Star Trek: Discovery Recaps-“Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad”

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Groundhog’s Day, anyone?

We open with a montage of Burnham going about her daily routine, while her personal blog plays over it. She discusses how she seems to have found a place on Discovery, though she doesn’t quite feel that she fits in there entirely, though she’s made some friends (i.e., Tyler and Tilly). At the end of the montage, we see her approach a room, with the narration saying she’s about to face her biggest challenge yet. She is going…to a party.

Which, honestly, is completely relatable to me.


We then go into the recently mentioned party, where Tilly is playing beer pong with some of her crewmates as loud hip-hop music plays over the whole scene, which just reminds me of this. She and her partner have apparently won, after which she grabs the cup from him and drains it, rebuffing his advances.

There’s a moment where the power goes out briefly, to the partier’s consternation, but is quickly restored. Burnham watches Tyler, who is having a rather animated conversation. Tilly approaches and asks what Burnham’s deal is.

Burnham, misunderstanding what Tilly’s getting at, responds, “Starships have power-redundant relays. There shouldn’t be any flickering.” To which Tilly responds that she’s asking about Burnham’s deal in relation to Tyler, adding that they’ve been on two dates and she wants the juicy details.

Burnham insists that said dates were not, in fact, dates, but were rather the two calibrating rifles and going out for lunch at the end of their shift. Tilly, who I should point out is fairly drunk, tells Burnham that she has to give Tyler some sign that she’s interested or she’s going to lose her chance.

Burnham, naturally, responds, “Duly noted. When I’m actually on a date, which these were not.”

Tilly asks how Tyler compares to any of her previous partners; Burnham rather quickly shifts the subject by asking Tilly how he compares to hers. Tilly is more than happy to answer, saying that she used to be into soldiers but is starting to get really into musicians.

Their tête-à-tête is interrupted when Tyler stands on a table and asks for everyone’s attention, before proceeding to give a toast to the people who had been lost in the war so far.


Everyone raises their glasses and cheers, while Tilly turns to Burnham and says, “My soldier thing is back.” Tyler approaches and greets the two, asking what they’re up to. Tilly says that she’s leaving, taking Tyler’s lei and telling them to “have fun” as she goes.

Tyler remarks that Tilly is “subtle,” to which Burnham responds that she’s “inappropriately so.” They stand a bit awkwardly for a moment, before a call for the two of them to head to the bridge comes through. Tyler says, “Look at that-saved from the horrors of small talk by duty,” before leaving.

Burnham pauses for a moment, then follows, catching up to him in the hallway. She tells Tyler that she wasn’t intending to be rude, but she just hasn’t been to a lot of parties. Tyler says he knows Vulcans aren’t really party people, then asks about any parties on the Shenzhou. She reminds him that she was the ship’s first officer, and because of that “interpersonal fraternization was not appropriate.”

He tells her that isn’t really a problem for her now, and asks, “So why are you still hiding in corners?” Burnham is saved from answering this question by literally running into Lt. Stamets and Dr. Culber, knocking something Stamets was carrying to the floor. She apologizes.

Stamets responds by grinning, giving her a hug, and asking, “Why would you apologize for a random act of physical interaction?” Burnham responds by looking very, very uncomfortable. He goes on a bit more about how these moments “make life so gloriously unpredictable” before, apropos of nothing, turning to Tyler and remarking that he’s very tall.

Culber apologizes for his partner’s weirdness, adding that he’s been a bit “different” lately, to which Stamets responds by showing them an interface attached to his arm that he says is supposed to make connecting to the spore drive easier:


He praises Culber for looking out for him, before asking Tyler and Burnham what their situation is. Burnham, who seems to be a getting a bit sick of answering this, tersely responds that “there is no deal.” Equally tersely, Tyler says that Burnham “would hate to be inappropriate” before turning and entering the lift and asking her if she’s coming.

She boards, and Stamets asks what Tyler meant before Culber pulls him away. Tyler and Burnham then share an awkward moment on the lift before cutting to the bridge.

