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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 »

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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
Wilson Cruz ... Dr. Hugh Culber
Mary Chieffo ... L'Rell
Sam Vartholomeos ... Danby Connor
Emily Coutts ... Keyla Detmer
Patrick Kwok-Choon ... Rhys
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 »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Captain Lorca is discussing navigation with Burnham and Saru, a tribble can be seen sitting on his desk. 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 »


[as they are being hailed, Burnham discovers that mirror Discovery's captain is, in fact, Tilly]
Captain Gabriel Lorca: Cadet, looks like you're taking this.
Sylvia Tilly: Uh, wh- uh, wh-what-what do I say?
Captain Gabriel Lorca: You just get rid of them as fast as possible. And you talk as little as possible.
Sylvia Tilly: That's, uh, that might be a little hard for me- Have you noticed that I talk a lot?
Captain Gabriel Lorca: Defy your every instinct.
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References The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

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It all depends on who "Yourself" is.
23 January 2018 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

Ok, it took us a few seconds to discover, exactly where we were. Maybe we thought we were at the Edge of the Galaxy. because Stametz's eyes went all blank, and we saw a preview where he seems to be pushing someone away with his mind. But it was not because he became an elevated Esper. Thank Goodness. So not "Edge of the Galaxy", but somewhere we've visited in TOS, DS9, Enterprise and Star Trek Continues. If you travel in a straight line away from yourself, will you meet yourself? Well, some "Yourselves", not all.

Maybe Lorca and Michael are a little too bold when confronting the conundrum of where they are. On the other hand, Tyler is not "Himself" either. Why is he obsessed with L'Rell? Can't answer that yet, but this goes back all the way to the 3rd episode, "Context is for Kings." L'Rell told Voq she was bringing him home to "Meet the Family". And when a Klingon Woman like L'Rell offers to do this, we should RUN.

Soon, we will see what kind of rural Deliverance-Style Culture L'Rell really comes from, and now the Harry Mudd "Choose your Pain" episode was not really a filler episode. Or didn't we think that Lorca and Tyler escaped just a little bit too easily?

These episodes use old familiar story elements, but stands them up on their ear. "Nothing is as it Seems". One of the things I like to do is try to guess what's going to happen next, and I haven't been able to. And then: Tilly. This is a character that affects us like fingernails being scraped upon a Chalkboard, yet she is an important Crew member who is thrust into an even more important role, so there is no Fixing Stametz any time soon.

It was just a matter of time until Jon Frakes directed one of these, perfect timing.

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