“The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” is the 4th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Context Is for Kings“.
Note. This article contains several spoilers about “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry”.
Finally the show seems to find its pace after introductory episodes. Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) has to contribute to the war effort but seems to be the only one interested in understanding the mysterious giant “tardigrad” found on the USS Glenn rather than using it simply to kill Klingons.
In “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” many things happen concerning the war against the Klingons from the point of view of both the USS Discovery’s crew and the followers of T’Kuvma, now led by Voq (Javid Iqbal). In my opinion, it maintains a good balance among the various sub-plots, including the testament of Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh).
The right “recipe” for mushroom sauce is difficult to find but they need to run to defend a crucial reserve of ilithium. I compared the spores to the midi-chlorians but today I see that there are also similarities with the spice of the Dune series, in this case with a really unlikely pilot.
Propulsion is at the center of the plot on the USS Discovery and apparently in the future Elon Musk will be remembered alongside the Wright brothers and Zefram Cochrane. This plot seems to diverge completely from the story within the Star Trek saga but for the moment I’m curious more about its developments it will be within “Star Trek: Discovery”.
For many people “Star Trek: Discovery” isn’t Star Trek because of the war and its dark tones. So far, it doesn’t seem to me particularly different from the last seasons of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and the main problem is to put it within the saga’s history. Starting the show with a war is a choice that can be questionable but in the fourth episode you can see the substance that can give it a sense.
The episode also allows to develop some of the protagonists, from Voq to Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) but above all Michael Burnham. She makes an important contribution and this could be taken from granted but she also must listen to Captain Georgiou’s words in a bitter-sweet ending.
Overall, this episode is the one has left satisfied the most. It was well known that the show would be developed with a story-arc so the individual episodes are only a part of it and after having some patience maybe the results start arriving.