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)
Commentary Track. Mike Schindler is joined by Sarah Buck to bring you a commentary for the fifth episode of Star Trek: Discovery.
Live Reaction Show: Choose Your Pain. Join us for immediate reactions to the fifth episode of Star Trek: Discovery as the story unfolds!
The Tardigrade. As we deep-dive into “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry,” we explore the real-life animal that is helping Discovery avoid crashing into stars.
The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry. We discuss the motives and intentions of the Discovery crew and question whether they are honest or deceitful.
Fan Response to “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry.” We discuss all the feedback we’ve received from listeners of The Edge—both positive and negative!
Commentary Track. Mike Schindler is joined by Sarah Buck to bring you a commentary for the fourth episode of Star Trek: Discovery.
Live Reaction Show: The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry. Join us for immediate reactions to the fourth episode of Star Trek: Discovery as the story unfolds!
Spore Drive. As we deep-dive into “Context Is for Kings,” we explore connections between Discovery and The Animated Series as well as Starfleet’s biological propulsion system.
Context Is for Kings. We discuss our first look at the USS Discovery, the new characters with whom Burnham must interact, and ask questions about the nature of Discovery’s mission.
Fan Response to "Context Is for Kings." We discuss all the feedback we've received from listeners of The Edge—both positive and negative!