Yeah, have to agree here... It felt like classic STAR TREK in it's structure and content -- moreso than anything else I've seen on the screen (small or large) in the last 20 years.
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*The timing of the impending 'disaster' on New Eden can't be coincidental. It seemed more like the set up for a test for what I term 'sufficently advanced tech + society':
- There's tempting bait provided in the form of the red energy bursts and a puzzling human/human-like settlement when you arrive -- basically an irresitible honeypot for the curious.
- It would include only those with sufficiently advanced tech to get to New Eden in the first place (spore drive). The standard warp drive of the time doesn't cut it unless you are lucky to be close to one of the REBs.
- It would include those with sufficient tech and lateral thinking to avert the disaster.
- Finally, you have a sociological morality test to pass: If you don't have the tech/smarts to avert the disaster do you attempt to save the humans but disrupt the natrual progression of their society or do you stick to your rules and let them perish. Even more interesting -- if you do have the tech/smarts to avert the disaster but do you still do nothing and let them be destroyed? (there's also the scenario where non-humans may be forced to choose between saving or not saving those who are not of their kind)
*Further to the first point, the 'Red Angel' may actually be an advanced form of Von Neumann probe in reverse. If you are able to pass the test (and in particular how you answer the sociological conundrum) then you would be considered sufficiently advanced to challenge whoever designed the test in the first place and thus are an enemy to be destroyed.
*I am utterly amazed that Super Michael wasn't the one who had previously-unknown experience in a Luddite colony. I hope they've decided to stop giving her new super powers and arcane knowledge/skills every episode because that started to get really tedious in Season 1.
*We see yet more unprofessional behavior from Tilly. I kind of found these parts to be the least enjoyable aspects of the episode. Seriously, if someone keeps disobeying orders and doing things like dangerous experiments that could endanger the ship then they should be in the brig or confined to the sick bay with a security detail watching them. I don't care if their crazy-ass behavior saved the day -- just because an unstable person is right one time doesn't set a precedent for them being correct or on the level in the future. Yes, there are times where the rules need to be broken but if everything you do is a broken rule then you've eliminated the point of having rules and laws in the first place.
*Anson Mount again pulls off a great performance as Pike. We get some more background detail on him too.
*It sounded to me like Ethan Peck was trying to imitate the vocal cadence of Leonary Nimoy but his voice doesn't have the same resonant bass frequencies. It sounded odd. I would rather if they were going to do this new portrayal of Spock they would let the actor bring their own inflection to the part rather than ape the performance of someone who previously played the part.
Edited by Rob Ocelot on 27 January 2019 at 10:01am