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Star Trek: Discovery - Season 1 [2017] (4 discs)

Composer:Jeff Russo
Length:671 minutes
(11 hours 11 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-14
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IMDB Rating:7.4/10
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Synopsis: Michael Burnham makes a decision regarding contact with an alien craft and is tried for mutiny as a result. She eventually finds herself on a research vessel trying to live down the reputation.

Reaction: A well-made season that shows the creators really did their homework into much of Star Trek's mythology. A couple of big parts that appear to be overlooked, though. Enjoyable, but not really classic Star Trek in a few ways.

Personal Rating: 7/10

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Adam Winlove-Smith => Sentinel Klingon (Battle at the Binary Stars)
Arista Arhin => Young Michael Burnham (Battle at the Binary Stars)
Clare McConnell => Dennas (Battle at the Binary Stars)
Damon Runyan => Ujilli (Battle at the Binary Stars)
Kenneth Mitchell => Kol (Battle at the Binary Stars)
Thamela Mpumlwana => Young T'Kuvma (Battle at the Binary Stars)
Ali Momen => Kamran Gant (The Vulcan Hello)
Chris Violette => Britch Weeton (The Vulcan Hello)
Maulik Pancholy => Dr. Anton Nambue (The Vulcan Hello)
Romaine Waite => Troy Januzzi (The Vulcan Hello)
Sam Vartholomeos => Danby Connor (The Vulcan Hello)
Christopher Russell => Milton Richter (Context is for Kings)
Conrad Pla => Stone (Context is for Kings)
Rekha Sharma => Commander Landry (Context is for Kings)
Clint Howard => Creepy Orion (Will You Take My Hand?)
Conrad Coates => Terral (Choose Your Pain)
Rainn Wilson => Harry Mudd (Choose Your Pain)
Harry Judge => Gorch (The Wolf Inside)
Marco Perretta => Star Fleet Medical Doctor (The Wolf Inside)
Riley Gilchrist => Shukar (The Wolf Inside)
Jayne Brook => Admiral Cornwell (The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry)
Wilson Cruz => Dr. Hugh Culber (The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry)
Mia Kirshner => Amanda Grayson (Lethe)
Michael Ayres => Transporter Officer (The War Without, the War Within)
Peter MacNeill => Baron Grimes (Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad)
Adam Kane => Director
Akiva Goldsman => Director
Chris Byrne => Director
David Barrett => Director
David Semel => Director
David Solomon => Director
Douglas Aarniokoski => Director
Hanelle M. Culpepper => Director
John Scott => Director
Jonathan Frakes => Director
Lee Rose => Director
Olatunde Osunsanmi => Director
T.J. Scott => Director
Aaron Harberts => Writer
Alex Kurtzman => Writer
Aron Eli Coleite => Writer
Bo Yeon Kim => Writer
Bryan Fuller => Writer
Erika Lippoldt => Writer
Gretchen J. Berg => Writer
Jesse Alexander => Writer
Joe Menosky => Writer
Jordon Nardino => Writer
Kemp Powers => Writer
Kirsten Beyer => Writer
Lisa Randolph => Writer
Sean Cochran => Writer
Ted Sullivan => Writer
Jeff Russo => Composer
Anthony Rapp => Paul Stamets
Chris Obi => T'Kuvma
Doug Jones => Saru
Emily Coutts => Keyla Detmer
Hannah Cheesman => Lt. Cmdr. Airiam
James Frain => Sarek
Jason Isaacs => Captain Gabriel Lorca
Julianne Grossman => Discovery Computer (voice)
Mary Chieffo => L'Rell
Mary Wiseman => Sylvia Tilly
Michelle Yeoh => Captain Philippa Georgiou
Oyin Oladejo => Joann Owosekun
Patrick Kwok-Choon => Rhys
Ronnie Rowe => Shuttle Pilot (as Ronnie Rowe Jr.)
Sara Mitich => Airiam
Shazad Latif => Ash Tyler / Voq (as Javid Iqbal)
Sonequa Martin-Green => Michael Burnham
Tasia Valenza => Shenzhou Computer (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Vaulting Ambition - At 37 minutes and 53 seconds, this is the shortest live-action episode in ["Star Trek"] history.
  • Will You Take My Hand? - This is the first episode of the ["Star Trek"] franchise to feature urination.
  • The Wolf Inside - This episode has the longest teaser in ["Star Trek"] history at fourteen minutes and six seconds.
  • Vaulting Ambition - The title is a reference to the line "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other" from Act I, Scene VII of William Shakespeare's play "Macbeth".
  • Will You Take My Hand? - Clint Howard (Creepy Orion) previously played Balok in Star Trek: [The Corbomite Maneuver (1966)], Grady in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: [Past Tense: Part II (1995)] and Muk in Star Trek: Enterprise: [Acquisition (2002)]. Howard is the first actor to appear in both [Star Trek (1966)] and [Star Trek: Discovery] (2017). He has the distinction of being the actor whose appearances span the longest time interval (51 years) in the history of the ["Star Trek"] franchise.
  • Into the Forest I Go - Just before the Discovery makes its jump at the end of the episode, you can see Lorca changed the destination to a manual override.
  • Despite Yourself - This is the first episode of the ["Star Trek"] franchise since Star Trek: Voyager: [Prototype(1996)] 22 years earlier to be directed by Jonathan Frakes. In the interim, he directed Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
  • Choose Your Pain - When figuring out the symbiotic evolutionary science behind the spore drive, Burnham delivers a one-sentence explanation of the Navigators of Dune.
  • Despite Yourself - A direct sequel to the Star Trek Enterprise episode [In a Mirror Darkly part I and II] and The Original Series episode [The Tholian Web].
  • Context is for Kings - The code that Stamets gives Burnham to fix has been identified by some as being Microsoft Windows coding, specifically decompiled code for the Stuxnet virus.
  • Captain Lorca is revealed to have a secret laboratory with various skeletons and dissected animals, which the writers dubbed 'Lorca's Menagerie'. It includes a Gorn skeleton, a dissected Tribble and several Cardassian voles.
  • Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad - This is the first episode of the ["Star Trek"] franchise since Star Trek: The Next Generation: [Encounter at Farpoint (1987)] not to feature a cold open.
