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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.


Adam Kane


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Bryan Fuller (created by) | 8 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Michael Burnham
Doug Jones ... Saru
Shazad Latif ... Ash Tyler / Voq (as Javid Iqbal) (credit only)
Anthony Rapp ... Paul Stamets (credit only)
Mary Wiseman ... Sylvia Tilly (credit only)
Jason Isaacs ... Captain Gabriel Lorca (credit only)
Michelle Yeoh ... Captain Philippa Georgiou
Mary Chieffo ... L'Rell
James Frain ... Sarek
Kenneth Mitchell ... Kol
Chris Obi ... T'Kuvma
Terry Serpico ... Brett Anderson
Sam Vartholomeos ... Danby Connor
Arista Arhin ... Young Michael Burnham
Emily Coutts ... 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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English | Klingon

Release Date:

24 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The idea of a Starfleet captain, the commanding officer of a Starfleet ship, venturing aboard an enemy's vessel in a shuttlecraft was not only discussed here but also done in the film Star Trek, in that case with Captain Robau traveling to the Romulan mining vessel Narada. See more »


After Georgiou is killed, Saru tells Michael that he cannot get a transporter fix on Georgieu due to lack of life signs. Traditionally in the Star Trek universe, transporter fixes were on comm badges. Even if this series takes place in a time when sensor technology allowed remote monitoring of body signs, they would not abandon using comm badges as locator tags. See more »


Captain Philippa Georgiou: "All warfare is based on deception. When you are able to attack, you must seem unable."
Saru: Sun Tzu. I recognize the quote. But I fear we are deceiving no one. We are most definitely unable to attack.
Captain Philippa Georgiou: We have no weapons, no warp, no countermove at all. The Klingons have us.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Discovery: Choose Your Pain (2017) See more »

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Very impressed with graphics; this episode cements the atmosphere of the series
28 September 2017 | by joekinplayaSee 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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