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With "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry," Star Trek: Discovery plays to its strengths, advancing major plots and further refining core characters.
The effects are great, and while the battle at Corvan 2 was a bit brief, it was also one of the show's most memorable action sequences to date.
Nice bits between the characters: Lorca is making demands of Stamets and the drive, and Stamets gives back as good as he gets, resulting in a subtle smile from Saru.
So, what is it, now the dust is settling? The answer, happily, is a meld of Trek old and sci-fi new.
Burnham's scenes felt like a more traditional Trek episode, which was enjoyable in its own right.
Was this possibly one of the darkest moments in Star Trek TV history? Because I don't remember even tribbles being tortured.
Another strong episode with plenty to move the story forward, but not quite enough character development or action to thrill.
The Star Trek: Discovery episode The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry certainly crams quite a bit into its 50 minute runtime, but it mostly works.
From the 3-D mirror function to our first glimpse of the Discovery's bridge in battle mode (even if it was a simulation) the episode was out to impress viewers with the technology of this future world, making it as pretty as it is powerful.
Discovery is a show about a war, and it doesn't let you forget that, as the urgency, the despair, is palpable in every situation regarding it [the war] and is in this episode where it feels the most.
... hampered by mind-boggling narrative decisions and goofy moments.
This show has incredible potential, and it's so gratifying to watch it get better and better every week.
The story of the spores and the tardigrade in this episode smacks of midicholorians being responsible for the Force, to blasphemously use a Star Wars parallel.