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[S2E8] If Memory Serves


As she prepares to board the shuttle, Burnham thanks Vina for her help in saving Spock. Vina tells her that Discovery would be there soon, and there wasn't much time. However, Burnham still owes the Talosians her memory; Vina warns her about letting the Talosians "force payment". Spock says he has already shown Burnham all she needs to see; Burnham replies that now he has to share in one of her memories, the price she agreed to for his recovery. The Talosians awaken their memories.




[S2E8] If Memory Serves


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The memory fades, and Burnham tries to explain she did not mean any of it. Spock understood she was trying to sever their emotional attachment so that he would be less distraught by her absence, which he calls a "primitive tactic, but logical". Burnham insists it was more than that, that the logic extremists would have targeted her as long as she lived in Sarek's house, and that she did not want Spock hurt or killed, but admits she should have tried something, anything, other than what she did. Spock, to her surprise, expresses gratitude to her, as her words showed him how damaging his humanity could be; she rejects that idea, saying his humanity was "beautiful", and that she had only been a child. Spock calls her a "catalyst"; to escape emotion, to escape Burnham, he submerged himself in logic. But his "constant" has always been time itself, and now time, logic, and emotion have all failed him. Multiple civilizations and many millions of lives could be at stake, and he is not prepared. She asks if he is more angry at her for this, or at himself. Spock tells her not to psychoanalyze him, as "better minds" had tried and failed. And yet, Burnham retorts, he chose her for this journey, because he valued their connection, and that perhaps their relationship was the bedrock of his logic, a notion Spock dismisses as "absurd". He concedes, however, that she was right about one thing: It was foolish to idolize her, and he regretted it deeply. As Burnham looks shaken by this statement, Vina approaches to tell them that Discovery was approaching, with another ship close behind them, and that the Talosians wanted to warn them that they were in danger.


Burnham's sojourn on Talos IV led to one revelation that fans have been waiting for all season. The Talosians demanded to see Burnham's memory of the fight that led to her rift with Spock. As they saw it, so did Spock and the audience. It turns out, Vulcan extremists were targeting young Burnham, so she ran away to try and keep her foster family safe. Idolizing his big sister, Baby Spock insisted on coming with her. In order to save Spock, Burnham tried to make him hate her, saying some pretty awful things to him about his Vulcan-ness and inability to ever be a real human.


No one is having a worse day than Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz): brought back from the dead and now released from Sick Bay, Hugh is trying to figure out where he fits in the grand scheme of things. While he has all of the memories of the old Culber, he doesn't have the tactile memory, the sensory memory, or the emotional memory in his current form. He feels lost, and is further angered by Stamets's (Anthony Rapp) efforts to be a new, improved, extra-attentive husband. Hugh is dealing with a lot of change at once, and feels like he is a poor imitation of his old self. His thoughts culminate in a bout of anger directed at the man Culber feels is responsible: Tyler.


Burnham and Spock beam down beneath the surface to meet with the Talosians. The character design of this species has been updated since the 1960s, but remain a fitting homage to the original series. They explain that Spock now sees time as fluid, instead of linearly, and he knew that only the Talosians could help him put his mind back in order. In return for doing this, the Talosians ask Burnham to share her memory of the confrontation that ended her relationship with her brother.


What has been teased for weeks now has become a reality: If memory serves finds the unlike siblings re-united. Buckle up, for we are finally about to find out a couple of hard truths! Not to mention there are tons and tons of angst!


First, l will speak about the more interesting of the two storylines, that of the events happening aboard Discovery. Returned from the dead, via a journey through the mycelial network, Dr. Hugh Culber has been having difficulties that neither he nor anyone else can fully explain. He feels detached from everything. His senses are virtually non-existent. That is not to say they are not present, but seem to exist only as points of data. He has a memory of enjoying certain foods, he recognizes his personal belongings, but the connection between knowing and feeling is simply not there. Nowhere is this more apparent than his relationship with his partner, Paul Stamets.


Back on the Discovery, Culber confronts Tyler and clearly wants a fight. In a scene that's handled well, the two square off in the ship's mess, and we find ourselves rooting for Culber to smack seven bells out of Tyler; after all, he deserves a little payback. What could've easily turned into an over-choreographed exhibition of unrealistic martial arts moves is actually portrayed as two normal people fighting, both of whom aren't terribly good at it. 041b061a72


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