Another episode directed by Johnathan Frakes, written by Michelle Paradise, who has become one of thew new Discovery Showrunners.
If this is a sign of things to come, things to come look very promising.
Spoilers to come now:
We finally learn more about who and what Airam is.
Unfortunately, we won't have much time to enjoy her presence anymore. Bad showrunners, only telling us about characters as we really get to know them... But I guess that kinda makes the impact harder, because she's been around since Season 1, Episode 3, and people were wondering what she is and what her story is since then.
However, I am not entirely sure her story is over - I actually wonder if maybe she doesn't get partially resurrected in Zora, the Discovery AI from the short trek Calypso.
It's also really nice seeing the crew scenes from Airam's memories, really some nice on-board camaraderie, making me want to see more of Detmer and Owosekun and the rest - though I guess I'd probably be worried if they start giving us more... They might just do it to take them away.
Also interesting - the Redshirt doesn't die, despite being left behind helpless, she actually saves the day, while Burnham fails the Command Training test that provided so much trouble for Troi, except in real life. (And Pike clears it with flying colors). Also an interesting misdirect in having her make note of Airam's behavior, but ultimately not being the person to figure things out.
The interaction between Spock and Burnham as well as Spock and Stamets were also great.
I think Ethan Peck is doing a better job than Quinto, actually, and someone on reddit might have identified a potential reason for it - Quinto-Spock's "anti-social" behavior seemed accidental, where as Nimoy and Peck's behavior seems deliberate. Don't know how much that is writing and how much that is acting, but it works.
Oh, and I think we're very clearly onto why Section 31 and AI aren't all that popular in the Federation - Control looks like it's going off-mission, and it might take Section 31 with it.
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