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The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry 

With tensions and stakes high as Starfleet continues in their efforts to end the war with Klingons, Burnham begins to settle in to her new position aboard the U.S.S. Discovery.


Olatunde Osunsanmi


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
Mary Wiseman ... Sylvia Tilly
Jason Isaacs ... Captain Gabriel Lorca
Michelle Yeoh ... Captain Philippa Georgiou
Jayne Brook ... Admiral Cornwell
Mary Chieffo ... L'Rell
Wilson Cruz ... Dr. Hugh Culber
Kenneth Mitchell ... Kol
Rekha Sharma ... Commander Landry
Dennis Andres ... Engineer Rance
Emily Coutts ... Keyla Detmer
Jordana Blake ... Betarian Girl


With tensions and stakes high as Starfleet continues in their efforts to end the war with Klingons, Burnham begins to settle in to her new position aboard the U.S.S. Discovery.

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

8 October 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?


In the first scene set in Lorca's menagerie, a Horta from Star Trek: The Original Series: The Devil in the Dark (1967) can be spotted in a glass cage behind the Captain. In all later scenes set in the room, the cage is empty. See more »


In the final scene Michael Burnham opens the case left to her by Captain Georgiou. It contains a family telescope, the same one that was in her ready room on the USS Shenzhou. If no effort was made to recover the ship to keep it from falling into the hands of the Klingons how did the telescope make it to Burnham? See more »


Commander Landry: Lorca thought you and I would make a good team. Your science, my tactics. Together we can deal with Lorca's little monster.
Michael Burnham: How do you know it's a monster, Commander?
Commander Landry: Because I've seen what it's capable of. So have you. Let's call it Ripper.
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Featured in Star Trek: Discovery: Vaulting Ambition (2018) See more »

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Whaaaat is happening???
12 October 2017 | by nexx-43314See all my reviews

This show is losing cohesion really fast. First, in the last episode, we find out that the show we watched a pilot for isn't really going to be the show we would be watching for the rest of the Season. I'm still on the fence about the Discovery crew. To this point, they have been all really annoying, moody, hostile and pouty. At some point, I felt like I was watching the "So Cosmo" reality. I guess on all the other Star Trek series they've been really lucky to find such a nice crew, especially Voyager. If I had to travel with these people through the whole galaxy to get home I would kill myself. But wait...I wouldn't have to because I'd have spore drive to get me home. That's one of the things that is starting to bother me more and more with this show, the lack of continuity. I am really friendly towards the idea of revamping the show and changing the style to fit current times, but why does it have to include changing the cannon and messing with the continuity. Star Trek movies did the same thing with introducing time traveling and ridiculous teleportation capabilities. If they wanted to do their own thing why didn't they just start a new franchise, why mess with the legacy of Star Trek? This episode also didn't shed light on the Klingon situation. I keep waiting for some more explanations because I really, up to this point, don't understand what these Klingons are on about. WHat is a Torchbearer? Why is he so important? Why is T'Kuvma so bent on war with the Federation? Did they do something to him? And why does he get to be the messiah? He is just a person who flashed all the Klingons and they met him for 5 seconds and now he has the status of Kahless. How did he pass his teachings, telepathically? Episode 4 and they keep talking about him like he died years ago. And what is with this purity??? Klingons disappear for 200 years and suddenly they return to wage war with Federation because they want to remain pure? And they speak about it in such a boring way with those stiff masks that don't allow them to make any facial expressions.

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