Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1 (2017 - 2018)

Season 1
Star Trek: Discovery

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Although it takes an episode to achieve liftoff, Star Trek: Discovery delivers a solid franchise installment for the next generation -- boldly led by the charismatic Sonequa Martin-Green.



Critic Ratings: 72


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Air date: Sep 24, 2017

Series premiere. While patrolling Federation space, the U.S.S. Shenzhou encounters an object of unknown origin, putting First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) to her greatest test yet.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2017

Face to face with Klingon vessels, the U.S.S. Shenzhou prepares for the possibility of war if negotiations fail. Amidst the turmoil, Burnham looks back to her Vulcan upbringing for guidance.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2017

Burnham finds herself aboard the U.S.S. Discovery, where she quickly realizes things are not as they seem, including the mysterious Captain Gabriel Lorca.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2017

With tensions and stakes high as Starfleet continues in their efforts to end the war with Klingons, Burnham begins to settle in to her new position aboard the U.S.S. Discovery.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2017

While on a mission, Lorca finds himself in the company of a prisoner of war, Starfleet Lieutenant Ash Tyler, and an intergalactic criminal, Harry Mudd. Meanwhile, Burnham voices her concerns about the repercussions of the spore drive jumps on Ripper.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2017

The U.S.S. Discovery crew is intrigued by new addition Lt. Ash Tyler. Sarek seeks Burnham's help, rekindling memories from her past. Admiral Cornwell questions Lorca's tactics.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2017

As the U.S.S. Discovery crew attempt to let loose at a party, an unwelcome visitor comes aboard bringing about a problematic and twisted sequence of events.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2017

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.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2017

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.

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Air date: Jan 7, 2018

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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This sci-fi series follows the voyages of Starfleet on their quest to explore new planets and new life forms. Set 10 years before the events of "Star Trek: The Original Series," the show sees the Klingons waging war against the United Federation of Planets, with starship Discovery being the most important weapon on the Federation's side. Science Specialist Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) must learn that to truly understand all things alien, first she must understand herself. Notable guest stars include Michelle Yeoh and Rainn Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Sonequa Martin-Green
First Officer Michael Burnham
Doug Jones
Lieutenant Saru
Jason Isaacs
Captain Gabriel Lorca
Shazad Latif
Lieutenant Ash Tyler
Anthony Rapp
Lieutenant Paul Stamets
Michelle Yeoh
Captain Philippa Georgiou
Mary Wiseman
Cadet Sylvia Tilly
James Frain
Ambassador Sarek
Rainn Wilson
Harry Mudd
Rekha Sharma
Commander Landry
Alex Kurtzman
Executive Producer
Bryan Fuller
Executive Producer
Heather Kadin
Executive Producer
Gretchen J. Berg
Executive Producer
Aaron Harberts
Executive Producer
Rod Roddenberry
Executive Producer
Trevor Roth
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Star Trek: Discovery Season 1

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (26)

This show has boldly tried re-inventing and updating Trek, and, after the first episode, it works.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

As the medium of television evolves, it's comforting to know that Star Trek is there to evolve right along with it.

Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…

While Discovery is fundamentally quite different from much of the Trek that's come before, its engagement with the franchise, and willingness to both celebrate and examine its core values, keep it true to that spirit.

Sep 24, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The actor playing this mysterious Gabriel Lorca -- Jason Isaacs -- also happens to be a major talent who instantly lifts Martin-Green's game. These two appear to be a winning, multidimensional combo.

Sep 24, 2017 | Full Review…

The real problem with Discovery is not its tone or visuals, but that it still needs to earn its place among the rest of the franchise. Everything we've seen so far feels more like a prequel to the real series.

Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…

But despite all that plot, what the show couldn't achieve was a satisfactory conclusion, be it for its full-season arc or with the cliff-hanger in the finale.

Jul 3, 2020 | Full Review…

It leads to reflection, has well-defined characters, exciting battles and some moment of genuine wonder with the infinity of space. Pure 'Star Trek'. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 9, 2019 | Full Review…

It has been a good start, in which we had the chance to know great characters and I felt myself on board the ship. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…

This messy iteration is not what Trekkies deserve.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The effects are suitably impressive, the characters and premise are compelling, and a clear effort has gone into producing something new and different that still upholds the spirit of hope and optimism the entire franchise embodies.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

It was a risk to set a new Star Trek show several years before the events of the Original Series, but, as it turns out, it was a risk worth taking.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The beauty alone is enough to support a debut episode that's very heavy on stiff dialogue and acting.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1

  • Jun 04, 2021
    Wow. I was surprised that I would enjoy the first season of Discovery. Plot twists, character development, and SFX kept my interest throughout the season. I look forward to the next season.
  • May 15, 2021
    Star Trek: Discovery is primarily about fast-paced action and one big mystery plot for each season rather than episodical mystery, exploration, ethical or social issues. The episodes are not very memorable, unlike other Star Trek series. Discovery is a gritty, non-optimistic version of Star Trek with prequel continuity issues, e.g., the Klingon makeover is just unnecessary, holograms, or the "instant everywhere" spore drive. However, some issues will be reverted in the second season. If you start to think about the plots for a minute, you will often find many issues that do not add up. Some episodes are so packed with "stuff" and contradictions that I didn't even care to follow the plot in a logical sense anymore. The voice-over pathos inspired by the JJ Abraham movies is just another empty element. And most of the characters are shady (especially in the first season) and unlikable. Some characters become charicatures. Michael Burnham, for example, is supposed to be the hero of the series, but since she's not the captain of the Discovery, she's not in a position to make the big decisions, yet she has all the answers and rebels without consequence (because she's always right in the end). As for the production, the series is well done. There are annoyingly overused light glares in the first two seasons, but the costumes, masks, and visuals are very good at movie level. All in all, I wish they had invested the budget in better scripts, stories, and dialogues written by actual science fiction authors. I recommend watching the earlier Star Trek series, The Expanse, or The Orville instead.
  • May 05, 2021
    a fantastic new and re-energized vision of early star trek. Loved it.
  • Apr 29, 2021
    STd is the most awful thing I've ever seen. Bad characters, plot holes, terrible dialogue and absolutely nothing resembling REAL star trek. Kurtzman and co. Should be managing a Denny's in Mississippi not ruining yet another franchise
  • Apr 21, 2021
    Starts of slow and annoying. The main character, Burnham (the black chick), is a really horrid example of a Mary Sue. The mirror universe stuff is kinda cool, but the dumb "spore drive" is crap even for Star Trek's sad excuse for science.
  • Apr 14, 2021
    Absolutely sloppy, generic and mindless. Couldn't be more detached from the thoughtful and intriguing Star Trek episodes we all know and love even if it tried.
  • Apr 09, 2021
    This not star trek. It is just star trek branded.
  • Apr 04, 2021
    Boring. Would be a crewmember of a ship whose captain killed his entire crew? Nope.
  • Mar 27, 2021
    This seasons started out promising but quickly succumbed to the Kurtzman curse.
  • Mar 18, 2021
    Great series and an interesting take on the Star Trek franchise. Unfortunate that many old school Trek fans insist on criticising a great addition to the screen.

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