For starters, I want to say that I love this episode. I had so much fun with it and adore so much of it! It was honestly a great episode, with loads of features and very very few misses.
I found one of those misses to be at the very end of the episode, though, and felt like I should comment on it. Please please don't take it the wrong way. I genuinely love your work, and it bugs me that I couldn't love it wholeheartedly. To summarize in the least textwall way possible!
1) the cinematic where Taimi explains her sickness to the Commander has them out of frame the whole time, not even seeing their backs. This makes me feel like she's talking at us instead of talking to the Commander, which was disappointing considering how important this should be to the Commander, personally. I love Taimi, she's very important to the Commander, and I wish we got at least one voiced line expressing our reaction. This should gut us as hard as LS4-1's finale, and I wish it did.
2) with the SWATHS of character deaths in our wake (mentioned very often! in this episode itself, in fact), some parts of the dialogue are written as if this is the Commander's first real loss. It really isn't. I wish the dialogue would concentrate more on Taimi's loss instead of the Commander's loss here. Blish's death stings, sure, but it's got to be much worse for her.
3) The way Taimi brought it up was a bit...abrupt, I think? It feels like 'oh my best friend died and he told me no more secrets, so here, let me tell you I'm dying" and I don't think that's what you intended. You were laying groundwork for this and Blish's relation to the reveal back in LS4-2, after all, you didn't want it to be abrupt...
And....that's it, I think. I hope this doesn't sound too negative....I really, really love the whole episode and I wish I could gush at you forever about what I love in it in a more 'what worked and what didn't' kind of post, but you said 'please no textwalls', so.....
It's not a question so you don't need to answer this. I just want...to deliver feedback, I guess. It's probably not even a majority opinion, but I hope it's helpful anyway in gauging how various players may respond to the story.