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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 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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When the Discovery begins the first attempt to use the Spore Drive for an extended jump, the pilot, on Lorca's command of, "Go," presses the Engage button. The Engage command is not used by any captain in the first 2 seasons of Star Trek: Discovery. See more »


At the beginning when Michael is inspecting her uniform with a holographic mirror, the hologram appears solid and lifelike, despite all other holograms appearing translucent and illuminated. This was no doubt done to give the audience a temporary false impression that she is looking in an actual mirror. See more »


Michael Burnham: These are some of the deadliest weapons in the galaxy.
Captain Gabriel Lorca: I study war. And this is where I hone my craft. I try to learn from the best. Here. Now, this I think you'll find uniquely interesting. You've met once before.
[the creature from the USS Glenn approaches and is zapped by the containment field]
Captain Gabriel Lorca: It has a natural aversion to light. Same as me.
Michael Burnham: Why would you keep something so dangerous on board your own ship?
Captain Gabriel Lorca: That thing killed a dozen Klingons on the Glenn, and there's not a scratch on it from their...
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Decent enough episode but not without problems
11 January 2021 | by snoozejoncSee all my reviews

I fairly enjoyed this one for the intrigue around the captive life form aboard the Discovery, the Klingon scenes and some of the character moments for Burnham.

The plot generates most of its interest through Burnham's interaction with the creature and the treatment it receives aboard the Discovery, which isn't good. This situation is compelling because it feels totally alien to Star Trek. How it plays out in the overarching series narrative will be key to whether it will be fondly remembered as something that fits into the Trek vision of the future, but for me currently it is a bit early to tell.

I enjoyed the Klingon scenes and have somewhat got over the shock of how different they look as the scenes with the house politics are getting quite compelling.

Burnham as a main character is fairly understated, but you can see quite a bit of feeling in her eyes and facial expressions. This works well for the character as a human raised by Vulcans.

I struggled with some of the dialogue, particularly some of the humour which fell a bit flat for me and one scene towards the end which is a fairly emotional moment done in a quite cheesy way. There was also one sequence where someone does something so stupid it isn't even remotely plausible. You kind of get the impression it was contrived just for the shock value of what happens to the character.

All performances were to a high standard and the visuals/effects were excellent as always.

I am willing to view the whole series before passing too much negative judgement on how this fits into the franchise. Yes, it continues to be way out of sync with established canon but if at the end of it all we have a story that was enjoyable and doesn't completely contradict of Roddenberry's vision, I'll have no real problems with it.

For any hardcore Trek canon purists watching I see why it is so universally despised by you because it just totally disregards what came before it. As frustrating as it might feel, you need to just live with it or stop watching, because it's only likely to cause you more heartache the more it goes on.

For me this one was a 6.5/10 but I round upwards.

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8 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



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2.00 : 1
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