The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry
Star Trek: Discovery Season 1



Critic Ratings: 22
Critics Consensus

With "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry," Star Trek: Discovery plays to its strengths, advancing major plots and further refining core characters.

Episode Info

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.


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 The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

The effects are great, and while the battle at Corvan 2 was a bit brief, it was also one of the show's most memorable action sequences to date.

Oct 8, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Nice bits between the characters: Lorca is making demands of Stamets and the drive, and Stamets gives back as good as he gets, resulting in a subtle smile from Saru.

Oct 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

So, what is it, now the dust is settling? The answer, happily, is a meld of Trek old and sci-fi new.

Oct 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Burnham's scenes felt like a more traditional Trek episode, which was enjoyable in its own right.

Oct 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Was this possibly one of the darkest moments in Star Trek TV history? Because I don't remember even tribbles being tortured.

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Another strong episode with plenty to move the story forward, but not quite enough character development or action to thrill.

Oct 9, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Star Trek: Discovery episode The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry certainly crams quite a bit into its 50 minute runtime, but it mostly works.

Feb 4, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

From the 3-D mirror function to our first glimpse of the Discovery's bridge in battle mode (even if it was a simulation) the episode was out to impress viewers with the technology of this future world, making it as pretty as it is powerful.

Oct 9, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Discovery is a show about a war, and it doesn't let you forget that, as the urgency, the despair, is palpable in every situation regarding it [the war] and is in this episode where it feels the most.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

... hampered by mind-boggling narrative decisions and goofy moments.

Oct 9, 2017 | Full Review…

This show has incredible potential, and it's so gratifying to watch it get better and better every week.

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The story of the spores and the tardigrade in this episode smacks of midicholorians being responsible for the Force, to blasphemously use a Star Wars parallel.

Oct 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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