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Battle at the Binary Stars 

Escaping from the brig while the ship is under attack, Burnham joins the captain in an audacious plan to end a battle rapidly escalating into war.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ash Tyler (credit only)
Paul Stamets (credit only)
Sylvia Tilly (credit only)
Captain Gabriel Lorca (credit only)
Young Michael Burnham
Keyla Detmer


Escaping from the brig while the ship is under attack, Burnham joins the captain in an audacious plan to end a battle rapidly escalating into war.

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One of the Federation ships coming to the U.S.S. Shenzou's aid is called the 'Shran', probably named in dedication to Commander (later Ambassador) Shran from Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) and Star Trek (1966). Another ship is called the 'Edison', probably named after Balthazar Edison from Star Trek: Beyond (2016). In the prime timeline, Edison was a decorated veteran of the Xindi and Romulan wars, and went missing with his ship, the U.S.S. Franklin, briefly after the founding of the Federation. See more »


Right after Burnham has finished talking to Sarek we see the USS Shenzhou fly past undamaged. In the previous exterior pull away shot there was major damage and large and sections of the hull were missing around the brig. See more »


Captain Philippa Georgiou: How many Klingon vessels have entered the system?
Saru: Tracking. Twenty-four, Captain.
Michael Burnham: The Klingon High Council consists of twenty-four houses. That can't be a coincidence. The number of ships, it suggests that someone is attempting to unify the Empire again. Against us.
Captain Philippa Georgiou: Commander Burnham, you have endangered your vessel and your shipmates. You have attacked a superior officer. You violated the chain of command. You are relieved of duty. Security, remand her to the brig.
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Very impressed with graphics; this episode cements the atmosphere of the series
28 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

I was very impressed with the ship battle scene. They made phasers actually look threatening and intimidating, not just some nerdy laser that goes "PEWWW." Also the depiction of polarizing the hull plating after it's been damaged was very cool. There are few things I found to be flaws though IMO that's more just personal biases. The constant Klingon is getting pretty annoying. The problem is they talk slow. You see a sentence on the bottom. I finished reading. They're still saying the same sentence for like 10 more seconds!

I understand they're trying to be more realistic and more authentic... but then why would they translate "We come in peace" in English? Also these Klingons are also fluent in English it seems. We're able to look past that trope and just accept "Sure they're only speaking English to make it easier for us." From an artistic perspective, what they did was impressive... but it's still annoying to watch especially considering Star Trek is based on dialogue, not action.

Aside from these gripes, I found this to be pretty good episode. I'm really wondering how the story will end up. I seriously did not expect that ending. I had assumed they'd forget the incident and have Michael instated as captain of that ship.

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