Vaulting Ambition
Star Trek: Discovery Season 1



Critic Ratings: 19
Critics Consensus

"Vaulting Ambition" sticks its landing, skillfully balancing philosophical musings of Trek past with fresh character development of Discovery present.

Episode Info

Burnham heads to the ISS Charon with a special gift for the Emperor; with the help of an unexpected source, Stamets gains clarity while trapped inside the mycelial network; and Saru asks for L'Rell's help.


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 Vaulting Ambition

Whereas past Treks have felt like playing in the holodeck, Discovery is like playing in the holodeck... with the safety protocol permanently disabled.

Jan 21, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This is the kind of dilemma Trek has always excelled at - you can hear Picard's monologue all the way from 1992 - and sets up an intriguing episode next week.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

It feels churlish to criticize a Star Trek show for prioritizing plot twists, world-building, and World of Cardboard speeches over sensible pacing or less-overwrought dialogue.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Vaulting Ambition" was Discovery's headiest episode yet, a installment that made good on all the series' promises of serialized drama.

Jan 21, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

As if the stakes weren't high enough for Star Trek: Discovery, the episode "Vaulting Ambition" decided to up them even more.

Jan 23, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The final minutes of "Vaulting Ambition" are incendiary and shocking in ways new to Star Trek.

Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It is of course very interesting and complicated that everything was all part of someone's evil scheme, but he is still alone on a ship full of enemies, so next week's likely to concern how he had planned for that all along too.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

As Season 1 races towards its conclusion, the show has finally gained some narrative momentum with its serialized plotting.

Jan 21, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

We are truly going where no man has gone before.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

I've said it before but this iteration of the Mirror Universe really delights the macabre heart of me.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: 4.9/5 | Full Review…

I want this show to live up to its initial premise and promise: exploring the Federation's ideals and testing them

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The best thing about this episode, for me, is that I genuinely don't know what's going to happen from here on out.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…