Review: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 4 “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For The Lamb’s Cry”

Easily the best ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ episode yet as the writers finally find a harmonious balance between light comedic relief and dark, thematically potent commentary.  The story not only continues to confront concepts of diversity, individuality and role, but also premises the notion that going beyond the frontier will have ripple effects and implications. The delivery upon such ideas doesn’t quite land, as the episode does get rather lost in jumping between the Federation and the Klingon. While I respect the perspective the writers are trying to provide the Klingon, it is hard to get invested in them. That’s especially true as Sonequa Martin-Green continues to provide such a stellar performance amongst direction that captures the show’s rightful magnificence. The episode’s story is also well crafted with a brilliant concept and direction for Burnham to take. It is damaged by some dumb, contrived decisions and situations, but each fold of the narrative nicely wraps in resolution, with some beautiful visual effects to support. 8.1/10


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