Star Trek Discovery (SUPER QUICK REVIEW) Ep, 7: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum
Wanted to catch-up on my reviews before the finale, but due to a variety of circumstances (including prepping to launch a Star Trek Adventures narrative roleplaying game podcast featuring actors and comedians called Star Trek: Redundancy, coming soon from GarbageProductions.net!) I only had time to write some quick thoughts: full review of the finale coming tomorrow!
- Felt the most like a classic Trek of anything we’ve seen, while still carrying on with the meta plot
- Finally gave us more Klingons
- Still hate that design
- Interesting seeing Saru in the role of the aggressor
- Explanation for space madness best we’ve seen, almost ever, in Trek – the fact that Saru is constantly feeling his flight reflex is truly tragic and a neat detail to learn about the character
- Oh Burnyler/Tyham…you’re gonna implode so hard in the finale
- The admiral continues to be a fairly ‘meh’ character, though I do love remembering that everyone in Starfleet has hand-to-hand training (and love that Discovery has kept it in the Kirk style)
- Stamets back to being cranky is good, though makes last episode seem like a gift of convenience rather than a legitimate character shift
- Love that he’s still out of time – calling Cadet Tilly ‘Captain’ was a beautiful little moment. Can likely also work as a bridge to future Trek content (Borg, etc) if they need it.
- That’s an interesting thought: maybe the Discovery will become capable of time travel, allowing it to realize its anthology show ambitions without actually sacrificing the crew and the ship. We’ll have to see.
- The problem with the show running as heavily serialized as it was early on is that the filler episodes REALLY feel like it. The away mission was interesting-ish, but felt like much ado about nothing (though the ending was pretty rad)
Predications going into the finale: either full Tyler betrayal or confirmation to the audience that he’s the a double agent
- Mirror Universe either directly shown or Stamets gets switched out
- Probably a death…hopefully not Stamets’ boyfriend Dr. Culber. We know Tilly is safe now as she is a captain in the future, but that was a pretty safe conclusion
- Love hearing folks I know from the Toronto theatre scene on the bridge getting names and more screen time…makes me worried for their safety: killing regular minor crewmembers is a time-honoured tradition and a way to keep your core cast safer longer…hang in there, bridge crew.
In any event, I’m excited to see what a mid-season finale looks like for this show!