Saru tells the captain that an unidentified signal he’s been tracking is now directly ahead of them, which prompts Lorca to call for yellow alert. Burnham, at her console, reports that the thing in from of them is biological, and is in fact something called a gormangander (i.e., a space whale).

Lorca cancels the yellow alert, and says that he thought they were extinct. Bunham tells him that due to their feeding habits, they often ignore the instinct to breed. So, more like space pandas then. Lorca   remarks that that’s depressing before ordering the helm to plot a course around the creature.

Burnham, however, tells him that because the gormangander is endangered, the law requires that they transport it to the nearest xenological facility. Lorca, with some irritation, tells her to “have at it.” 

We cut to the shuttle bay, where the aforementioned gormangander is preparing to be beamed over. A member of the med team has a conversation with Burnham, asking if the creature is a “lost cub” or an “old widow.” Burnham responds, “Whatever she is, she’s all alone.”

The guy running the transporter lets them know they’re ready to go, and the gormangander is beamed aboard.


Burnham, with some awe, begins her scans of the creature, but quickly realizes that there’s something very, very wrong with this whole situation. This is confirmed when a figure steps out of its mouth and starts shooting. Thinking quickly, she takes cover and calls to the bridge for backup.

Back on the bridge, Tyler tells the captain about said intruder, and Lorca says he wants said intruder “boxed in,” watching the figure walking though the ship’s corridors on a viewscreen. He asks for Burnham’s status; Saru confirms that she’s currently unharmed but at least four people have been killed. Lorca says to tell her not to engage, as said figure continues their rampage through the ship.

Said rampage is stopped when bulkheads close in front of and behind them, trapping them. Lorca orders the figure to disarm, which prompts laughter and them removing their helmet.

To reveal one Harcourt Fenton Mudd.


He jovially asks Lorca, who is less than pleased to see him, “Did you miss me as much as I missed you?” Then he launches into a monologue about how he plans to figure out why the Discovery is so awesome, then sell it to the Klingons, basically as revenge for leaving him behind on the prison ship and keeping him away from Stella.

Lorca tells him that he doesn’t really see this ending successfully for Mudd. Mudd, however, is not particularly daunted: “Not this time. But I have all the data I need for the next. So I will see you later. Or, rather, earlier.”

He then activates a device and blows up the ship.


And then we’re back at the party, where Tyler is once more giving his speech. Things go more or less the way they did in the previous party scenes, with Tyler and Burnham getting called to the bridge and having to leave. However, this time they don’t bump into Stamets and Culber, and so their conversation continues from when Tyler asks her why she’s such a wallflower.

Burnham tells him that “there aren’t always simple answers to those kinds of questions.” Tyler pushes more, saying, “And sometimes there are.” Tyler goes to board the elevator, but the two are approached by an extremely distraught Stamets.

Stamets tells the two that they need to listen, as “there isn’t any time,” before correcting himself to say that there’s actually too much time. Burnham tells him to slow down, but Stamets is too upset, and tells them that they’ve been through all of this before.

Culber catches up to his partner, and apologizes to Burnham and Tyler before telling him that he’s been ranting. Stamets responds, “What I need is for all of you placid people to finally start listening!” Culber begins to pull him away, but not before Stamets yells to them that everything starts with the gormangander.


The door to the elevator closes, and Tyler asks what a gormangander is. Burnham tells him, “It’s a space whale,” to which he responds, “Well, that explains everything.”

They make it to the bridge, where Lorca comments that it’s “nice of you to show up,” before asking Saru exactly what the readings they’ve been tracking are. Saru tells him that it’s a life form, adding that it’s a gormangander.

This gets Burnham and Tyler’s attention as the two look at each other.

Lorca, with exasperation, tells them to cancel the yellow alert and again orders the helmsman to plot a course around it. This time, it’s Saru who points out Federation protocol regarding gormanganders. Tyler and Bunham, knowing that there’s something wrong about the whole situation, advise against it.

Saru, however, reminds them that failure to bring the creature on board would be against the law and could lead to Lorca being court-martialed, and Lorca agrees. He orders that the creature be brought on board, and Burnham offers to take point, as she’s the most qualified. Lorca says he doesn’t care, he just wants it taken care of.

