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> doesn't appear to be a notably small ship. How did Starfleet lose more than 8000 people at the Battle of
> the Binary stars when there were only 12 ships there?
Discovery is a classified science vessel, however. It's not obvious we can extrapolate from it to the level of staffing in the standard starfleet ships.
> Cornwell: “This organization's only convicted mutineer is viewed by many, justifiably or not, as the
> cause of our conflict with the Klingons. To see her avoiding justice does nothing for general morale.”
> Cornwell knows Burham didn’t start the war, but wants her locked up anyway for morale reasons
> because “many” people irrationally blame her for the war she didn’t start? That ain’t what Starfleet is
> supposed to be.
Well, no, she wants her locked up because she's a convincted mutineer. She is saying that Lorca's use of a legal loophole to essentially pardon her unilaterally will her morale implications. The Federation is about lots of things, but one thing that has been consistent across series (unlike the tech) is an emphasis on naval hierarchies and discipline, and mutiny is one of the most serious crimes in that context regardless of motivation or consequence. We don't have to agree with it, but it is consistent.
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Let me just say - when I first saw the episode, I was satisfied. I felt it was effective on many levels, including Bill's rebirth. My issue arose later, when I thought back to the episode (and I'm hardly the only person who noticed this). And it is this - Bill's ending really mirrors Clara's ending. A seemingly fatal result (death/cyber-transformation) is undone. They get to explore the universe on their own terms. And the Doctor is left in the dark about what happened. I think Clara's ending was perfect for her, because what she really wanted was to be the Doctor, and in the end she got her wish. For Bill, it was just arbitrary.
If there was more of a gap between the two, this wouldn't really be an issue. Recurring themes are another property of Who. But these were literally the ending of two consecutive series. I just wanted something different for Bill. I'm really glad that this wasn't a tragic ending, but if Moffat really wanted to have her go through the wringer and emerge out the other side intact, he could have found a less repetitive way to do so.
In this episode, whenever someone surrenders, they seem to come up with reasons that their consent isn't good enough because if it was, the episode would end too early (not to mention that the final decision needs to be made by a main character, but that's consistent with Who more generally).
Also, did anyone else get the impression that in one of their first simulations of Earth, one of them looked around and said "Hey, guys, did you notice that we look just like dried-out human corpses? Isn't that weird? Anyway, I was looking in the simulation yesterday and I saw that some of the humans were watching a movie called 'The Mummy' and I realised that dried-out human corpses tend to come from pyramids. If we make all our landing shuttles look like pyramids, I'm sure the humans will get a kick out of it and let us take over with no problems!"
Second, you're right that it didn't fall into a lot of possible traps. But I do think that, especially in season 5, the show consistently chose to be a story about individuals and their self discovery, and about the reactions of their immediate environment and families, rather than a show about political power structures. Which is a perfectly valid choice, but it left a lot of threads dangling. Which wouldn't be a problem at all if it didn't push some of those threads into the foreground earlier - I already mentioned the human zoo. There's also fact that gems can apparently only reproduce via invading other biospheres and destroying them. Is that going to change?
I'm not seeking retribution against the diamonds. What I am commenting on is the thematic imbalance here - the show resolved the plot of Steven, and his relationship to Rose/Pink, beautifully. It showed a clear path to healing her family, and showed that they were going down that path. But it left a lot of the other aspects of Gem society unresolved. And I think it's perfectly fine to enjoy the show for the triumph that it is - especially "Change Your Mind", while acknowledging that the story contained a lot more than its resolution covered.
So I guess I'm thinking that I wish that some aspects of the Gem Empire wouldn't have been brought up - the human zoo for example - instead of being raised but not properly resolved. Because then I could focus only on what the show does so amazingly well without having this unsatisfied voice at the back of my mind distracting me. Or maybe season 6 will fix this by shifting the focus to dealing with the repercussions of the Gem Empire. I'll definitely be watching when it comes, so I'll find out.
By this point in the show's run, I'm not surprised that the "Legs from Here to Homeworld" didn't actually establish a new status quo, and that bigotry is not as simply resolved by "and actually we're all family". But I'm gratified to see the illusion being shattered.