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With tensions and stakes high as Starfleet continues in their efforts to end the war with the Klingons, Burnham begins to settle in to her new position aboard the USS Discovery.
Act One Edit
Act Two Edit
Act Three Edit
Act Four Edit
Memorable quotes Edit
"You judge the creature by its appearance, and one single incident from its past. Nothing in its biology suggests it would attack, except in self-defense. Commander, this creature is an unknown alien. It can only be what it is, not what you want it to be."
- - Michael Burnham, to Ellen Landry
"The phaser will only piss him off."
"Think of it as a placebo for my skepticism."
- - Burnham and Stamets before observing the Tardigrade interacting with the spores
"Let's send our Klingon friends a message they won't forget."
- - Gabriel Lorca before the USS Discovery destroys multiple Klingon ships
"Hello Michael. I hope that wherever this finds you, you are well. I imagine you have your own command now. The captain of your own ship. I have always tried to show you by example. The best way to know yourself is to know others. You are curious, an explorer. So I am leaving you my most beloved possession, handed down through my family for centuries. My hope is that you will use it to continue to investigate the mysteries of the universe, both inside and out, and keep your eyes and heart open always. Goodbye, Michael, and good luck. Know that I am as proud of you as if you were my own daughter. Take good care. But most importantly, take good care of those in your care. "
- - Philippa Georgiou's recorded message, delivered posthumously to Michael Burnham
Background information Edit
- The episode's title was revealed on 18 September 2017.  The title is the second longest of all of Star Trek's more than 700 episodes, slightly shorter than the TOS episode title "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky".
- Despite being credited, Shazad Latif (Ash Tyler) does not appear in this episode.
- Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou) is credited as a Special guest star and appears only in a recording.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Discovery's medical officer, Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz).
- The events of this episode take place a day after DIS: "Context Is for Kings".
- This episode reveals that Kol is a member of the House of Kor. In his two appearances to date, Kol has expressed very elitist sentiments, looking down on T'Kuvma for not being a member of the upper aristocracy and on the various social outcasts, like Voq, who T'Kuvma welcomed into his House. This appears to be a call-back to DS9: "Once More Unto the Breach", in which it was explained that Kor himself denied Martok's application to the KDF's officer corps, because his family were not nobles, but from the lowlands of Ketha Province (a poor backwater region).
- L'Rell reveals that both she and Voq ate Philippa Georgiou's corpse, partially out of revenge, partially because they were on the verge of starvation.
- Corvan II was previously mentioned in TNG: "New Ground", which stated that the Corvan gilvo was on the verge of extinction due to extensive industrial pollution on that planet – matching the information given in this episode that Corvan II is a major industrial hub, its mines producing forty percent of the Federation's entire dilithium supply.
- This episode is the first time that Saru's "threat ganglia" have been referred to by name.
- By being born in 2226, Michael Burnham is revealed to be four years older than Spock, who was born in 2230 (Stardate 2230.06, revealed in Star Trek Beyond; the date would be the same for both Spock Prime and the alternate-reality Spock, since it is three years before the Narada arrived from 2387 in the turn of events that created the alternate reality).
- The "end transmission" screen at the end of the distress call from Corvan II heavily references the cover of the Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual both in the logo and in the font used.
- In the first scene set in Lorca's menagerie, what seems to be a Horta in a glass cage can briefly be seen. In all later scenes set in the set, the cage is empty.
Reception and aftermath Edit
Production history Edit
- 18 September 2017: Title publicly revealed 
- 8 October 2017: Premiere airdate on CBS All Access
- 9 October 2017: 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
Special guest star Edit
Guest starring Edit
- Jayne Brook as Katrina Cornwell
- Mary Chieffo as L'Rell
- Wilson Cruz as Hugh Culber
- Kenneth Mitchell as Kol
- Rekha Sharma as Ellen Landry
- Dennis Andres as Engineer Rance
- Emily Coutts as Keyla Detmer
- Jordana Blake as Betarian Girl
- Julianne Grossman as Discovery Computer
- Javid Iqbal as Voq
- Sara Mitich as Airiam
- Oyin Oladejo as Joann Owosekun
- Christopher Russell as Milton Richter
- Tasia Valenza as Shenzhou Computer
Uncredited co-star Edit
- Emma Shannon as ADR voice
Stunt doubles and stand-ins Edit
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