Burnham goes to leave, and Tyler requests to join her to oversee security. Lorca, again, states that he doesn’t care and just tells him to go.


As the two head for the shuttle bay, Tyler asks how Stamets knew that this was going to happen. Burnham responds that the odds of them even running into a gormangander are ridiculously low.

They enter the shuttle bay, and the med guy makes his remarks about the gormangander. Burnham distractedly says “yeah” before moving to a console. Tyler gives the oder to activate the transporter, moving his hand to his phaser as he does so. The med guy notices this, and remarks, “You thinking this whale is armed?” Tyler looks at him without responding.

The space whale is beamed aboard, and Burnham scans it. She notes that there are some abnormal readings, but nothing else unusual before picking up a tricorder and taking a closer look at it. Tyler asks her if she’s found something; Burnham responds that she’s picked up a faint energy pattern similar to a transporter beam.

Then the ship goes to black alert, and Tyler wonders why the ship is getting ready to make a jump. The two leave the room to investigate.

We then shift again to the bridge, where Lorca asks the robot lady (whose name I can’t remember off the top of my head) why the drive is active, as he didn’t order it. She tells him that she didn’t activate anything, and Lorca tells the computer to bring up engineering on the screen. The computer tells him that’s denied.

Now definitely knowing something is wrong, he reaches out to Burnham and Tyler, telling them to get to engineering now.

The two make it there, and enter the room, weapons drawn, the computer saying they have three minutes until the drive overloads.

And, of course, Mudd is there, sitting at the drive console, drink in hand.


He says, “Welcome, kiddies! Make yourselves at home.” Tyler, of course, recognizes him, and asks him how he managed to escape the prison ship.

Mudd responds that he “performed a feat of magic that would make the most accomplished escape artist blush.” Burnham asks how Tyler knows this guy, and he explains that they were cellmates on the ship he was rescued from before telling Mudd to back away from the console.

Mudd responds by asking him how to work the spore drive, and Tyler again tells him to back away. He doesn’t, and Tyler and Burnham fire, only to have their shots deflected by a force field.

The computer tells them they only have 60 seconds before the spore drive overload in 60 seconds, and Mudd says, “Can we just jump ahead to the part where you tell me how to make these systems operational? I’ve got some Klingons on the hook.”

The two of them stare at him silently, and he points out that they don’t have much time before the ship explodes. Burnham tells the computer to beam Mudd to the brig. This proves ineffective, as Mudd has control of the computer. Burnham tells Mudd that he’s mad, to which he cheerfully responds, “No, I’m Mudd,” before angrily demanding to tell him how the drive works.

There’s a shot from behind and Mudd falls, and it’s revealed that Stamets has shot him.


Stamets remarks, “As days go, this is a weird one,” which is a pretty big understatement. Burnham points out the drive issues, and Stamets says he knows before moving to the console. The computer tells them they have 20 seconds, which concerns Tyler and Burnham. Stamets, however, continues, saying that they’ve already been through this mutiple times, adding “And I hate to tell you, but I have yet to find a way where it ends for the home team.”

The computer announces the drive is critical, and Stamets says he’ll see them again soon as the ship explodes.

And, once again, we’re back at the party, where Tyler is asking Burnham to dance. She hesitates, and the two are called to the bridge. Tyler remarks, “Saved by the bell,” as he walks off.

Stamets is pushing his way through the crowd, eventually making his way to Tilly. He asks her where Burnham is, and she responds that she doesn’t know.

On the bridge, Burnham is explaining the whole thing about the gormangander, and Lorca tells her to “have at it.” She leaves the bridge for the shuttle bay, but is intercepted but Stamets. He tells her not to say anything, and explains that they’re stuck in a temporal loop where they’ve been repeating the same 30 minutes.

Burnham, rather patronizingly, tells him that she thinks he needs to go to sickbay. She starts to add that it must be because of his exposure to the tardigrade DNA, and Stamets starts speaking in unison with her before telling her to stop and just come with him.


