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Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad 

As the U.S.S. Discovery crew attempts to let loose at a party, an unwelcome visitor comes aboard bringing about a problematic and twisted sequence of events.


David Barrett (as David M. Barrett)


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Bryan Fuller (created by) | 6 more credits »




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
Wilson Cruz ... Dr. Hugh Culber
Katherine Barrell ... Stella Grimes
Peter MacNeill ... Baron Grimes
Rainn Wilson ... Harry Mudd
Milton Barnes ... Deck Crew #1
Emily Coutts ... Keyla Detmer
Jason Deline ... Medical Officer
Hamza Fouad ... Deck Crew #2
Julianne Grossman ... Discovery Computer (voice)


As the U.S.S. Discovery crew attempts to let loose at a party, an unwelcome visitor comes aboard bringing about a problematic and twisted sequence of events.

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

29 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Roddenberry Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The map showing the territories of the Federation and Klingon Empire show Klingon outposts called 'Khitomer' and 'Rura Penthe'. Both planets played a big role in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), and Khitomer is also noteworthy as the place where Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) spent most of his youth. See more »


When Michael Burnham and Paul Stamets are dancing in the hallway in the background a lady in a bright red dress and a man walking out of the hallway into a room. Two cuts later they again walk into the same room. See more »


[first lines]
Michael Burnham: Personal log, Specialist Michael Burnham, stardate 2136.8. Despite my fears to the contrary, I seem to have found my place on this Discovery. An air of routine has descended upon the ship, and even I am a part of it. I've made friends. Well, one, at least. I take comfort in my work. This ship has quickly become the most important weapon in the Federation's arsenal in our war against the Klingons. And because of her, the tide has turned. Because of us, we are winning. Lieutenant ...
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Referenced in The Chronic Rift: Disco Isn't Dead (2018) See more »

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Time to Invite Your Non-Fan Friends To the Trek Party
19 January 2018 | by LorenBiegSee all my reviews

I've been enjoying Star Trek since the 70s and even the most hardcore fan has to acknowledge that for all it has to offer, much of it is not for everyone. The success of Star Wars can be attributed in part to it's ownership of the non-sci-fi audience. Trek's tendency to be laden with backstory, techbabble, and hard science fiction elements can cause it to be less accessible. This has been my feeling so far about Star Trek: Discovery.

Until this episode.

The simplicity, humanity, humor, romance, and broadness of the story gives every character directly involved with it something interesting to feel and do. Rainn Wilson was born to play the part of the impish, campily vindictive, pirate-like, opportunist Harry Mudd. It's Groundhog Day in space. And, the sci-fi elements provide the context for the story, but don't interfere with it. It's just super entertaining. It's a genius-turn in writing to finally bring Tyler and Burnham together over and over, exploring their feelings for each other in different ways via a set of repeating circumstances. And, happy Stamets continues to bring me joy. I was also relieved there were NO KLINGONS in this one. Gads, they're annoying. My only gripe is that the lack of consequences for Mudd's actions made little sense.

The episode has been decried by some for borrowing the storytelling device from the TNG episode Cause and Effect. But, Cause and Effect did not originate it. And sheesh, it aired in 1992, folks. At what point can we call it an homage? This episode works so well, who cares anyway? This is super-fans complaining to super-fans, in my opinion. It's a non-issue.

This was the first episode I brought my non-fan +1 in on and she was hooked on the series immediately, which is a sign of resonant writing and not easily accomplished in an operatic series. Looking forward to more!

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