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Discovery and its crew are drawn into an investigation of seven unidentified signals detected across the galaxy, bringing Captain Christopher Pike aboard and leading Burnham to explore her relationship with her foster brother, Spock. (Season premiere)
Following on the heels of Michael Burnham's mutiny aboard the USS Shenzhou, the death of Captain Philippa Georgiou and the rescue of her mirror universe counterpart, Burnham's service aboard the USS Discovery, the death and revelation of Gabriel Lorca's true identity, and the conclusion of the Federation-Klingon War, the Discovery is met by the USS Enterprise.
She thinks back to being brought to Sarek and Amanda Grayson's home on Vulcan for the first time, her first encounter with Amanda, and her introduction to Spock - drawing alone in his room; pondering if she is, even now, ready to understand the story of "the girl who made the stars..." Young Burnham extends a hand of friendship to young Spock, only to have him slam his drawing-room door shut before her and his family.
Snapped back to the present on the bridge of the Discovery, Saru is attempting to determine the condition of the Enterprise. Joann Owosekun at Ops reports the Enterprise is completely offline, though Burnham confirms life support is still functioning, with a full crew of 203. Ensign Sylvia Tilly joins to suggest using Morse code, allowing Captain Christopher Pike to request to transport aboard with a science and engineering officer. At the thought of being reunited with Spock so unexpectedly, both Ambassador Sarek and Burnham note to each other they had not expected to encounter Spock ever again.
Act One Edit
As they make their way to the transporter room, Saru notices that Burnham's endochrine system is running very high, which he attributes to her anxiety about meeting Spock again after so long. Burnham heatedly retorts that she is on a mission and in problem-solving mode, and that is what he senses. Saru is unconvinced, but lets it go as they enter the transporter room. Burnham then asks if Saru had any siblings; he mentions his sister, Siranna, remarking that he does not expect to be reunited with her. The tranporter energies, beaming aboard three officers in the newer Starfleet uniforms: Captain Pike, his engineer Commander Nhan, and his science officer - not Spock as Burnham was expecting, but Lt. Evan Connolly. Pike informs Saru that he has been sent by Starfleet to assume command of Discovery, under Regulation 19, Section C. Saru remarks that only there are only three contingencies for that regulation - an imminent threat to the Federation, danger to Federation citizens, or there are no officers of equal or higher rank to mitigate the threat - and asks for which of them Pike is there for. "All of them," is Pike's reply.
As they make their way to the bridge, Pike explains that over the past 24 hours, Federation sensors have detected seven red bursts spread out across more than 30,000 light years, appearing in perfect synchronization just long enough to be scanned, and then vanishing - all save one. Saru points out the perfect synchronization rules out a natural phenomenon, asking if it was some kind of signal. Pike confirms that's what Starfleet believes; Connolly adds that whenever the Enterprise tried to scan the bursts, the computer went haywire, with Burnham comparing it to a compass at the North Pole. Upon learning her identity, Pike remarks that "he said you were smart", and that they had "someone in common"; Burnham admits she had expected to see Spock when Pike beamed aboard. Saru wonders if the phenomenon is a temporal anomaly or a black hole, which cause similar distortions. Connolly replies that neither fit the scale; the single burst stabilized long enough to have its coordinates plotted, and Pike had ordered the Enterprise to intercept when it suffered ship-wide system failure, necessitating his move to the Discovery while the Enterprise is towed back to Spacedock.
On the bridge, Pike has his DNA scanned for verification before he takes command, and his Starfleet file appears on the main viewer. Pike points out his commendations, his diagnosis of childhood asthma, and his failing grade in Astrophysics at Starfleet Academy. He explains that he knows about Lorca, and understands that the crew will have doubts about an outsider as captain, but emphasizes that he is not Lorca. He then explains the mission, and the reason he moved to the Discovery is because the Federation is not willing to wait to see if it's a friendship message or a declaration of malice, and orders Keyla Detmer to plot the coordinates of the remaining signal.
