Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad
Star Trek: Discovery Season 1



Critic Ratings: 20
Critics Consensus

Discovery aces the test of a stand-alone episode thanks to a stellar performance from Anthony Rapp and a not so self serious script.

Episode Info

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.

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
James Frain
Ambassador Sarek
Rekha Sharma
Commander Landry
Bryan Fuller
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Critic Reviews for Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

What it genuinely is is the best kind of stand-alone, one which is built upon many previous events, and promises that it will have an impact on stories to come.

Oct 29, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

There's a sense that as Discovery continues to define itself, it's seemingly moving back in the direction of more conventional sci-fi storytelling, and that would be unfortunate.

Oct 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Discovery has often lacked the ability to have fun with itself. This was the first episode to even try and it worked, even while keeping the stakes as high as possible.

Oct 30, 2017 | Full Review…

I found myself unable to look away from [Anthony Rapp's] face, which was astonishingly expressive.

Oct 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This episode was entertaining, fun to watch and felt like the show has finally found his heart.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

When have we heard an awesome set like Wyclef Jean's "We Trying to Stay Alive" and Al Green's "Love and Happiness" in Star Trek? I want to know if these songs were on the writers' playlist as they were writing this episode.

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

That's a lot of ground to cover in one episode, but, thanks to the whole time loop conceit, the episode was able to tackle it all and more, and in a convincing way.

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…

In general, Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad is a charming interlude before the storm that seems ready to hit next week.

Nov 1, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Well, that was a fun little brain-bender of a Star Trek: Discovery episode, wasn't it? (Harry Mudd plus a repeating time loop is a pretty reliable formula for quality, after all.)

Oct 30, 2017 | Full Review…

It's the first episode of Discovery that genuinely feels like Star Trek. I really dug it, and that just further complicates my opinion of the show overall.

Oct 30, 2017 | Full Review…

"Magic" wasn't the most plot-tight episode Star Trek has ever given us, but it was a lot of action-packed fun - an hour that kept the characters and audience on its toes.

Oct 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's not what I could've predicted but Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 7 is probably the most Star Trek: The Next Generation-like episode in the series so far and that's not a bad thing... just unexpected.

Oct 30, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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