We then cut back to the bridge, where Lorca asks if the “fish” has been beamed aboard. Saru begins to explain that it’s not actually a fish, but stops when Lorca gives him a withering look. Tyler interjects, letting the captain know that everything’s been taken care of. The comms officer then reports that Dr. Culber is asking for the captain, saying that there’s something wrong with Stamets and he wants to talk to Lorca in sickbay.

Lorca heads to the lift and tells the computer to take him directly to sickbay, but the computer says that the destination has been canceled. I think we all know what this means by now.

And this is confirmed when Lorca opens the door to find Mudd waiting for him.


He tries to call for red alert, but Mudd overrides this and tells Lorca to come with him at gunpoint.

Lorca asks him what he’s doing on the ship. Mudd respnods, “You ask me that question every time. You know that, don’t you? No, of course you don’t.” Lorca is confused, and Mudd fires a shot at a bulkhead before telling the captain to get moving.

He does, Mudd following, and Mudd explains that he’d faked the message from Culber, as he “wanted some alone time” with Lorca, because he found a part of the ship he can’t access and thinks that the secret to working the spore drive is within.

Lorca tells him that there’s no way he’s going to help Mudd with whatever he’s planning, to which Mudd responds, “There really are so many ways to blow up this ship. It’s almost a design flaw.” And then he activates the ship’s self-destruct sequence.

Back to Stamets and Burnham, walking and talking. Stamets tells her that Mudd clearly has some kind of device that’s triggering the time loop. Burnham asks how he seems to remember all of this, which Stamets explains is likely the result of the tardigrade DNA he injected himself with. He adds that “it’s geting really hard to keep it straight,” as well as the fact that he can’t stop this by himself. Plus that he’s going to eventually figure out that Stamets is the missing part of the spore drive.

He also hopes, that since Tyler and Mudd were cellmates, that he may know something about how Mudd is doing this, and he wants Burnham to talk to him to get that information. Unfortunately, it appears that time is running out, so he asks her to tell him a secret that no one else knows, to prove that what he’s saying is true.

She hesitates a moment, then leans forward and whispers something in his ear.


Stamets says, “I’m sorry,” but Burnham is all business again and asks where Mudd is now. Stamets says, “Now is usually around the time he kills the captain.”

Back to Mudd and Captain Lorca, entering Lorca’s personal lab/trophy room. Mudd comments, “Why didn’t you tell me you had so many wonderful toys?” before picking up some kind of weapon and wondering what it does. He then adds that he thinks “it might melt brains” before asking if that’s its intended purpose. And OK, that line was actually kind of funny.

Lorca tells him that killing a Starfleet captain is a one-way ticket to jail. Mudd asks, “Do you know how many times I’ve had the pleasure of taking your life, Lorca?” We are then treated to a montage of Mudd killing Lorca, with the last one being Mudd beaming him directly into space.


Back in the lab, Mudd informs the captain that he has, in fact, murdered him 53 times, and that “it never gets old.” He then realizes that they’re almost out of time for this go-around, but that he’s “got all the time in the world” to figure out how to get the spore drive running. Mudd decides that he really wants to figure out what the device he picked up earlier with does, and fires it at the captain, disintegrating him.

And, once again, we’re back at the party, with Burnham and Tilly rehashing their conversation from earlier. This time, Stamets interrupts, telling Tilly that there’s “the hottest guy over there, and apparently he’s in a band! Have fun.” Tilly says, “OK,” and wanders off in the direction he pointed.

Burnham says she didn’t think he was much of a partier, and Stamets repeats the secret that she told him in the last time loop: that she’s never been in love.

Burnham, of course, is offended up this, and asks why he would say something like that to her. Stamets then launches into the explanation of the time loop. He adds that he hopes she believes him, since “if I have to explain this again, I’m gonna throw myself out an airlock.”


Burnham thinks about this for moment, then tells Stamets that she believes him. He then asks her to talk to Tyler to try and see if he has any idea how Mudd could be doing all this. She asks, “But what if he won’t talk to me either?” Stamets tells her that’s not going to happen, and that’s because Tyler likes Burnham. He then notices the aforementioned Lt. Tyler approaching, and quickly takes his leave.