Act Two Edit
In Engineering, Lt. Commander Paul Stamets replays a holomessage from his deceased partner, Dr. Hugh Culber, when he is approached by Tilly, who is overseeing the removal of the spore drive equipment and converting the engine room back to standard. Stamets reveals to Tilly that after the Paris peace summit that ended the Klingon war ("Will You Take My Hand?"), he accepted a permanent teaching position at the Vulcan Science Academy. He compares his ordeal during the war to a prima donna in Kasseelian opera, who trains her whole life for a single performance before committing suicide, and admits that he sees Culber everywhere he looks aboard Discovery. Starfleet has accepted Stamets' transfer, albeit postponed due to Pike's mission. Tilly tries to convince him to stay.
In her quarters, Burnham reads Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, hearing Amanda reading it to her, when Sarek visits her. He remarks that he is returning to Vulcan when the ship drops out of warp, and that the Vulcan High Command is assembling an expedition to investigate the signals the Enterprise detected. He has also been in contact with High Chancellor L'Rell, who denies the Klingons are involved. Burnham asks Sarek why he thinks Spock did not come aboard; Sarek replies that perhaps Spock is devoting his time to repairing the Enterprise. Burnham then asks what Sarek expected Spock to learn from her when he brought her into his household. Sarek believes that Burnham would have taught him empathy, needed to interact with humans, but he doesn't believe Spock ever accepted Burnham. Burnham says that he may have, "for a time". As he leaves, Sarek advises her to look at the problem ahead, rather than behind.
Burnham returns to the bridge just as Discovery drops out of warp in the middle of a massive debris field, and the signal appears to have vanished. A large chunk of debris misses the ship by only 700 meters; the point of near-impact was at the exact coordinates of the signal. Saru and Burnham indicate that the object is an interstellar asteroid travelling at 5,000 KPH, and that it has an atmosphere, clouding sensors with hyper-charged particles. Detmer reports the ship is caught in a fluctuating gravity well. Burnham suggests using Discovery's telescopic cameras, used for hull repairs, to scan the surface. As Detmer tries to keep up with the asteroid, Discovery bounces off its gravity well, causing its trajectory to change into a collision course with a pulsar, which will incinerate the rock within five hours. Burnham then reports that there is a Starfleet ship crash-landed on the surface. Saru, with his superior vision, is able to read the registry number, NCC-815 - the USS Hiawatha, a medical frigate believed lost to the Klingons ten months earlier. Pike orders a landing party.
On their way to the hangar, Tilly explains that the sensors in Engineering picked up mycelial activity they had not seen since they found the tardigrade on the USS Glenn ("Choose Your Pain"), and asks Burnham to recover a sample of the asteroid. Pike, Burnham, Nham and Connolly take the ship's lander pods, which are designed for high-gravity situations, into the debris field. From the bridge, Detmer reports that the gravimetric pressure on the rock inflates the debris to the point of explosion; the remark triggers Saru's threat ganglia. The magnetic distortions interfere with the landers' autopilots, forcing them to resort to manual control. Connolly flies ahead of them, despite Burnham's protests that his field of flight is too wide, and refuses Pike's orders to fall back just as a piece of debris smashes into his pod, killing him. The debris damages Pike's pod, and his auto-ejection system fails. Burnham convinces Pike to let her use her own ejection system to stop Pike's freefall. Just before impacting with the asteroid, Detmer remotely activates Burnham's thruster pack. Saru anxiously calls for a report; Burnham reports that they have touched down safely. Relieved, Saru's ganglia retract as he sinks into the captain's chair.
