At this point I can’t tell whether the out-of-left-field turns are deliberate plot with a point, or just slightly incoherent writing; nor whether all of the many nods to TOS are meant to be a cute homage, or are also leading to something specific. The Pahvan/Organian riff feels too on the nose to be simply a homage.
And what are the consequences for Saru for how he acts here?
And I’m glad you couldn’t tell whether Cornwall was dead or not as well. L’Rell’s either making everything up completely on the hoof, or has an awesome master plan.