Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Take Three: Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1, Episode 4 “The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry” (B)

This show continues to be intriguing, but I do feel that it focuses too much of its time on the heavily-subtitled Klingons, which I’ve found to be relatively unengaging over the course of the past four episodes. Yes, I know that the alien race is important to Trek lore and that they’re deeply honor-based. But I think I’ve heard more than enough about House T’Kuvma, and every new conversation adds nothing. In a surprise turn of events, this show killed off one of its main characters, who I didn’t even realize was portrayed by Rekha Sharma from “Battlestar Galactica,” in a moment that was meant to prove Michael’s hypothesis that the beast they had caged up wasn’t actually violent in nature but far more peaceful than they all thought. It seems that every notion Michael has is unsupported by those around her, and only Captain Lorca, known for being quite reckless, believes in her and knows that having her around is a good thing for him, for his ship, and for Starfleet in general. I do like Lieutenant Stamets, who stood up to Captain Lorca when he charged him with plotting a jump that needed days of calculation time in mere hours and then stood by his stance when they nearly burnt up in a sun. This rescue mission seemed like a bit of a one-off exercise, but I imagine that they’ll be charging at full force towards the Klingons to wage war whether they mean to or not, and it’s a good thing given the way that they’re arming themselves with Starfleet technology.

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