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The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joins forces with Captain Pike to unravel the mystery of seven mysterious red signals that have appeared across the universe.


Alex Kurtzman


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Cmdr. Michael Burnham
Doug Jones ... Cmdr. Saru
Anthony Rapp ... Lt. Cmdr. Paul Stamets
Mary Wiseman ... Ensign Sylvia Tilly
Wilson Cruz ... Dr. Hugh Culber
Anson Mount ... Captain Christopher Pike
James Frain ... Sarek
Mia Kirshner ... Amanda Grayson
Tig Notaro ... Jett Reno
Hannah Cheesman ... Lt. Cmdr. Airiam
Emily Coutts ... Lt. Keyla Detmer
Patrick Kwok-Choon ... Lt. Gen Rhys
Oyin Oladejo ... Lt. Joann Owosekun
Ronnie Rowe ... Lt. R.A. Bryce (as Ronnie Rowe Jr.)
Ethan Peck ... Spock (voice)


The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joins forces with Captain Pike to unravel the mystery of seven mysterious red signals that have appeared across the universe.

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Release Date:

17 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)| Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The aspect ratio changes to 2:35 : 1 with season 2. See more »


Captain Christopher Pike: I'm here at Starfleet's order to take command of the Discovery under Regulation 19, Section "C."
Saru: Well, we received no notice from Starfleet.
Captain Christopher Pike: Because I was asked to deliver the news myself out of a respect for what you and your crew have been through.
Saru: Forgive me, Captain. Your directive is only instituted under three contingencies: when an imminent threat is detected, when the lives of Federation citizens are in danger, or when no other officers or equal or higher rank are to mitigate this ...
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References Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967) See more »

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Bit of a Mixed Bag
18 January 2019 | by sbulgacsSee all my reviews

Plenty of fan service in this episode which attempts to address fan complaints of the first season. First of all regular cast members who were overlooked in the first season get more screen time. As we all know Star Trek is an ensemble show about varied groups of people coming together to address problems. This aspect was seriously missing from the first season. Not so in this episode. I hope the show continues in this vane as it's an essential part of what makes Star Trek what it is. The special effects were top notch. They also appear to have tried to address some of the fantasy science problems of season one but yet again there's a problem here that involves Saru's eyes that I wont go into so as to avoid spoilers. Another issue is pace and cutting, a shuttle rescue scene serves no purpose and seems to have been added just to ramp up the action. Which leads to the pacing this is basically an action episode but it jumps between action and melodrama snappily. This weakens the overall effect of either the action or drama creating uneven pacing. A solid effort but nowhere near the best Trek or Discovery so far.

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