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Star Trek Discovery’s ‘Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad’ Is A Masterpiece: Season 1 Episode 7

6 Nov 2017, 14:01 UTC
Star Trek Discovery’s ‘Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad’ Is A Masterpiece: Season 1 Episode 7
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The return of Harry Mudd, in spectacularly chaotic fashion, puts the crew of the Discovery to the test in terms of teamwork like never before. Image credit: Michael Gibson/CBS © 2017 CBS Interactive.For the first time, I genuinely enjoyed the new series.There’s been one question that’s bothered me in every episode since Star Trek: Discovery began: why would anyone want to be on this ship? Everyone is thoroughly expendable; nobody has fun; people have to fight with higher-ups all the time just to do their jobs. Yet right from the outset, we see a side of Star Trek that we rarely see, as the crew has an after-hours party. Burnham, Tilly, Tyler and more show us a personal, non-professional side of themselves that’s charming and disarming, and we learn that Burnham and Tyler like each other. Stamets has completely transformed since he’s begun using himself to power the spore drive, as his mind has truly been expanded. And it’s the crew’s ability to work together as a team while working according to their individual strengths that allows them to overcome Mudd, a time loop, and their own fears. If you haven’t been watching Star Trek: Discovery, this episode alone may ...

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