Star Trek: Discovery Recaps-“The Vulcan Hello”

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Star Trek: Discovery premiered its last two episodes last Sunday, to the excitement of many (including myself). This is the first Star Trek TV series to air since Enterprise was cancelled in 2005. So far it seems to be pretty well received.

I thought about it and decided to recap the episodes as they come out because, let’s face it: at the rate I’m getting my other Star Trek recaps out, it could be years before I got to this series. Plus I really, really just want to talk about it.

So, we begin with this episode, entitled “The Vulcan Hello.” Just as a warning, I’m going over the entire episode under the cut, so spoilers abound.

The episode opens with a shot of a sun in eclipse, with a male voice speaking in Klingon. Eventually, during his speech, we get a shot of the speaker’s face. I don’t recall his name being mentioned in the episode, but according to Memory Alpha his name is T’Kuvma. As he’s speaking, we eventually get a close-up of his face:

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The Klingons look very orc-like this time around.

He says,

They are coming. Atom by atom, they will coil around us, and take all that we are. There is a way to confront this threat. By reuniting the twenty-four warring houses of our own empire. We have forgotten the unforgettable. The last to unify our tribes-Kahless. Together, under one creed: remain Klingon.

The crowd chants the last two words a few times, and T’Kuvma continues:

That is why we light our beacon this day. To assemble our people. To lock arms against those whose fatal greeting is:

He then switches to English:

“We come in peace.”

The scene then transitions to a desert planet, where Phillipa Georgiou, captain of the Shenzou, and her first officer Commander Michael Burnham, are walking together.

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In rather Star Wars-esque outfits.

Burnham says to her captain, “We come in peace. That’s why we’re here,” and adds that’s the whole idea of Starfleet. Georgiou adds that she’s the one who taught Burnham that, and Burnham asks if the captain trusts her. Georgiou says that she trusts her first officer with her life, but that doesn’t change the fact that she’s lost. Burnham says that if that’s the case, then they would both be lost; the captain responds by asking how long until the storm on the horizon catches up to them.

Burnham responds, “One hour, eleven minutes, twenty-seconds. Which is why I’ve made sure we’re not lost.” She give Georgiou a little smirk as she heads off again, saying that the well they’ve been looking for is in this direction.

As they’re walking, they talk a bit about the planet’s history: it seems that they’re in the middle of a catastrophic drought that’s estimated to last another 89 years. Burnham says that this would cause the natives to die out; Georgiou comments that they’ve survived here for over 1000 years. Burnham responds that if they don’t do anything they might not last another 1000 hours.

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The two eventually make it to the well, where Georgiou admits, “I stand corrected.” The captain then pulls out a phaser rifle and asks Burnham what setting she needs to break through the bedrock. Burnham looks at her tricorder and gives her the information, and she fires the rifle into the well a few times. There’s nothing for a few seconds, then the ground starts shaking. The two look satisfied at a job well done, and Georgiou pulls out her tricorder. She tries to call the ship to beam them up, but just gets static in reply.

There’s a crack of thunder as the storm is moving closer, and Burnham says that the ship won’t be able to pickup their signatures because of the interference, adding at that they may end up trapped on the planet. Georgiou responds by suggesting that they talk a walk.

As the two head out, a number of the planet’s inhabitants make their way to the well, and one takes a drink from it.

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Thew kind of look like squid people.

Georgiou tells Burnham to walk in line with her, and follow her own footsteps as closely as possible. Burnham asks why and where they’re going, but the captain just says that it’s time for Burnham to trust her now. Burnham says that now they’re really lost, and that they “can’t set a course without a star.” Georgiou dodges this, and brings up that Burnham’s served under her for seven years and thinks it’s time to talk about Burnham getting her own command.

Burnham, surprised, stops and says’ she’s grateful. She also says, “Though I would be significantly more so if I though we had any chance of returning to the ship.” Georgiou tells her to just keep walking, and then asks her what she’d do if they did end up stuck here. Burnham replies that, as a xenoanthropologist, she’d learn the natives’ culture and try to fit in. She then asks the captain what she would do.

Georgiou responds, “I would escape.” They come across their own footprints, and Burnham says that the captain’s walked them in a circle. She responds that it’s not exactly a circle, and the Shenzou breaks through the clouds.

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Burnham asks the captain how she was able to signal the ship; she simply replies, “I set a star.” They’re beamed aboard, and the camera then pulls back to show that the pattern they were walking in formed a Starfleet insignia.

