But Data's an Android, a fully mechanical life form- Airiam is a girl.
And although she's definitely compromised, there is a lot more to it than that. She is actually not the "bad guy", she's merely another victim.
We get to find out what's actually behind all of this, and suddenly we start thinking about movies like 2001: a space Odyssey, Westworld, Futureworld, Colossus: The Forbin Project, Saturn 3, The Terminator, those and many other films about technology gone haywire. Forbidden Planet even.
And the premise of this episode is rather interesting, because the bad guys, and we were expecting section 31, are not the bad guys we expected.
And whoever it is, it's probably an ancestor of Reginald Barclay. You'll see why.
Meanwhile, Spock is PO'd, and taking it out on his sister. Maybe he can channel that anger into something useful.
We also learned something about Discovery's new security chief, the planet she comes from has ties into The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, and Voyager, so it's appropriate that Jonathan Frakes directed this one.
Let's just say that they need to keep Pike in the series, he's pretty much the saving grace of the show. Less Michael, more Pike. He still gets pushed around by the women too much and that needs to change, but he was a breath of fresh air in a show that is too dark.
They need to lighten up, seriously. Give us some decent story arcs of the characters. Not Michael, Tilly or Stamets. We want to know about the other bridge characters and here's the thing, I can't tell you their names because they never get any air time. I want to know about the comms guy and that other guy and the two girls.
I will say that having some kind of story arc for the robot girl was great, finally. But then they kill her off. Sigh. I will agree that I felt more emotion for her than the doctor in season one, actually, that's not true. I was very happy they killed him off as he was just the worst doctor on ST history. Then they had to bring him back, sigh again, but at least so far he's been relegated to a minor character. I guess I can live with that.
On too this episode, it was pretty good. The pacing was again good like the previous episode. They didn't try to pack too much into it, the story arc was good, we got to see some great shots of the ship for once and there was a little emotion at the end. Jonathan. Franks did a super job and it was nice to have the edits slowed down from a new shot every 2 seconds to holding a shot long enough so that we, the viewer, can figure out what is going on.
Look, I'm glad it's been renewed for season 3, if they can keep this momentum going, relegate Michael to just a normal character and make Pike the lead, bring some fun to the show, kill of this section 31 timeline and less of Michelle Yeoh's character, the show will succeed.
All this nonsense "fanservice" needs to die. We don't need Spock or Kirk in Discovery, we need new characters and get to know them.
But... there's still a way to go. I'm SO tired of the dark twists! This show should be way less like Game Of Thrones than it is: 1/ Stop killing off (and possibly bringing back) and altering the identities (!) of the characters you just started to know and possibly (with the exception of Tyler) like as a viewer. This is what makes GOT great but doesn't work with the Trek values. 2/ Stop it with the dramatic plot warping as well, because it results in highly illogical actions being taken by the main cast and villains alike. We don't need this many erratic twists. E.g. why would Cornwell not be courtmartialled for her attempted genocide of Kronos? Why would Burnham commit mutiny (I'm still not over that)? Why would Starfleet hire a mirror universe-psychopathic emperor? Why would it, apparently, make a logic-extremist Vulcan into an admiral? Why would whatever has taken over the section 31 station attack Discovery if it wanted Airiam to beam down all along? Etc etc. This is Days Of Our Lives-material.
I just can't get over all those poor writing decisions that treat viewers like they have amnesia, emotionally pull the rug from under your feet every. Single. Episode and dismiss everything that should be so great about Trek: optimism, ethics and exploration. Can this show please be about discovering, already, and head into the LIGHT these times need so badly?
As a comparison in star trek DS9, the character Morn was a set piece in the bar. In season 6 there was a whole episode dedicated to his murder mystery. We had emotion because we were used to him being there and we empytised with the other characters when they mourned Morn. And that character did never say a word on camera and was no angel.
I am also tired of Burnham or Tilly being the solution to almost every problem. Why have a ship and crew if two people can fox about everything.
Hopefully the next episode will be better.
Admiral automatically assumes videos cannot be faked and no one checked it in any depth. No one else checked footage until much later.
Admiral loses access to super computer located in the middle of nowhere, doesn't report it to starfleet command. Startfleet loses access to Section 31, doesn't do anything about it.
