The Best Episodes of Star Trek: Discovery
Last Updated: Apr 15, 2019
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.
#1 - 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.
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#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.
#5 - 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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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.
#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.
#9 - 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.
#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.
#12 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#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.
#20 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#25 - The Vulcan Hello
Season 1 - Episode 1
Commander Michael Burnham of the Federation starship U.S.S. Shenzhou disputes her captain’s peaceful stance when their ship encounters hostile forces.