I'm sure I'm the only one who LOVED this episode. But I did love it. Still I wanted to lay this right here before we discuss. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_crystal
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Had this random thought while listening to the podcast, when Glenn mentions the "cannibalistic" (is there a word for "eating other sentient species but not your own"?) nature of the mirror universe… With our new knowledge of Kelpian development from S2, it turns out there is a "humane" way to feast on threat ganglia! (Although, they did not look very appetizing after falling off.)
Finally listened to the podcast. Regarding the confusion over the “exact match” on Burnham and the red angel, my wife’s instant reaction at the end of the episode was, “maybe they were measuring mitochondrial DNA.” I’ll bet somebody a dollar that turns out to be it.
We did both laugh out loud at Culber’s confident “I’d be able to tell of it was a fake” line, which was just obviously hubristic.
I should have taken this week off. I'm running the risk of just pooping on everyone else's fun.
Suffice it to say, this episode doubled down on almost every recent complaint I've had.
*Hare brained plan which everyone just signs onto though it makes no sense. 'Nuff said. It was maddening.
*Characters changing motivations and personalities at the writers' will: At the writers' whim, Leland can be either obviously evil guy we're supposed to hate or show contrition because Burnham. Worse still, the writers are telegraphing what they want to happen with Georgiou. They like depicting her as (a caricature of) evil because that character is supposed to be "fun," but they also need us to forget about how she's actually a cannibal Hitler as she was introduced into the show. Her jarring character rehabilitation was in full swing this episode. Again, the writers are hoping we'll just forget what came before because they're obviously enamored with the story potential of Section 31. (Only God knows why)
*Everything unnaturally running through Burnham and everyone deferring to Burnham - setting aside her being at the center of saving the universe (again), I'm more annoyed by her interactions with others. Assuming Leland was telling the truth and had some remorse, why does she get to punch him there? As far as we know, the parents took the job voluntarily and Leland was well within his rights to say, "They knew the risks." Where does she get the nerve to *demand* that a superior officer give her more information he knows anyway? I wish he'd told her to get lost. Even more eye rolling was the scene with Naan. As she approached, I optimistically thought, "oh good, maybe the writers will backfill that awkward situation where Burnham and everyone else only cared about Airiam dying." Nope! She was there to tell Burnham how awesome she is, even in the face of Burnham's (recurring) dereliction of duty in not pressing the airlock button herself. ARGH! If we're in the business of settling personal scores with superior officers by punching them in the face, Naan was well within her rights to deck Burhnam, IMO.
*Dodgy science that makes Doctor Who seem positively grounded - Let's ignore the time crystal, flux capatitor Macguffin that was just thrown out there with no previous Trek basis at all. I didn't appreciate how the writers threw like six different kinds of Trekno-technology at us at once to drive the drama of trying to ensnare the time traveler. What they were trying to do became so muddled to me that I just threw my hands up and waited for the result. Pretty much anything Stamets is involved in, aside from his strangely public private life, hinges on rapid-fire "hey, let's do this weird thing!" type of conversations. Worse still to me was the brief DNA discussion. Something to the effect of "it can't be a fake because we'd be able to tell it's a fake." This makes my brain physically hurt. OK, a positively identified DNA match is a positively identified DNA match. What does it mean to say, "we know this is Burnham's DNA signature, but we checked to see if it's fake?" Presumably, anyone in the future or the Control AI could have Burnham's exact DNA, whether it be a physical sample or from Starfleet records. Again, what does this actually mean, apart from the writers wanting us to accept the plot point fully, so they can lead us to the next wild leap of contrivance? Lazy, lazy, lazy...
*Sci-fi tropes misapplied - Time travel is tricky to criticize because it can be paradoxical, but if the "angel" is from the future and it knows things that are going to happen, in what way can it be surprised that some past iteration of Burnham is dying? It should know whether Burnham lives or dies and have any knowledge it needs to avoid being ensnared. Maybe she wanted to be ensnared? OK, then why wouldn't she just show up and chat voluntarily? It doesn't stand up to even the slightest logical analysis. Also, the luxury of having a time travel suit means never having to torture your kid with the idea you'd been killed. One could appear all throughout history, righting wrongs, and not be so mysteriously non-communicative all the time. Knowing the Discovery writers' track record, I expect them to patch this gaping hole with the most hand-waving of explanations, if they address it at all.
