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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 »

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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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English | Klingon

Release Date:

24 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Aaron Harberts in After Trek: "Episode 1", the previous episode, "The Vulcan Hello", and this episode form a two-part "prologue" of sorts, with the third episode, "Context Is for Kings", being the "pilot". However, Star Trek author Christopher L. Bennett pointed out that neither episode is technically a pilot. See more »


When Captain Philippa Georgiou and Michael Burnham beaming over to the Klingon ship, you can hear the alert sound similar to Enteprise-D TNG. See more »


Captain Philippa Georgiou: Ambassador Sarek, it's good to see you again.
Sarek: Thank you for receiving us, Captain Georgiou.
Captain Philippa Georgiou: The pleasure is ours.
Sarek: As discussed, this is my ward, Michael Burnham.
Captain Philippa Georgiou: Hello, Michael. Welcome to the USS Shenzhou. And congratulations on your recent commencement.
Michael Burnham: [Philippa extends a handshake] Respect is earned, as is friendliness.
Sarek: Yet diplomatic niceties must be observed.
Michael Burnham: This is hardly a negotiation.
Captain Philippa Georgiou: First contact, then. The only human to attend the Vulcan Learning Center and Science Academy rejoins ...
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Referenced in Star Trek: Discovery: Choose Your Pain (2017) See more »

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A Series of Unfortunate Events
14 October 2017 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

This was one of those instances where going by the book of Starfleet was a BAD IDEA. In the original series, they never really get into how DIFFERENT Klingons and Romulans are from Terrans. They are ALIENS.

Which was why there was always friction, not just between Terrans and these other races, but a three way tension, Klingon against Terran against Romulan against Klingon.

So far, in this show, the Klingons are not the Lovable and ridiculous GOWRON brand. These are truly ALIENS. Not the safe kind either.

What you don't understand, can kill you, until you DO understand it.

That's what happens here. Michael understood, but being raised Vulcan makes it difficult to express immediacy to one's captain. And Georgiou was not getting it. Until the end, maybe. But then it was just more bad luck.

This is supposed to be Starfleet history. Somewhere in this story is Captain Garth. and Axenar. Which explains CBS's lawsuit, the fan film was about ready to spill Discovery's entire plot line. But we haven't gotten to Garth yet. Maybe Sovol is in this universe, hanging with Sarek. And they are both putting up with irritating humans.

But where Axanar was being assembled to tell the story in terms of the old Universe of Trek, using the designs we had been familiar with, with actors playing the people they played in the shows, this version of the story is telling the tale from the outskirts, from the Fringe Division of Trek. Why are there holes in the Discovery's Saucer Section? Oh, WAIT. You have not seen that yet. Well, you will, and then you will see why.

This is the Section 31 version of Trek History. Which does not make it bad in any way.

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