Star Trek Discovery

Is Control The Proto-Borg?

I found this tweet online after watching “Project Daedalus,” and I found it very intriguing.

Could this be true? I mean, the signs line up, don’t they? The Borg are a collective of cybernetic beings that believe in the power of technology and sameness over individuality. In fact, they see this as the highest expression of intelligence. Could it be that the probe that came from the time rip was sent by a Borg civilization from another timeline that actually achieved its goal of assimilating all life? If this is the case, then I’m all for seeing the Borg in Discovery. They have always been my favorite antagonists in the Star Trek universe because I think we all have something inside us that wants to be just like someone else. I mean, look at social media: nearly everyone’s trying to posture long enough to be accepted into the hive mind. We humans are natural hive-minded beings, yet we often try to go against that instinct with these cries of individualism.

I won’t get into my treatise on how we as a society could balance desires for both individualism and tribalism, but if you’re alive, you’ve felt like you were an outsider in a negative way before. We’ve all wanted to belong to a group before. The Borg show how easy it could be to just give yourself over to a collective, regardless of if that collective means well or not. Meanwhile, Starfleet, a different kind of collective, aims to preserve individuality. The two group’s disagreements provided philosophical quandaries that have always interested me.

Emotional Spock

Seeing Spock let his hair out – both literally and figuratively – has become a new highlight for me. First of all, Ethan Peck is doing a great job portraying Spock as a confused, insecure version of himself. It’s cool seeing how Spock was before he became the Spock we knew from TOS or even the new Star Trek films. To me, Spock was always someone with simmering rage underneath his cool exterior, and Peck has really tapped into everything that made Spock mad in the past: his inability to connect with his father in the way he’d like, his frustrations at being ostracized by Vulcans, his irritation at not being able to solve a problem using logic. Now that we know his past with Michael, we can add her shunning him on the list. That last bit is something he won’t let her forget…at least for right now.

But another thing that’s eating him up is his struggle to come to terms with the fact that he could be a failure at saving the universe. He doesn’t know why the Red Angel chose him and he doesn’t know what it wants from him. Spock’s low self-esteem is already telling him he’s a failure at life because of who he is; it’s not that big of a leap for his mind to tell him he’ll fail at this, too. Being a failure in every sense of the word is what truly fuels Spock’s anger at the world.

Airiam’s death actually brings Michael in touch with some of that feeling of failure; Spock clocked her habit of putting undue burden on herself so she won’t have to wrestle with harder emotions like failure. She didn’t want to hear it at the time, but she exhibited that trait when she tried to save Airiam from the inevitable. When she saw Airiam zoom out into space, she must have felt a piece of that failure.

And, as a Spock groupie, I must say that while I’ve always found Spock attractive, I find Spock with mussed hair and beard really attractive. There, I said it. Agree to agree with me in the comments, because I don’t see how you can disagree. As you comment on Spock’s hotness, let’s pour one out for Airiam and wish her godspeed on her journey to the unknown.

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