Well that was a fun episode of Deep Space 9. All very Treky but set amid the turmoil of war, as people examined their conscience and their troubled relationships. No Morn though, so maybe not.
It was good I think. There was some bonkers stuff but it was consistent bonkers stuff rather than gaping plot holes (well until the mandatory Dicovery BIG TWIST). I was deeply concerned when Tilly began to pressure Michael into trying to help Ash Tyler recover his sense of self but the script handle this well on balance.
It isn’t uncommon in SF series for characters to do violent things when they are ‘not themselves’ courtesy of SF reasons. Ash Tyler has been, in particular, not himself. In previous episodes with his underlying Klingon Voq personality resurfacing he murderd Doctor Culber and attempted to murder Michael. The parallels with excuses made by domestic abusers (i.e. ‘I wasn’t myself’) can’t be avoided but at the same time bonkers SF plotting makes Tyler a sympathetic character (also the ulitmate Goth surely). It was a tricky path to navigate but they did it. Michael declined to take on the burden of helping Tyler heal psychologically and explained her reasons in a way that was not cruel but rather pragmatic and focused on her own self care.
Meanwhile the war is hopeless for the Federation. There is an implication that the Klingons are more devestatingbecause they are disunited – which doesn’t make a lot of strategic sense but presumably the overwhelming advantage of cloaking technology has made all the difference.
So we get a bonkers plan and it is over the top and very silly but silly in a good way. It is fine to have mad handwavey science if it all hangs together. As a side quest Stamets gets to run his own mini-genesis project on a desolate moon – a plot element which seem to have been added mainly for the cool terraforming sequence. Again, I’m not complaining – I want cool terraforming sequences in my TV shows. I love Better Call Saul but it does singulalry lack any cool terraforming sequences.
- Episode 9: Into the Forest I Go
- Episode 13: What’s Past is Prologue
- Episode 14: The War Without, The War Within
- Episode 12: Vaulting Ambition
- Episode 3: Context is for Kings
- Episode 10: Despite Yourself
- Episode 4: Seriously stupidly long episode name
- Episode 2: Battle at the Binary Stars
- Episode 6: Lethe
- Episode 11: The Wolf inside
- Episode 8: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum
- Episode 5: Choose Your Pain
- Episode 1: The Vulcan Hello
- Episode 7: Seriously WTF Discovery Scriptwriters? [revised title]
Bits and Pieces
- I’m probably alone in this but I missed Lorca
- The redhead gang decide to cheer up Tyler in the canteen
- Nobody is buttoning up their jackets because the war is just TO desperate
- Is it Qronos of Qonos? I can’t remember and I refuse to look it up
- So there’s plan that is unlikely to get through an ethics committee in motion, courtesy of Sarek and the Georgiou-formerly-known-as-Emperor…
- The whereabouts of the shuttle pilot remains unknown
- Luckily the Georgiou-formerly-known-as-Emperor let Saru know early on that he was a menu item back in the other universe. This got the awkwardness over quickly for Michael.