Context Is for Kings
Star Trek: Discovery Season 1



Critic Ratings: 25
Critics Consensus

"Context Is for Kings" is a successful soft reboot -- with its namesake ship and new captain setting the series on a new, more confident course.

Episode Info

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.

Cast & Crew

Sonequa Martin-Green
First Officer Michael Burnham/Commander Michael Burnham
Doug Jones
Lieutenant Saru/Commander Saru
Jason Isaacs
Captain Gabriel Lorca
Shazad Latif
Lieutenant Ash Tyler
Anthony Rapp
Lieutenant Paul Stamets
Michelle Yeoh
Philippa Georgiou
Mary Wiseman
Cadet Sylvia Tilly
Chris Obi
James Frain
Ambassador Sarek
Rekha Sharma
Commander Landry
Bryan Fuller
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Critic Reviews for Context Is for Kings

Now that we're on board the Discovery, the series has a most welcome sense of momentum, one which hopefully won't always involve cast members running away from monsters in the corridors, but will celebrate the oddities of its premise.

Oct 1, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Star Trek: Discovery's third episode, "Context Is for Kings," is a somewhat uneven hour of television, but it ultimately holds many pleasures.

Oct 4, 2017 | Full Review…

... there is an intriguing show here, but it's just a question of how much it really feels like, or more accurately represents, Trek.

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

That's a lot to get through in 48 or so minutes, so it's to the writers' credit that 'Context is for Kings' remains even half as coherent as it is.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

The fact is that, although it occurs in the same timeline as TOS, it gives us more action and preference towards special effects than actually give us what Star Trek represents and means.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Discovery is about that in-between place where yesterday becomes tomorrow. It's about how people must act now, in an imperfect but ethical way, to get us the Federation we hope for.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

With no other iteration of this franchise has it taken me this long to get my space legs. This in no way suggests that I'm not loving the hell out of this, I've just never been in a position where I didn't know what the hell was going on.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

I think Star Trek: Discovery might be exploring how war can bring out the good and bad in people who are supposed to have the common goal of securing peace.

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Unforgettable characters, Hollywood-worthy action, and a perfectly-timed storyline make this some of the best TV out there. Watch out Game of Thrones!

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

We're off to a grim start, but Discovery retains Star Trek's hopeful mood in troubling times.

Oct 4, 2017 | Full Review…

[There are] fascinating new ideas and characters to explore [that include] the delightful Anthony Rapp, ethics to debate, and delightful callbacks that both obsessive and casual fans can appreciate.

Oct 3, 2017 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Discovery's third episode feels the most akin to what we've grown accustomed to with Star Trek, but there's an undeniable uniqueness to the series that is welcomed.

Oct 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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