AI that seeks to evolve. There is no logical explanation why a smart computer that just does logical threat analysis would all of a sudden want to evolve and kill off the entire universe.
Arrives at base and sees field of mines that are for detecting cloaked vessels. You can literally SEE the mines. Just blow them all up from range with phasers! Or use tractor beams to smash them into each other. Nope. Instead, just plow through them without firing a shot and fly around blindly until saved by the plot for no reason at all.
Downloads whole database in minutes to brain, same database that took ages for the main computer to even analyse. Stores whole said database in some small location easily.
Beams onto station, immediately takes off masks with no idea why everyone is dead on the base. Computer that turned off life support before, doesnt try again.
Security chief's suit doesnt have its own atmosphere suited to her. So stupid. She should never have taken her mask off.
Captain gives order to stop robot lady immediately without mentioning robot lady is a traitor or compromised. Two people with phasers just stand there doing NOTHING, including suspecting security chief.
Security chief gets disabled, looks like she is dead and everyone FORGETS about her. No one bothers to check if she is alive or not. Instead they talk about stupid theories. Talk about utterly useless team mates leaving other team mates to die.
Robot lady didnt need to die. She could have reported that she thought she was compromised. Security chief could have warned the captain of suspicions well ahead of the mission. Could have vapourised her legs off, could have ejected her with her suit intact, could have beamed her directly to brig, could have beamed her to sickbay before she dies! Any of these things could have been done. It was a stupid, pointless death and thus worthless.
It's a bit late to make us care about some robot. Why the heck would we care about some robot we know nothing about? She's dead. Oh well, never knew her. No big loss at all. Especially when her death could have been easily avoided. I cared more about that stupid science dude that died at the start of the season.
Really disappointed with this episode. Could have been so much better
Plus on this episode the story was good WITHOUT MANY sub-sub-sub plots, just a straight episode introducing the cyborg as well, i am sad for the end, but it was well written.
so... it was good!
I hope you will continue this way.
This episode started as one of THE BEST for me but then the plot holes, the Horrible acting and worse writing came and finally ended for me.
Some cherry picking for this episode.The bridge looks Ridiculous!! Vents venting some smoke in the bridge , for that after hours clubbing. Since this ship is 95% women. Always a light shines directly into the camera...frakes come on why?
Michael the most unlikable character, plays chess with Spock shouts WHY ARE YOU ANGRY? . Manages to confine the android ,that we just learned is human, in the airlock and everyone cares , everyone the script says i mean, does NOT EVEN LOOK at the direction her security officer that was asphyxiating at is, really good writing you got that down guys.
The captain orders to pull the lever to eject the android to space. Its that or you die, simple. Michael never did, somehow the "thanks for the help" security officer does it.
Keep in mind that officer was suspicious of the android and was watching over her shoulder almost half the episode and did nothing.
Tilly the most unprofessional, talking to an admiral on the bridge in front of the captain, character wants to sent you a cute puppy video for when you are dying in outer space.
Hey we are in the mind field now.. for klingon cloaked ships we needed them..well these mines dont explode though.. The have blades!! The confuse the navigation! This is a pokemon battle now. Come On ladies give me random evasive maneuvers sequences..for the mines that are attracted to our shields.
Final thought, the big enemy is an AI inside sector 31? This is the big reveal? Its not even some alien race its just a neural network gone wild?
Also can we get some guys in the Uss estrogen? Oh god picard were are you. I hope not here cause you would -have b**** slapped Michael.
Such attitude works pretty well for this episode and for entire "Discovery" as a show. Local writers are no geniuses - no Bradbury, Simak, Clark or Azimov among them. Thus accept this and move on. So, it looks like we are into another "Evolved AI against organics" old trope. It's not bad, if done right and ST:D can do it right still. If it tries hard enough.
Oh, and a side note - if you want your audience to feel bad for a character and his/her/it/they tragic demise, try do turn this character into something meaningful and three-dimensional before the same very episode he/she/it/they will meet his/her/it/they maker. So, rest in peace dear android lady. I must admit, I did care about your death far more than doctor's in season one (probably cause the actor as mediocre as any actor can be), but it's a weak consolation. Meh.