Choose Your Pain
Star Trek: Discovery Season 1



Critic Ratings: 17
Critics Consensus

"Choose Your Pain" packs a dark thematic punch, sharpened by the wit of Rainn Wilson's performance as a Harry Mudd.

Episode Info

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.


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 Choose Your Pain

So far, the journey is an interesting one, and we're still on board, especially given the way in which Discovery keeps surprising us week after week.

Oct 15, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

With Sunday's fifth episode, "Choose Your Pain," Discovery continued to loosen up, albeit in small ways.

Oct 16, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

If you're able to gets past the sometimes forced nature of the show's emotional palate, this entry is a considerable improvement from last week.

Oct 9, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Discovery hasn't lacked for tension. It has had moments of shaky storytelling and character development, however. Thankfully, this episode delivered a near-perfect mix of all three elements.

Oct 15, 2017 | Full Review…

There are a number of excellent moments in this episode.

Oct 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Discovery is a darker Star Trek than we've seen before, and the series shows no signs of reigning that back in any time soon.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Okay, what was with that ending of the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode? Did "Choose Your Pain" turn Star Trek into a horror show?

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Presenting new sides to its flawed characters has worked in the favor of Discovery, which is fitting.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Mudd offered this: "They always say confession is good for the soul, too back none of us have one anymore." I cannot help but think that line continues the subtext that the show's creators and writers have set forth comparing their future to the present.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Another exciting episode that perhaps moves too fast for its own good at times. But these characters and this cast have gelled very quickly and this brave, new Star Trek continues to impress.

Oct 15, 2017 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

It took a little while for Star Trek: Discovery to have a bad episode, but it is here, and it is just so terrible, not even a fun performance by the reliably great Rainn Wilson can save it, hampered as it is by bad decisions and even worse stereotypes.

Oct 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

... introduces new characters, ratchets up the intensity and delivers a positive step after the show's rough start.

Oct 17, 2017 | Full Review…

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