Tyler walks over, and after a bit of conversation, asks if she wants to dance. Burnham tells him they don’t have time for that. This, naturally, turns out to be the wrong thing to say, as Tyler is not happy with this response. Burnham tries to explain herself, but is cut off by the call to go to the bridge.

We then cut to Stamets and Burnham walking together, Burnham bemoaning how terrible she is at interpersonal interaction. Stamets kind of agrees, and tells her she should have accompanied Tyler to the bridge. However, he also adds that Burnham likes Tyler as well which makes things a little more difficult.

Burnham says, “I’m out of my element,” which prompts Stamets to think for a moment before asking her to dance with him. She stares at him, and he adds, “I need to see what I’m working with.”


Burnham complies, and asks how people form relationships. This prompts Stamets to relay the story of how he and Culber met: they were in a cafe, Culber’s whistling annoyed him, and he told him to get lost. Instead, Culber moved closer, “and he’s been there ever since.”

Burnham asks why Culber would decide to do that after their exchange, and Stamets tells her it’s because they were honest about their feelings. She responds, “I’m good at honesty.” In an extremely blunt way, yeah.

Stamets tells her that relationships only work if each party is honest, before realizing that time’s almost up. He assures her that they’ll get it right next time, before the ship explodes.


This time, at the party, Burnham approaches Tyler. He starts to say that he was about to go up to her, but is interrupted by her taking his hand and pulling him to the dance floor. Somewhat befuddled, he asks if she wants to dance, to which she responds, “I thought you’d never ask.” They reach the floor as a slow dance begins.

Burnham takes this opportunity to ask Tyler about Mudd. Tyler says that she’s clearly “not one for small talk,” and Burnham tells him she never really understood it. She then tells Tyler that Mudd is on the ship, has them stuck in a time loop, and he wants to sell the ship to the Klingons.

Tyler asks her if this is a joke, and she responds that she wishes it was. She also adds that Stamets wanted her to talk to him, because they like each other. Tyler comments on the weird turn the night’s taken, before deciding that nothing really matters if they are in a time loop and kissing her.


They pull away, and Burnham says, “That was nice.” The call for the two of them to come to the bridge is put out, but Burnham tells Tyler to ignore it. He agrees, then asks what he can do to help. She asks him if Mudd ever mentioned anything like what’s happening, and Tyler answers that Mudd used to boast about robbing an extremely secure Betazoid bank. He adds that he always thought Mudd was lying about it, but realizes that he could have pulled it off if he had unlimited cracks at it.

She asks if he mentioned anything specific. Tyler says he said “something about a non-equilibrial matter state,” which Burnham explains means he has a time crystal. As we cut to Mudd making his way through the ship and messing with a console, she explains that she learned about this during her time at the Vulcan Academy, but no one in the Federation’s ever managed to get them stable.

Tyler decides that it’s time to track down Mudd, and head off to do just that.

Back on the bridge, Lorca wonders what’s keeping Burnham and Tyler. Suddenly, extremely loud orchestral music starts pouring through the speakers. Lorca asks Saru where it’s coming from, but Saru can’t tell because they’ve been locked out of the computer. Lorca tries to get it to respond, to no avail.


Mudd then walks onto the bridge, and tells the computer to turn down the music so he can talk to the captain. The computer does so, calling Mudd “Captain Mudd.” Lorca asks, “Captain Mudd?” in disbelief. Mudd comments that he’s “actually tired of gloating,” and tells him that he’s taken control of the Discovery.

Lorca advances on Mudd, but Mudd ends up having him beamed to the brigg. Saru tries to intervene, but Mudd stops him by holding up a purple crystal. He explains that it’s weaponized dark matter that he found in the captain’s lab, and that it’s apparently an extremely painful way to die.

The comms officer advances towards Mudd, who’s decided that he would be an apt demonstration. However, this is interrupted by Tyler, Burnham, and Stamets rusing the bridge. Tyler fires at Mudd, but once again, the shot is deflected by a force field.

Mudd jovially tells Tyler that it looks like he’s missed, then he fires a beam from the dark matter crystal. Tyler then disintegrates.


Burnham, as one can imagine, is not pleased by this turn of events, and advances on Mudd. However, she is stopped by Saru, who tells her, “Let’s not suffer anymore needless deaths.”

