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Unable to stem the tide of surprise attacks by Klingons with invisibilty screens, Burnham, Tyler and Saru attempt to modify a beacon on the planet Pahvo…

The Trekzone Review

Well, that felt a little original series-ish with a mystery on an alien world that looked a little like Earth with just enough set dressing to suspend the disbelief. I’m still not comfortable with Saru, I want to know what his deal is – and why we never see his kind again in Starfleet.

Elsewhere, in the opening act, we got our first taste of starship combat in this new era and boy it was nice even without phasers, photon torpedos and ships that look like the Connie. There was the right balance between a crew that aren’t pure warriors and action out in the void of space and for the first time in a long time the toll of the losses on our characters faces are there for us to see. They want to mourn the dead at the right time.

The episode has me counting down to the mid-season finale with Staments delirious from all the spore jumps, Saru lamenting his actions on the planet and Lorca, Burnham and Tyler on the bridge preparing to fight the sarcophagus ship.

Cast and Crew


Jason Isaacs as Gabriel Lorca

Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham

Doug Jones as Saru

Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler

Anthony Rapp as Paul Staments

Mary Wiseman as Slyvia Tilly

Guest Cast

Jayne Brook

Mary Chieffo

Wilson Cruz

Kenneth Mitchell

Emily Coutts

Story By

Kirsten Beyer

Directed By

John S. Scott

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