I enjoyed this week’s ep as well. There were a few things Tilly said when talking about May, and Saru said when talking about how he kept his own culture to himself while indulging in other Federation species’ made me think a lot about my own behaviour and habits down through the years.
From a pedant perspective, I’m now trying to figure out the layout of engineering as a department on the ship. It was suggested last year that the Spore Drive chamber was in main engineering, and the warp core was behind the raised platform at the back of the room. But then, this episode basically states that Stamets isn’t the chief engineer, but that means that frequently he and Tilly are the only people in the engine room, and the rest of the engineering staff are… somewhere else?
Also, I ground my teeth a little bit every time someone said degrees kelvin.
But yeah, nitpicking aside, the ratcheting tension was done very well, and the universal tanslator messing up was amusing. The sphere was a nice traditional SF Big Dumb Object with some interesting ideas on display.
On Saru’s predicament, I was basically unsure what way they were going to go right until they didn’t kill him. It’s obviously a very Trek thing to have a character be on the verge of death and then pull through, but Doug Jones is a busy guy, and that makeup is very complex so I could see him leaving the show for a variety of reasons. But I’m obviously very glad he’s not.