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Discovering Star Trek : DSC S01E11 : Vaulting Ambition

Memory Alpha:​Burnham heads to the ISS Charon with a special “gift” for the Emperor. With the help of an unexpected source, Stamets gains clarity while trapped inside the mycelial network. And Saru asks for L’Rell’s help.

  • I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself and falls on the other” – Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 7. – William Sha K’spre
  • One of the rare times we see warp travel for intra-system warp.
  • The Cheron actually looks like a ship from a different culture then the Federation designs.
  • I would say that mStaments all but confirms that ISS Discovery doesn’t have a spore drive.
  • Is there something darker in the mycelial network, or is it just mStamets?
  • I like the list of the Emperor’s titles. The entire court felt appropriately ornate.
  • Michael seems to choose the Kelpian that looks the most like Saru.
  • In our universe Michael is adopted by a cold, unemotional father that sets her down a rigid path. Over there, daughter of the emperor, but still not much love.
  • Of course they eat the Kelpian.
  • I’ve been listening to the *Hamilton* soundtrack too much, when Emperor Georgeau says that Burnham was never satisfied my mind started on a mashup.
  • Of course the Federation would be one of the biggest threats to the Empire. The first time they crossed over was also a time jump backwards. Even aside from the fear of infection by Federation beliefs (Remain Terran!) would be the fear of another wave of technology advancement. Imagine the Enterprise-D vs imperial ships and the slaughter they would face.
  • I love Saru with L’Rell. His inflection on phrases.
  • The implication here is that Voq is gone and Ash Tyler is what remains. Still skeptical.
  • Before this, I was assuming that there was going to be some way to bring Culber back with Mushrooms!
  • GhostCulber knows a lot here in this wood between worlds.
  • Do we think GhostCulber was possibly a projection of mStamets? Both had the infection on their arm…
  • And it’s all true. Lorca is really mLorca.
Discussion:
I’m mixed. On one hand, I think they did Lorca very well and have told a story that episodic Star Trek couldn’t. In addition it’s clearly been planned out, and I appreciate when a show knows where it’s going.
My only regret is that PrimeUniverse now once again has no imperfect officers. The story of a good man broken in war, conflicted and trying to do the right thing isn’t going to be a story that we get.
But how about the story we did get? I continue to love Stamets and Culber’s muted romance. Not every love story has to be over the top.
I don’t mind that most of the twists were predicted – to some extent that’s a sign of properly setting the stage up. If you are vaporising a cooking pot in act 3, then checkov’s phaser should be on his belt in act 1.
I do wish they hadn’t done two characters in one season having secret identities.