I don’t think William Shatner would like this ep. The Space Fleet scenario is actually a deep immersion game. In real life the ‘captain’ is an incel with nefarious motive who works for a VR gaming company. People who play the game veg out in creepy fashion. The incel, Robert Daly, wants a level of control over how he is perceived. He’s committed to his narrative.
The ‘crew’ are his digital clones of Daly’s real co-workers. This ep is starkly mundane and not hugely absorbing. Daly has all the comics, toys, VHS, DVDs and blu-rays of his beloved vintage Space Fleet show. There is a Netflix joke. Daly dislikes his boss (Simpson of ‘Westworld’) who in the game is his XO. In real life the boss does not speak to Daly with a reverent tone, in the game it is very different.
The USS Callister digital clone women wear lust-inducing outfits. Daly exists in mournful silence. He seems lonely and ignored. This tries for contemporary resonance. In the real world there are smart doors. Daly made a Space Fleet mod to play in and takes out his frustrations on his digital clone crew. His crew take a while to fight back against Daly’s grave provocations. He likes to punish them if they don’t follow his whims.
Daly’s dominant emotion is anger and he uses his XO as a footstool. In real life a new work colleague shows up. Daly has malevolence, malignity and unspeakable malice. He has no emotional substance. The world is not as he wished it to be, he wants people to be compliant around him. It is not explained how via SCIENCE he makes digital clones. But he makes another one, this one of the new girl with weird hair and big eyes.
The digital clone of the girl ends up in the Space Fleet mod; she hangs out in the ship’s weird bar and meets her digital clone co-workers including the snotty receptionist. There is swearing and exposition flies about how they are in a mod inside the Infinity Game reskinned to look like Space Fleet and ruled by Daly. New girl aka Nanette is made to play along.
Another digital clone has to play the baddie as he waves a huge gun in a quarry. Even a monster is a digital clone of a co-worker. There is a lot of overacting and Nanette hates the LARP that’ll never end. Daly is not virtuous and you serve his every whim or you’ll face unspeakable consequences. The creepy deep immersion gaming goes on. This is endless monotony. Daly does soul-crushingly bad stuff.
Nanette blackmails her real self to save the USS Callister crew. This ep induces sincere teeth clenched rage as you wait and wait for it to end. The crew escape the mod and end up in the Infinity Game with a universe to explore. This is not substantive. Daly’s rogue game code and controls are deleted. So what happened to Daly? Is he trapped in his deleted mod? Is he dead? This was disappointing and Daly was never a respected presence.
“A toxic workplace.”
“It’s loyal space crew.”
“Like on purpose.”
“This tasteful getup.”
“From which there is no escape.”
“No one dies here unless I want them to.”
“There’s no genitals in Space Fleet.”
“Your philosophical position regarding sentient code.”
Debbie Does Something
Ruth comes up with a Russian villain gimmick. Sam gets a lot of screen time. Justine bores. This was onerous to watch. There are midgets and knock offs of Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Million Dollar Man. Debbie screeches and Carmen smiles. A poster that mentions Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks is seen.
“Make you die.”
“Lewis Gossett Jnr, Richard Gere thing.”
“Say no to dope.”
“Porn you can watch with your kids. Finally!”
“In Soviet Union television watches you.”
“Working class hero.”
“Steel Horse’s woman.”
“Bitch shut up after that.”
This Is One Of Those Moments
Ruth and Debbie’s scandal stalled friendship can’t be fixed, yet. Justine is untouchably preposterous. Ruth crashes a family function. The motel owner thinks Ruth and co are hookers. Welfare Queen is hilarious. Debbie is unable and unwilling to forgive Ruth. Beirut prances. This was okay.
“I have woman, sometimes.”
“Hungry Man Dinners.”
“We didn’t all work in factories and write sad poetry.”
“She might be nice present for him.”
“Your boring baby.”
“Build settlements all over your ass!”
“Turnips, snow and misery!”
Live Studio Audience
This was mediocre. The KKK match induces shock and awe. Bash has money issues and no sense of financial management. Ruth as Zoya has a ghetto blaster playing Russian music. Then Mike shows up at an inopportune moment to ruin the show. He is a baneful twit and says he will divorce Debbie.
“I want the whole room to boo me.”
“Hollering about some food stamps.”
“What is Bill Cosby gets mad at us?”
“Inappropriate social satire.”
“Casper looking racist idiots!”
“Defect or die!”
