What if Su’kal was preventing the next Burn?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by Go-Captain, Feb 2, 2021.

  1. Go-Captain

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    Instead of what we got, what if Su’kal was somehow preventing the next Burn from happening? Removing him will absolutely cause the next Burn, but leaving him in place has him live in perpetual fear and pain. He’s not a volunteer either, he’s been a kind of unwitting key component his whole life.

    That way the story isn’t just solving a mystery, and Saru, who am I kidding it will be Burnham, faces a moral dilemma.
     
  2. fireproof78

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    That sounds more like a fantasy style story.
     
  3. nic3636

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    That's an interest idea and in line with the emotions centric style of storytelling the show gravitates towards, but it might be hard to explain from a storytelling / sci-fi standpoint (though that hasn't really stopped the show in the past).
     
  4. Agony_Boothb

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    No thanks because then the show will just be criticised for having a crew/character who wouldn't help a being in need.
     
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  5. Dryson

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    If Su'Kal was trying to stop the Burn, then who or what, is behind the Burn?
     
  6. Ar-Pharazon

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    I was only slightly disappointed that Su'kal was the only factor in The Burn™, rather than there being some sort of second aspect that may have used him and his genetics as a focal point.

    I mean, there still could be if they decided to revisit it, but hopefully they just move on and tell some good stories in S4.
     
  7. nic3636

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    Yeah, by making it all about one person, they missed an opportunity to advance the world building. You could say the dilithium planet was that though so it wasn't totally wasted.
     
  8. fireproof78

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    On the one hand, yes I would love for the Burn to have a secondary aspect, including some sort of damage to subspace for a longer lasting effect that needs addressing. On the other hand, I think that between the dilithium planet and Su'Kal's own genetic abnormality have set up really nice story potential for Season 4.
     
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  9. Ar-Pharazon

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    They could and hopefully will do what you're saying, more damage than they saw right off. Maybe something only another time-crystal will fix ;)

    I was thinking of a secondary cause for The Burn™ that could have been uncovered later. Like, the more they mine the planet, the more info they turn up that points to an interdimensional catalyst. Again, not really expecting anything like this. It was a child's tantrum, so be it.
     
  10. fireproof78

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    I can get behind this.
     
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    As opposed to the hard sci-fi we got?
     
  13. fireproof78

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    That was not what was meant at all.
     
  14. nic3636

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    I get numb to it after a while. There are only so many times I can see Burnham explode into tears before it loses its impact, but that's just me.
     
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  15. fireproof78

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    Probably most. Hopefully it will be explored more.
     
  16. fireproof78

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    How about exposure to trauma trigger resulting in unburied wounds from her childhood. Now she has to learn to manage emotions rather than repress them.
     
  17. nic3636

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    She must have a lot of trauma triggers.
     
  18. fireproof78

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    More like she's still learning healthy emotional management.