More ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Episode Titles Plus Character and Story Descriptions Revealed [UPDATED]

We are now in the home stretch with Star Trek: Discovery premiering this weekend. Today brings a flurry of bits including more episode titles, some details on an episode, information on a robot, and some behind the scenes images too.

UPDATE: Titles for episodes 2-4 revealed

On Saturday we reported the title of the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery is “The Vulcan Hello.” In the original version of this article from this morning we reported on the names for episodes 2 and 3 and now CBS has now released a video showing the names of the first four episodes.

Episode 2: “Battle at the Binary Stars”

The second episode of Star Trek: Discovery (the second part of the two-hour pilot coming this Sunday) is titled “Battle at the Binary Stars.” The title is clearly a reference to the star system at the edge of the Federation space where the Klingon incident with Burnham happens. The stunning binary star system has been seen in promotional material since the first May “upfronts” trailer.

Episode 3: “Context is for Kings”

The title for episode three of Star Trek Discovery (to be released on October 1st in US and Canada) is “Context is for Kings.” There is no episode description, so the meaning is anyone’s guess. There is an alliterative similarity to The Original Series episode titled “The Conscience of the King.”

Episode 4: “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry”

The fourth episode titled “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” will be released on October 8th. This title may be long, but it’s still shorter than the TOS episode title “For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky.” The reference to a knife may not be literal, but we have seen some nasty looking Klingon knives for Discovery.

Klingon Torchbearer D’k tahg shown at SDCC Discovery exhibit

One of the episodes apparently has a Klingon focus, based on this tweet from actress Mary Chieff (L’Rell) in reaction to the episode names being revealed.

Groundhog Discovery

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has another article on Star Trek: Discovery. It contains some quotes from Harberts, Jason Isaacs and others that have been released before or are repeats from other interviews. But there was this one tidbit noting that even though the show is heavily serialized, there will be some traditional Trek in the first season:

For Trek traditionalists, there are still rousing self-contained adventures along the way (such as an episode that plays like Groundhog Day in space).

Of course Trek already has done some Groundhog Day types of stories, such as with TNG’s fifth season episode “Cause and Effect,” with the USS Enterprise experiencing a series of time loops ending with a cameo from Kelsey Grammer. Hopefully Discovery’s take on Groundhog Day won’t just be a repeat.

TNG did a Groundhog Day type of episode with “Cause and Effect”

The Discovery has a robot

The official Star Trek site has posted details from the Discovery set, a lot of which were covered in our previous story on set visits, but there were some new tidbits, such as some nice details on some props, including a shoutout to Tellarites and a gun for Harry Mudd:

There’s even a Klingon torture device that’s appropriately gruesome. Also pretty cool, a Tellarite bazooka, a Vulcan staff and Harry Mudd’s gun, the last of which is based on a revolver and feels a bit art deco.

The biggest bit of news in the new report was about a unique new character. Back in 2016 co-creator Bryan Fuller back said he wanted robots, and apparently he got one with the character “Airiam.” Here is a description:

MacKinnon then invited Villasenor to talk about the makeup/prosthetics for a character named Airiam, as he’s the artist responsible for her look. It’s an exotic-looking prosthetic, which makes sense since the character is a robot. He described the prosthetic as “almost like a jigsaw puzzle,” with assorted pieces, a helmet, contact lenses and more. Airiam, who works on the Discovery bridge and will usually be seen off to Lorca’s side, needs to look smooth on the screen and that may be accomplished on occasion with complementary CGI.

It isn’t clear if we have seen this character Airiam in any of the promos, but it is possible we have. There has been fewer images and clips with the USS Discovery bridge crew but in the promo released over the weekend there was a character in the background that might be Airiam.

Is this Airiam the robot?

More BTS from Ted

Co-executive producer Ted Sullivan has been making good on his promise to continue to tweet out behind the scenes images. His latest batch focuses on interfaces.

In addition to those interface images, Ted just tweeted this bit of detail from the Klingon Sarcophagus ship.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US.  In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere  on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

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