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What's Past is Prologue 

Lorca plans to move forward with a coup against the Emperor, propelling Burnham to make a quick decision to save not only herself, but the U.S.S. Discovery.

Director:

Olatunde Osunsanmi

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Michael Burnham
Doug Jones ... Saru
Shazad Latif ... Ash Tyler (credit only)
Anthony Rapp ... Paul Stamets
Mary Wiseman ... Sylvia Tilly
Jason Isaacs ... Captain Gabriel Lorca
Michelle Yeoh ... Emperor Georgiou
Rekha Sharma ... Commander Landry
Emily Coutts ... Keyla Detmer
Jeremy Crittenden ... Lord Eling
Patrick Kwok-Choon ... Rhys
Sara Mitich ... Airiam
Oyin Oladejo ... Joann Owosekun
Ronnie Rowe ... Bryce (as Ronnie Rowe Jr.)
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Lorca plans to move forward with a coup against the Emperor, propelling Burnham to make a quick decision to save not only herself, but the U.S.S. Discovery.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

Klingon

Release Date:

28 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Roddenberry Entertainment See more »
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Trivia

Captain Lorca's ship in the opening of the episode is the ISS Buran (NCC-1422) The Buran is a Cardenas-class starship in use during the 2250's by the Federation. The USS Yeager participated in Battle of the Binary Stars with the Klingons in 2256. Star Trek: Discovery: Battle at the Binary Stars (2017)

Like the contemporaneous Nimitz-class and the later 23rd century Constellation-class, as well as the 24th century Cheyenne- and Prometheus-classes, this type was noted for being one of the small number of Federation classes that had more than two nacelles. Episodes where these ships are used include; (Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Battle (1987), Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds (1990), Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part II (1990) and Star Trek: Voyager: Message in a Bottle (1998)). See more »

Goofs

When Lorca swings the sword at Georgiou after pulling the knife from his shoulder and throwing it, you can see Michael fighting a woman in the background. She throws a punch at the woman that misses her by at least a foot. See more »

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Captain Gabriel Lorca: I was just thinking about everyone who's ever said that victory felt empty when it was attained. What a bunch of idiots they were.
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Featured in After Trek: What's Past is Prologue (2018) See more »

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This episode ruined it for me

This series turned dark fast, deciding to make humanity the bogey man. This is not what Star Trek represents. This episode ruins the best characters.

I suddenly have no desire to continue watching.


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