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Bypassing Starfleet's orders, Lorca uses the USS Discovery crew's ultimate asset, the ship itself, in an effort to end the war with the Klingons once and for all.

Summary Edit

Memorable quotes Edit

"We are about to face the most difficult challenge we have ever attempted. Today, we stare down the bow of the Ship of the Dead, the very same ship that took thousands of our own at the Battle of the Binary Stars. When I took command of this vessel, you were a crew of polite scientists. Now, I look at you. You are fierce warriors all. No other Federation vessel would have a chance of pulling this off. Just us. Because mark my words: you will look back proudly and tell the world you were there the day the USS Discovery saved Pahvo and ended the Klingon War."

- Gabriel Lorca, addressing the crew of the USS Discovery

Background information Edit

  • According to Trekcore, this episode's title comes from a quote by John Muir: "And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul." [1]
  • Stamets offers to take Culber to see a production of La bohème. Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz both appeared (at different times) in the musical Rent, which is based on La bohème.

Continuity Edit

  • This episode is the first Star Trek episode or film to feature a romantic kiss between two men. It aired over twenty-two years after the first romantic kiss between two women in DS9: "Rejoined".
Stamets and Culber kiss

Stamets and Culber kiss

  • This episode is the first Star Trek episode or film to show female nipples on-screen, albeit briefly in a character's nightmare.
  • Lorca was previously shown studying his multicolored holographic display of the parallel universes in earlier first season installments "Lethe" (when Admiral Cornwell arrived aboard the Discovery) and "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" (in a montage at the start of that episode).

Reception Edit

  • CBS All Access promoted this episode as the end of "Chapter One". Although still considered "Season One" as a whole, the next episode will premiere eight weeks later, as the premiere of "Chapter Two". This episode is the first time a "mid-season finale" has been used in a Star Trek series. Whilst previous series often had periods which did not see a new first-run episode being broadcast (usually rerunning earlier episodes in the interim), particularly when in syndication, this is the first explicit broadcast break in a Star Trek series.
  • Star Trek: Discovery Co-Executive Producer and Writer Ted Sullivan thoroughly approved of this episode. "It is 'Balance of Terror' good," he enthused. "They blew it out [of the water ....] I'm predicting that people's heads will explode that they wrote something so... I had such episode envy when I read the script and went, 'Ahh!'" (After Trek: "Episode 7")
  • Laura Hudson of the Verge wrote an editorial praising the episode for raising the topic of male rape victims. [2]

Production history Edit

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Stand-in Edit

References Edit

algorithm; Battle of the Binary Stars; black alert; boarding party; Briar Patch; burial chamber; Castor; clearing; cloaking device; cloaking frequency; command stations; Decker; digoxin; EM radiation; evasive pattern; forest; fortune cookie; Georgiou, Philippa; gravitational field; Kasseelian opera; kiss; La bohème; Legion of Honor; life signs; light; medial temporal lobe; mek'leth; moon; mycelial network; negative mass; Pahvan transmitter; Pahvo; Pahvo system; parallel universes; pattern simulator; PTSD; ready room; Risa; Sarcophagus; sensor; shock; sinoatrial node; spore delivery system; spore drive; Starbase 46; Starbase 88; T'Kuvma; torturer; white matter

External links Edit

Previous episode:
"Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum"
Star Trek: Discovery
Season 1
Next episode:
"Despite Yourself"

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