We Can’t Kill People!
“Buried half eaten in the desert.”
“Live your new truth.”
“Lives in shame.”
“He has a Masters in Art History and lives with his mom.”
The predator species on Saru’s world are finally seen and are hostile and isolationist. Ash is a brooding presence. Pike likes to seem like the most reasonable man in the room when that is required. Saru whines about fear and lies. Inflammatory comments are made. Michael is a xeno-anthropologist? SINCE WHEN?
This show has changed irredeemably. Saru whines like a paranoiac. There is no real concern for the prey species or contentment. I don’t care about Saru’s transformative circumstances. Saru goes home. Hugh stares. This ep is flagrantly failing. Saru’s sister whines about her viscerally held beliefs. There is intransigence. Saru triggers offence. Saru’s sister seems to be wearing lipstick. Saru disappeared from his family’s life but existed elsewhere. A scary voice talks.
This was not intensely watchable. This is a grim reality. Big ass sentry ships menace. The Sphere data is suddenly important. There is a reveal about Saru’s species. Saru has attack spikes. A black oil creature shows up and then leaves again. This was morbid and downbeat and there is calculated cruelty. Saru is fractious and this was not gleefully maniac. There is no benign activity. Pike stupidly interferes with a pre-warp society with no idea of the consequences.
There are no societal concerns and this was NOT deeply satisfying. They didn’t detect the structure in the lake? Pike tries to radiate sincerity. Who is the Red Angel? Why is the Red Angel manipulating the fates of entire species? Pike seems unaware that Ash is a Klingon.
“The price of knowledge.”
“Live in awe.”
“Remove yourself from the bridge.”
“Sustain that belief.”
“Rarely venture out in the dark.”
“Places of crisis.”
“Return to the stars Saru. There is no place for you here!”
“Questions you should not have asked.”
“Let it begin.”
“Brought that hope back with you.”
“You do not even know what you are.”
“Primal feral responses.”
“I am what we used to become.”
“Lock the Kelpians into subservience.”
“Your species does not deserve a second chance!”
Riddler defies public morality. Batman can’t pronounce laser. Molly falls into the bat cave’s atomic pile. I won’t even ask how there is an atomic pile in Bruce Wayne’s basement and how no one has noticed. Batman has radio ‘wifi’ in 1966. This was okay. How did Batman and Robin get in the stuffed mammoth? Riddler punches Robin in the face and you can see the crotch of Robin’s tights. Unlovely.
“Turn it on boy.”
“It appears to be a vulgar low comedian.”
“You venal viper!”
Fine Feathered Finks
The Penguin’s A Jinx
O’Brien is tormented by his co-workers. This was not nuanced. Who is his formidable opponent he wonders. O’Brien thinks he is of the highest integrity. Why is Jake in a onesie? In fact, throughout this show - Jake only ever wears onesies. There is pressure and threats to O’Brien and damaging information is hidden, or is it? There is no real anxiety and no tireless creativity. O’Brien is always too much. This ep is unremarkable.
There are grave concerns and where is Dax?!? The dead-eyed O’Brien whines. There is no spine-tingling dread. There is knowing intent and this is not a tense situation. The twist explains everything, sorta.
Elf outfits are worn. Quinn flirts with Wade’s sisters double. FFS. The mall enslaves indebted people. This was utterly stupid awfulness. Quinn isn’t world weary and is anguish free. This was an absolute farce and it is deeply unsatisfactory. It’s full of sap and 90’s attire and bad hair. And Maggie hasn’t even shown up yet.