Battle at the Binary Stars
Star Trek: Discovery Season 1

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Critic Ratings: 17
Critics Consensus

"Battle at the Binary Stars" picks up the pace and ratchets up conflict as it clearly establishes Burnhman as the show's central focus -- at the expense of the ensemble.

Episode Info

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.

Cast

Jason Isaacs
as Captain Lorca
Michelle Yeoh
as Captain Georgiou
Doug Jones
as Lt. Saru
Anthony Rapp
as Lt. Stamets
Shazad Latif
as Lt. Tyler
Rekha Sharma
as Commander Landry
Mary Wiseman
as Sylvia Tilly
Sam Vartholomeos
as Ensign Connor
Rainn Wilson
as Harry Mudd
Terry Serpico
as Brett Anderson
Wilson Cruz
as Dr. Hugh Culber
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Critic Reviews for Battle at the Binary Stars

... it's what Star Trek is supposed to do: take modern society and put it through the prism of the genre.

Oct 4, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

We'll have to wait until next week to find out how the series gets its protagonist out of lock up and aboard the titular Discovery, but for the first time in ages, I'm looking forward to watching more new Star Trek. It's a good feeling.

Sep 29, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

This new, harder-edged Trek feels of a post-Game of Thrones landscape, but it remains to be seen how much of the idealism can survive in 2017.

Sep 29, 2017 | Full Review…

The performances? We're given an inkling of how Burnham can and will grow.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

What follows is a series of increasingly tense and, in some cases, unfortunate events that puts Michael at odds with the rest of her crew, and finds the Federation encountering the Klingon Empire for the first time in nearly a century.

Sep 29, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The first two installments of the show very much feel like a prologue to the bigger series, but also an important one that sets up Burnham's bigger arc.

Sep 29, 2017 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

But overall, Star Trek: Discovery seems poised to give us an adventure worthy of the Star Trek name, and I think it's worth it for us to keep watching to see where Burnham's journey takes us

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The Battle at the Binary Stars presents more action and development than the first episode, making the pace faster and more engaging to the audience.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite the concessions to modern TV storytelling and effects, Discovery feels like a Star Trek show -- at times one with the potential to be quite good.

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Burnham is clearly worth sympathizing with and rooting for, and she will clearly continue to be the main focus.

Sep 29, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

This attack also added a deeper understanding of why relations between Starfleet and the Klingons are so tenuous and icy in years going forward.

Sep 29, 2017 | Full Review…

It could be taken straight out of the rebooted Star Trek movies, but don't let that put you off - it looks incredible, gives us some well-earned action, and is only different from past series because of technical limitations of the time.

Sep 29, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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