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Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery

CBS All Access 2017

Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery - S3E9

#1 - Terra Firma (1)


Season 3 - Episode 9

The crew journey to a mysterious planet in hopes of finding a cure for Georgiou's deteriorating condition. Stamets and Adira make a breakthrough with the newly acquired Burn data.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 1552 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S3E8

#2 - The Sanctuary


Season 3 - Episode 8

Burnham and the Discovery crew travel to Book's home planet to help rescue it from Osyraa, the formidable leader of the Emerald Chain. Stamets and Adira continue their search for valuable information about the origin of the Burn.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 1614 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S3E10

#3 - Terra Firma (2)


Season 3 - Episode 10

Georgiou uncovers the truth about the plot against her, leading her to a revelation about how deeply her time on the U.S.S. Discovery changed her.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 1577 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S3E4

#4 - Forget Me Not


Season 3 - Episode 4

Burnham and Adira visit the Trill homeworld in hopes of unlocking the secrets trapped within Adira's mind. Back on the U.S.S. Discovery, Saru's efforts to help the crew reconnect with one another take a surprising turn.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 1751 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S3E6

#5 - Scavengers


Season 3 - Episode 6

After receiving a message from Book, Burnham and Georgiou embark on a rogue mission to find him, leaving Saru to pick up the pieces with Admiral Vance. Meanwhile, Stamets forms an unexpected bond with Adira.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 1663 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S3E11

#6 - Su'Kal


Season 3 - Episode 11

Discovery ventures to the Verubin Nebula, where Burnham, Saru and Culber make a shocking realization about the origin of the Burn. The rest of the crew faces an unexpected threat.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 1465 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S2E3

#7 - Point of Light


Season 2 - Episode 3

A surprise visitor to the U.S.S. Discovery brings shocking news about Spock and dredges up past regrets for Burnham. Following the asteroid incident, Tilly struggles to keep a grip on her reality. L’Rell’s authority on Qo’noS is threatened.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 3110 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S1E8

#8 - Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum


Season 1 - Episode 8

The U.S.S. Discovery is tasked with a high priority mission to planet Pahvo and learn the science behind the Klingon’s cloaking technology.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 5511 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S2E5

#9 - Saints of Imperfection


Season 2 - Episode 5

Burnham and the crew navigate a dangerous alien landscape in a race against time to save Tilly’s life, but Stamets is not at all prepared for what they find in the process. Section 31 is assigned to help track down Spock, much to Pike’s dismay.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 2962 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S3E5

#10 - Die Trying


Season 3 - Episode 5

After reuniting with what remains of Starfleet and the Federation, the U.S.S. Discovery and its crew must prove that a 930 year old crew and starship are exactly what this new future needs.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 1679 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S3E7
#11 - Unification III
Season 3 - Episode 7

While grappling with the fallout of her recent actions, and what her future might hold, Burnham agrees to represent the Federation in an intense debate about the release of politically sensitive but highly valuable Burn data.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 1638 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S3E12
#12 - There is a Tide…
Season 3 - Episode 12

After capturing the U.S.S. Discovery, Osyraa seeks a meeting with Admiral Vance while Burnham and the crew must overcome unimaginable odds as they attempt to regain command of their ship.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 1423 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S2E4
#13 - An Obol for Charon
Season 2 - Episode 4

A mysterious sphere threatens the U.S.S. Discovery even as May, in her original form, implements a plan that puts Tilly’s life in danger. Saru and Burnham’s bond grows when Saru is forced to acknowledge a deeply unsettling Kelpien truth. Pike receives new intel on Spock from a loyal friend.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 3017 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S1E1
#14 - The Vulcan Hello
Season 1 - Episode 1

Commander Michael Burnham of the Federation starship U.S.S. Shenzhou disputes her captain’s peaceful stance when their ship encounters hostile forces.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 8675 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S1E7
#15 - Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad
Season 1 - Episode 7

