, his role was die and die again. Stamets is really losing it, despite being instrumental to this episode he is most obviously undergoing a profound mental change. It is perhaps a foreshadowing of why the spore drive is not the future of space travel, it drives it's navigators mad. I really loved the tables being turned on Mudd. So well done, so funny. I really hope Valerie loved this one.