Despite Yourself

Star Trek: DiscoveryStardate not given: Mere moments after Discovery‘s latest spore drive jump, it’s obvious that the ship isn’t where it’s supposed to be. Rather than Starbase 46, Discovery is surrounded by debris from Klingon vessels, but not just any Klingon vessels: they were crewed by Vulcans and Andorians. Analysis of a data core from the wreckage reveals that Discovery has jumped into another universe, a parallel timeline in which the xenophobic Terran Empire wages war against all those not from (or subjugated by) Earth. The Empire’s reign of terror dates back to the 21st century arrival of Vulcans on postwar Earth, but its reach was rapidly accelerated by the arrival of a more advanced starship from a variation of its own future. Discovery‘s crew has to act the part to find a way back to their own universe, and their own war, without arousing enough suspicion to get themselves killed.

Stream this episode via Amazonwritten by Sean Cochran
directed by Jonathan Frakes
music by Jeff Russo

Star Trek DiscoveryCast: Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Sam Vartholomeos (Captain Connor), Emily Coutts (Keyla Detmer), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Rhys), Julianne Grossman (Discovery Computer), Sara Mitich (Airiam), Alo Momen (Kamran Gant), Oyin Oladejo (Joann Owosekun), Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Bryce), Chris Violette (Britch Weeton), Romaine Waite (Troy Januzzi)

Star Trek DiscoveryNotes: The Defiant‘s arrival from the future is chronicled in parts one and two of In A Mirror Darkly (2005), one of Star Trek: Enterprise‘s final adventures, though the ship’s initial disappearance from several years into Discovery’s future was first seen in 1968‘s The Tholian Web.

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The Wolf Inside

Star Trek: DiscoveryStardate not given: Aboard the Shenzhou, “Captain” Burnham receives orders to wipe out an enclave of an organized resistance. These renegades, inclduing Klingons, Vulcans, Andorians and Tellarites, have banded together to fight the xenophobic oppression of the Terran Empire. With Tyler at her side, Burnham beams down to meet with the resistance leader – the Klingon known in Burnham’s timeline as Voq. The sight of Voq has a strange effect on Tyler; moments after this timeline’s Sarek establishes that Burnham is telling the truth, Tyler screams in Klingon and attacks Voq, but is nearly killed for his trouble. Burnham manages to plead for his life and return to the Shenzhou, where Tyler admits that his recent confusion and flashes of trauma are a glimpse into a horrifying surgical procedure that transformed him from Klingon to human.

Stream this episode via Amazonwritten by Lisa Randolph
directed by T.J. Scott
music by Jeff Russo

Star Trek DiscoveryCast: Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler / Voq), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), James Frain (Sarek), Michelle Yeoh (Emperor Georgiou), Emily Coutts (Keyla Detmer), Riley Gilchrist (Shukar), Julianne Grossman (Discovery Computer), Devon MacDonald (Service Engineer), Alo Momen (Kamran Gant), Dwain Murphy (Captain Maddox), Tasia Valenzia (Shenzhou Computer), Chris Violette (Britch Weeton), Romaine Waite (Troy Januzzi)

Star Trek DiscoveryNotes: After months of fan speculation, Voq and Ash Tyler are revealed to be one and the same. This episode features the first Andorians and Tellarites seen since Star Trek: Enterprise, as well as continuing the odd Mirror Universe tradition of male Vulcans wearing goatees (Spock, Soval, and now Sarek; only Tuvok seems to have bucked the trend).

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Vaulting Ambition

Star Trek: DiscoveryStardate not given: Burnham and Lorca brace themselves for a reunion of sorts with Emperor Philippa Georgiou, ruler of the Terran Empire. For Burnham, it’s like seeing a ghost of the captain she admired and then betrayed, but for Lorca, it’s a trip back to the agonizer booth. Stamets, still unconscious in the spore chamber of Discovery‘s engine room, meets his counterpart from the alternate universe, but is unimpressed with the other Stamets’ ends-justify-the-means approach…and indeed leaves his other self behind when he thinks he spots Dr. Culber. Burnham, under threat of death, reveals the truth to Georgiou…who, in turn, reveals that Burnham’s recent twists of fate have been deliberately engineered by someone native to this treacherous timeline.

Stream this episode via Amazonwritten by Jordon Nardino
directed by Hanelle M. Culpepper
music by Jeff Russo

Star Trek DiscoveryCast: Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler / Voq), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Michelle Yeoh (Emperor Georgiou), Sam Asante (Senior Guard), Jeremy Crittenden (Lord Eling), Raven Dauda (Dr. Pollard), Billy Maclellan (Barlow), Dwain Murphy (Captain Maddox), Tasia Valenzia (Shenzhou Computer), Marie Ward (Junior Guard)

Star Trek DiscoveryNotes: The “interphase” referred to here, along with the resulting homicidal madness that consumed the original 23rd century crew of the Defiant (TOS: The Tholian Web), was a product of Tholian experiments conducted in the mirror universe in the 22nd century, which eventually dragged the 23rd century Defiant back in time and across the divide between timelines (as detailed in Enterprise: In A Mirror Darkly).

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What’s Past Is Prologue

Star Trek: DiscoveryStardate 1834.2: Having learned that Captain Lorca is, in fact, a native of the other timeline, Burnham races to contact Discovery to warn Saru of what she has learned. Lorca’s insurrection against Emperor Georgiou comes to a head, and Burnham is caught in the middle. On Discovery, Saru and the crew brainstorm a mission to attack Georgiou’s flagship, the Charon, to rescue Burnham and destroy Charon‘s power source, unleashing a torrent of mycelial energy in the process, allowing Discovery to return to its native timeline. But Discovery may not survive the rescue attempt, Georgiou may not survive Lorca’s attempt to seize the throne, and Burnham may not be able to resist the temptation to undo a tragedy for which she feels responsible.

Stream this episode via Amazonwritten by Ted Sullivan
directed by Olatunde Osunsame
music by Jeff Russo

Star Trek DiscoveryCast: Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler / Voq), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Michelle Yeoh (Emperor Georgiou), Rekha Sharma (Landry), Emily Coutts (Keyla Detmer), Jeremy Crittenden (Lord Eling), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Rhys), Sara Mitich (Airiam), Oyin Oladejo (Joann Owosekun), Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Bryce)

Star Trek DiscoveryNotes: Mirror Lorca’s attempt to beam away from the crippled Buran in the middle of an ion storm mirrors the transporter accident that took Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Scotty to the Mirror universe in Mirror, Mirror (1967).

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