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Still stranded in the mirror universe, Burnham faces her first test when she is sent to destroy a colony of rebels. Meanwhile, Tyler's flashbacks to his torture at the hands of the Klingons becomes increasingly violent...
Alrighty, so this is the episode where Burnham, Tyler and (to a lesser extent on screen) Lorca bed in for their deep cover assignment to capture the data on the U.S.S. Defiant. And to those looking to hate the series they find many inaccuracies with the way Burnham and Tyler behave - who has time to sleep on the job, or have 'relations' etc... well I guess you can also look at it another way - they're here for who knows how long, so they have to maintain and build on the cover.

Redesigning the Andorians and the Tellarites irked me- why couldn't they use the Enterprise era designs? Change for changes sake annoys me. On the other hand, the design of the rebel base was very similar to that mining colony in Marauders from Enterprise's second season.

This review comes on my second viewing of the episode, having already seen the next episode and knowing the twist that is to come... it's interesting to watch Lorca's face when the Emperor communicates with Michael on the bridge at the end of this episode.

The big revelation for this episode of Tyler being Voq (who didn't see that coming...?), he's the first person Michael has loved and he's betrayed her, so much so that she's willing to fully embrace her mirror universe persona for a brief moment.
Starring:
Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca
Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham
Doug Jones as Lieutenant Commander Saru
Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Ash Tyler
Anthony Rapp as Lieutenant Paul Staments
Mary Wiseman as Cadet Sylvia Tilly
Guest Starring:
Wilson Cruz
James Frain
Michelle Yeoh
Emily Coutts

Written By:
Lisa Randolph
Directed By:
TJ Scott
                                       
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