This was another good one. I’m always down for more Saru. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting from the (admittedly teeny) preview on After Trek last week. It’s another episode that dug heavily into Trek tropes, but I wasn’t expecting it to also tie into the war as much as it did. And while the plot on the planet did well with its Trek tropes, the meat of the plot seemed to be with L’Rell and Cornwall.
So, what is L’Rell’s game? When she was talking about defecting, I assumed it was part of some plot to get her onto Discovery in time for the mid-series cliffhanger, but maybe not. At the same time, I think that maybe Admiral Cornwell isn’t dead, based on how many times the camera lingered on her. So maybe there’s a long game going on here, like L’Rell is a step or two ahead of Kol?
In the nice touches, I really liked Saru moving at speed, and the Pahvans appear to be a bit like the Organians - though presumably they won’t have godlike powers to stop the war the way the Organians did in TOS.