Quote from: Scott Archer on October 04, 2017, 12:27:46 PM
Burnham was different this week, I feel like she's learnt her lesson and come back to her Starfleet values (which came across in her conversation with Lorca.)
I disagree that she's "coming back to Starfleet values". She was always upholding Starfleet and the Federation's values, by trying to stop a conflict before it started.
Starfleet's language was not acceptable to these Klingons, in the same way that the Federation doesn't generally have a "friendly" headbutt in a bar. But if a Starfleet officer walked into a Klingon bar asked for a Babysham and started chatting about his kids' little league tournament, it would go badly. If the same officer walked in, downed a bloodwine and punched the biggest warrior he could find in the face, he would end the night with a blackeye, arm in arm with the Klingons singing songs.
Unfortunately Georgiou was hand-tied by Starfleet protocol and actually kind of prejudiced that the traditional way of peace was "the best way". Had Burnham been thirty seconds faster and fired the opening shot herself, the whole situation *may* have been different. She wasn't betraying Starfleet, so much as trying to implement its principles in a roundabout way.
I don't believe (until the final phaser shot on T'Kuvma's ship) she allowed her past with the Klingons to inform her decision.
When she nerve-pinched Georgiou, Burnham knew that no matter how her plan worked out, she would face court martial and be sentenced for assaulting a senior officer. Like Lorca though, she sees further than protocols and chain of command.
I liked her attitude in episode 3, accepting the weight of 8,000 lives lost, accepting the truth when people called her mutineer. But they were two separate issues.
People blame her for the war, but erroneously link her mutiny to it, rather than her failure to kidnap T'Kuvma. I'm not 100% convinced kidnapping T'Kuvma would have helped the situation, but it might have been some leverage. Had her mutiny succeeded, she may well have been sentenced to prison, but lauded as a hero for opening diplomatic relations with the Klingons.