The Best Episodes of Star Trek: Discovery

Last Updated: Aug 15, 2018

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.

Into the Forest I Go

#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.

star 8.15
4,902 votes
Directors: Chris Byrne
Writers: Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt
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What's Past is Prologue

#2 - 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 8.09
3,835 votes
Writers: Ted Sullivan
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Vaulting Ambition

#3 - 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 8.03
3,973 votes
Writers: Jordon Nardino
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The War Without, the War Within

#4 - 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 7.97
3,723 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Lisa Randolph
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Will You Take My Hand?

#5 - 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 7.93
3,754 votes
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
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Context Is for Kings

#6 - 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 7.91
6,655 votes
Directors: Akiva Goldsman
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Craig Sweeny
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Battle at the Binary Stars

#7 - 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 7.90
7,057 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Nicholas Meyer, Bryan Fuller
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The Wolf Inside

#8 - 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 7.87
4,046 votes
Directors: TJ Scott
Writers: Lisa Randolph
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Despite Yourself

#9 - 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 7.86
4,363 votes
Writers: Sean Cochran
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The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

#10 - 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
6,325 votes
Writers: Jesse Alexander, Aron Eli Coleite
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Lethe

#11 - 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 7.82
5,792 votes
Writers: Joe Menosky, Ted Sullivan
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Choose Your Pain

#12 - 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 7.81
6,171 votes
Directors: Lee Rose
Writers: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Kemp Powers
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Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

#13 - 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
5,421 votes
Writers: Aron Eli Coleite, Jesse Alexander
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The Vulcan Hello

#14 - 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.

star 7.76
7,776 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Akiva Goldsman, Bryan Fuller
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Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

#15 - Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Season 1 - Episode 8

The U.S.S. Discovery is tasked with a high priority mission to planet Pahvo and learn the science behind the Klingon's cloaking technology.

star 7.68
4,848 votes
Directors: John S. Scott
Writers: Kirsten Beyer
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