Let's just start with the obvious- this episode title makes me goddamn giggle everytime I read it. To picture this fluffy lizard monster making men swoon gives me the chuckles. Go fluffy lizard creature (other than the murder thing).
But I am getting desperately distracted. For me, there isn't much to say on TOS' first episode. Everytime I try to do a full watch of TOS, I always restart at the beginning, which means I have seen this episode way too many times. And hands down, the best part is Sulu and his beautiful plant Gertrude.
I wish I had more to say, but I really just had a nice cleanser of my sanity yesterday, having had therapy for the first time in 3 weeks. So my brain is fairly cleansed and I just kinda want a nap? That's my kind of day.
Yep. That is all. And that's all I figure about the Man Trap, anyway.
How wonderfully fitting so that my personal blog needs can match the Star Trek episode I wanna talk about!
Anyway, here we are on a Thursday to begin a new weekly thing I want to do for my sanity: Star Trek Thursdays!
I know that isn't the satisfying alliteration that people might want, but Thursdays have been my least favorite days of the week since I was like, 6. My theory is that Monday is dreary, but fine, Tuesday you start hitting your stride, Wednesdays are neat because they're like the sweet spot of getting your act together, Friday is the last day of the work/school week, and of course the weekend is... the weekend. But Thursday is this weird spot where my excitement for the week is running out of steam and it's like, a lame tease for Fridays. So I've always hated it.
But as my career has been doing better, I made a quality of life decision where I will go to work slightly later (sorry if that's flexing my freelancer privilege) and extend my morning tea drink and watch the most recent Star Trek.
And with the final episode of Star Trek: Discovery's third season, I will start by doing a little writing warm-up each Thursday! So, these new Thursday blogs won't quite be reviews or personal blogs or just reactions, but a sort of blend of the three depending on the week.
We got the gist? Okay? Okay. Now I'll get to talking about the actual episode and WE BETTER because I really liked this one.
Let's start with the bad just to get it out of the way.
I am bummed and concerned about the implications of Saru leaving Discovery. At the very least, it didn't feel clear that he'd be coming back to the ship and that greatly upsets me. Doug Jones is arguably one of my favorite actors and Saru was the anchor that made me adore Discovery even at its weakest points. While I know people come and go (like we always knew Pike was temporary) the thing is that Saru felt so... integral to Discovery. I can understand wanting to finally make Michael "Captain Burnham" finally, and she definitely deserves it. I'm just v stressed about possibly losing my favorite lanky alien.
What I liked about a lot of this season was a decrease in the Kelvin inspired action-bonanza. Yes, Trek always had some action going on, but I appreciate more episodes that focus on societies and ideals and curious science. While the rest of the season was better than others, this final episode was pretty hardcore action-y and it was... fine? I just don't prefer it.
I think Osyraa might've been the best Discovery villain so far and her death felt just sort of... anti-climactic. Like, I think a charm of old Star Trek villains is how the captains would run into them and then some time would pass, they'd evolve or become scarier, and they'd find new ways to tackle them. I was kinda hopeful that could happen with Osyraa & the Emerald Chain. But alas, she's just... dead.
I'm meh on the new uniforms. I've always been a big fan of the old ones, though.
NOW TO THE GOOD!
Disabled super-genius is *chef's kiss*. Give me that sweet, sweet representation.
The b-plot of Tilly and the crew trying to blow up the nacelles felt really older Star Trek and I like it.
Owo+Keyla always makes me happy, but also Owo+Keyla is not confirmed either so 0_0
The baby family unit of Adira, Stamets, and Culber makes me very happy. Also making Gray a real character over time also makes me happy. He's probably going to end up a hologram and I am very okay with that. I want to see more of them.
I think after all the trials she went through this season, Burnham absolutely deserves this captain's post. I also am so happy that a captain gets a love interest. It's good comeuppance for all the BS struggle she's had to deal with. Not just this season, but the past 3.
It feels like we got a weird 3 season prologue to how the proper captain got their chair and it's kinda weird but I also kinda like it? But maybe I'm at a point where I'm attached to the crew enough to be like "yep, this is good".
So, as Captain Burnham's adventure begins, so does my Star Trek blogging. (As well as a couple other secret things I hope I can talk about more in the future).
But for now, I'm settled. Next week (until I am graced with a new season of something something Trek), let's start at the beginning of TOS and go from there.
....And yes, that means we're gonna get real gay.