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The Best Episodes of Star Trek: Discovery

Every episode of Star Trek: Discovery ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Star Trek: Discovery!

Follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

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Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Star Trek: Discovery" is "If Memory Serves", rated 8.2/10 from 4288 user votes. It was directed by T.J. Scott and written by Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin. "If Memory Serves" aired on 3/7/2019 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Such Sweet Sorrow (2)".

  • If Memory Serves
    8.2/10 4,288 votes

    #1 - If Memory Serves

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-03-07

    Spock and Burnham head to Talos IV, where the process of healing Spock forces the siblings to confront their troubled past. Stamets desperately tries to reconnect with Hugh, while Tyler struggles to shed the crew's suspicions of him due to his past as Voq.

    Director: T.J. Scott

    Writer: Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin

  • Such Sweet Sorrow (2)
    8.2/10 4,993 votes

    #2 - Such Sweet Sorrow (2)

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 2019-04-18

    The U.S.S. Discovery battles against Control in a fight not only for their lives but for the future, with a little help from some unexpected friends. Spock and Burnham discern vital new connections between the red signals while Burnham faces one of life’s harshest truths: the right decisions are often the hardest to make.

    Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

    Writer: Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, Michelle Paradise

  • Vaulting Ambition
    8.1/10 4,926 votes

    #3 - Vaulting Ambition

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-01-21

    Burnham heads to the ISS Charon with a special "gift" for the Emperor. With the help of an unexpected source, Stamets gains clarity while trapped inside the mycelial network. Saru asks for L'Rell's help.

    Director: Hanelle M. Culpepper

    Writer: Jordon Nardino

  • What's Past is Prologue
    8.1/10 4,719 votes

    #4 - What's Past is Prologue

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-01-28

    Lorca plans to move forward with a coup against the Emperor, propelling Burnham to make a quick decision to save not only herself, but the U.S.S. Discovery.

    Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

    Writer: Ted Sullivan

  • Project Daedalus
    8.0/10 3,887 votes

    #5 - Project Daedalus

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-03-14

    When the Discovery crew infiltrates Section 31's headquarters, suspicions arise that the crew may have a traitor in their midst. Burnham tries to help Spock but her efforts don't go as planned.

    Director: Jonathan Frakes

    Writer: Michelle Paradise

  • Into the Forest I Go
    7.9/10 5,158 votes

    #6 - Into the Forest I Go

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-11-12

    Bypassing Starfleet's orders, Lorca uses the U.S.S. Discovery crew's ultimate asset, the ship itself, in an effort to end the war with the Klingons once and for all.

    Director: Christopher J. Byrne

    Writer: N/A

  • Despite Yourself
    7.9/10 5,013 votes

    #7 - Despite Yourself

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-01-07

    While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home.

    Director: Jonathan Frakes

    Writer: N/A

  • The Wolf Inside
    7.8/10 4,560 votes

    #8 - The Wolf Inside

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-01-14

    The crew continues their guise, and Burnham is ordered on a merciless mission to end the resistance in hopes of returning home. Meanwhile, Tilly works on restoring Stamets’ neurofunction.

    Director: T.J. Scott

    Writer: Lisa Randolph

  • New Eden
    7.8/10 4,688 votes

    #9 - New Eden

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-01-24

    A new signal appears, prompting Stamets' emotional return to the mycelial network and leading Burnham, Pike and Owosekun to a pre-warp planet, where they face a complex ethical dilemma. Tilly's overeagerness lands her in trouble but when the planet - and Discovery's landing party - are threatened, her curiosity may be the one thing that can save them.

    Director: Jonathan Frakes

    Writer: N/A

  • Context Is for Kings
    7.7/10 6,799 votes

    #10 - Context Is for Kings

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-10-01

    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.

    Director: Akiva Goldsman

    Writer: N/A

  • The Sound of Thunder
    7.7/10 3,930 votes

    #11 - The Sound of Thunder

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2019-02-21

    When a new signal appears over Saru's home planet, Burnham, Saru and the crew embark on a perilous mission that puts Saru in danger and raises questions about the Red Angel's intentions. Hugh struggles to come to terms with his new reality.

    Director: Douglas Aarniokoski

    Writer: Erika Lippoldt, Bo Yeon Kim

  • Through the Valley of Shadows
    7.6/10 3,344 votes

    #12 - Through the Valley of Shadows

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2019-04-04

    A fourth signal leads the U.S.S. Discovery to a world where Pike is forced to make a life-changing choice. Burnham and Spock investigate a Section 31 ship gone rogue, leading to a discovery with catastrophic consequences.

