I think there’s been some general confusion as to why we see Sarek showing no apparent signs of disappoint with Michael joining Starfleet, especially since he disowned Spock and wasn’t on speaking terms with him for 18 years when he enlisted. It is pretty weird! Discovery even explicitly shows us that he not only was okay with the idea of Michael in Starfleet but he pushed her into joining.
The disparity between the two reactions hasn’t been explained yet in canon but I’ve got some ideas.
The scene that shows Sarek personally escorting Michael onto the Shenzhou tells us a lot. And one of the most important details I think is that we know that Michael doesn’t want to join Starfleet. From the second she’s aboard the ship she comes off a little cold, and Sarek quickly reprimands her for the behavior which is easily explained as her lack of association with humans.
At this point in her life I’m assuming Michael is 25 (given her actress’ age), and by the looks of her during the attack at the learning center we can guess that she’s been Sareks ward for at most 15 or so years. In those many years on Vulcan she’s clearly assimilated pretty deeply in the Vulcan way of life as we can see with how out of place she is on the Shenzhou at first.
Michael even tells Philippa that she never planned to be apart of Starfleet and her plans were to continue living and working with Vulcans.
P: “Is this vessel not up to your standards?”
M: “I have no standards when it comes to this ship. It was always my intention to join the Vulcan expeditionary group.”
Okay then so from all of this we can infer that Michael was perfectly content being estranged from human kind and continuing life with Vulcans and that she only changed her life plan to appease Sarek. She trusts his judgment and pretty much allows him to micromanage her life even though she’s in her mid twenties.
And we know that Sarek personally arranged for Michaels appointment to the Shenzhou.
Okay then so why does he go out of his way to arrange this set up at Starfleet with Michael and then turns around and completely condemns Spock for enlisting?
THE GOD OF THE FUCKING RIVER TIBER SHOWS UP IN AENEAS’ DREAMS AND TELLS HIM TO GET HIS SHIT TOGETHER (ALSO TO BE NICE TO JUNO CAUSE SHE’S PISSED). SO AENEAS GOES TO VISIT “ROME” TO LOOK FOR SOME HELP. BUT IT’S NOT ROME YET, IT’S JUST SOME SHITTY VILLAGE WITH CATTLE FUCKING EVERYWHERE AND SOME FREAKY PIGS, RULED BY OLD DUDE EVANDER.
AENEAS MEETS EVANDER AND THEY IMMEDIATELY BECOME BEST FRIENDS BECAUSE THEY’RE VERY VERY DISTANTLY RELATED, ALSO EVANDER IS A MASSIVE TROJAN FAN-BOY. THEN EVANDER GIVES AENEAS A TOUR OF NOT-ROME AND TELLS HIM STORIES ABOUT THE TIME HERCULES CAME THERE AND BEAT UP SOME CATTLE THIEF.
MEANWHILE VENUS IS WORRIED ABOUT HER POOR LITTLE BABY BOY, SO SHE PERSUADES HER HUSBAND VULCAN TO MAKE AENEAS SOME PRETTY ARMOUR. VULCAN GETS TO FUCKING WORK.
EVANDER THEN RANDOMLY TELLS AENEAS ABOUT SOME COMPLETE DICKWAD MEZENTIUS WHO WAS SUCH A SHITTY LEADER HE GOT KICKED OUT OF HIS CITY AND PALLED UP WITH TURNUS. AENEAS GETS HELLA EXCITED ABOUT FIGHTING, BECAUSE THAT’S BASICALLY ALL HE’S GOOD AT. EVANDER SENDS HIS SON PALLAS OUT TO FIGHT WITH AENEAS.
THE BOOK ENDS WITH A SUPER DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF AENEAS’ PRETTY NEW SHIELD. IT’S COVERED IN PICTURES OF ROMANS LIKE AUGUSTUS BEING BADASS MOTHERFUCKERS.