"Point of Light"
|Posted: 01 February 2019 at 9:48pm | IP Logged | 12
Well, that was interesting.
If last week felt like TOS, then this weeks Klingon intrigue and Sec. 31 shenanigans were very reminiscent of TNG and DS9.
*In just under 30 minutes we transition from the incongruent Klingon portrayal of the first season into something that actually has some visual and spiritual coherence with the rest of STAR TREK -- yet it doesn't retcon that first season away. Well done. This is what the first season should have been.
*I'm happy to report that Klingon blood has now turned back into a shade of Pepto-Bismol pink.
*A nameless orphaned child who has no right of parentage is sent to Boreth to be raised as a monk... how subtle! (Hint: this is the same monastary where Worf witnessed 'Kahless' return from the dead).
*Oh yeah and then there's the (subtle) Story Of The Promise from TNG "Rightful Heir":
"You are Klingons. You need no one but yourselves. I will go now to Sto-vo-kor. But I promise one day I will return." He pointed to a star in the sky, and instructed the people to look for him "on that point of light."
*(edit) Not to mention the criminal Klingon known only as 'The Albino' who tussled with the family houses of some of the TOS Klingons. In particular, The Albino's parents were murdered by Kor's family. (DS9 "Blood Oath")
*I wonder what Dr. Boyce would have to say to Pike about violating the confindentiality of Spock's medical records (Then again, Boyce doesn't seem like one to always follow the books either). Michael has no problems rifling through Spock's quarters in on the Enterprise in the last episode but now balks at decrypting his medical records?
*I'm not so sure I can reconcile Spock being a murderer, even if it happened when he wasn't of sound mind or posessed by some other entity. Wouldn't something like that follow you around for the rest of your Starfleet career? In the very least the fact that Spock might be capable of such violence would mean that he was not in any way suited for a command position -- he's still tehcnically guilty of manslaughter. This show likes to give free passes to this sort of 'not-my-fault-because-it-wasn't-me' behavior -- witness Ash/Voq murdering a Starfleet officer yet he's not in a Federation mental facility but allowed to free and live on a non-Federation world. (edit: It's probably going to be handwaved later as Section 31 trying to frame Spock)
*Spock's existential crisis sounds like a retread of the spiritual brick wall he hit when he failed to complete the Kolinahr and sought out V*ger in TMP.
*Can we stop the slow-burn buildup now and just have Spock appear and say something? The longer they draw this out the more I'm dreading that Ethan Peck isn't going pull this off.
*Again in the vein of ENTs Vulcans-really-are-assholes concept we now have Logical Extremist groups who would resort to murdering a child. The philosophy of IDIC seems to be ringing hollow on Vulcan these days. Kind of makes the Romulans look like peaceful saints, doesn't it?
*So what did Michael do to Spock that was so horrible? (yep, it's pointing to either kissyface or kinky mindmelds -- yuck)
*Michael was actually well-written in this episode. She's much more watchable and SMG seems to be acting a little less wooden -- I think the better direction and editing are helping this a lot. The scene where Michael talks Tilly through her 'issue' was pretty much perfect.
*The continuation of Tilly's thread in this episode feels a lot less annoying than last week. Still, man... she should be in sickbay under guard.
*Err... was that... Prime Universe Lorca with a shaved head on the Section 31 ship? edit: It's not, apparently it's a character named Leland.
Edited by Rob Ocelot on 02 February 2019 at 7:10am