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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.


Olatunde Osunsanmi


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
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.)


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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28 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


"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 »


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 »


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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Entertaining action with unnecessary shaky cam
29 January 2018 | by Al2ienSee all my reviews

I might be the minority, but I had hard time watching the same kind of shaky camera work that turned me away from series like Black Sails and Vikings. Fortunately, not every episode of ST: Discovery has these annoying camera movements, but they were strong in this one and made my eyes hurt.

The last three episodes have been still an invigorating ride after the tedious Ep4-Ep9. After ST: TNG I don't have any deep thoughts for the newer action oriented one, but it's merely fun to see how they are messing things with mirror universe and evil characterizations even if it doesn't result to logical explanations. I like the fast-paced and a bit rushed storytelling but I wish there were more room for building up the mystery of Captain Lorca who suddenly became the more interesting character in the series.

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