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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

"What's past is prologue" is a line from Act II, Scene I of William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest". It also inspired the title of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Prologue (1993) as well as Jake Sisko's story "Past Prologue" in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Ascent (1996) and the Star Trek (1966) novel "Past Prologue". 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 »

Quotes

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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Could have been more
31 January 2018 | by doappelSee all my reviews

A good episode, but nothing special. Some minor decision making made little sense, so does "the science". I also frequently feel like they'd recycle too many elements from previous shows and movies. "Riding on top of an explosion" is getting old, for example.

And about the show in general: I'm a bit disappointed by "the hounding" from setting to setting, within few episodes. So far Discovery's priority certainly isn't to deepen the plot, rather than jumping to the next climax.


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