I really liked the latest episode, and the last couple actually because it acts as a sort of refutation of this idea being put around that the series is kind of one note, that it’s like a boringly gritty reboot of Star Trek.
The more episodes that pass, the more that I think that it was a conscious decision to play with that expectation, and then gradually start to infect the episodes with the Very Star Trek kind of hopefulness we’ve come to expect from the series. Slightly more spoilery territory:
The first clue was probably Mudd a few episodes ago, whose performance felt out of step with the other characters at the time, certainly a nod to the original series character so had to be boldly played, but even so seemed like an odd choice given the sorts of characters we’d been given so far.
But it planted the seed in our minds that this show could get quite silly if it wanted to be, and lo and behold this week the same character returns and we’re treated with what seems like a fairly self-contained, kinda wacky time loop episode which feels right at home.
It’s a neat trick, because it’s shown us that it can do serious and grim, but now it’s also shown us that it can do silly and fun, and so in the space of just a few episodes has really broadened the palette of what we might be able to expect from the show.