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After the opening credits, we cut to a shot of the Shenzou at warp, then arriving at a binary star system. Over this is Burnham recording a first officer’s log, explaining that they’ve been sent to the edges of Federation space to check out a damaged relay. They aren’t sure if the damage was deliberate or not. She waxes poetic for a moment about the beauty of the system they’ve found themselves in before the scene shifts to the bridge.

On the bridge, Lieutenant Saru gives a report to Burnham, saying that scans indicate that the damage done to the relay wasn’t natural, adding, “I don’t like the look of that.”

Burnham, with some amusement, says to keep looking; Saru responds that he wasn’t being literal and was expressing concern. As she leaves, Burnham responds, “Finish your scans so you can express facts instead.”

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He’s so sassy and I love him.

She goes into the captain’s ready room, where she reports that Saru believes that the damage done to the relay was malicious. Georgiou responds that Saru is Kelpien, and therefore thinks that everything is malicious, before asking the first officer for her opinion. Burnham says that she doesn’t think the damage was done by anything intelligent, but “Starfleet’s reputation for tech hygiene is exemplary,” adding that they always send a ship to fix damaged equipment. The captain asks if she thinks something is trying to get their attention; Burnham responds that if they are, they’ve succeeded.

The two walk back onto the bridge, where Georgiou asks Saru for his report. He responds that he’s kept the ship at maximum scanning distance in case of any threats. Georgiou tells Saru that Burnham’s told her that he thinks foul play may be involved. He starts to complain that the first officer keeps rejecting his ideas. but Georgiou interrupts him to say that Burnham actually agrees with him, much to his surprise. She then tells another crew member, Ensign Connor, “Agreement between my first senior officers. Note the date and time,” as she takes her seat with a smirk on her face.

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Have I mentioned how much I love Michelle Yeoh?

Burnham asks, “Is this amount of sarcasm always necessary?” Georgiou shrugs and says, “Necessary, no. But I do like it.” I love these characters so much. Anyway, Saru cuts in to report that there seems to be something else in the area. The captain asks him what it is, but their scans are being deflected and he can’t find the source.

Georgiou comments, “So something’s out there, but no one can tell me where or what it is.” Saru tries to get a lock on it again, and after a couple of tries manages to get something up on the screen. Georgiou tells him to magnify the image, but it’s scrambled and it’s difficult to tell what it is.

Georgiou asks what she’s looking at, and Saru helpfully responds, “Object of unknown origin. The captain, however, is looking for something more specific, but Saru is having trouble bringing it into focus.

Burnham takes over, and finds that the object is below them, about 2000 kilometers away, and 150 meters long. There is also a scattering field around it, which is what’s keeping them from getting a clear image.

Saru doesn’t take too kindly to being upstaged by the commander, and says, “As science officer, I can provide a more concrete and in-depth analysis than simply reading data off a monitor.” Then he runs into a small snag there: with the scattering field in place, they won’t be able to see the object from the ship.

The scene shifts to the captain’s ready room, where Burnhma, Georgiou, and Saru are trying to focus in on the object through a telescope.

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Not even a futuristic one. Just a plain old telescope.

The captain asks for Burnham’s thoughts; she replies that she would rather not speculate using the little data they have at this point. Saru, however, is more than willing to speculate: “It’s lurking,” pointing out that the fact there’s a scattering field coming from it indicates intent.

Burnham retorts, “We see something we don’t understand and instantly cast judgement?” She then suggests that what ever it is might be afraid to show itself completely. Georgiou adds, “Hiding, but maybe hoping to be found.”

Burnham and Georgiou go to the captain’s desk, and Saru says he thinks that they should leave it alone. Georgiou says that might not be possible, adding that they can’t get a lock on it and don’t have any shuttles capable of navigating the asteroid field.

Burnham, however, volunteers to strap on a jet pack and go check it out herself.

Saru does not think this a wise plan, saying that “with the high levels of radiation kicking off those binaries, she’ll have twenty minutes until her DNA starts to unravel like noodles.” Burnham assures the other two that she’ll back in nineteen minutes, calling the mission a “flyby.” Saru thinks that this would just be a waste of the ship’s resources, and Burnham chastises him, saying you can’t discover anything if you’re afraid of everything.

Georgiou decides that they’re both right, and tells Saru to go with her. Neither of them is on board with this idea, Burnham saying that she wouldn’t want to risk her colleague’s life, and Saru perfectly content with this. The captain then reminds Burnham that entering the scattering field would most likely cut her off from communications with the ship; Burnham, however, is dedicated to this course of action.

