Star Trek: Discovery reveals first 4 episode titles, here's what we think they mean

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Mar 25, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Ahead of its hotly anticipated debut this Sunday, CBS has revealed the titles for the first four episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, as well as beaming up a new promo.

The one-minute promo boasts the tagline: “discover a future worth fighting for” and manages to include fresh new footage not seen in the previous trailers and promos. We get to see a bit more of the brewing cold war between the Klingons and the Federation, plus some of the big-budget action that awaits. Check it out:

The network also dropped another short promo revealing the titles for the show’s first four installments. They are (in order): “The Vulcan Hello,” “Battle at the Binary Stars,” “Context Is for Kings,” and “The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry.” Take a look:

So what do these titles mean? If we look at “The Vulcan Hello,” it possibly refers to the fact that the Star Trek series’ main character, First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), is a human raised on Vulcan by Sarek (James Frain) following the death of her parents, before later joining Starfleet (like her adopted brother, Spock). We know that will be a major aspect of her character and inform her perspective coming into the series, so we may get some background on Michael and Sarek here.


As for “Battle at the Binary Stars,” which is the second episode of the two-hour premiere, it could be in reference to the binary star system we saw in much of the promo material, and may be the site of the Klingon incident that causes so many problems in the first place. It also seems a safe bet to assume the episode will feature an epic space battle between the Klingons and the Federation. You know, like a "battle." It's right there in the title, after all.

Next is “Context for Kings.” The third episode’s title may (or may not) have something to do with the Star Trek: The Original Series Season 1 episode “The Conscience of the King,” itself a play on a Shakespeare line with a story that takes some classical nods. If nothing else, it certainly seems to be an homage. Perhaps it could be the episode where we meet Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson)?

The fourth episode’s title is on the longish side: “The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry.” Again, we have no synopsis or logline, but it'd be easy to assume this episode will be Klingon-centric. The line certainly sounds an awful lot like something a Klingon would say, especially since the Klingon-Federation war is what drives Star Trek: Discovery.

What do you think? Chime in with your own theories about the titles below.

Star Trek: Discovery (which might also feature a Mirror Universe episode) premieres on CBS All Access on Sept. 24, with the pilot episode also airing on CBS.

(via CBS)