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Star Trek: Discovery Is Smart-Sounding Scientific Nonsense, Season 1, Episode 4 Recap

16 Oct 2017, 14:01 UTC
Star Trek: Discovery Is Smart-Sounding Scientific Nonsense, Season 1, Episode 4 Recap
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Captain Gabriel Lorca aboard the bridge of the Discovery, during a simulated combat mission with the Klingons. Image credit: Jan Thijs/CBS © 2017 CBS Interactive.IFLS might be fun for the armchair enthusiast, but couldn’t you have at least consulted an expert?“You were always a good officer. Until you weren’t.”-Saru, from Star Trek: DiscoveryWith a captured killer alien on board, a Federation colony about to be destroyed by the Klingons, and a Captain and crew unafraid to break the rules to succeed at their mission, the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode, ‘The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry,’ has all the ingredients needed for a masterpiece. Yet quite shockingly, we wound up with the worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery yet. The actions of many characters are reckless and nonsensical. The science is superficial and gallingly at odds with what we already know. And in a show that’s still searching for its moral compass, the closest thing we get to an ethical statement comes from the first officer, Saru, who can only uselessly point out the hypocrisy of Burnham and the rest of Discovery’s crew.Burnham, studying the mysterious creature that winds up being akin to a Tardigrade (if you ...

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