Georgiou, satisfied, reminds her that this will be “just a flyby,” and Burnham acknowledges as the captain leaves.

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We then see Burnham going into an airlock, suited up and ready to go. Connor starts feeding her information in a humorous manner, acting like she’s a tourist getting off of a plane as she heads out. She makes it to the ship’s exterior, and then makes a few last checks before pushing off towards the object.

As Burnham goes, she laughs, and we cut back to the ship. Connor is monitoring her vital signs, and notes her blood pressure is a bit more elevated than normal for her. The captain smiles and says that she’s having fun. Another officer, named Detmer, notes that she’s almost to the field, and Georgiou tells Burnham to keep an eye on her time.

Burnham acknowledges, and Georgiou tells Januzzi, the communications officer, to boost the signal. He, unfortunately, can’t because of the scattering field. The clock is now at seventeen minutes and thirty seconds.

Burnham, meanwhile, is now about 1000 kilometers from the object. She tries to reach the ship, but just gets static in reply. She then stops, because she can now see the object in question.

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She tries to reach out to the ship, and the ship to her, but to no avail. She asks the computer in her suit how much times she has left; it responds that she has twelve minutes and fifty-eight seconds. Deciding that’s more than enough time, she starts to move closer to the object.

She reaches it, and records her thoughts, saying, “I don’t remember who said sculptures are crystallized spirituality…but I see what they meant.” With awe, she notes that it’s extremely old, and she can’t tell if it was carved or constructed.

Burnham then lands on the object to try and see if she can get a closer look. As she lands, the object starts rumbling, and Burnham notices that she seems to have triggered a response as a number of spires around it lock into place. The computer says that she has about ten minutes left, and then a proximity alarm goes off. She turns, to realize that she’s no longer alone.

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Um, hi?

Her suit’s computer confirms that her new friend is definitely Klingon. She tries to talk to him, but is cut off when he comes at her with his bat’leth. In self defense, Burnham turns on her thrusters and rams him, impaling himself on his own sword. They both tumble off the object, and Burnham collides with it before drifting away.

On the ship, Detmer reports that there’s still no sign of Burnham, and that she only has fifteen minutes to get back. Unfortunately, there is still too much interference for them to scan properly. Connor, however, manages to locate Burnham’s telemetry, and things don’t look to good for her. Basically, unless they can get her back now, she’s toast.

Georgiou tells transporter control to lock onto her, but the pattern is too weak. She then tells Saru to lock onto her signal, but Saru tells her that there is no signal. Georgiou tells him that  he’d better find her one. Saru points out that they can’t get a lock on her because of the scattering field, and won’t be able to do anything until she clears it.

We then cut briefly to Burnham, unconscious and with a large crack in her helmet.

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Probably not the best thing ever.

We rejoin the Klingons, where they’re having a funeral for the dude Burnham just killed. During the eulogy, T’Kuvma refers to him as the “torchbearer,” and reveals that he was named Rejac. He also calls the object the “sacred beacon.”

At one point, he opens Rejac’s eyes, saying “I see you, as you see the end.” That’s not creepy at all. Anyway, he goes on for a bit about honor and crusades before launching to coffin, which attaches itself to the ship.

We then go back to the Shenzou, where a still unconscious and pretty banged up Burnham is undergoing treatment in some kind of weird pod thing. As this is going on, we get a flashback to her childhood on Vulcan.

We see her as a child in a kind of holographic display bubble, where she is being quizzed on Klingon culture.

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She’s so cute!

She seems to be doing pretty well, up until the point where the computer starts asking her questions about the latest Klingon raid. A raid which happened to be at the human/Vulcan science outpost where she used to live. And which, as we find out later, killed her parents. When she’s unable to answer the questions, it keeps moving on to the next until she tells it to stop.

The bubble disappears, and she’s approached by Sarek (aka Spock’s dad). She apologizes, and tells him that she can do better. Sarek responds, “When emotion brings us ghosts from the past, only logic can root us in the present.” I’m not sure that’s how it works, but whatever.

Michael suggests learning Vulcan, thinking that it would help her answer the questions more quickly. Sarek responds, “Your human tongue is not the problem. It is your human heart,” as she wipes away tears.

