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Star Trek Discovery S01E09 “Into the Forest I Go”

Some random thoughts (I’ve added some edits and additional thoughts since the original version of this post last night):

Does Lorca really care about what the Klingons do to the Pahvans, or was that argument just because he wanted to stick around to face the Klingon “ship of the dead”?

Why do they suddenly think up this idea to decode the cloaking device when they had all season to come up with the idea?

What I hate most about this series are scenes with Klingons talking to each other in Klingon. I can’t tell them apart and can’t figure out what they are plotting, I tend to just tune it out. I can’t even figure out which Klingon is in charge this week. Unfortunately, this another episode with too much Klingon.

Why didn’t Lorca want Michael Burnham to go on the mission? It’s not like Lorca to care about risking the lives of crewmembers, especially when they volunteer for it. Does Lorca have emotional feelings for Burnham, or does he have some other secret agenda?

If they can beam aboard two people right before a Klingon ship decloaks, that means they could also beam aboard a nuclear bomb right before a ship decloaks. Of course that wouldn’t have helped them get the sensor readings they needed, but as a general thing it ought to make the Klingon cloaking device more of a liability to the Klingons than an asset. Why hasn’t any Federation ship ever done that?

I’m pissed about Admiral Cornwell being alive. They tricked us into thinking she was dead at the end of the previous episode. I don’t like those sorts of tricks.

This PTSD stuff is bogus. Captain Kirk never got PTSD.

I don’t think Lorca was very happy about rescuing Admiral Cornwell or returning to Starbase where he would probably lose command of the ship in exchange for honors he doesn’t want or care about. So I guess he would be kind of happy ending up somewhere unknown (really far away? alternate universe?) and not dealing with that, except that they never got to transmit the secret of the Klingon cloaking device to Starfleet.

Among things I don’t particularly care about, add cliffhanger endings where you don’t find out what happens until next season. Boo. Big thumbs down.

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If the Discovery never returns to the Federation, it might explain all of the discontinuity issues. Perhaps, all along, this show was in a different universe than Star Trek: TOS and TNG, and now they have jumped into the universe we are familiar with, where the Klingons look like Worf and never had cloaking devices at that point in time, and Spock never had an adopted sister.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 12, 2017 at 10:04 PM

Posted in Television

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  1. I thought this episode was actually pretty good – Discovery’s best, so far, in fact.

    I don’t think it was intended for us to believe Cornwell was dead.

    I agree, Ash’s PTSD seems out of character. They don’t seem to have hinted at it, which they should have done.

    They did beam aboard a torpedo in the first episode.

    I know they’re giving the finger to Star Trek canon, but the whole idea of anyone having a cloaking device at this stage is silly. The Romulans invented them and their use of it was a big plot point in this era.


    November 12, 2017 at 10:23 PM

  2. The show jumped the spore, this rotating is just too comical.

    And space Michelle Obama going mano-a-mano made me think of this:


    November 13, 2017 at 5:49 AM

  3. The Burnham/Klingon fight was ridiculous. But they still want us to think grrrls can go toe to toe in hand to hand combat not just with men, but with aliens who are physically stronger than humans.

    Tyler’s PTSD might make sense if Tyler is really a Klingon altered (painfully) to pass as human and his real, Klingon persona is buried. Hard to believe he could avoid a medical exam the entire time, but the season isn’t over yet.

    My suspicion is that Lorca did something to the spore jump calculations, either tried to use the algorithm made from the micro jumps or deliberate sabotage, to make sure they wouldn’t get to the starbase. He knew they would take that command away from him since none of the admirals trust him. Where did they go? Since there have already been online hints that there would be a Mirror Universe episode this season, that seems like the best guess. Could be an opportunity for Discovery to go against the Imperial version of the Shenzhou, and against alternate versions of Burnham and Georgiou.

    Mike Street Station

    November 14, 2017 at 4:12 PM

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