I’m finally caught up on the show, so I can finally catch up on the comments here.
Though I’m not sure I have much to add… I think I pretty much agree with the general thrust of what’s been said here.
I thought the MU arc started rubbish and gradually improved. It had some dumb moments, but it was also reasonably exciting by the end.
Most of the ‘twists’ ended up as we expected. I agree that we probably wouldn’t have expected them if it wasn’t for the internet - but I also think that even with the internet I didn’t actually expect them to be true because most of them don’t make sense.
[spoilers follow - but I think they’ve already been openly discussed here]
Lorca was a good scenery chewing villain, but it seemed kind of a waste if that’s all he was. I also didn’t really buy his transition from logical star fleet captain to zenophobic megalomaniac.
It’d be interesting (if I cared that much) to go back and watch the preceding episodes and see if his actions gel with him being a crazy psycho on a mission to get back to his dimension.
I feel that, other than leaving Harry Mudd behind and being very driven, he didn’t really appear to be a bad guy. But i guess maybe that makes sense… he was driven because he wanted to get home.
But I’m pretty sure he did some honorable/ethical things too, which now don’t make much sense.
But I’m wondering if all the specualtion about him being evil didn’t mess up our perceptions… so I now have no idea if they portrayed him consistently or not.
Burnham’s decisions in the MU made no logical sense - but worked out because she’s the hero. Bringing back evil michelle yeoh is interesting… I’m not sure how they could justify it, but it’d be cool to have an ex-genocidal-emperor as a crew member.
I was happy that she got to do her signature high kick to the head of the guy behind her… I wonder if she can still do that at 55, or if they needed to double it.
( https://youtu.be/_8kJUiiGsxo?t=253 although she only actually does it 3-4 times… i thought it was more!)
Lorca’s big plan was equally dumb - get captured and tortured and then (hope to) escape. It was also handy (for the budget) that he killed off the entire crew with that bioweapon so there were only about 20 people on the whole ship.
I agree about them rushing from climax to climax, with no time to breathe. On the other hand, the time in the MU does seem to have made the crew seem a little more like a star trek crew.
I feel like this show is working on one level, but not on another. It’s a bit odd.