Star Trek: Discovery has been a revelation so far – succeeding at combining classic Trek tropes with a more post-modern sensibility. As good as the previous episodes have been, “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For the Lamb’s Cry” may be the best instalment so far.
As if to challenge critical accusations that this series is Trek gone dark like Abrams’ risible reboot, the story demonstrates that sometimes the solution is not in fear and aggression but in compassion and understanding.
Ship captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Issacs) is not a patient man and needs his science officer Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) to figure out how to get the spore drive to work. Security officer Ellen Landry (Rekha Sharma) is equally impatient and pushes our protagonist Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) to weaponise the tardigrade creature they found on the USS Glen.
Thanks to her ability to ‘think out of the box’, Burnham is able to save the day, even as Landry’s recklessness and Stamets’ arrogence threaten to stand in the way.
There is a Klingon sub-plot involving Voq the white Klingon and his female ally L’Rell, which is hard to follow at this moment but will probably be developed as the series progresses.
… still there’s more …