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We cut back to sick bay, where Burnham wakes up with a start. A doctor says over the intercom, “Good, you’re awake,” to which Burnham responds that she was dreaming. He conversationally asks her what she was dreaming about, and she responds, “Klingons.” She then asks how she got back to the ship; the doctor tells her that they beamed her aboard three hours ago.

She incredulously responds, “Three hours?!” before cutting her session short grabbing a robe, and walking out of the room. The doctor tries to prevent her from leaving, pointing out that genetic unspooling is a horrible way to die, but she ignores him and takes the lift up to the bridge.

Once there, she asks what’s going on. The captain responds to this question by pointing out that she needs to be in sick bay. Burnham asks if they’ve made contact yet, which prompts Georgiou to ask, “who’s they?” Burnham tells them that there are Klingons out there, and they need to go to red alert. Georgiou tells her that no one’s seen a Klingon for almost a century, and Burnham tells her that one attacked her on the beacon and they can check her helmet’s camera if they need proof.

The only problem with that is that the data she collected is corrupted. At this point, Saru cuts in saying that sensors show that Burnham’s still irradiated and that she’ll die if she doesn’t get back to sick bay soon. He also adds that she has a concussion.

Burnham angrily tells him that she’s not delusional, and again tells the captain that the Klingons are out there. Georgiou looks at her first officer for a moment, then says to go to red alert before asking her to say what happened. Burnham describes the fight on the beacon, adding that there could be a raiding party. Georgiou thinks that they may have damaged the relay.

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Shit’s about to get real.

Saru says that if there are Klingons, then they should leave immediately. The captain rejects this suggestion, saying that this is Federation space, and retreat is not an option here. She adds that they have to flush them out somehow. Burnham suggests targeting the beacon.

Saru objects to this plan, saying “We can’t destroy another culture’s property on a whim.” Burnham replies that she’s not suggesting they destroy it, and Georgiou says that the idea is to make them think they’re going to attack. She puts out the order to target the beacon, which prompts the Klingon vessel to decloak directly in front of them.

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Again, probably not a good thing.

Georgiou then tells Burnham to go back to sick bay, since she needs her patched up and back on the bridge ASAP. She then orders Januzzi to contact Starfleet command, and send a message saying that they’ve engaged a Klingon vessel.

We get an exterior shot of the Shenzou facing off against the Klingon vessel, with the Federation ship trying to hail them to no response. We then cut to the Klingon ship’s bridge, where T’Kuvma is giving yet another speech. He asks after Rejac’s next of kin, who turns out to be a dude named Or’Eq.

T’Kuvma says that Or’Eq is the new torchbearer. Or’Eq says that while he respects T’Kuvma and his teachings, he doubts that he’s going to be able to get the rest to follow him. T’Kuvma responds, “They will come because the prophecy commands all Klingons must come to the light of Kahless when it shines in the night sky.” OK, we get it, you love Klingon Jesus. Or’eq dismisses this as a fable, which causes T’Kuvma to get right in his face and accuse him of dishonor.

At this point, they’re cut off by another voice saying that he will light the beacon, and the camera pans over to a light-skinned Klingon.

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T’Kuvma asks for his name, which he gives as Voq, Son of None. This elicits some shock from the rest of the gathered, since family names are a pretty big deal for Klingons. T’Kuvma, however, approaches Voq, and tells him that since he isn’t a part of a noble house, he is unworthy of lighting the beacon. Voq, undeterred, answers, “I am worthy. Not by blood, but by faith.” he then sticks his hand in an open flame, declaring that he serves the light of Kahless.

T’Kuvma pulls Voq’s hand out after several seconds and looks at it for a moment. Impressed, he decides that Voq is the new torchbearer, saying, “Some may see the color of your skin as nature’s mistake. I call is a mirror, for I see myself in you.”

Another of his followers (who I think is a woman, but the makeup and costuming make it difficult to tell) says that long range sensors have picked up movement. T’Kuvma says that the time has come, giving Voq his own bat’leth and telling him to light the beacon.

Back on the Shenzou, they’re still trying to get in touch with the Klingons, with no response. Januzzi asks if there’s a possibility that they can’t hear them, but Connor responds that they’ve tried every channel there is. He asks Saru, who has the bridge, for orders, but is interrupted by Burnham’s return.

She asks if there’s been any response, and Saru tells her that there has not. He then says that he has something to show her, and leads her over to a console with a holographic display of the Klingon ship.

