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Battle at the Binary Stars 

Escaping from the brig while the ship is under attack, Burnham joins the captain in an audacious plan to end a battle rapidly escalating into war.


Adam Kane


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Bryan Fuller (created by) | 8 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Michael Burnham
Doug Jones ... Saru
Shazad Latif ... Ash Tyler / Voq (as Javid Iqbal) (credit only)
Anthony Rapp ... Paul Stamets (credit only)
Mary Wiseman ... Sylvia Tilly (credit only)
Jason Isaacs ... Captain Gabriel Lorca (credit only)
Michelle Yeoh ... Captain Philippa Georgiou
Mary Chieffo ... L'Rell
James Frain ... Sarek
Kenneth Mitchell ... Kol
Chris Obi ... T'Kuvma
Terry Serpico ... Brett Anderson
Sam Vartholomeos ... Danby Connor
Arista Arhin ... Young Michael Burnham
Emily Coutts ... Keyla Detmer


Escaping from the brig while the ship is under attack, Burnham joins the captain in an audacious plan to end a battle rapidly escalating into war.

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Did You Know?


One of the Federation ships coming to the U.S.S. Shenzou's aid is called the Shran, probably named in dedication to Commander (later Ambassador) Shran from Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). Another ship is called the Edison, probably named after Thomas Edison, or perhaps Balthazar Edison from Star Trek Beyond (2016). In the prime timeline, Edison was a decorated veteran of the Xindi and Romulan wars, and went missing with his ship, the U.S.S. Franklin, shortly after the founding of the Federation. See more »


Right after Burnham has finished talking to Sarek we see the USS Shenzhou fly past undamaged. In the previous exterior pull away shot there was major damage and large and sections of the hull were missing around the brig. See more »


T'Kuvma: Members of the Federation. What you call your most remote borders, I call too close to Klingon territory. You only live now to serve as witnesses of Klingon supremacy, to be my herald. We do not desire to know you. But you will know our great houses, standing as one under Kahless, reborn in me, T'Kuvma!
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Referenced in After Trek: O Discovery, Where for Art Thou? (2017) See more »

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It's decent.
11 October 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I thought this was marginally better than the opener, would it not have been better to have transmitted this as one feature length pilot episode?

Clearly big budget drama, they have invested lots of money into this production, I've rated it 6/10, and will openly admit I have perhaps been a little dazzled by special effects, is it style over substance again? Definitely.

T'Kuvma is an interesting character, I totally get the frustrations with the appearance, but the character is pretty strong and well acted.

Michael (Michael of all names!) I assume is going to be the central focus going forward, well acted, but the character is a little hollow to begin with, watch one episode of DS9, and compare.

One surprise in this episode, one which I had expected to come, you definitely had the sense of the baton being handed over since the very beginning.


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English | Klingon

Release Date:

24 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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