I am definitely the odd man out with this episode. I LOVE it.
I think Michael is the iteration of the angel that came to Kaminar. She hasn’t done it yet.
Ok I finally managed to listen to the music in that scene thisntome around. Took me four tries before I wasn’t so sucked into that scene I could hear it. Yeah it’s very LOTR. Although it’s also very TOS! No one did over the top like TOS composers. I still love the music In both TOS and apparently here. Lol.
@Valerie History 101 the pyramids were not built by slaves. I agree with just about everything you guys said on the pod, there is a huge amount of contrivance going on to get people who have no reason to be in a place there and I think that these and the short beats throughout this episode and this season are an artifact of the fact that the season is actually so short and not 20 episodes as some programs have.
This smaller number of episodes makes it necessary to dot these contrivances and beats in to ensure that the various plots are able to be resolved by the end of the season, I really don't think they have much of a choice unless the number of episodes per season is increased.
Oh, and I don’t know how they would contact the angel, at least not without cracking open a micro wormhole for an extended period of time which is the whole reason they want to keep her in one spot. Because they are deathly afraid of future AI getting help through. I dont’ know they want to make her do things. They want to question her. Good bad? I don’t know. But the other option is to just sit around and hope she takes care of bidness and the universe isn’t wiped out, which there will be no way for then to know.
Re: Tyler and S31 .... my friend turned to me when Michael was yelling at him and said “That’s not fair. It’s not like anyone else was offering him a job. No one wants him.“ And that is probably his main motivation in a nutshell. I loved the kiss scene because it was indeed the ONE time we have really seen Burnham be totally vulnerable in front of anyone.
Why was the Culber the doctor? Well.....why did the Enterprise end up having the only doctor who could operate on Jean Luc when his surgery went south. I mean, those are just things we’ve always accepted.
Yeah, the very horrific death was for drama purposes, but again, I can site a gazillion examples of things that didn’t have to be as they were in tv. I suppose it would not telegraph if it was a simple hypo spray or something? Too easy to revive? (Because if she hadn’t showed with her most probably future enhanced light beam, I don’t think they would have been able to revive Burnham. Iactuallly thought maybe they would pull a Harry Kim and replace her with herself for most of that scene.) I would also have liked more discussion but honestly the only answer for these things I think are more episodes. And funily enough, people have already complained this was too “talky” an epiosde. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (Which I personally love.)
Oh! And I wonder if the 100% bio signature means that Michael will have to don the suit. Daedalus Iccharus father son mother daughter.... Or I did see someone ask if maybe her mother put that marker into the file for some reason. We don’t really know WHO the file came from, only that it was inserted by a virus. Was it from the info Airian downloaded about AI or was it from the future probe? We don’t really know.
(I actually felt bad about noticing Peck’s immaculate physique at such a dramatic moment but...I mean COME ON.) I sure love all the Spock Burnham interactions. I will watch this over and over just for those. I could watch an entire series JUST about that family And particularly those two.
Leland is the only hard question I have. I do not know why AI would kill him just to do exactly what he was in the process of doing, other than opportunity. If he’s dead. But I think he must be because what purpose would maiming serve. I can only assume he has not used override codes since the AI infected the ship and this was opportunity. ANd AI apparently also wants the Red Angel trapped. I will say I CAN see the pokey eye thing being a (really stupid) security protocol S31 uses as a last resort. I don’t know. I have to say S31 is the least continuity stable story line of the whole series.
You can’t marry Spock. I’m marrying him. He’s PERFECT. For all the reasons stated including that he is gone a lot. Honestly if I wasn’t in love with him before already all my life, that scene in the gym would have done it. When he looked at her, and his voice dropped into that quiet, sensitive tone as he said “You were a child” that would have been enough. I melted all over the floor in a huge “AWwwwwwwwwwwwww he loves her.“