Monday, 9 October 2017

Star Trek: Discovery — Episode 4 — The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry.

9th October, 2017

It’s a Monday.

A Monday …

The most romantic day of the week: one filled with roses of a shade so red as to be called carmine, with the lush scent of honeysuckle wafting across one’s nose in the warm breeze: with starlight gently gleaming in the background, as lovers walk along a clifftop, in search of new trysting ground, taking a simple joy in each other’s company as a new day dawns.

Yeah … 

I’m going to have to have a lot less sugar in my tea, aren’t I?

I’ve only been watching episode 4 of Star Trek: Discovery, after all!

And, yes … 

It’s looking good!

Even if the episode’s title is complicated … !


Episode 4The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry — opens with Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) settling into her new role on the USS Discovery: a science ship slowly settling into it’s new role as a warship.

Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) has given Michael the seemingly tough task of finding out what — if anything — the creature on the USS Glenn is capable of doing.

When the ship receives orders to relieve a Federation colony being attacked by Klingons.

Klingons to Raid the colony’s all important dilithium mines.

In other parts of the galaxy?

T’Kuvma’s flag is still occupied by Voq and his crew: a crew who’ve managed to scavenge a dilithium processor from what’s left of the USS Shenzhou.

Only for the treacherous Kol, of House Kor, to hijack Voq’s ship and crew … 

And stranding Voq on the Shenzhou.


Now … 

Good … ?

Oh, yes!

The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry, despite the long title, is a well paced little episode: solving the mystery of of the creature abandoned on the Glenn, and further expanding regular characters*, and adding to the Klingons backstory.

I have to admit, actually, I do rather like the new look Klingons: from the stock of believable characters, to the look of the fractured empire that Voq hopes to re-unite around his leadership …

To the incredibly ornate design of the show’s resident enemies, and their baroque world.

A ship covered in coffins†?

I should say so!

Star Trek: Discovery is worth the effort, just for that!

*        Doug Jones as Saru, and Anthony Rapp as Lt Stamets, are coming along nicely.

†        As established in the opening episode?   Any of House T’Kuvma’s crew die an honourable death on the ship, gets an honourable burial: in a torpedo tube, welded to the ship’s hull!

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