Act Three Edit
Pike, Burnham and Nham navigate into the wreckage of the Hiawatha, when they are met with a trio of customized probes made from salvaged Starfleet tech. A voice calls them "kids", and calls for the landing party to enter the wreck. The voice guides them through an emergency shelter inside the wreck, which has a breathable atmosphere. As they enter Sickbay, they find the voice belongs to the ship's chief engineer, Commander "Jet" Reno, who is working to stabilize members of the crew, most of whom are in stasis. She remarks that she had decided not to vaporize the landing party when she saw their Starfleet insignia, having been expecting "someone with a bat'leth"; Pike and Burnham inform her that the war is over. Reno explains they had been en route to Starbase 36 when they were attacked, and that most of the war wounded were evacuated in escape pods before the crash. She stayed behind to keep the critical cases alive; she replies "the body's just a machine" when Nham points out that she was an engineer, not a surgeon.
Burnham restores power to the Hiawatha's transporter room, and has pattern enhancers set up to strengthen the signal, allowing the Discovery to beam out the survivors six at a time. Forced to keep shields down to transport the survivors, Saru orders evasive manuevers even as the ship takes impact from the debris. As Pike, Nham, Reno and the last survivors prepare to beam out, the transporter loses power; Burnham is able to reroute, but is knocked aside by an explosion just as the others beam out. Forced to navigate through the exploding vessel, Burnham returns to the outside just as she is knocked out by a flying piece of debris.
Act Four Edit
Burnham regains consciousness, a piece of superheated shrapnel stuck in her leg. As she looks up, she sees an angelic figure in the flames...then after a moment, the figure is replaced by Pike, who came back to rescue Burnham, beaming back to Discovery. Burnham grabs onto a sample from the asteroid, but the rock fails to transport with her. An anxious Tilly visits Burnham in Sickbay, where Burnham explains what happened with the rock, which means the asteroid is not entirely made of baryonic matter, which could explain the gravitational energy. Burnham shows Tilly a projection of the closest pieces of debris they could capture. Tilly sets up a gravity simulator in the shuttlebay. With his mission complete, Pike turns the bridge over to Saru, who orders Detmer to keep the astroid fragment in Discovery's wake. The fragment impacts hard inside the bay, but is captured by the gravity simulator, at which point Saru orders the ship to withdraw.
In the ready room, Pike - now wearing a Starfleet uniform similar to that of the Discovery crew - meets with Burnham, explaining that the Enterprise will require more repairs, and that he and Saru have "joint custody" of the ship. As they walk through the decks, Burnham admits that she is the reason she and Spock do not speak, and says that she would like to go over to the Enterprise to see him. Pike replies that Spock is on leave; Starfleet had ordered the Enterprise to remain on its five-year mission, sitting out the war, which took a toll on Pike and his crew. Pike remarked that Spock had asked where the logic was of staying away if there would be nothing to return to, and was able to show the crew that logic was the beginning of the answer, not the end. A few months earlier, Pike noticed a shift in Spock, as if he had "run into a question he couldn't answer", which he refused to share with Pike or anyone else. As Spock was one of his officers, Pike trusted him implicitly and allowed him to go on leave without asking why. Burnham still wishes to go over to the Enterprise to find out for herself.
Burnham enters Spock's quarters and looks around the room, searching for something. She finds his old drawing table and accesses his latest personal log, in which Spock remarks that he had been plagued by nightmares as a child, which his mother taught him to control by drawing. The nightmares have returned, showing the same vision, and Spock now understood their meaning; he encoded the "vision" within the audio file to be played in the event of his death. Burnham activates the drawing table, showing the map of the seven red bursts, and realizing what Spock had seen.
Memorable quotes Edit
"I see where the Federation puts its pennies."
"Do not covet they neighbor's starship, commander. Besides, we've got the new uniforms."
"And lovely uniforms, they are. Captain."
- - Nhan, Pike, Saru, and Burnham
"I was expecting a red thing. Where's my damn red thing?"
- - Christopher Pike, after not seeing a mysterious red burst that he had been searching for
"We've been rockin' and rollin' for hours. Can someone tell me what's going on?"
