If Memory Serves -- Talos IV
Highlight: Singing flowers and all, the incorporation and updating of "The Cage" footage was freaking amazing.
If Memory Serves -- Old School Trek
Highlight: In another nostalgia play, bringing in Vina and fleshing out her relationship with Pike was fantastic. I'm impressed with how they managed to convey how Pike's effect on her life kept her sane after he'd left Talos IV without breaking stride on the main narrative. Brilliant work.
If Memory Serves -- Siblings
Lowlight: Another underwhelming reveal. Maybe that's on me. Ultimately, it was just too predictable a falling out based on what Burnham had revealed previously but his reaction (and the fact he's still pissed about it) does speak to the type of person Spock is and was.
If Memory Serves -- Stamets' Heartbreak
Lowlight: Oh, for Pete's sake, cut Stamets a break already. His husband gets murdered in. the. same. room. as. him. Then he's guided out of the mycelial network by Culber's "spirit" (?). Then he mourns. Then he tries to leave the ship. Then he finds out his spore jumps have been destroying the mycelial network. Then the "spirit" turns out to be alive. Then he has his husband back but now Culber BREAKS UP with him?
If Memory Serves -- Culber Confronts Tyler
Highlight: As annoyed as I am with Culber's treatment of Stamets (and I get that he's reacting in a realistic post-traumatic way), I appreciated the very heartfelt butt-kicking he wanted to lay out on Tyler. Mostly because Tyler never really faced any genuine consequences for killing Culber in the first place. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, "it was Voq." #eyeroll Also, it gave rise to possibly Saru's best line ever: "The Starfleet manual offers no regulatory guidelines for interactions between humans with Klingons grafted to their bones and a ship's doctor returned from the dead."
If Memory Serves -- Bait and Switch
Highlight: Finally, an end-game that has been built into the general knowledge of the world. Rather than pulling some solution out of nowhere, the Talosian ability to project reality is well-established early on (like, in 1966). Although even Captain Pike needs a moment to catch up to the plot, sending projections to Section 31 while shuttling the real Spock and Burnham to the Discovery is very clever little finesse to play on Leland and manages to please Georgiou at the same time. "Good-bye, Spock," earned a solid LOL from me.