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The War Without, the War Within 

Burnham and the crew are faced with the harsh reality of the war during their absence. In order to move forward, Starfleet must use unconventional tactics and sources to take their next action against the Klingons.


David Solomon


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Bryan Fuller (created by) | 4 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 (credit only)
Michelle Yeoh ... Emperor Georgiou
Jayne Brook ... Admiral Cornwell
Mary Chieffo ... L'Rell
James Frain ... Sarek
Michael Ayres Michael Ayres ... Transporter Officer
Emily Coutts ... Keyla Detmer
Raven Dauda ... Dr. Pollard
Riley Gilchrist ... Admiral Shukar
Julianne Grossman Julianne Grossman ... Discovery Computer (voice)


Back on the U.S.S. Discovery, Burnham and the crew are faced with the harsh reality of the war during their absence. In order to move forward, Starfleet must use unconventional tactics and sources to take their next action against the Klingons. Written by CBS

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4 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Stamets says Starbase 1 is 100 AU from Earth, yet when Discovery arrives, there is a well-lit planet seen behind the Starbase. 100 AU (9.3 billion miles) denotes a location beyond the orbit of Pluto, but within the sphere of the Oort Cloud. There are no planets there, and if there were, they would not be so well-lit by the light of our sun. See more »


Sylvia Tilly: Did you ever think, when you signed up for Starfleet, that you'd be forced to see war and death?
Michael Burnham: Death found me when I was a child. So, yeah. I knew what I was getting into.
Sylvia Tilly: I don't think I did. Not really. Does that make me naive?
Michael Burnham: It makes you optimistic.
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References Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow: Part II (2001) See more »

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What to do with Excess Deposed Emporers?
5 February 2018 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

And Excess Voq personalities that are still residing inside of Ash? This is some major Baggage to deal with. The Spore Drive is all dried out and Klingons have taken over the universe.

Anything else? Doesn't look like it. There are no Starfleet assets left, the universe is as bleak as we saw at the end of "Past Prologue". I've been mulling over the similarity to the name of the 1st Deep Space 9 Episode, but that was just someone trying to blow up a Wormhole - Excuse me, "the Celestial Temple of the Prophets". In retrospect, maybe that's exactly what happened, except it was not a Bajoran Terrorist who did it here, it was Michael and Discovery, and that wasn't "no" Celestial Temple, it was a threat to the whole Multiverse.

Leave it to Tilly to solve the Ash issue with the crew. She has to be the one to always do whatever nobody else will. But it takes an intervention from Sarek to get Michael to even talk to him. Is Ash fixed, now? I say, be careful how you treat him, because we don't know who he is *now*.

But Georgiou has become an interesting bauble in Cornwell's eyes. Cornwell sees an opportunity, and maybe so does Georgiou. And Georgiou is not stupid, as she sits in her guest quarters and plots. What does she really want?

And then we have to mention Cornwell's secret plot with L'Rell. I think these two "Women" are very alike. And it is clear that they respect each other. But here I am, treating Discovery as if it were real. But it is real. It's part of Quantum Physics, that any universe we can think up, will exist in another "unrealized reality". Remember the 4th season of the Sci Fi channel's "Farscape"? All we need is a gimmick that will get us into another Verse, usually it's a wormhole.

This is how we cope with our own Mundane Realities, we think about Mirror Universes. The idea of alternate realities has become even more common today, where it was just a rare gimmick used in Science Fiction 50 years ago. But in the last 10 years, first we had Lost which had a huge alternate reality 6th season, and then Fringe in which had Red and Blue universes. for one whole season they had a "Bridge" where people could walk back and forth between them. And even before those shows, we had Sliders in the late 90's. And in Enterprise last season, their own Mirror thread not only brought The Defiant through an Interspacial Rift, but also 200 years into the past, handing the Terran Empire the equivalent of an Atom Bomb. And when we see how Georgiou uses her gadgets, they appear to be much more advanced than what everyone else has. So, not only a Multiverse, but TIME as well. This was explored in the last 2 season of LOST with the Desmond Hume character.

But, it was just clever writing. Beneath any TV show or Film, are the writers. It's not so easy to take a book and turn it into a screenplay, you try it. Good writers take things from their world and plant them into the show, a good writer writes what they know. And what do they know in 2018? In 2018, they know the disintegration of the Executive Branch of the US Government. And so, this gets written into every show on this planet, not because they are "biased". But because - It's what people talk about everywhere, in barber shops. Or at work, or even in Bars.

I Wish there were some kind of Preview with this new iMDB Review section, cos I can't see how this will look "in Situ". And I miss the old Spell checker.

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