The BEST Episodes of Star Trek: Discovery

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2019

Network: CBS All Access

Set roughly ten years before the events of the original Star Trek, the series follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they discover new worlds and civilizations, while exploring the franchise's signature contemporary themes. The season-long story line revolves around an incident and an event in Star Trek history that's been talked about but never been explored.

Such Sweet Sorrow (2)

#1 - Such Sweet Sorrow (2)

Season 2 - Episode 14

The U.S.S. Discovery battles against Control in a fight not only for their lives but for the future, with a little help from some unexpected friends. Spock and Burnham discern vital new connections between the red signals while Burnham faces one of life’s harshest truths: the right decisions are often the hardest to make.

star 8.28
2,588 votes
Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, Michelle Paradise
Into the Forest I Go

#2 - Into the Forest I Go

Season 1 - Episode 9

Bypassing Starfleet’s orders, Lorca uses the U.S.S. Discovery crew’s ultimate asset, the ship itself, in an effort to end the war with the Klingons once and for all.

star 8.13
5,359 votes
Directors: Chris Byrne
Writers: Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt
Project Daedalus

#3 - Project Daedalus

Season 2 - Episode 9

When the Discovery crew infiltrates Section 31’s headquarters, suspicions arise that the crew may have a traitor in their midst. Burnham tries to help Spock but her efforts don’t go as planned.

star 8.07
2,661 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Michelle Paradise
What's Past is Prologue

#4 - What's Past is Prologue

Season 1 - Episode 13

Lorca plans to move forward with a coup against the Emperor, propelling Burnham to make a quick decision to save not only herself, but the U.S.S. Discovery.

star 8.06
4,350 votes
Writers: Ted Sullivan
If Memory Serves

#5 - If Memory Serves

Season 2 - Episode 8

Spock and Burnham head to Talos IV, where the process of healing Spock forces the siblings to confront their troubled past. Stamets desperately tries to reconnect with Hugh, while Tyler struggles to shed the crew’s suspicions of him due to his past as Voq.

star 8.05
2,604 votes
Directors: T.J. Scott
Writers: Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie
Vaulting Ambition

#6 - Vaulting Ambition

Season 1 - Episode 12

Burnham heads to the ISS Charon with a special “gift” for the Emperor. With the help of an unexpected source, Stamets gains clarity while trapped inside the mycelial network. Saru asks for L’Rell’s help.

star 8.02
4,469 votes
Writers: Jordon Nardino
New Eden

#7 - New Eden

Season 2 - Episode 2

A new signal appears, prompting Stamets’ emotional return to the mycelial network and leading Burnham, Pike and Owosekun to a pre-warp planet, where they face a complex ethical dilemma. Tilly’s overeagerness lands her in trouble but when the planet – and Discovery’s landing party – are threatened, her curiosity may be the one thing that can save them.

star 8.00
2,967 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Vaun Wilmott, Sean Cochran, Akiva Goldsman
The Red Angel

#8 - The Red Angel

Season 2 - Episode 10

Burnham is stunned when she learns her ties to Section 31 run deeper than she ever fathomed. Armed with the identity of the Red Angel, the U.S.S. Discovery goes to work on its most critical mission to date.

star 7.98
2,657 votes
Writers: Anthony Maranville, Chris Silvestri
Such Sweet Sorrow (1)

#9 - Such Sweet Sorrow (1)

Season 2 - Episode 13

When the U.S.S. Discovery’s crucial mission does not go according to plan, Burnham realizes what must ultimately be done. The crew prepares for the battle of a lifetime as Leland’s Control ships get closer.

star 7.96
2,539 votes
Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, Michelle Paradise
The War Without, the War Within

#10 - The War Without, the War Within

Season 1 - Episode 14

Burnham and the U.S.S. Discovery crew are faced with the harsh reality of the war during their absence. In order to move forward, Starfleet must use unconventional tactics and sources to take their next action against the Klingons.

star 7.95
4,214 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Lisa Randolph

#11 - Brother

Season 2 - Episode 1

The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joins forces with Captain Pike to unravel the mystery of seven mysterious red signals that have appeared across the universe.

star 7.93
3,162 votes
Directors: Alex Kurtzman
Writers: Aaron Harberts, Gretchen J. Berg, Ted Sullivan
Perpetual Infinity

#12 - Perpetual Infinity

Season 2 - Episode 11

Burnham receives the reunion she’s been longing for, but it doesn’t go quite as she imagined. Georgiou and Tyler sense a disturbing change in Leland.

star 7.92
2,566 votes
Directors: Maja Vrvilo
Writers: Alan McElroy, Brandon Schultz
The Sound of Thunder

#13 - The Sound of Thunder

Season 2 - Episode 6

When a new signal appears over Saru’s home planet, Burnham, Saru and the crew embark on a perilous mission that puts Saru in danger and raises questions about the Red Angel’s intentions. Hugh struggles to come to terms with his new reality.

star 7.92
2,607 votes
Writers: Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt
Will You Take My Hand?

