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An Obol for Charon 

A mysterious sphere threatens the U.S.S. Discovery even as May, in her original form, implements a plan that puts Tilly's life in danger. Saru and Burnham's bond grows when Saru is forced ... See full summary »

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Lee Rose

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Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Bryan Fuller (created by) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Michael Burnham
Doug Jones ... Saru
Anthony Rapp ... Paul Stamets
Mary Wiseman ... Sylvia Tilly
Anson Mount ... Captain Christopher Pike
Tig Notaro ... Jett Reno
Rebecca Romijn ... Number One
Rachael Ancheril ... Cmdr. Nhan
Bahia Watson ... May
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.)
Julianne Grossman ... Discovery Computer (voice)
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Storyline

A mysterious sphere threatens the U.S.S. Discovery even as May, in her original form, implements a plan that puts Tilly's life in danger. Saru and Burnham's bond grows when Saru is forced to acknowledge a deeply unsettling Kelpien truth. Pike receives new intel on Spock from a loyal friend.

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (5.1)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title of this episode refers to the ancient practice of placing a coin in the mouth of a dead person before burial to pay the fare for transportation to the land of the dead. This episode deals strongly with transition from life to death. See more »

Goofs

Saru, played by ultra thin Doug Jones, when bare chested in make up, is much thicker than when in uniform. See more »

Quotes

Saru: My apologies. I woke up this morning fighting an acute rhinovirus.
Lt. Joann Owosekun: So you have a cold.
Linus: I had a cold last week, which sucked.
[everyone looks at him questioningly]
Linus: Saurian. Six nasal canals.
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Features Star Trek: The Cage (1986) See more »

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great moments, but needs to slow down
8 February 2019 | by hydrorionSee all my reviews

There's a lot happening really fast in this episode. Some great character interactions coming from the introduction of Number One, and beautiful emotional moments with Stamets, Tilly, Burnham, and Saru. It felt a lot more emotionally authentic than a lot of the previous episode, where it seemed like a lot of interactions were heightened needlessly to create drama and stakes. My main complaint, like a great deal of the previous episodes of season 2, is that everything is jam-packed with action and exposition and there is so much happening that should have been spaced out between several episodes. Still, the show has improved greatly from season 1, even if they have a ways to go. Here's hoping some of the groundwork they laid for new stories in future episodes with the plot pays off and isn't just forgotten.


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