Star Trek Discovery episode 4 has a long and pretentious-sounding name, but it sure looks cool

Star Trek Discovery episode 4... wait, sorry, let me use the correct name... *ahem* Star Trek Discovery: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not For The Lamb's Cry is all set to air this Sunday, October 8, on CBS All Access (and later on Netflix... if you live outside the US or Canada). It's an undeniably pompous episode title, but don't let that fool you - it looks like we'll be getting just as much action as in previous episodes, if not more.

The clip starts with Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) warning that "Discovery is no longer a science vessel, it's a warship." Isaacs tends to play characters with shady or ulterior motives, and the aura of mystery and unease he introduced in episode 3 looks like it will persist here.

Meanwhile, First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) seems to be dealing with the creature that was brought aboard from the U.S.S Glenn for... some reason, and has that look of 'I just killed/doomed someone' as she stares almost straight into the camera and says "I'm sorry." Ooo, tingles!

Other than that, there's glimpses of Klingon ships and the Discovery looming dangerously close to a star. It's all very high-stakes, big set piece-style action and drama, so I'm curious to see if this teaser is representative of the whole episode (honestly Discovery, you can slow down a little bit and just have people talking, Trek fans like that stuff) or if it's just CBS' marketing department trying to entice people with the promise of super-cool space stuff. I guess we'll find out this Sunday. 

Sam Prell

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