‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Confronts The Ethics And Science Of Survival, And Human Frailty
"Finally, Burnham is forced to confront her failings as a human being throughout the series. Her repeated treachery. Her inability to tell the truth to Saru. Her decision to save the Emperor because of her own regrets. Her lack of internal strength to see Tyler, and then her failure to own up to her continued love for him. Everyone sees her weakness: Saru, Georgiou, Tilly, Tyler. Yet all she can do is make excuses. The first rule of ethics is you must be honest with yourself about yourself, and until Burnham can do that — something she’s been unable to do all series long, particularly since the Battle of the Binary Stars — her character growth will be fundamentally limited, even as everyone else around her blossoms.“
There’s so much to discuss from the latest episode of Star Trek: from the plot itself to the ethical decisions and dilemmas to the science. In particular, this episode focuses on the science of time travel, nature vs. nurture, and terraforming. While we may think of so much of it as complicated, the aspects these three take on are as straightforward as they come. There are the consequences of jumping just a little bit ahead into the future, and the catastrophic changes that can happen in a short time. There is the (flawed) idea that we would be the exact same person, with the same moral compass, regardless of how we were raised, an assumption that Discovery very clearly challenges with the mirror Universe. And there’s the fascinating idea that all it would take was one hardy, well-adapted species to turn a planet from lifeless into thriving. That may, in fact, be all it takes to give life on an uninhabited world its start.