Mixed bag of ‘Butcher’s Knife’ lacks sharpness

One of the things about Discovery’s serialized format is that it’s hard to know whether questions I have with the story will be answered soon, later, or never — whether gaps are a result of unfinished long-form storytelling or simply sloppy writing. With certain aspects of "The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry," I’m leaning toward the latter.

Consider the plot’s central motivation, which is that the tactically crucial dilithium mines on Corvan II — which are responsible for nearly half the Federation’s fuel supply — are under attack by the Klingons, and Starfleet needs the Discovery to come through with a miracle by making its experimental spore-drive engine technology functional so they can get there before the defenses fall and the Klingons kill everyone and destroy the facility. Why is this crucial facility so utterly defenseless that only a hail-Mary pass employing a starship using untested, dangerous technology can now save it? Starfleet must really be out of practice when it comes to war strategy.

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