Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach
New week, new adventure. After the comedy-tinged outing called Spock Amok, this time it’s getting serious again – on several fronts. Captain Pike (Anson Mount) meets Alora (Lindy Booth), whom he was allowed to save ten years ago and who offers him a way out with which he could avoid his fate.
The current mission, which apparently involves villains, is referred to a special child First Servant (Ian Ho) is in the foreground and after a few twists is supposed to shed a different light on the people of Majalis, whose paradisiacal life in the clouds comes with an unbelievable price.
Things are getting serious for Dr. M’Benga (Babs Olusanmokun), whose terminally ill daughter Rukiya (Sage Arindell) may be saved by the technology Gamal (Husein Madhavji) and his compatriots could offer. Because on Majalis there are no more diseases and even a concussion heals much faster than the “current“ Makes Federation medicine possible. However, Gamal is not willing to share his knowledge with M’Benga for the time being.
Safety training is the order of the day for Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding). Of course under the direction of La’an (Christina Chong), who in turn is just as difficult to catch as Hemmer (Bruce Horak). At least when it comes to impressing your superiors. Certainly the more amusing part of this episode, albeit the most difficult for Uhura so far, whose skills are once again put to the test.
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Science, Service, Sacrifice
Originally, the Enterprise just wanted to map the sector, but when a foreign shuttle is attacked by another ship and asks for help, a rescue mission is imminent. The shuttle’s crew can be rescued with relative ease while the attacking ship falls to the planet, badly hit. Then we will go through Alora, Gamal and the First Servant familiarized with the situation, learn more about the residents of Majalis in the course of the episodes and suspect right from the start that the supposed villains are perhaps not as evil as initially assumed. Because next Science and service the word is still there sacrifice in the motto and said sacrifice, which is actually to be understood literally, not only makes Pike swallow hard in the end.
Despite various forebodings that arise and develop with every twist before we learn how the paradisiacal life in the clouds on Majalis has to be paid for, one is shocked at the end. As a child is sacrificed, which until death an agonizing way of suffering in the “sacred chamber‘ – and voluntarily so that the city in the clouds does not fall down to the lava-rich planet’s surface. This “solution“ is presented as having no alternative and naturally raises the question of whether this one sacrifice is justifiable for the benefit of all residents.
Papa Gamal decides no, Pike tries to save the boy in the end and even the likes of us would think that this price (even if it was “only“ Concerns a child) is too high. Alora certainly disagrees, as does most of the Majalis population. But the bottom line is that this episode certainly stimulates thought and discussion, because the merits of this one sacrifice cannot be denied.
On the other hand, what gives me a headache (besides the big reveal at the end) is the way Majalis is technologically ordered. Medically one is clearly superior to the federation and if the First Servant While impressing even Spock (Ethan Peck) with his knowledge of subspace communications, it’s clear that this species is already much more technologically advanced than the Federation can dream of. And yet they fail to adequately protect their ships and shuttles – perhaps understandable given that hostilities may not be anticipated. But when you’re technologically advanced, shouldn’t it also be possible to come up with an alternative to “sacred chamber‘ and the associated child sacrifice?
Alora denies this (was tried but not solved) and pretends that one does not know why the ominous ancestors decided to do so. A crux, because it seems extremely incredible to me when this apparently highly developed species is not able to do this apparently “simple” Solve a problem.