Episode 3 - "Point of Light"
Now with 100% more exposition!
What the <favorite expletive goes here> did I just watch? After last week's good episode, this was the most boring and confusing hour I've wasted in front of a screen for quite a while. This episode had not one, not two, but three different B stories - but apparently someone forgot to write an A story.
None of what happened made any sense on its own, and I can only hope that most of it will become important later in the season. Still, this "putting things into place for later" style of writing is something I really hate.
Boring subplot #1: Tilly talks to a ghost - and talks to a ghost again - and talks to a ghost again - and eventually insults the captain while talking to a ghost. Then, she tells Burnham about it, who immediately solves the issue, some interdimensional(?) intelligent fungus(?) gets removed via technobabble and... we're done, nothing to see here.
Boring subplot #2: There's an unidentified vessel on a collision course and... surprise, it's Vulcan. Of course, Burnham can immediately identify the ship as being Sarek's, and someone requests to beam aboard. But... surprise, it's not Sarek but Amanda. Surprise, she stole medical records from Starbase 5. Surprise, the captain is actually OK with that after being lied to via subspace communication, and even orders Burnham (who can do that, too!) to decode the records. Surprise, it's more Red Angel drawings by Spock and... surprise, Amanda knows about that, because of course Spock talked about it when he was young. Then, Amanda suddenly seems insulted and leaves. I'm not sure if that part was a surprise as well, because throughout the whole conversation both Amanda and Burnham mumbled and whispered for no apparent reason. I have no clue if Burnham insulted Amanda or anything, but I really don't feel like watching that scene again to find out.
Boring (and really painful to watch) subplot #3: Tyler, the human Klingon who is part lover, part watchdog - and part engineer who designed the Klingon D7 battle cruiser(?) - is back on Qo'noS, where Klingons have grown hair because the war is over(?), but one of them wants to keep his war makeup which is disrespectful to the chancellor but... eh.
Turns out, Tyler has a Klingon child with the chancellor that he didn't know about, because the chancellor feels like the child is a burden. But then she doesn't and they visit the child. But then, to no one's surprise, it's no longer there and instead has been kidnapped by Makeup Klingon, whose makeup actually was a tracking device(?). He want's to be chancellor as well, you know?
When the three of them meet, to more surprise of everyone who just tuned in without any prior knowledge of TV plots of the past half century, it's a trap! Hilarity (and a badly choreographed fight) ensues, at the end of which current chancellor is stunned to obtain a fingerprint by fraud - which, honor and all, is totally a Klingon thing to do.
Suddenly, a shadowy figure appears and kills everyone. It's the former empress of the mirror universe - because why not? - who is now a part of secretive Section 31 that everyone knows about. She takes Tyler and the child (but leaves replicated heads of both for Chancellor Klingon who wants to be called "Mother" from now on to throw into her personal lava pit), and later hands over the child to some faraway Klingon monks but keeps Tyler.
I repeat: what did I just watch?