Mudd then puts down his ultimatum: either someone tells him how to get the spore drive up and running, or he kills Saru. Stamets intervenes, and tells Mudd that he’s the missing component of the spore drive.

Mudd, pleased that this gambit works, tells the computer to turn up the volume on the music before beaming himself and Stamets to engineering. Saru goes back to his station, and Burnham calls Tilly.

We are now in the shuttle bay, where Tilly is scanning the gormangander as Burnham watches. Tilly asks if she also died in past time loops, and Burnham says that they all died. She then adds, since Mudd can now work the spore drive, he has no reason to not let the 30 minute window expire this time. Which means the Klingons get the ship, and the Federation loses the war.


Tilly then says that she thinks she got something, and she’s sending it to Burnham. Burnham moves to a console, and confirms that Tilly, in fact, has something: Mudd’s ship. Which includes the power source for his time crystal. Unfortunately, because Mudd has control of all the critical systems, there isn’t much they can do about it right now.

Burnham realizes that they have to find some way to get Mudd to start the loop over. Tilly says that he has everything the Klingon wants, but Burnham realizes that there’s something else on the ship that they want more.

We then cut to the captain’s ready room, where Mudd is recording a log. The door chirps, and Burnham enters. She tells him that he seems “at home” here and that he should have been a captain himself.

Mudd demurs, and says that he’s not really one for giving (or that matter following) orders, and that “the solar winds are my mistress, and I follow her wherever she beckons.”

Burnham then asks him about Stella, who he seems to have forgotten about for a moment before launching into another speech about how the war took her away from him. Burnham waits for a moment, then asks if he’s done. Mudd tells her not quite yet, before sending his coordinates to the Klingons.

Burnham then gets to the point: she’s Michael Burnham, she killed T’Kuvma, and the Klingons would pay a lot more for her than they would for the Discovery. Mudd doesn’t believe her at first, but confirms her identity with the computer. This convinces him, but then gets suspicious and asks what’s in it for her.

Burnham responds, “Lt. Tyler.” Mudd points out he’s dead. Burnham says, “Not for long,” then swallows the dark matter crystal, killing herself.


Mudd hesitates, then blows the ship up again, restarting the timeline.

We then get a montage of Mudd going through the ship, then Burnham explaining the situation to Tyler, then back to Mudd by the console, taking control of the ship. Then we are on the bridge, where Tyler and Burnham are explaining the situation to the captain.

Mudd then enters the bridge, and Lorca, without turning around, addresses him as “Captain Mudd” before facing him. Mudd is especially confused when Lorca offers him the captain’s chair.

Mudd then realizes that Stamets has been “cheating,” and has told the rest of the crew what was happening. He then goes into how he’ll thwart any plans that they have, but Burnham tells him that they’ve basically given up because Mudd always wins, and Stamets adds that the time loop needs to end.

Lorca then tells him that the ship is his, and Burnham adds that she is too. Mudd says, “Don’t try and con a con man,” but Lorca tells him that this isn’t a con, it’s a negotiation. He wants Mudd to take the ship, Burnham, and Stamets, but leave the rest of the crew alone.

Mudd asks why Lorca would give all this up, and Lorca says he doesn’t want a repeat of what happened with his previous command. He holds out his hand to Mudd to shake on it; Mudd says, “Well, I’ve never been one to look a gift captain in the mouth,” taking his hand and shaking it. He then has the computer send out the coordinates of the ship to the Klingons, who arrive quickly.

Mudd then counts down from 5, and the device at his wrist disintegrates.


The computer says that they’re being hailed, and Mudd tells the computer to beam his new friends aboard. He then herds Burnham and Stamets out. Lorca tries to follow, and Mudd says, “Not you, old man.” Which is funny becuase Rainn Wilson is only about 3 years younger than Jason Isaacs.

Mudd lets Lorca know that he’s going to miss killing him constantly before leaving with Burnham and Stamets.

