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Context is for Kings 

Burnham finds herself aboard the U.S.S. Discovery, where she quickly realizes things are not as they seem, including the mysterious Captain Gabriel Lorca.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ash Tyler (credit only)
Julianne Grossman ...
Discovery Computer (voice)
Engineering Officer
Joann Owosekun
Shuttle Pilot (as Ronnie Rowe Jr.)


Burnham finds herself aboard the U.S.S. Discovery, where she quickly realizes things are not as they seem, including the mysterious Captain Gabriel Lorca.

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Burnham recalls that Amanda Grayson read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to her and Spock when they were children. Spock mentioned his mother's fondness for Lewis Carroll's works in TAS: "Once Upon a Planet" after noting that the Queen of Hearts is a character from Alice Through the Looking Glass, the book's sequel. See more »


The computer program source code Michael is working on is obsolete as of 2017. The visible LPWSTR keyword means Long Pointer to Wide character STRing. Pointers are potential security breach points, and have been found the cause of many flaws in contemporary (2017) software. They are being phased out in favor of self allocating/reallocating/deallocating objects. It is unlikely that software from 2256 would still rely on a programming concept that would be ancient by then.

Besides, LPWSTR is a keyword invented by Microsoft and used solely within their programming tools. Considering the philosophy of United Federation of Planets / Starfleet, open source software would be more accurate choice over proprietary one. See more »


Sylvia Tilly: Wow, is that a book?
Michael Burnham: [offering the book to her] When I was a kid, after my parents were killed, my foster mother on Vulcan used to read it to me and her son. She and I were the only humans in the house. It's how I learned that the real world doesn't always adhere to logic. Sometimes down is up. Sometimes up is down. Sometimes when you're lost, you're found.
Sylvia Tilly: What was... what was her name?
Michael Burnham: Amanda.
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Referenced in After Trek: Context Is for Kings (2017) See more »

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This was a beautiful weaving of many different sci-fi themes into one fantastic episode that definitely should have been the pilot for the series. Amazing work of science fiction, not totally the Trek feel but it's reaaaally good. While the episode is very dark, it also explores themes central to the franchise as a whole. Especially with the character Paul Stamets who really questions if it's worth it to stay in starfleet as a soldier when he signed up to explore the universe and why life exists in the state it does.

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