Just wanted to get some random thoughts and observations out there, mostly responding to points made in the podcast:
First off, thanks for pointing out that this episode was set 6 months after the first two. If that was mentioned I completely missed it!
With how people are treating Burnham, I definitely understood it as people wanting a scapegoat and looking for someone to blame, because that's how people react to these sorts of situations. Whether the writers intend for them to be right or not is harder to say. Based on what we saw in the first two episodes, Burnham obviously isn't to blame for starting the war. T'Kuvma wanted a war and was going to start one no matter what. But maybe the writers were trying to set Burnham up as being the instigator. I'm still not sure about that one.
I spotted Ginny Weasley (sorry, don't remember the character's actual name) and her weird technological enhancements. Originally I just saw them as part of the treatment for whatever wounds she sustained at the Battle of the Binary Stars, given that we're pre-TNG magic technology here. But now I'm not so sure, maybe it is part of one of Lorca's experiments. Also, her and Saru have both been transferred to the Discovery. Is it normal to have two (or more) members of a crew who survived something like that battle transferred to the same new ship (from a military/Starfleet perspective)? Is it just to give us some familiar faces? Is it part of some scheme by Lorca? Is he gathering Shenzhou veterans?
I didn't catch that the weird blue dots from the start of the episode weren't the same ones they're experimenting with on the Discovery, so thanks for clearing that up too. Unless that's just what we're supposed to think?! I have no good explanation for what happened to Burnham in the chamber, and I'd really like one. Speaking as a non-scientist, the science in this episode felt dodgy, even for Star Trek.
Lorca totally tricked Burnham at the end and he's actually developing a weapon after all right? (Also, as soon as she walked into his ready room the first time I yelled at the TV for her to check his forearm for tattoos...)
Overall I think they set up some interesting plots in this episode and I'm intrigued to see where they're going. But I'm not completely sold on this yet.