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Discovering Star Trek: DSC S01E02 : Battle at the Binary Stars

Wikipedia Description: T’Kuvma convinces the majority of the Klingon leaders that he can lead them to victory over the Federation, as reinforcements for the Shenzhou arrive. Georgiou offers to resolve the situation peacefully, but the Klingons immediately open fire. Starfleet Admiral Anderson arrives and again offers peace to the Klingons, but his ship is attacked by another cloaked Klingon vessel. Anderson has his ship self-destruct, destroying the Klingon ship as well. Starfleet retreats, leaving the Klingons to collect their dead. In the remains of the Shenzhou, Burnham escapes her cell after encouragement from her guardian Sarek via a telepathic connection. She convinces Georgiou to try to take T’Kuvma prisoner, and they create a distraction by sending an explosive into his ship with a Klingon corpse. Boarding the vessel, Burnham overpowers Voq. Georgiou attempts to capture T’Kuvma, but is killed. T’Kuvma is fatally shot by Burnham, who is transported to safety. Voq promises that T’Kuvma’s legacy will live on. Burnham is later sentenced to life in prison for her mutiny.

  • Not entirely in love with these Klingon ship designs.
  • It would have been nice to have the 7 years ago uniforms be slightly more like Enterprise. Show an evolution.
  • Do not like the camera angles. At least the lens flares are contained to actual light sources like suns and not every reflective surface.
  • At least the high council are wearing more normal clothes.
  • Yay for the USS Shran!
  • The Federation is as insidious and relentless as the Borg. Maybe that’s why they are a great villain. They are our dark mirror.
  • Good to see that some things never change. (Exploding consoles).
  • “we’re explorers, not soldiers.” I believe that this line will be the key of the show. The main question that Starfleet has to face over and over. Ironically, it’s also the main complaint people have against the show it seems.
  • The Vulcan telepathy seemed wrong until I was reminded we saw similar in Enterprise.
  • Sarek does better with her then with Spock. This is very natural. She is human so he has different expectations. He can admire human behavior in a human, but be disappointed in it in his son.
  • Ramming speed works sometimes.
  • It was a hallmark of TOS that humans can outthink computers, so I had so issue with Burnham convincing the computers ethical protocols.
  • Klingons don’t care about their dead. These do. An error or something unique about these Klingons? The latter I think.
  • I want to know Phillipa’s backstory of loss.
  • “I believed saving you and the crew was more important then Starfleet’s principles.” And this is the other key line.
  • Sisko betrayed the Federation principles to bring the Romulans into the war.
  • Janeway kept the principles and doomed her crew to 7 years of hell.
  • I believe that the story of Kirk and Spock can be defined in the tension of “The good of the many outweighs the good of the few, or one. “
  • Kirk sacrifices his love, Edith Keeler for the future. Spock sacrifices his life for his crew.
  • Yet Kirk sacrifices his ship, his career, and his friends do as well for their friend.
  • Michael was willing here to set aside the Federation’s honor for survival.
  • That’s understandable. But is that right? Is it better to die a pacifist, then live a killer?
  • I predict by the end of the season, we will have her facing down Captain Lorca and she will be arguing the other side of the coin. He will be willing to do something horrible to end the war, and she will have to mutiny again, this time to save the Federation’s honor.
  • As a side note, planting a bomb in the dead is a bit of a dirty trick, isn’t it? In the real world that would not be viewed kindly. Yet when Captain Georgeau does it, it feels like Kirk tricking Khan into lowering his shields.
  • A trick, a dirty trick even, but one born of necessity and worth doing. Still, worth a little both of ethical processing there.
  • Why doesn’t a security crew come with them? Maybe the Shinzou doesn’t have a trained team. At any point, at this time it’s tradition for the captain to go.
  • Of course Saru yanks her back. He’s been ready to leave from the beginning.
  • And the one thing I truly hated. The Federation courtroom should not be lit like the Klingon one in ST VI.

On watching a second time, both episodes, I truly am heartened by the amount of philosophical issues they raised.

My rating: 8.5/10.