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Choose Your Pain 

While on a mission, Lorca is captured by the Klingons and unexpectedly finds himself in the company of prisoner of war Starfleet Lieutenant Ash Tyler and notorious criminal Harry Mudd.

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Lee Rose

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Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Bryan Fuller (created by) | 10 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Michael Burnham
Doug Jones ... Saru
Shazad Latif ... Ash Tyler
Anthony Rapp ... Paul Stamets
Mary Wiseman ... Sylvia Tilly
Jason Isaacs ... Captain Gabriel Lorca
Jayne Brook ... Admiral Cornwell
Mary Chieffo ... L'Rell
Wilson Cruz ... Dr. Hugh Culber
Rainn Wilson ... Harry Mudd
Conrad Coates ... Terral
Emily Coutts ... Keyla Detmer
Julianne Grossman ... Discovery Computer (voice)
Patrick Kwok-Choon ... Rhys
Sara Mitich ... Airiam
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While on a mission, Lorca is captured by the Klingons and unexpectedly finds himself in the company of prisoner of war Starfleet Lieutenant Ash Tyler and notorious criminal Harry Mudd.

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USA

Language:

English | Klingon

Release Date:

15 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (5.1)

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2.00 : 1
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This episode takes place in December 2256. See more »

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Sylvia Tilly: I love feeling feelings.
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References Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) See more »

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Choose Your Pain
17 October 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

If it was not for the two rapid use of the four letter word I would say this was the most traditional Trek like episode of Discovery.

Captain Lorca is travelling on a shuttle without much of an escort and is captured by the Klingons and tortured. They easily find out his eyes do not like bright lights. In the Klingon ship he encounters the untrustworthy Harry Mudd and Lt Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) who been imprisoned in the ship for six months.

Saru is now tasked to locate and rescue Lorca but feels threatened by Burnham and he needs the ship working at full speed. This means the Tardigrade needs to function properly. Burnham realises that the Tardigrade is in pain and may even die if it has to continue propelling the ship.

Stamets who so far has appeared to be a bit of an arrogant douchebag actually gets some character development as he too shows concern about the Tardigrade but also makes a significant move in advancing the spore propulsion system. Stamets also has a close relationship with the ship's doctor despite their differences of opinion.

Saru is also different from the first episode where he appeared more to be the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz. Here as acting captain he is willing to breach Starfleet rules and even hurt a sentient being to rescue a Lorca. However did he ever think the state of the ship and Starfleet if the Tardigrade died?

Shazad Latif whose name has been on the titles from the first episode finally joins the cast but given he has survived torture for six months, was a favourite of the female Klingon on the ship, the audience certainly has to doubt his loyalties.


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