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M.B.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 6:09am (UTC -5)
Re: DSC S1: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

I enjoyed the episode more for what it said about what this show will be, than for the episode itself.

It's encouraging to see DSC pivot slowly towards being more classic Trek. Perhaps not much exploring has happened so far, but this episode definitely showed characters making discoveries.

It's also interesting to see a presumed main cast character killed off as easily as though it was a redshirt. Not quite unprecedented but very rare. Is this just an early season one gimmick, or is it meant to signal that actions can have permanent consequences in this series?

While the tone of this episode was super intriguing, its execution wasn't that great. I wasn't buying the plot timer on the mining colony... really, the Klingons had to hammer that shield for 48 hours before it would finally reach 0%? Some of the sci-fi concepts are a little too goofy, and it's very difficult to feel invested in the Klingon B-story. The dramatic tension left a lot to be wanted.

Viewed in isolation this was not a spectacular episode -- in fact it was pretty clunkt -- but it felt more "Star Trek" than any episode thus far, which makes me feel more invested in the series overall.
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