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Michael T Dunleavy
Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 10:43pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S1: Vaulting Ambition

Nice to have a reason to come back to Jammer's reviews. I am just now catching up on Discovery on blu as I refused to pay for All Access just for one series.

About Lorca's plan (note - his reveal as MU Lorca was a total surprise):

I think the problem is you are working it backwards, and assuming that is the way it was intended to play out. Think of it like a game of chess - once checkmate is achieved, you don't assume that everything that happened along the way was one long, pre-planned scheme in which if anything had gone differently, the outcome would change.

My guess (with 3 eps left to watch) is that Lorca just put himself in position to exploit opportunities when they arose. He knew Michel's potential from working with her in the MU and wanted her counterpart by his side. Had Michel not been imprisoned, he likely would have requested her as XO. One way or another, he would have tried to manipulate the events that happened to deliver her to his hands. What we saw happen is just one way he was able to achieve the desired goal, working within the circumstances outside his control.

Similarly with the spore drive, somehow he knew its potential, and got himself appointed to the Discovery in the hopes that an opportunity would present itself. It did not have to play out exactly the way that it did to get back to the MU.
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