In the corridor, Burnham remarks that Mudd seems happy. Mudd responds, “Listen, Petunia, I’ve been screwed over since the day I was born. I deserve this.” Stamets remarks that none of this was really about Stella, and mentions how he keeps talking about how the war took her from him while her father, an arms dealer, has actually been doing pretty good business lately. He adds that Stella really shouldn’t be that hard to find.

Mudd, suspicious, points out that he never told them about Stella’s father, whose name is Barron Grimes. Burnham smiles, and says that while Mudd has taken conrol of the Discovery’s critical systems, that did not include the ship’s archives.

Stamets adds that Stella’s been looking for Mudd, and that her father has put out a rewards for finding him. Burnham says that Mudd hasn’t “been running to Stella.” Tyler then enters the scene, stepping behind Mudd and adding, “You’ve been running from her.”

Mudd faces Tyler, and Burnham uses the distraction to disarm him. We then learn that Mudd basically took Stella’s dowry and left, which didn’t exactly endear him to Grimes. Tyler points out that was risky, and Burnham adds that’s why he needs this deal so badly:in order to go into hiding from his prospective father-in-law

Stamets then pipes up: “And you almost pulled it off, except for me, ‘cause I exist outside the normal time stream.”


Mudd isn’t too worried, however, since the Klingons are waiting. Oh, and he also is going to renege on his deal with the captain, so the crew gets to be slaves right now. Tyler, however, points out one small detail: he rewired the captain’s chair. The ship’s coordinates weren’t sent to the Klingons.

He then pushes Mudd through the door to the transporter room, and we get to see exactly who the coordinates were sent to.

Stella and her father.


Stella is actually happy to see him and runs up to him, asking where he’s been before kissing him. As she pulls away, Mudd says he can’t even begin to explain, which causes Stella to grab his shirt and angrily tell him to “try.”

Mudd then tells her that she means to him, but that he has lead a life of ill repute, and that he can’t marry her until he manages to wipe away those stains on his character. Stella, however, surprises him by saying that she always knew that he was a criminal, but doesn’t care, adding that anything they can’t handle her father can take care of.

Grimes then steps off the transporter pad, and tells him to “consider it a consolidation of your debt under one lender.” He adds that he would do anything to make her daughter happy, including letting her marry someone like Mudd, and that, thanks to Stamets, Burnham, and Tyler, he can now “make an honest woman of Stella.” In other words, what he’s really saying here is “your ass is mine.”

He turns to the officers just mentions, and asks how he can repay them, as he doesn’t intend to be in debt to Starfleet. Tyler tells him that the best way to repay them would be to keep Mudd by Stella, and away from Starfleet.

Grimes says he’ll make sure of it, and Stella pulls Mudd to the trasporter pad before the three beam out.


We then cut to Tyler and Burnham meeting up in a corridor, where Burnham awkwardly points out that Stamets told her that the two of them danced in a previous time line. Tyler says he told him too, and Burnahm says he told her she liked it it, and that she can’t imagine doing so.

Tyler responds, “Why not? I’m a really good dancer.” Burnham tries to tell him she didn’t mean it, but Tyler reassures her that he knew what she meants. The two board a lift, then stand awkwardly for a moment.

Burnham than says, “What I’m feeling…is complicated, and strange.” Tyler tells her that he’s “not going anywhere,” and looks at her for a moment. Burnham asks him what’s up, and he reponds, “I’m just sad we missed our first kiss.”

The two then get off the lift, and head onto the bridge.

The episode closes another log from Burnham, going over her daily routine once again. She says that some things have started changing, and that “sometimes the only way to find out where you fit in is to step out of the routine, because sometimes where you really belong was waiting around the corner all along.”

So, one thing I’ve noticed is that this version of Mudd seems very different from the version that we see in the original Star Trek. In TOS, Mudd generally seems to be a bit of a bumbler; a con man, but one that’s not particularly dangerous. This Mudd actually seems to have a bit of menace around him.

That said, this episode was actually kind of funny at parts, if darkly so. I think a lot of it has to do with Rainn Wilson’s portrayal of Mudd, which is very bombastic and kinda hammy. He seems to be having a good time with this, and it comes through his performance.

All in all, I actually found this episode to be the most entertaining so far.

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