Context Is for Kings.
It could be said that the third episode of Star Trek: Discovery is the show’s second pilot. We see the USS Discovery for the first time, and meet her captain and crew. However, this introduction only leads to questions. What is the primary mission of the NCC-1031? Who is to be trusted? Although we are familiar with Saru, six months have passed since we last saw him, and his character and relationship with Burnham have changed. Through Burnham’s eyes, we are sizing up our new home, and many of the people we meet do not instill a feeling of comfort or trust.
In this episode of The Edge, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala and Amy Nelson are joined by Duncan Barrett of Primitive Culture and former Earl Grey host Lee Hutchison to discuss “Context Is for Kings.” We compare this episode with the two-part pilot and highlight the new characters with whom Burnham must interact.
In the news segment, Mike and Duncan discuss the first Discovery tie-in book, Desperate Hours, by David Mack. And be sure to tune in to the next episode of Literary Treks, where Mack himself will take us behind the scenes of the novel’s writing.
Desperate Hours (00:01:05)
Context Is for Kings (00:23:55)
Burnham and Saru (00:35:15)
Silly Tilly (00:41:03)
Black Alert (01:09:43)
Final Thoughts (01:22:40)
Closing and Feedback (01:25:22)
Michael Schindler, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Amy Nelson
Duncan Barrett and Lee Hutchison
Michael Schindler (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Tom Puleo (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
More Themes in Discovery. We discuss more elements from the first nine episodes—including diversity, IDIC, social progression, guilt and regret—and how we connect with them on a personal level.
Easter Eggs in Discovery. We discuss our favorite hidden references to past Star Trek that can be found in the first nine episodes of Discovery.
Themes in Discovery. We discuss themes found in the first nine episodes—including power and manipulation, logic vs. emotion, and fear vs. safety—and how we connect with them on a personal level.
Season One, Part One Recap. We reflect on the first nine episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, including spore drive, spinning saucers, characters, and much more.
Parallel Universes. As we deep-dive into “Into the Forest I Go,” we speculate on the true nature of Star Trek: Discovery and why we may have been watching something different than we thought.
Into the Forest I Go. We’re joined by Sarah Buck to discuss the ninth episode of Star Trek: Discovery, and Max Hegel to compare the midseason cliffhanger with those of past Star Trek.
Fan Response to “Into the Forest I Go.” We discuss all the feedback we’ve received from listeners of The Edge—both positive and negative!
Commentary Track. Mike Schindler is joined by Max Hegel to bring you a commentary for the ninth episode of Star Trek: Discovery.
Live Reaction Show: Into the Forest I Go. Join us for immediate reactions to the ninth episode of Star Trek: Discovery as the story unfolds!
General Order 1. As we deep-dive into “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” we explore stardates, Latin titles, the Prime Directive, and more.