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Choose Your Pain 

While on a mission, Lorca is captured by the Klingons and unexpectedly finds himself in the company of prisoner of war Starfleet Lieutenant Ash Tyler and notorious criminal Harry Mudd.


Lee Rose


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Bryan Fuller (created by) | 10 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Michael Burnham
Doug Jones ... Saru
Shazad Latif ... Ash Tyler
Anthony Rapp ... Paul Stamets
Mary Wiseman ... Sylvia Tilly
Jason Isaacs ... Captain Gabriel Lorca
Jayne Brook ... Admiral Cornwell
Mary Chieffo ... L'Rell
Wilson Cruz ... Dr. Hugh Culber
Rainn Wilson ... Harry Mudd
Conrad Coates ... Terral
Emily Coutts ... Keyla Detmer
Julianne Grossman ... Discovery Computer (voice)
Patrick Kwok-Choon ... Rhys
Sara Mitich ... Airiam


While on a mission, Lorca is captured by the Klingons and unexpectedly finds himself in the company of prisoner of war Starfleet Lieutenant Ash Tyler and notorious criminal Harry Mudd.

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

15 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rainn Wilson (who plays Mudd) previously held the role of Dwight Schrute on the The Office comedy series. His character was a mega fan of pop culture, episodically referencing Star Trek and especially Vulcans. See more »


[Lorca is held prisoner by the Klingons, together with a certain Harry Mudd]
Captain Gabriel Lorca: Where are we?
Harry Mudd: On a resort off Antares Minor. You should try the spa. The hot-stone massage is delightful.
Captain Gabriel Lorca: Where are we?
Harry Mudd: Typical Starfleet. No fun at all.
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Getting' Better!
16 October 2017 | by ranhinesSee all my reviews

Enjoying the series so far. I've heard the criticisms about whether this is Trek or not. I think it is. I have a friend who posits that the characters are actually in the Mirror Universe and are evil. No, there's no evil unless you're talking the evils of war and what humans, any of us, would do in a similar circumstance.

To say there's no precedence for these characters' behaviors is not to understand a few episodes across the Trek universe that were considered classics: DS9's "In the Pale Moonlight" where Sisko looks the other way while Garak assassinates the Romulan Senator Vreenak under false pretenses to bring the Romulans into the war with the Dominion. DS9, where Nog lost his leg, surrounded by Star Fleet officers who had the months-long task of holding their position against impossible odds -- those weren't your typical "Roddenberry" types. "Yesterday's Enterprise" where they were at war with the Klingons. Is anyone seeing a pattern here?

When Quark rightly spoke the following (paraphrased): Federation (Roddenberry) ideals are fine while your belly is full. Take that away and you really see who people are. Discovery is showing humanity for all it's worth...the good and the bad...in times of FREAKING WAR! That's real. That's appropriate.

I'll bet if Roddenberry were alive today, he would be onboard. Hey, even his son is.

If there had been an episode in any of the previous Treks where some character spoke a throwaway line that "there's only been one instance of mutiny in the history of Starfleet", I think the same critics would be onboard then.

And in spite of all this criticism, last eve's episode was a paean to so much Star Trek lore it was delicious...and to setup conflict via the tardigrade and resolve that same conflict in glorious "Roddenberry" fashion at the end was a beautiful thing. It's far more compelling to be in a dark place to eventually get to that Federation ideal we love so much...that's the conflict...that's the struggle...that's the tension. That's GOOD writing! It will make getting to that Utopia all the more sweet when it comes.

So, people, be realistic. Be reasonable. There's little more human than what was depicted in this episode. Chill out!

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