That was probably the most disappointing episode for me of the series so far, even if it wasn’t bad.
I hoped against hope that the BIG SHOCKING TWIST wasn’t what it was, but nope, the writers were like “Here’s a ton of story, why don’t we add in even more story!” You can have too much story. So far, Discovery has had far too much story. There’s been good ideas that they could’ve given time to, especially given the show is serialised, but they’ve either dumped them or exchanged them for far less compelling ideas.
I’ll spoiler the rest, I guess.
Lorca could’ve been a fantastic example of a Starfleet captain we don’t always see, one with a military bent. Especially after being given Georgiou to start things off with so that we’re reminded of what we usually get. But nope. He’s Evil. Yeah, the signs were all there and we all picked up on it, but instead of getting a good look into a character we don’t tend to see, they have to be their evil counterpart and undermine that. Why can’t something simply be what it’s supposed to be? Next we find out Tilly isn’t really human, but an android from the 26th century created by a descendant of Data who is living on the Enterprise K after the Federation discovered the means to time travel. Why not? At this point it’s in league with all the other twists.
Then we have Stamets vs. Stamets in an environment “picked so that you would be comfortable”. But whyyyyy. I want him to be uncomfortable, to see what he sees when they do the jumps. And I know there’s a CG budget, but they could literally stay in that space and that’d be fine. Oh, also, the network is dying and it’ll DESTROY EVERYTHING. I audibly groaned. Yeah, I’m sure the universe will be saved, but it’ll prevent the usage of the spore network because they won’t want to damage it further, but fortunately the Klingon war will be over so handing over anti-cloak tech will be unnecessary.
Oh also Hugh turned up who seemed very cognisant of things he probably shouldn’t have been and I can maybe accept that as Stamets’ projection of Hugh, but it seemed like this was actually Hugh so…? Also he told him to just open his eyes BECAUSE THAT’S HOW COMAS WORK, duh.
EDIT: Oh, I suppose Voq is dead too because L’rell seemed to do the death howl. That’s…what was Voq and L’rells plan, again? I’m kinda stumped. Now we just have Trauma McBland Name. /e
Also, why was the Charon so far away from the planet already that the shuttle had to warp there? Or are you telling me those photon torpedoes last week can travel a solar system?
Again, not a bad episode but man, highlights quite a few missed opportunities for me.