Despite Yourself
Star Trek: Discovery Season 1



Critic Ratings: 24
Critics Consensus

"Despite Yourself" launches Discovery right back into the trenches of intense moral quandary under the apt direction of Jonathan Frakes.

Episode Info

While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home.


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

Get excited, hardcore Trek fans, because we're in the Mirror Universe!

Jan 7, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A twist too far? Maybe, but this incarnation has in its bones a commentary on whether the hope encoded in original Trek can still persist today.

Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

While "Despite Yourself" went heavy on exposition, it provided some promising strands for the forthcoming five episodes that'll conclude Discovery's debut season.

Jan 8, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This series may be uneven, but I'm enjoying the hell out of it.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Discovery's true strength is in its characters, in seeing how they exist with each other, and exploring how it can use its beloved scifi setting to ask intriguing questions, and mirror our own times.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

This is the fascinating crucible the mirror universe should have always been. Let's hope the rest of Season 1 dives even deeper into the dark.

Jan 8, 2018 | Full Review…

While I can't knock the writers for wanting to get their money's worth from the evil universe, it does sort of reduce this episode to just another prologue.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Discovery remains, for the moment, still on a shaky course, albeit not quite as adrift as its eponymous starship.

Jan 8, 2018 | Full Review…

All of the first season's loose threads finally tying themselves together is anything but cheap. Its tone could end up being a fitting exploration of taking righteouness for granted.

Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Star Trek Discovery is back, with an episode full of intense, daring and shocking moments that will leave more than one wondering what just happened and what's next for our characters.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

It's Lt Tyler's increasingly unstable sense of self and all the questions that go with it that once again proved the most compelling arc.

Jan 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Throughout all of the insanity this episode had to offer, the buried message was to not lose hope - there's always a way back to peace. Sometimes, you just have to go through some chaos first.

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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