#14 - Will You Take My Hand?

Season 1 - Episode 15

With Georgiou at the helm of the plan to end the Klingon war once and for all, the U.S.S. Discovery crew struggles to fathom and tolerate her hostile tactics. Memories of past hardships are rekindled within Burnham.

star 7.91
4,314 votes
Directors: Akiva Goldsman
Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harbets
Context Is for Kings

#15 - Context Is for Kings

Season 1 - Episode 3

Michael’s shuttle is intercepted by Captain Gabriel Lorca of the mysterious U.S.S. Discovery, who orders her to join a dangerous recovery mission.

star 7.90
7,106 votes
Directors: Akiva Goldsman
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Craig Sweeny
Through the Valley of Shadows

#16 - Through the Valley of Shadows

Season 2 - Episode 12

A fourth signal leads the U.S.S. Discovery to an insular world, where Pike is forced to make a life-changing choice. Burnham and Spock investigate a Section 31 ship gone rogue, leading to a discovery with catastrophic consequences.

star 7.90
2,544 votes
Writers: Bo Yeon Kim, Erica Lippoldt
Battle at the Binary Stars

#17 - Battle at the Binary Stars

Season 1 - Episode 2

Escaping from the brig while the ship is under attack, Burnham joins the captain in an audacious plan to end a battle rapidly escalating into war.

star 7.89
7,510 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Nicholas Meyer, Bryan Fuller
The Wolf Inside

#18 - The Wolf Inside

Season 1 - Episode 11

The crew continues their guise, and Burnham is ordered on a merciless mission to end the resistance in hopes of returning home. Meanwhile, Tilly works on restoring Stamets’ neurofunction.

star 7.85
4,552 votes
Directors: TJ Scott
Writers: Lisa Randolph
Despite Yourself

#19 - Despite Yourself

Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.85
4,838 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Sean Cochran
Light and Shadows

#20 - Light and Shadows

Season 2 - Episode 7

Burnham goes to Vulcan in search of Spock, where she unearths surprising family secrets. In researching what is left of the Red Angel’s signal over Kaminar, Pike and Tyler end up in battle with time itself. Georgiou has a few tricks up her sleeve for Leland and Section 31.

star 7.84
2,620 votes
Writers: Ted Sullivan, Vaun Wilmott
The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

#21 - The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

Season 1 - Episode 4

Voq faces a powerful challenge in his pursuit of T’Kuvma’s agenda, while Michael discovers a possible solution to the ship’s propulsion difficulties.

star 7.82
6,761 votes
Writers: Jesse Alexander, Aron Eli Coleite

#22 - Lethe

Season 1 - Episode 6

Michael uses her connection to Sarek to help locate him after he is wounded in an assassination attempt. Lorca deals with an unexpected visitor.

star 7.81
6,209 votes
Writers: Joe Menosky, Ted Sullivan
Choose Your Pain

#23 - Choose Your Pain

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Lorca is kidnapped by the Klingons and imprisoned with an eccentric cell mate, the Discovery is assigned to rescue him despite Michael’s doubts.

star 7.80
6,610 votes
Directors: Lee Rose
Writers: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Kemp Powers
Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

#24 - Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Season 1 - Episode 7

A figure familiar to Lorca and Lt. Tyler from the Klingon prison ship attacks the Discovery, intending to deliver the ship to their former captors.

star 7.77
5,859 votes
Writers: Aron Eli Coleite, Jesse Alexander
An Obol for Charon

#25 - An Obol for Charon

Season 2 - Episode 4

A mysterious sphere threatens the U.S.S. Discovery even as May, in her original form, implements a plan that puts Tilly’s life in danger. Saru and Burnham’s bond grows when Saru is forced to acknowledge a deeply unsettling Kelpien truth. Pike receives new intel on Spock from a loyal friend.

star 7.76
2,687 votes
Directors: Lee Rose
Writers: Aaron Harberts, Alan B. McElroy, Andrew Colville, Gretchen J. Berg, Jordon Nardino