The Best Episodes of Star Trek: Discovery

Last Updated: Feb 9, 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.

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 8.14
5,109 votes
Directors: Chris Byrne
Writers: Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt
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New Eden

#2 - 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 8.09
1,840 votes
Writers: Vaun Wilmott, Sean Cochran, Akiva Goldsman
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What's Past is Prologue

#3 - 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 8.07
4,081 votes
Writers: Ted Sullivan
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Vaulting Ambition

#4 - 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
4,204 votes
Writers: Jordon Nardino
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Brother

#5 - 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 8.01
2,137 votes
Directors: Alex Kurtzman
Writers: Aaron Harberts, Gretchen J. Berg, Ted Sullivan
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The War Without, the War Within

#6 - 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 7.96
3,956 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Lisa Randolph
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Will You Take My Hand?

#7 - 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 7.92
4,014 votes
Directors: Akiva Goldsman
Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harbets
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Context Is for Kings

#8 - 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
6,850 votes
Directors: Akiva Goldsman
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Craig Sweeny
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Battle at the Binary Stars

#9 - 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
7,266 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Nicholas Meyer, Bryan Fuller
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The Wolf Inside

#10 - 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 7.86
4,287 votes
Directors: TJ Scott
Writers: Lisa Randolph
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Despite Yourself

#11 - 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
4,585 votes
Writers: Sean Cochran
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The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

#12 - 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
6,526 votes
Writers: Jesse Alexander, Aron Eli Coleite
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Lethe

#13 - 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
5,950 votes
Writers: Joe Menosky, Ted Sullivan
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Choose Your Pain

#14 - 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
6,371 votes
Directors: Lee Rose
Writers: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Kemp Powers
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An Obol for Charon

#15 - 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 7.78
734 votes
Directors: Lee Rose
Writers: Alan McElroy, Andrew Colville, Jordon Nardino, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts
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Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

#16 - 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
5,624 votes
Writers: Aron Eli Coleite, Jesse Alexander
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The Vulcan Hello

#17 - 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
8,025 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Akiva Goldsman, Bryan Fuller
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Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

#18 - 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 7.67
5,047 votes
Directors: John S. Scott
Writers: Kirsten Beyer
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Point of Light

#19 - Point of Light

Season 2 - Episode 3

A surprise visitor to the U.S.S. Discovery brings shocking news about Spock and dredges up past regrets for Burnham. Following the asteroid incident, Tilly struggles to keep a grip on her reality. L'Rell's authority on Qo'noS is threatened.

star 7.65
1,554 votes
Writers: Andrew Colville
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