The Edge 55: Mirror Human Eyes / by Trek fm

Revisiting Context Is for Kings.


Running Time: 49 minutes 7 seconds
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In Michael Burnham, Starfleet has its first mutineer. However, she knows herself and continues to live by Starfleet’s code as she is stripped of rank, holding herself to the standard expected of someone who once served as first officer. The best way she knows to do this is to cause no further trouble and carry out her sentence. Captain Gabriel Lorca, however, has other plans. Revealing that Discovery is creating a new way to fly, he commands Burnham to help not-Chief Engineer Paul Stamets with his research into spore drive technology. The universe, he says, doesn't like waste, and having her sit in a prison cell would be a waste of intelligence and resources.

In this episode of The Edge, hosts Amy Nelson and Patrick Devlin discuss the third installment of Star Trek: Discovery, “Context is for Kings,” as part of their first-season rewatch. We examine Commander Ellen Landry’s dedication to Lorca and question if she is from the Mirror Universe. We explore Cadet Sylvia Tilly’s contributions to the ship and relationship with Burnham, and debate whether Lorca knows Burnham better than she knows herself. Lastly, we question whether the spore drive is the work of Section 31 and how it takes Burnham to places located around the universe.


Intro (00:00:00)
As a Whole (00:01:57)
Context Is for Kings (00:03:44)
Average Person Doesn't Like Starfleet (00:07:09)
Was Landry Intended to be from the Mirror Universe (00:13:40)
Meeting Tilly (00:17:25)
Michael’s Work Ethic (00:20:47)
Black Alert Incident on the USS Glenn (00:24:53)
Lorca Knows Michael Better (00:33:12)
Inside the Spore Drive (00:36:28)
Closing (00:41:51)


Amy Nelson and Patrick Devlin


Patrick Devlin (Editor) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Tom Puleo (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)