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Will You Take My Hand? 

With Georgiou at the helm of the plan to end the Klingon war once and for all, the USS Discovery crew struggles to fathom and tolerate her hostile tactics. Memories of past hardships are rekindled within Burnham.


Akiva Goldsman


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Bryan Fuller (created by) | 10 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 (credit only)
Michelle Yeoh ... Emperor Georgiou
Mia Kirshner ... Amanda Grayson
Jayne Brook ... Admiral Cornwell
Mary Chieffo ... L'Rell
James Frain ... Sarek
Clint Howard ... Creepy Orion
Michael Ayres Michael Ayres ... Transporter Officer
Matthew Binkley Matthew Binkley ... Shavo
Emily Coutts ... Keyla Detmer


When the Federation seeks to turn the war with the Klingons, a dark plan is put in motion and Captain Philippa Georgiou is tasked with its implementation. Meanwhile, Michael Burnham is confronted with her past and thus finds a way to try to end hostilities. Written by Tantrum1701

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

11 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



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2.00 : 1
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This is the first episode of the "Star Trek" franchise to feature urination. See more »


Michael Burnham: [voice-over] On the eve of battle, on a cold and windless night, an old general turned to a young soldier. "Tomorrow," said the master, "you will know fear." The young soldier, who had not yet experienced the agony of war, looked at the general with quizzical eyes. "How will I know fear if I do not know what it looks like?" The general replied, "You will know fear, because it speaks very fast, and it speaks very loud. -... - If that is how fear acts, recognizing it is easy. But as the young ...
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Side trip to Orionville
12 February 2018 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

We had to suspect Mirror Georgiou of treachery, and we were not disappointed. Remember I had said she was malleable, and Michael knew what strings to pull.

I quoted Mr. Spock from "Mirror Mirror" about the difficulties an uncivilized man has when trying to act Civilized. Lorca was able to fool us by making us think he was "eccentric". But Georgiou, is too much "The Emperor", and keeps bringing up the same distasteful Kelpian joke.

So we get to see the surface of Qonos for the first time in this show, and it is not like the Matte Paintings made by Dan Curry in Next Generation or Deep Space 9. The geology of Qonos is explained, and shown, in more detail here than in any other Trek. And Tyler/Voq knows some helpful details that Georgiou failed to mention.

Georgiou knows how to deal with Klingons, but what works in a Mirror Verse does not work for The Federation, and where in the beginning of this show, Michael was willing to toss federation standards out of the nearest Airlock, even now she sees the importance to keeping to what the main tenets are. It all comes down to who we are. Who do we want to be as people?

That, and quick thinking, turns the Georgiou solution on its ear. And in doing so, finds a place in this universe for even L'Rell and Tyler/Voq.

And Discovery, on its way to Vulcan, runs into a very familiar Silhouette from our Past.

As I reflect on this first season as a whole, there were things I did not like (re-designing Klingons for one), and things I did like. But this is not the first facelift that Citizens of Qonos have gotten, I flipped my lid when I saw Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the theatre on the night it came out and saw the new Klingons.

So I've seen a few design changes in Trek over the years, I didn't like the facelift, but I'm used to it now. I hated when they blew up the 1701-D, and I hate the 1701-E. And I preferred the Trek shows where they used real, physical models, that they filmed photographically.

But I dare you to find film for a Kodak Brownie camera these days. We live in a digital era, and everything is CGI now, because that's how it is done. And one of the universal messages of Star Trek has been about change. And a lot of things have changed since "The Cage" was filmed in 1965.

Yet I can still watch that original Pilot, and compare it to Forbidden Planet, and enjoy both. And I can enjoy the films of the 80's, even Star Trek V. And I hated Enterprise when it came out, but I realized, it's just me. It's better to roll with the changes, or better yet, make changes of your own.

And we look to the past as a sort of measuring stick to see if we have progressed, or not. If we have no progress, our civilization dies.

The mystery of people who claim to despise this show yet go out of their way to make an account here and continuously announce their dissatisfaction still astounds me. One thing we can surmise from this activity: They hated it, yet they apparently watched every episode. Yah, we get it, you don't like it. Walk away already, you already told us, in continuous identical dupe reviews.

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