    Director: Douglas Aarniokoski

    Writer: Erika Lippoldt, Bo Yeon Kim

  • Battle at the Binary Stars
    7.5/10 7,303 votes

    #13 - Battle at the Binary Stars

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2017-09-24

    Face to face with Klingon vessels, the U.S.S. Shenzhou prepares for the possibility of war if negotiations fail. Amidst the turmoil, Burnham looks back to her Vulcan upbringing for guidance.

    Director: Adam Kane

    Writer: N/A

  • Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad
    7.5/10 5,767 votes

    #14 - Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-10-29

    As the U.S.S. Discovery crew attempts to let loose at a party, an unwelcome visitor comes aboard bringing about a problematic and twisted sequence of events.

    Director: David Barrett

    Writer: Jesse Alexander, Aron Eli Coleite

  • The War Without, The War Within
    7.5/10 4,010 votes

    #15 - The War Without, The War Within

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2018-02-04

    Burnham and the U.S.S. Discovery crew are faced with the harsh reality of the war during their absence. In order to move forward, Starfleet must use unconventional tactics and sources to take their next action against the Klingons.

    Director: David Solomon

    Writer: N/A

  • Brother
    7.4/10 5,137 votes

    #16 - Brother

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-01-17

    After answering a distress signal from the U.S.S. Enterprise, the U.S.S. Discovery welcomes aboard Captain Christopher Pike and begins a new mission to investigate the meaning behind seven mysterious red signals. Michael Burnham grapples with her past growing up on Vulcan with her foster parents and brother Spock.

    Director: Alex Kurtzman

    Writer: N/A

  • Face the Strange
    7.4/10 324 votes

    #17 - Face the Strange

    Season 5 Episode 4 - Aired 2024-04-18

    On the way to the next clue, the U.S.S. Discovery is sabotaged by a mysterious weapon, leaving Captain Burnham, Rayner, and Stamets as the only crew members who can possibly save the ship in time.

    Director: Lee Rose

    Writer: Sean Cochran

  • Choose Your Pain
    7.3/10 5,712 votes

    #18 - Choose Your Pain

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-10-15

    Lorca unexpectedly finds himself in the company of a prisoner of war, Starfleet Lieutenant Ash Tyler, and a notorious intergalactic criminal, Harry Mudd. Meanwhile, Burnham voices her concerns about the repercussions of the spore drive jumps on “Ripper.”

    Director: Lee Rose

    Writer: Kemp Powers

  • Lethe
    7.3/10 5,308 votes

    #19 - Lethe

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-10-22

    The U.S.S. Discovery crew is intrigued by new addition, Lt. Ash Tyler. Sarek seeks Burnham's help, rekindling memories from her past. Admiral Cornwell questions Lorca's tactics.

    Director: Douglas Aarniokoski

    Writer: Ted Sullivan, Joe Menosky

  • An Obol for Charon
    7.3/10 4,086 votes

    #20 - An Obol for Charon

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-02-07

    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.

    Director: Lee Rose

    Writer: N/A

  • Light and Shadows
    7.3/10 3,540 votes

    #21 - Light and Shadows

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-02-28

    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.

    Director: Marta Cunningham

    Writer: Ted Sullivan

  • Such Sweet Sorrow (1)
    7.3/10 3,805 votes

    #22 - Such Sweet Sorrow (1)

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2019-04-11

    When the U.S.S. Discovery's crucial mission does not go according to plan, Burnham realizes what must ultimately be done. The crew prepares for the battle of a lifetime as Leland's Control ships get closer.

    Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

    Writer: Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, Michelle Paradise

  • That Hope Is You (1)
    7.3/10 5,059 votes

    #23 - That Hope Is You (1)

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2020-10-15

    Arriving 930 years in the future, Burnham navigates a galaxy she no longer recognizes while searching for the rest of the U.S.S. Discovery crew.

    Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

    Writer: Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, Michelle Paradise

  • People of Earth
    7.3/10 3,725 votes

    #24 - People of Earth

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2020-10-29

    Reunited with Burnham, Discovery heads to Earth to find out what has happened to the Federation in the last thousand years.

    Director: Jonathan Frakes

    Writer: Erika Lippoldt, Bo Yeon Kim

  • Die Trying
    7.3/10 3,541 votes

    #25 - Die Trying

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2020-11-12

    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.

    Director: Maja Vrvilo

    Writer: N/A