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He explains that there are a number of pods attached to the Klingon ship, each with Klingon biological material in different stages of decay, some dating back thousands of years. Burnham replies that they’ve covered their ship in coffins, which may be the most metal thing I’ve ever heard. Saru notes that she has the captain’s ear, and urges her to tell the captain that they need to withdraw. Burnam says that this is no longer an option, so Saru decides to tell her a little bit about his people:

Your world has food chains. Mine does not. Our species map is binary: we are either predator or prey. My people were hunted. Bred. Farmed. We are your livestock of old. We are biologically determined for one purpose, and one purpose alone: to sense the coming of death. I sense it coming now.

She takes another look at the display, then the scene shifts back to the captain’s ready room, where Georgiou is giving a report on the situation to an admiral, named Anderson, via hologram. Anderson suggests that the relay may have gotten too close to Klingon space, and that they damaged to try and lure them out.

Burnham then walks in, and Georgiou introduces her. He responds with, “Next time you might try not disturbing the property of a warrior race we’ve hardly spoken to for a hundred years,” proving that, in addition to being an admiral, he’s also a bit of a douche.

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Plus “Admiral Anderson” makes me think of a character from another franchise entirely.

He adds that they need to “navigate this situation with as much finesses as possible” Burnham interjects that the ideal outcome for Klingons is always a fight, adding that they are “relentlessly hostile.” Anderson adds that the Klingons and the Federation have always been “on the cold side of war,” and chastising Burnham for making assumptions based on race with her background.

Burnham tersely responds, “With respect, it would be unwise to confuse race and culture.” Anderson ignores this, and turns back to the captain, saying that the other vessels within range will be at their position in two hours.

The transmission ends, and Georgiou sarcastically says, “That went well,” before asking Burnham about the crew’s mood. Burnham says that Saru thinks that they should leave, but the captain points out that there are space stations and colonies in the area, and they’re the only defense they have against the Klingons if they decide to attack. Burnham says it’s not if they attack, but when.

Georgiou says that she wants to continue trying to negotiate with them, to which Burnham replies, “That’s the diplomat in you talking. What does the soldier say?” Georgiou says, “Nothing good.”

Right then, a bright light comes in through the window.

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Saru calls the captain to the bridge. The two return to their posts, where the captain asks for a status update. Saru responds that the light seems to be coming from the beacon and is overloading the sensors. Georgiou tells them to activate the plasmatic filters, but it doesn’t dim the light very much, even at 100%. Then an extremely loud, high pitched noise is heard throughout the ship, causing everyone to cover their ears. Georgiou yells to turn it down. Saru manages to muffle the noise considerably, but it can still be heard through the ship’s vibrations.

Burnham says the noise is a signal pulse, and Georgiou asks if there’s a message. Burnham replies, “This may be the message,” and suggests that the Klingons may be calling for backup. The captain tells Saru to set the scanners to maximum, and Burnham quite urgently asks for permission to leave the bridge. Georgiou asks if she’s kidding, but she says that it’s relevant to their situation.

The captain grants her permission, and Burnham heads to her quarters, where she calls Sarek.

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She says that she’s happy to see him, to which he responds, “So many years, and still you allow emotional considerations to impede your logic.” Burnham responds that her emotions inform her logic, before admitting that she needs his help. Sarek makes the connection between her call and the “new star in the sky,” and asks what’s going on out there.

She explains that they’ve come into contact with a group of Klingons. Sarek says, “How rare to meet one’s own demons in the flesh.” Which comes across as smug, but I realize that smug is most Vulcans’ default state. She adds that she killed one, which he says “some might think that only fair,” since they killed her parents. He also adds that “if a death was necessary, I am satisfied it was not yours.”

He adds that she clearly didn’t call him for moral support, and she explains that she thinks the Klingons may be calling for backup. Sarek replies that the empire is in disarray, but that there may be someone trying to unify them: “Often, such leaders will need a profound cause for their followers to rally behind.” From this, Burnham concludes that they’re trying to start a war.

Sarek warns her not to jump to conclusions; She assures him that she’s not and asks how the Vulcans managed to open diplomatic relations with the Klingons. He’s a bit reluctant to tell her at first, but eventually caves, though with an admonition to be very careful with the information he’s about to give her.

