Category: dsc


Also a concept: Philippa Georgiou going on a regular coffee date with a regular person that inquires why she wrote “Emperor” on “Former occupation” on Space Match dot com. 


Concept: Michael going on a regular coffee date with a regular person that’s just like “This was cool” and there’s literally no drama.

tillysfeelings: Stamets, the drive! Believe me…


Stamets, the drive! Believe me, I know

nicoleanell:GREAT SAVE, HON. This is me with a…



This is me with a partner. Leaning forward, they bright up, I take their hand, look into their eyes: “I love… Star Trek.”

Michael and emotional labor

I was thinking about how the Discovery writers got it right in regards to emotional labor and trauma. It ended up being really long:

I really hope that Ash and Michael not get back together, at least not like… in years. I shipped them initially, but:

Ash is damaged. He has trauma. He needs to seriously work on himself for years, just as Michael did. Often times in these situations in television, a woman comes around and she “heals” him. Even if he has hurt her specifically, it “wasn’t his fault”, so the woman stays and helps him recover. This mimics real life, where women are often expected to be carers of mens emotions. They are expected to “fix” damaged men they are in relationships with above all, but also carry and handle the emotions of men around them.

But this isn’t fair in real life and it isn’t fair in television.

Michael can’t be expected to carry the emotional burden of someone that actively hurt her, that tried to kill her. She shouldn’t be required to forgive and forget, to be with someone that did that to her. When that happens, his trauma is centered and her trauma (like being strangled) is pushed aside. 

This is why I liked the scene where she leaves so much. Because the writers understood that while the traditional tv version of that scene has them back together, since he’s “human now” – in reality that doesn’t fix him. He has a lot of work to do on himself, to be able to live with himself. 

Up to that point Michael and Ash has both helped each other and been there for each other. Besides the fact that she helped hide his problems too long, I mostly liked it. A relationship is about sharing emotional burdens and helping the other cope. Which is why it should be a two way street. Not one person taking at the cost of the health of the other.

When she leaves, she leaves something that is destructive and unhealthy. For her – and that’s the point. It isn’t about what’s best for Ash, really. It’s what’s best for her. 

Think about Lorca’s death scene again. The traditional tv version here is that Lorca stumbles forward and dies in Michael’s arms. He says his final words and he gets to be close to her one last time. But here too the writers subvert this and Michael doesn’t have to do emotional labor here either. She doesn’t have to be close to Lorca, physically or emotionally, and instead he just… dies. There’s no forgiveness, no last words, no last minute tenderness where the audience can sympathize with a dying man. 

Tl;dr: Discovery did a good job showing an alternative to the traditional emotional labor of women, coupled with healthy disconnecting from a destructive relationship.


I was thinking that I want a female Reg Barclay and then I realized we have Tilly now. Allergic to random things, nervous, socially awkward etc.

I don’t think a female character like that would have been possible in previous iterations of Star Trek. Tilly is both competent and awkward and not needlessly sexualised, not even when she’s in her Terran uniform!




I will never get over Michael Burnham stepping out of the way when Lorca wants to die in her arms, like not today, Satan. 

I think I actually squealed from pure joy here…

I think I actually squealed from pure joy here.