"This asteroid is on a collision course with a pulsar. The gravitational field is gonna tear this place apart."
"Oh, what a relief. I thought we were all gonna die."
- - Reno and Burnham
"Wherever our mission takes us, we'll try to have a little fun along the way, too, huh? Make a little noise? Ruffle a few feathers."
- - Christopher Pike, to Michael Burnham, on Discovery's new mission
Log entries Edit
- "Personal log. As a child, I had what my mother called nightmares. She taught me to control my fear by drawing it, rendering fear powerless. The nightmares have returned. The same vision, again and again. I now understand its meaning and where it must lead me. In the event of my death, I have encoded it within this audio file. This may be my last entry aboard the Enterprise."
Background information Edit
- Alex Kurtzman was announced as directing the season premiere in March 2018. 
- Filming on the episode began on 16 April 2018. 
- This is the first episode of Discovery that doesn't have a companion After Trek episode.
- Anson Mount is the fourth actor to portray the character of Christopher Pike. Jeffrey Hunter originated the role in TOS: "The Cage", and Sean Kenney portrayed an older disfigured Christopher Pike in TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I" and "The Menagerie, Part II". Bruce Greenwood portrayed his alternate reality counterpart.
- Liam Hughes and Ethan Peck are the most recent actors to portray the character of Spock. Leonard Nimoy originated the role in TOS: "The Cage"; actors Carl Steven, Vadia Potenza, Stephen Manley, and Joe W. Davis portrayed Spock at ages nine, thirteen, seventeen, and twenty-five in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, respectively. The young Spock from TAS: "Yesteryear" was voiced by Billy Simpson. Jacob Kogan portrayed Spock's alternate reality counterpart as a young boy, while Zachary Quinto portrayed alternate Spock as an adult.
Production history Edit
- 16 April 2018: Filming begins 
- 3 January 2019: Title publicly revealed 
- 17 January 2019: Premiere airdate on CBS All Access
- 18 January 2019: International release date (outside Canada and the USA)
Links and references Edit
- Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham
- Doug Jones as Saru
- Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets
- Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly
- Wilson Cruz as Hugh Culber
Guest starring Edit
- Hannah Cheesman as Lt. Cmdr. Airiam
- Emily Coutts as Lt. Keyla Detmer
- Patrick Kwok-Choon as Lt. Gen Rhys
- Oyin Oladejo as Lt. Joann Owosekun
- Ronnie Rowe Jr. as Lt. R.A. Bryce
- Ethan Peck as Spock V.O.
- Sean Connolly Affleck as Lt. Connolly
- Rachael Ancheril as Cmdr. Nhan
- Arista Arhin as Young Michael Burnham
- Raven Dauda as Dr. Tracy Pollard
- Julianne Grossman as Discovery Computer
- Liam Hughes as Young Spock
- Sara Mitich as Lt. Nilsson
- David Benjamin Tomlinson as Linus
Uncredited co-stars Edit
Stunt doubles Edit
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- Christopher Pike personnel file references: Advanced Navigation; Advanced Tactical; allergic reaction; Ancient Philosophies; Antares, USS; Aryabhatta, USS; asthma; Astrophysics; Campbell Award; campus; Carrington Award; childhood; Chatelet, USS; Communications; Decoration for Gallantry; Earth; Earth History; Extended Tour Ribbon; Federation Citation of Honor; fracture; Graduating class of 3201.14; infection; Interspecies Protocol; Legate's Crest of Valor; Legion of Honor; Medal of Commendation; Medal of Excellence; medical leave; Okuda Award; Order of Tactics; Proficient Service Medallion; Rigel Cup; San Francisco; Scientific Legion of Honor; space sickness; Star Cross; Starfleet Academy; Starfleet Award of Valor; Starfleet database; Starfleet Silver Palm; Survival Strategies; Tactical Analysis
- "Brother" at StarTrek.com, the official Star Trek website
- "Brother" at Memory Beta, the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
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