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Despite Yourself 

While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home.


Jonathan Frakes


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
Mary Chieffo ... L'Rell
Sam Vartholomeos ... Danby Connor
Emily Coutts ... Keyla Detmer
Patrick Kwok-Choon ... Rhys
Julianne Grossman Julianne Grossman ... Discovery Computer (voice)
Sara Mitich ... Airiam
Ali Momen ... Kamran Gant
Oyin Oladejo ... Joann Owosekun


While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home.

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

7 January 2018 (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?


This is the first episode of the "Star Trek" franchise since Star Trek: Voyager: Prototype (1996) 22 years earlier to be directed by Jonathan Frakes. In the interim, he directed Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998). See more »


Props/set pieces in a side room off the ISS Shenzhou's transporter room have markings from Starfleet on them, not the Terran Empire. See more »


Michael Burnham: You are a captain now.
Sylvia Tilly: No, I'm not. She is. I'm nothing like her, Michael. She's terrifying, she's... she's like a twisted version of everything I've ever aspired to be. I'm gonna have nightmares about myself now.
Michael Burnham: You don't actually have to be her.
Sylvia Tilly: But how do I project that strength?
Michael Burnham: I've been trying to understand them better. And Terran strength... is born out of pure necessity. Because they live in constant fear - always looking for the next knife aimed at their back. Their strength is ...
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Featured in Star Trek: Discovery: The Wolf Inside (2018) See more »

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Trek at it's Best!
21 January 2018 | by LorenBiegSee all my reviews

When this series is on, it's really, really on. "Despite Yourself" offers the best of Trek in all it's techie, backstory-rich, high-concept, high-adventure, character-driven greatness. And as always, this show looks amazing. The revisit of a story line that ties this series to a thread started with Classic Trek work effortlessly. Nothing feels forced here. Tilly is used to excellent comedic effect when she has to take on a role she is uncomfortable with. And, everyone shines, really. One of the things I appreciate about this series is that the plot is always moving forward. The writers don't set up a mystery and drag on the reveal for months of twists and turns. This episode is replete with plot movement, making it very satisfying after the cliffhanger before the holiday break.

My only gripe was that the tech and Trek history references were so thick that I had to hit "pause" a few times to explain things to my +1 who is not a Trek fan, but has been watching with me since "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" (the one with Dwight from The Office in it haha). A couple times she was like, "Whaaaaattt in the h*** are they talking about?" Yay for smart sci fi. But, man. All the science.

For me, "Despite Yourself" worked on every level. Star Trek: Discovery is earning it's place as one of the strongest Trek outings yet!

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