Let’s begin with a particular likely enraging element that i will never ever ever ever be forgiving this show for - Stamets and Culber.
Stamets is lost in the Magic Mushroom network which quickly dumps the glowing acid trip for a much easier set - the Discovery - in which he meets himself. This himself is, of course, Terran Stamets who is evil because he’s Terran. Terran Stamets has been stuck in the Magic Mushroom Network for some time and has been reaching out to Federation Stamets and giving him visions of his world which explains some of the moments F!Stamets has been having. It doesn’t explain why he was so loopy though so I’m going to put that down to good ol’ brain damage.
Another problem is the Magic Mushroom Network is dying and this is a terribad things, especially since it’s infecting T!Stamets already. But F!Stamets is distracted by the ghost of Culber
Which means he learns that Culber is dead and rthey have another romantic scene when they were at their best brushing their teeth in the… seriously guys? This oral hygiene fetish needs to end. Yes, I get the show has done very very very little to actually establish their relationship but there must be more than opera one of them doesn’t like and tooth brushing.
They have a big romantic moment I would be far happier about if it weren’t a goodbye
Hey, remember when they did gaydeath and a not-insignificant part of the LGBTQ fans they’d been marketing too said “what is this fuckery?!” and they hastily hit social media saying “it’s not gaydeath! They will meet again! Their best scene is yet to come! Their love is epic!”
I think this may be that scene. I think this is it. I dearly hope I’m wrong (and even if I am they’ve got a hell of a hole to dig out of) but this looks like it. Which honestly makes me even more angry with them - because if they saw our anger and deliberately deceived us with this? Then I am doubling down on my rage. I would say “fix this” Star Trek but I don’t think you can
Stamets does wake up but the mushroom network on the Discovery has been destroyed so the only way to get home is for Michael to succeed in her task. Also I think F!Stamets and T!Stamets may have swapped bodies?
Leaving this terribleness, let’s move on to Saru
Saru is dealing with Tyler who is completely melting down between Tyler and Loq and generally falling apart and suffering immensely. Saru goes to L’Rell to ask her to help him. She refuses because he’s a noble warrior who made an agonising choice and she will honour that choice in the name of war because this is what war means, weak Kelpian who has hidden super powers and can probably rip Klingons apart limb from limb. She does explain how they mushed an actual captive Tyler’s DNA onto the Klingon Voq hence the very detailed personality graft
This raises the possibility that they can change him into Tyler permanently - not that she says that but they have made it clear that Tyler’s fake personality isn’t just fake - it is more transplanted. Ish. It’s a show that has mushroom based teleportation so let’s not poke it too hard
Tyler continues to suffer massively and Saru throws this in L’Rell’s face. Because this is war - not honour, not glory, but completely pointless (since in the mirrorverse the war is irrelevant) suffering. Saru has not time for this bullshit as both a member of a non-violent species and a member of the Federation. He drops Tyler in L’rell’s cell and makes her witness her beloved suffering. She breaks and admits it can be reversed - but only by her
So Saru allows it - and Tyler/Voq becomes pure Voq
I know there’s a lot of eye rolling about this decision but I think this wasn’t necessarily Saru trying to restore Tyler as it was to stop suffering. Because even if Voq is an enemy, the Federation does not willfully cause suffering and does not allow suffering which they can alleviate. This is what the Federation is - even if that means saving Voq and losing Tyler.
Now to the main plot with occasional eye rolls