"The Sound of Thunder"
|Posted: 24 February 2019 at 2:38am | IP Logged | 7
Well, this was pretty much a paint-by-numbers oppressed society liberation episode.
... and you know what?
It's exactly what DISCOVERY needed. No cameraman jumping around or swooping upside-down. No poorly lit scenes where you're wondering if the brightness setting on your TV is out of whack. Dialogue not drowned out by the music. No thinly-veiled political analogies or obvious analogs of current political figures. No social axes to grind. A strightforward story with striaghtforward direction and execusion. It's amazing how much something can feel like STAR TREK when you just go back to the basics and tell a story instead of trying to disguise a lack of plot with flashy effects and other crap.
*No mention of Discovery being half-dissolved in the last episode. The engineer elves magically fixed it (yep, I called it but I also think I can forgive this sin since it was such a good episode otherwise).
*Does every 'the universe is bigger than you ever thought possible' episode have an obligatory scene where someone gets to look at their own planet from space in a starship?
*Michael actually makes use of her Xenoanthropology training! No new out-of-the-blue powers or knowledge added to Michael's cap either. <applause>
*When they revealed that Kaminar was outside of Federation space and the agressive-reclusive nature of the planet's dominant species my first thought was that this was a Romulan protectorate and we were going to get yet-another-Romulan-encounter-where-we-don't-see-them.
*The Ba'ul scenes were giving me some serious "Skin of Evil" flashbacks.
*Saru's pretty handy being able to cobble together a makeshift communicator that can punch through the Ba'ul citadel's interference just from the remnants of a couple drones (or did he have a com on him and use the drone parts to enhance it, it's not clear). He was also displaying increased strength in addition his advanced intelligence -- both of these aspects would fall in line with his newly bloomed predatory physiology
*In contract to the new Kelpien abilities the Ba'ul's reclusive and isolationist nature points more towards them being a prey species.
*Captain Pike actually acted like a Captain and ordered Saru off the bridge -- Bravo! Too bad he completely disregarded any other orders. We get to see a sliver of the old Mutinous Michael when she lets Saru use the transporter. Old habits die hard.
*Hopefully there are repercussions to Saru's violation of General Order One. There should be in the very least a hearing by independant committee to determine an account of the events on Kaminar. I don't think Pike has the authority to pardon or excuse Saru, otherwise every Starfleet Captain would have a violation or three under their command that are swept under the rug.
*So the Red Angel is a time travelling humanoid wearing an advanced tech suit? Ooookay. Still thinking Spock-with-red-matter... and others seem to think so too
<side note, I really hate how broken the forum's link embedding is. It keeps adding spaces into the URL and breaks the link >
<side note 2, fixed it finally. However, it shouldn't be this much work to get a link to display right>
*For an alternative take on the above theory, watch the scene where Spock enters and mind melds with V*GER in TMP... in a red space suit! (ok... it's orange-ish)
*Is the episode title an allusion to the similarly-named Bradbury story? Given the time-travel revelation in the episode and the implications of altering the past in the Bradbury story I wouldn't be surprised that's what the show is hinting at.
*One of the more obscure dangling plot threads left over from ENTERPRISE involves the pan-dimensional Sphere Builders who inhabited the Delphic Expanse. The sphere we encountered in the previous episode seemed strangely familiar. In ENT it was shown the Builders technology tended to play havoc with Starfleet systems because of it's interphasic nature -- trying to communicate with their ships would cause ships to malfunction and shut down. It was also revealed the Builders went to war with the Federation in the 26th century and lost, and later misused time travel technology to prevent the formation of the Federation by starting the Xindi-Earth war.
(yeah, I doubt this has anything to do with the time travelling Red Angel or the infosphere but I thought it was very coincidental how many boxes that old ENT plotline ticked)
Edited by Rob Ocelot on 24 February 2019 at 4:40am