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Despite Yourself 

While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home.


Jonathan Frakes


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Bryan Fuller (created by) | 6 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
Wilson Cruz ... Dr. Hugh Culber
Mary Chieffo ... L'Rell
Sam Vartholomeos ... Danby Connor
Emily Coutts ... Keyla Detmer
Patrick Kwok-Choon ... Rhys
Julianne Grossman ... Discovery Computer (voice)
Sara Mitich ... Airiam
Ali Momen ... Kamran Gant
Oyin Oladejo ... Joann Owosekun


While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home.

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When Captain Lorca is discussing navigation with Burnham and Saru, a tribble can be seen sitting on his desk. See more »


Props/set pieces in a side room off the ISS Shenzhou's transporter room have markings from Starfleet on them, not the Terran Empire. See more »


Michael Burnham: You are a captain now.
Sylvia Tilly: No, I'm not. She is. I'm nothing like her, Michael. She's terrifying, she's... she's like a twisted version of everything I've ever aspired to be. I'm gonna have nightmares about myself now.
Michael Burnham: You don't actually have to be her.
Sylvia Tilly: But how do I project that strength?
Michael Burnham: I've been trying to understand them better. And Terran strength... is born out of pure necessity. Because they live in constant fear - always looking for the next knife aimed at their back. Their strength is painted ...
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References Star Trek: The Original Series: Mirror, Mirror (1967) See more »

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Jonathan Frakes delivers an outstanding Trek episode.
10 January 2018 | by amadams1985See all my reviews

It's amazing to me how much they were able to squeeze into this episode...SPOILERS AHEAD!

So we pick up Discovery with a captain and crew who have no idea where they are and after a little effort we find out it's the Mirror Universe. I love a good mirror universe story because it reminds us that the peace and harmony the Federation enjoys was hard earned and didn't come easy. Here in this universe Burnham is assumed dead, Lorca is a fugitive on the run, and Capt Tilly runs Discovery with an iron fist. (which makes for some great comedy)

While Ash and Burnham get closer we find out Ash is having major mental issues leading him to Lrell in the brig. She uses a Klingon prayer to either bring up memories or a hidden personality. Many seem to believe this is Voq altered to look human but I'll let the story keep it's secrets and unfold as it should. This freaks out Ash and leads him to Dr Culber to run tests on him. I don't want to give away the episodes big twist but it fits as Culber is so worried about his catatonic partner (Anthony Rapp) that he doesn't see the threat right in front of him.

As we get into the final part of this episode we have Burnham and Lorca going on a secret mission to the mirror version of USS Shenzhou. There are some wonderful fight scenes, perfectly timed slow clap, and even the agony booth!

Long Live the Empire and Long Live Star Trek Discovery!

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

7 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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