Star Trek: Discovery - The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry
Aaron Baiers, Kevin Lafferty, April Nocifora, Gretchen J. Berg (executive), Bryan Fuller (executive), Akiva Goldsman (executive), Aaron Harberts (executive), Alex Kurtzman (executive), Rod Roddenberry (executive, as Eugene Roddenberry), Trevor Roth (executive) for Rodenberry Entertainment/CBS, Netflix
directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Jason Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh, Jayne Brook, Mary Chieffo, Wilson Cruz, Kenneth Mitchell, Rekha Sharma, Dennis Andres, Emily Coutts, Jordana Blake, Julianne Grossman (voice), Sara Mitich, Oyin Oladejo, Christopher Russell, Tasia Valenza
written by Jesse Alexander, Aron Eli Coleite, series created by Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman, Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Jeff Russo, special effects by Alchemy Studios, visual effects by Pixomondo, Spin VFX
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By now, Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) has developed his revolutionary
drive - the "spore drive" that will allow the Discovery to
travel to anywhere in the universe in an instant - to almost perfection,
but when it comes to save a Federation colony from a Klingon attack, he
has to realize the drive is still lacking in actually getting to the
desired destination. Meanwhile, Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and
Landry (Rekha Sharma) are tasked with examining the monster from last
episode and finding a military use for it. And after the monster
kills Landry, Burnham finds its not hostile and can be tamed - and it's
the key to the spore drive's destination finding capabilities, actually
(?). So with the monster, dubbed "Ripper" in place, the
Discovery gets to the colony in time and erradicates all Klingon
attackers, thanks to another special feature of the spore drive (?).
in Klingon City (or wherever), Voq (Javid Iqbal) wants to proclaim himself
the heir of T'Kuvma, the Messiah, but apparently the other Klingons are
less than happy to follow him, so they banish him and his consort L'Rell
(Mary Chieffo) aboard the (now evacuated but still functional USS Shenzhou
- for reasons as for yet unexplained ...
Michelle Yeoh makes a short
appearance as a hologram speaking to Burnham as a sort of last will.
sorry, but this is an episode that falls apart quite a bit: Having the
monster as the ship's navigator is - well, more than a bit silly, as are
the spore drive's seemingly unending capabilities. And again, the Klingon
scenes are just too long, too full of rather cheesy dialogue, while not
serving an immediate narrative purpose, rather setting up things for later
episodes (one would hope). The whole thing looks good though, and the
effects are great, it's just short on substance.