A figure familiar to Lorca and Lt. Tyler from the Klingon prison ship attacks the Discovery, intending to deliver the ship to their former captors.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 6077 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S1E5
#16 - Choose Your Pain
Season 1 - Episode 5

When Lorca is kidnapped by the Klingons and imprisoned with an eccentric cell mate, the Discovery is assigned to rescue him despite Michael’s doubts.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 6849 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S3E3
#17 - People of Earth
Season 3 - Episode 3

Finally reunited, Burnham and the U.S.S. Discovery crew journey to Earth, eager to learn what happened to the Federation in their absence.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 1768 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S1E6
#18 - Lethe
Season 1 - Episode 6

Michael uses her connection to Sarek to help locate him after he is wounded in an assassination attempt. Lorca deals with an unexpected visitor.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 6427 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S1E4
#19 - The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry
Season 1 - Episode 4

Voq faces a powerful challenge in his pursuit of T’Kuvma’s agenda, while Michael discovers a possible solution to the ship’s propulsion difficulties.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 7005 votes.

Star Trek: Discovery - S2E7
#20 - Light and Shadows
Season 2 - Episode 7

Burnham goes to Vulcan in search of Spock, where she unearths surprising family secrets. In researching what is left of the Red Angel’s signal over Kaminar, Pike and Tyler end up in battle with time itself. Georgiou has a few tricks up her sleeve for Leland and Section 31.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Star Trek: Discovery from 2955 votes.

Last updated: feb 26, 2021



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Hot Dang! Give me more Star Trek.


I do like the show, but it's not Star Trek. If this was just a new sci-fi show that existed in its own universe, it would be incredible. However, the fact that they've tried to pass this off as Star Trek when it's clearly not sullies the experience. If it wasn't already apparent, Paramount and CBS have no idea what made Star Trek great, and don't care either. The simple explanation is that the world of Star Trek is supposed to be optimistic; this is pessimistic. And I do enjoy pessimistic sci-fi, but there's so much of it, and to see one of the few optimistic sci-fi worlds turned into something pessimistic is a shame. Fortunately, we now have The Orville, which is doing Star Trek better than anything has since Voyager ended in 2001. The show is supposed to take place between Enterprise and TOS, but the technology is very different. For example, there are holograms everywhere. Why try to do a prequel *again*? Why not set this after Voyager? That would make a lot more sense, and they'd be able to add whatever technology they like, and not be constrained by existing continuity. Fortunately, it's not too late for the showrunners to say "hey, we made a mistake, this actually takes place X years after Voyager". Last, they fucked up the Klingons. For almost 25 years, they had the look of the Klingons figured out perfectly. They're iconic. But this show (and the reboot movies) messed them up and made them look like generic sci-fi bad guys. What happened to their hair and beards? Also, the costumes are ridiculous, and their ship interiors look like they're made of coral. I do like the idea of having an albino Klingon though. And I applaud their desire to use the Klingon language on the show, but it's pretty annoying having every Klingon scene subtitled. The previous shows used a common sci-fi conceit: the actors speak a language that the audience understands, but it's accepted that they're really speaking a different language. The viewer effectively has a universal translator so they can understand what's being said. Also, it looks nothing like Star Trek. Once again, The Orville got that right, and this didn't. All of that said, I do like the show. The characters are interesting (especially Doug Jones), I've enjoyed each episode, and I think the storyline is pretty interesting. But goddamn it, why did they have to try to make this Star Trek when it's not?


Not without it's faults; but resoundingly 'Star Trek' - great story, great acting, absolutely stunning visual effects - welcome back, Star Trek!


Discovery is the worst Star Trek so far. All of the over-the-top wannebe political correctness that governs our current day society has been stuck in just this one series. A woman in the lead role - fine with me. But why to give her a male name? So that we show that its fine to not be a woman or a man? And of course a gay relationship has to be part of the main story line. And a refuge that is fighting for his oppressed people. And a disturbed brother-sister relation. And augmentations to the body for - well, whatever reason. And body-shaming. And the challenges of not accepting your own body. And a relationship of a white woman with a alien husband, she went to live with him to his place, with a mixed DNA child not being accepted by society and then adopting another kid with....... oh my God, please, is it really all necessary to be stuck into the series in such an over the top way?? Season 2 at least does not have a lot of those fake Klingons anymore. That was the worst of all, even being untrue to the original Star Trek Klingons. I'm still watching the series, but I hope it will stop trying to be so extremely endless wannebe politically correct. At times its nauseating.