  • Battle at the Binary Stars - T'Kuvma mentions that the last time the Klingons clashed with the Federation was years ago at Donatu V; this was previously mentioned in [TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles"], in which it was said that the skirmish there was "inconclusive". That episode also established that the skirmish at Donatu V occurred in the year 2245, eleven years before the Battle of the Binary Stars.
  • The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry - In the first scene set in Lorca's menagerie, a Horta from Star Trek: [The Devil in the Dark (1967)] can be spotted in a glass cage behind the Captain. In all later scenes set in the room, the cage is empty.
  • Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum - The episode title translates into English as 'If you wish for peace, prepare for war', and is the motto of the Royal Navy.
  • Battle at the Binary Stars - T'Kuvma actor Chris Obi was so thrilled to have a fight scene with martial arts expert Michelle Yeoh (Captain Georgiou) in this episode that he kept yelling, "I kicked Michelle Yeoh's ass!" on set.
  • Choose Your Pain - This episode marks the fourth appearance of Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd (Rainn Wilson) after [Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966)], [Star Trek: I, Mudd (1967)] and [Star Trek: The Animated Series: Mudd's Passion (1973)]. In all of his previous appearances, he was played by Roger C. Carmel.
  • Tasia Valenza, who provides the voice of the U.S.S. Shenzhou computer, previously played T'Shanik in Star Trek: The Next Generation: [Coming of Age (1988)]. She is the first actor who appeared in a previous incarnation of ["Star Trek"] to appear in [Star Trek: Discovery] (2017).
  • Battle at the Binary Stars - 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)]. 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, shortly after the founding of the Federation.
  • The starship USS Discovery carries the designation NCC-1031. Coincidentally, the Space Shuttle Discovery had the designation of OV-103 and held many of space explorations "firsts" including the first female pilot [?] Eileen Collins.
  • [?] Marc Okrand (born July 3, 1948) is an American linguist. His professional work is in Native American languages, and he is well known as the creator of the Klingon language in the Star Trek franchise.
  • As revealed in an episode of [After Trek (2017)], the aesthetics of the Klingons was inspired by the art of H.R. Giger.
  • The name of Jason Isaacs's character, Captain Gabriel Lorca, is a reference to the Spanish writer and poet [?] Federico García Lorca, killed by fusillade on August 18, 1936, under accusations of being homosexual and a spy for what was then the USSR. His corpse was never found.
  • The Vulcan Hello - While the Klingon death ritual in this episode has some new elements to it, the long-established death howl makes an appearance during Rejac's funeral: the Klingons gathered for the funeral howl not out of grief, but to warn the honored ancestors in Sto-vo-kor that a worthy Klingon warrior is coming to join them. The death howl was first established in TNG: ["Heart of Glory"].
  • The Vulcan Hello - In this episode, Tasia Valenza took over the role as the Federation computer voice, a role Majel Barrett-Roddenberry held from 1966 until her death in 2008.
  • The Vulcan Hello - As Burnham subsequently relays to Georgiou, Sarek explains that the disastrous first contact between Vulcans and Klingons occurred 240 years ago in the H'atoria system. That system was previously mentioned in TNG: ["All Good Things..."] as the site of a small Klingon colony near Federation space. In the alternate future timeline seen in that series finale, Worf had become governor of the colony.
  • [Star Trek: Discovery] is the first Star Trek television series not made in either Hollywood or in the United States. The show is filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios in Canada.
  • Anthony Rapp's character (Paul Stamets) in [Star Trek: Discovery] is loosely based on the Top Mycologist in the world, Paul Stamets. The real [?] Paul Stamets has been seen on Ted Talk and can be found on YouTube.
  • The starship name and title were inspired by the fictional spacecraft Discovery from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and the real life NASA Space Shuttle Discovery. Producers also felt the name reflected what they called a "Sense of Discovery" relating to the overall Star Trek franchise.
  • When Saru asks the computer to list the best captains in Starfleet, living or dead, the list includes Captains Archer (From [Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)]), April (From Gene Roddenberry's original plans for the original series) and Pike (From the original series pilot ["The Cage"]) as well as Captain Georgiou from the first two episodes of [Star Trek: Discovery].
  • Will You Take My Hand? - A slightly updated version of the [Star Trek (1966)] theme was played over the closing credits instead of the usual [Star Trek: Discovery] (2017) closing theme.
  • This series takes place in the prime universe, not the alternate universe, also known as the "Kelvin Timeline".
  • The design of the USS Discovery bears a strong resemblance to the original concept design (by [?] Ralph McQuarrie) of the refitted Enterprise for the canceled 1970s film Star Trek: Planet of the Titans. When that film was canceled, the design was also considered for the canceled television series [Star Trek: Phase II].
  • Will You Take My Hand? - The Centuarian Slugs that are cooking in the wok on Q'onos are featured in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009) (Down Pike's mouth by Nero).
  • Will You Take My Hand? - The "previously on [Star Trek: Discovery]" summary is spoken in Klingon.
  • Captain Christopher Pike will feature in season 2. The events of this season take place 2-3 years after the events in Star Trek: ["The Cage"].
  • As she passed away on December 18, 2008, this is the first Star Trek incarnation (including the animated series and the 2009-2016 film series) not to involve Majel Barrett.