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Star Trek: Discovery S1E14

There are moments (references, of course, but also plot beats and plot beats below the plot beats, like a ghostly second heart beating inside your chest with an insidiously off-sync malignancy) that fill me with longing for the show Fuller was planning to make, one where, most likely, the Federation beats would've rang crisper, but where, most certainly, there would've been horror. What can the man behind Hannibal do with a canon that includes a mirrorverse?

Once or twice, each episode, we get an echo of that identity horror, of the way we're poisoned by words we don't say and stained by the things we do, unfocused and filtered through many a layer of CBS, obviously, but clear enough.

Perhaps it's for the best; if somebody did to Star Trek what Hannibal did to the books — and the polite thing to say is that they are different beasts, etc., but I'll briefly put on my Harold Bloom-with-lots-of-caveats-and-without-the-reactionary-crap literature-is-agon modified t-shirt and say that to in my necessarily in this case not humble opinion it's so much better at every level that it is, indeed, violently so — the backlash would've killed it after half of the first season. For all I know, it did kill it before the first episode, and we're watching the mangled half-corpse of that show, terrifying precisely whenever and because it's not.

[really depressing follow-up removed]

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