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This last one was pretty underwhelming While on the surface it's a Saru episode and one with a distinctly Trek logline, it seriously fails to deliver. Energy aliens of peace and love (basically incompetent Organians who don't have the power to enforce their pacifism) are a cool concept, but there are so many flaws that would be considered fatally damning if they occurred in any of the prior series.
So Burnham just declares that GO#1 doesn't apply to these guys based on, what, the fact that they're energy beings? That's retarded; they live in fucking huts, and by their own admission have never figured out how to leave their own planet to explore space -- and not for lack of trying. There are plenty of energy beings throughout Star Trek, and yes some are demi-gods, but some aren't even sentient, let alone post-sentient, and exist purely on an instinctual basis. So file that entire bit away under 'the writers don't understand Star Trek at all.'
Now, while having one of the main cast be the monster of the week is always a good Trek plot to run through again, and certainly I enjoyed Saru being a badass, they skipped a really important element; explaining exactly why a good guy has become a bad guy. Was Saru really taken over by the energy beings to the extent he had no decision making power (thus a retread of 'This Side of Paradise' ) or does he have his own good philosophical reasons for *choosing* to take this stand (all those bits about him never being free of fear, etc, thus making it kinda a retread of "Let He Who is Without Sin.") If the former, then can we trust any of that character revealing information about him always being in fear, because he was under the energy beings' influence? If the latter, why wasn't he charged with disobeying orders? One line of dialogue with him in the sickbay could have cleared this up, but we don't get it.
Lastly, Game of Klingots HAS TO END. It is so goddamn boring watching people struggle their way through barely memorized Klingon dialogue with the emotive force of a dead tribble all for the sake of a very superficial (and stupid) 'power struggle' " " " " "plotline." " " " " And this shit is given like 30% of the screen time in each episode where it's featured, it's literally just wasted space, and I hate it. Wrap this shit up now and never ever do it again CBS.
Pretty good pew-pew space battle tho.
Other than that, this one was okay, I guess. I'm settling in to evaluating each episode as a Star Trek episode, which is more than I originally thought of the series, but as so singularly bad as to not even fit anywhere in the same universe as any of the other series. Yes, it's Trek, no, it's not good.