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Burnham then walks back onto the bridge, where she announces that they need to fire on the Klingons. Georgiou rejects this idea, citing the fact that the Klingons have yet to make a move, so aren’t an imminent threat. Burnham replies that “the Klingon threat is always imminent and inevitable.” Georgiou still isn’t having this, though, so Burnham relays the information given to her by Sarek:

Two hundred and forty years ago, near H’Atoria, a Vulcan ship crossed into Klingon space. The Klingons attacked immediately. They destroyed the vessel. Vulcans don’t make the same mistake twice. From then on, until formal relations were established, whenever the Vulcans crossed paths with Klingons, the Vulcans fired first. They said “hello” in a language the Klingons understood. Violence brought respect. Respect brought peace. Captain, we have to give them a Vulcan hello.

Georgiou rejects this idea again, saying that attacking the Klingons won’t dissuade them from attacking the Shenzou. Burnham then brings up her success rate under Georgiou, adding that it would be logical to execute her plan with no further questions. Georgiou tells her that Starfleet doesn’t fire first, and dismisses her; Burnham shouts back, “We have to!”

This does not go over very well, and Georgiou orders Burnham into her ready room.

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Oh, Michael, you done fucked up.

She promptly dresses down her first officer for trying to undermine her authority. Burnham apologizes, but Georgiou continues, saying that what she had done could destabilize the crew. Burnham thinks that the captain is underestimating them, and that they’re ready for battle. Georgiou, however, does not want to get into a fight if she can avoid it, telling Burnham, “Battle is not a simulation. It’s blood, and screams, and funerals.”

She adds that they aren’t going to start shooting based on the commander’s hunch, though she does understand Burnham’s own history with the Klingons. Burnham insists that her history has nothing to do with her feelings regarding the Klingons, adding that they need to “target its neck, cut off its head.” The captain responds that she’s still not at 100% from her jaunt earlier, and isn’t thinking clearly. The commander insists that she’s trying to save lives; Georgiou asks who she’s trying to save. Burnham’s voice breaks as she says, “Yours, Captain. Yours.”

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Georgiou tells her to stand down, and Burnham begrudgingly admits that she’s right. The captain softens a bit, and goes to put her hand on Burnham’s shoulder, but is rewarded with a Vulcan neck pinch. And I just realized that this is the second Star Trek episode I’ve written about in a row in which a Vulcan-adjacent first officer commits mutiny.

Burnham goes back onto the bridge, and tells Saru that he’s relieved. Saru, clearly feeling that something’s up here, asks where the captain is; Burnham flat out lies and tells him that she’s reviewing information that Burnham relayed from a contact on Vulcan. She then tells them to lock onto the Klingon vessel, which prompts Saru to ask why. Burnham replies that they have to be ready in case the captain decides to go for it.

Saru asks if these orders are really coming from the captain; she responds by reminding him that she’s his superior officer and she’ll remove him from the bridge if he questions her orders again. He notices that she’s breathing heavily and sweating, indicating that she’s nervous about something, and asks again if she’s acting on Georgiou’s orders. She tells him to get back to his station, to which he responds by flat-out stating she’s committing mutiny.

Burnham tells him to get out of her way, and gives the order to fire. A shout of “Belay that order!” is heard, and on walks a now conscious and very, very angry Captain Philippa Georgiou.

 

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You fucked up bad.

Burnham again tells the captain she’s trying to save her and the rest of the crew; Georgiou responds by pointing her phaser at her. She tells the commander, again, to stand down. At that moment, the beacon shuts down and Connor says that they’ve detected warp signatures heading their way.

Georgiou asks if they’re from Starfleet; we can tell from a shot of the monitor that the answer to that question is a resounding “no.” Burnham says the vessels are Klingon, and the episode ends on a rather ominous shot of the ships warping in.

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Well, shit.

Pretty much everything about this episode was awesome. The writing, cinematography, and performances were all pretty much spot on. In particular I like how they kept it new, but managed to keep some little details from the original series in, particularly with the sound effects on the bridge as well as the phasers and communicators.

One thing I’m not sure on is the new design for the Klingons. They look like the uruk-hai from Lord Of The Rings. Maybe it’s just because I’m not used to it and it might still grow on me, or maybe I just miss Worf’s luxurious locks.

That said, I really, really wish that Michelle Yeoh could stay on as captain, because she was amazing here. Alas, I know it is not to be.

Oh, well. She will remain captain of my heart.

(Edit 10/12/17 So, it recently came to my attention that I’ve been spelling Michelle Yeoh’s character’s name wrong this whole time. It should be Georgiou, not Georgiu. For some reason, my brain just bypassed the extra “o”. I have corrected the error in this post and the next

Mostly I’m just glad I noticed it before the end of the season.)

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