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At once jam-packed and spacious, "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1" provides moments of levity going into what could be a heartbreaking finale.
Like every bit of this accursed/beloved show, "Such Sweet Sorrow" does find a way to frustrate and delight me in equal measure.
In between those few narrative beats, we get emotion. Lots and lots of emotion. If you enjoy watching actors choke back tears or look vaguely inspired, boy have I got an episode for you.
The Trek franchise has been in dire need of a fresher look, and this week's episode was a distinct reminder of what a visual upgrade "Discovery" is.
"Such Sweet Sorrow" is perplexing. It's simultaneously jam-packed and threadbare, both a beautiful piece of storytelling yet incomprehensible the minute you start thinking about what it takes to string it all together.
At this point, fans are either down with Discovery's redesign of this era of Star Trek or they're not. For me, I've come to see it as a necessary evolution for the franchise.
"Such Sweet Sorrow" really tugged at my heartstrings. I have absolutely loved watching the Discovery crew become a family, and this episode encapsulated that very idea.
While I am excited to see what Discovery throws at us in the season's final hour next week, I can't imagine it being better than this: an episode that reminds us why these characters and this ship is worth rooting for.
I don't know how the writing staff managed to top themselves nearly every episode, but they accomplished it.
By its cliffhanger ending, the episode ends up a mixture of just-in-case character resolutions and heavy, heavily stupid plot setup.
"Such Sweet Sorrow," they smartly subverted that trope in the most Star Trek way possible.