I'm with Nick on this. The speculative discussion of arcane points of a private contractual arrangement between two parties, both of which are either dead and/or defunct, is not really germane to this thread. Inside baseball relating to entertainment law could perhaps most fruitfully be discussed in another venue.
By way of getting the conversation back on topic (spoiler time), what did folks think of the most recent episode ("Choose Your Pain")? I found it a bit uncomfortably on the dark side of things for the first half, but then things got good/interesting toward the end. I was glad to see Saru finally acknowledge that it was jealousy driving his treatment of Michael up to the end of the episode, something that would only have been clear if you had read the novel.
I was a little shocked to see such explicit violence in a Star Trek episode as what we saw in the Klingon brig. But I was also delighted to hear the work fuck. Two interesting turns that come from being an on-demand streamed show.
And of course the whole tardigrade plot line was very satisfyingly Trek.
Though absolutely nobody on the internet (not talking about TFW) agrees with me, I think Lorca is a morally upstanding heroic character with a deep moral compass who strongly believes in the values of both Starfleet and the Federation, which will be proved out in time. I suspect that the writers are setting up the whole "dark and mysterious captain" facade in order to render more dramatic his eventual revealing as a hard-core good guy. I really like the character so far, which is a bit of a surprise to me. I particularly like the little detail of his refusing to get his eyes fixed ("choose your pain"), which reminds me my favorite part of Star Trek V (Kirk on the subject of pain.) I get the strong vibe that Lorca is going to prove to be what John Truby calls a "fake opponent ally," especially with respect to Burnham's arc. I'm hoping so, because these are some of my favorite characters in fiction (think Rick, or for that matter Capt. Renault, from Casablanca.) I also sort of put SR Hadden from Contact into this category, the dark and mysterious (and potentially dangerous) character who is watching our hero from the shadows and secretly pulling for her redemption and success.
Wacky internet theory du jour is that Ash Tyler is actually a genetically modified Voq, infiltrating the federation.
What do you guys think?