“Stupid American Barbie.”
The Last Ceremony
The Marthas prepare food for the expected labour. The Commanders pass out cigars. There is mention of a pregnant wife. There is a black Commander and an Asian wife. Nick is in the room with the Commanders. Serena Joy sits in a white dress pretending to be in labour as a harp is played. This is a moral necessity to Serena Joy. So she is not pleased when it is revealed that Offred’s labour is false.
Serena Joy still backs the intent of Gilead, if not the intended effect. Serena Joy has outraged rapture. The Commander sleazes. Serena Joy wants to send Offred to a new district. How are the districts divided up? Offred asks the Commander for help. She does not get what she wants. The Commander yells and makes ominous purposeful statements and has the conqueror’s contempt for the conquered. Offred taunts him unwisely. The Commander is callously indifferent. Offred tries to establish kinship with her unborn child.
Serena Joy and the Commander decide to bang the baby out of Offred. Eden cheats with the new Eye and comes to a realisation. The Commander sets Nick and Offred up. Offred met Hannah. Stephen Kunken guest stars. Hannah doesn’t recall her mother. The Martha has to remind her who Offred it. The brainwashing is strong in Hannah aka Agnes. What happened to Nick? Is he dead? What’ll become of Offred? Whose house are they at? This was not good.
“Why don’t you care?”
“Her name is Agnes now.”
“I have new parents now.”
Where are Will and Sebastian? Harry hallucinates and is an arse and gets way too much screen time. There are terrible new opening credits. Where is Dayana? An emir is dying. Alex knows sign language. Marlee Matlin is in this. It’s all about oil or something. An annoying redhead lurks. Where is Clayton? Ryan’s in the FBI again despite being publicly burned. Harry’s in the FBI?
There is mumbling and way too much Harry. The redhead has to wear a slutty waitress outfit. The baddie is obvious. A dude with a fake UK accent lurks. This was BAD.
“You’re like a bad country song.”
Battle At The Binary Stars
There are Klingon flashbacks. A bad dude invented the cloaking device. There are interesting ship names and a space battle. Cute bridge guy, Connor, dies and the ships are decimated. Who bombed the Vulcan learning centre? T’Kuvma is not the big bad as Burnham kills him starting a war. The dead star walking dies and her body is left behind. The ship is lost and Burnham is court-martialed. This was okay.
“I am the enemy.”
“Respect is earned as is friendliness.”
“You are nothing.”
“We hailed. They fired.”
“We do not desire to know you.”
Context Is For Kings
Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) has a tribble and is light sensitive. There is foreshadowing. Burnham meets Cadet Tilly. Even in jail, Burnham has had her eyebrows done. There is weirdness on the USS Discovery. Paul is a jerk. There is a breath scanner and something weird in the engineering section. There is bad ADR. Paul annoys and does not like Lorca. There is Lovecraftian weirdness and a monster.
I’m not sure what is going on. Lorca invites Burnham aboard. There is talk about the Geneva Protocols. This was good. The USS Discovery has an organic propulsion system. Lorca has intense blue eyes. There is more foreshadowing. There is a mention of Amanda and Spock. There is a weird lab.
“She and 8000 others are dead cause of you.”
“The future came.”
“Hunger and need and want disappeared.”
“That war monger Lorca.”
“You were always a good officer until you weren’t.”
The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For The Lamb’s Cry
“The crew was trying to keep something in.”
“Hawking radiation firewall.”
“Tell your threat ganglia to relax.”
Nobody listens. A whiny bitch mother whines. This is very slow moving, like the mist. There is sexual violence and violence against women. This was farcical; there is an Arrowhead mention and racism. Bugs, birds and insects flee the mist. Frances Conroy is the villain to be. She’s more interesting than anyone else. There is personal indignation, moral outrage and detachment.
Dangerous and volatile people prance around a plot devoid of nuance. There are hints about a BFF. There is a Black Spring mention. What did the whiny bitch mother do? Bugs attack. There is death and nobody made decent life choices. There is immiseration and bad VFX. One watches this was an increasing level of disbelief. This was boring and not disquieting. There is no moral sentiment and the dreadful whining mother needs to go.
“Bankrupt educational system.”
“Sure ain’t what it used to be.”
“Did something bad.”
“Fed up with you people and your need for attention.”
“Isn’t deemed respectable.”
“The strangers arrived.”
“Spot Europeans by the shoes.”
“Living in a forest.”