So far it's pretty bad... ( the Last episode I watched is #5)... According to Trakt, this show has 9 episodes, and so far nothing important or interesting happens. There is no actual overarching plot so far. While this was true for the first season of the Expanse too. That many different seemingly unconnected plot threads only connected at the end of the season for a big climax, here there are no multiple plot threads to connect. The Discovery discovered mushroom magic propulsion technology which allows them to teleport their ship where they want. This is the crux of the plot so far. There is a war with the Klingons and the Discovery is the only ship equipped with the magic mushroom drive. And that's it... This is not helped at all by how unbelievable the main character is written. She is a rebel in a military organization that *constantly* disobeys direct orders. Cpt Picard or Cpt Sisko would have kicked her out from their ship\starbase right away. Klingons are one-dimensional villains who have only one mode 'Kill Enemies'. For some reason, they also don't want to 'culturally appropriate' the Klingon language so this results in tedious extremely long scenes where Klingon characters speak only Klingon. This happens in Game of Thrones too when they speak Valyrian, but the scenes are never as long or tedious as the Klingon speaking scenes in Discovery... Also, normally I don't care about things like this, but it seems the show went out of its way to cast as little white men as possible. As I said, this is not something I would usually care about, but it's so comically obvious that it's disturbing. It's like they are living in a world where there was a plague that killed 90% of the staight male population...


It feels like the producers want to annoy the Trekkie as much as they can with Voyager-era beeping sounds, trials without a lawyer (Starfleet ISN'T military!!!), a completely different Sarek... Besides from the canon errors, which I have finally been able to overlook since episode two, the main character herself isn't one that "fits" into Star Trek. I only talk about the role, not the actress. I just don't like Michael. She is self-righteous, calls daddy when her ship is in danger, she isn't loyal... In short, she misses any part of personality a Starfleet officer should have. She's got a problem with herself and it is absolutely unrealistic she would be an officer anywhere. Update time! The text above was from Oct 17. Now it's Jan 23. Aaaand: I was right: She wasn't welcomed on the Discovery because she's a great Officer, she just accidentally happened to be this universe's counterpart of someone Mirror Lorca needed to become Emperor. So it's official: We've got Star Trek with an incapable main character. Oh yeah, as presumed, she's messed up like 97% of her tasks in the meantime.


Enjoyable but so far it's hard to overlook it's flaws . My main gripes - Too much lens flare and shaky cam . And for taking place before TOS , the technology is sure advanced . Instead of making things fittingly primitive they went whole hog on the tech to show off the special effects . I didn't expect TOS grade special effects , I did expect a fusion of old tech with upgraded effects , what we ended up with is a shockingly unbelievable level of technology paired with movie grade special effects . Don't even get me started on the changes to the Klingons .


I am doggedly watching the whole season (down to the last two episodes) because I've always been a Star Trek fan and because I love Jason Isaacs and will watch him in anything. Except I can barely force myself to keep going. First of all, it's not really a Star Trek series. As others have pointed out, Star Trek is optimistic. This is dark, and violent and filled with war and torture. I find myself going to the kitchen frequently to avoid having my stomach turned. I have never seen a TV show so filled with screaming, killing, and despair. I will watch these last two episodes just to say I finished it, but I can't imagine paying to see the next season unless I read that it takes a turn in a different direction.


Much better than expected. The first 3 episodes have been great!! Update: I'm done with it at episode 5... it's all about one person (Michael) and her dull and boring battle with everybody every week. Why are the Klingons so ugly? What was wrong with the original ones?

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