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Choose Your Pain



Critic Consensus: "Choose Your Pain" packs a dark thematic punch, sharpened by the wit of Rainn Wilson's performance as a Harry Mudd.

Episode Info

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


Jason Isaacs
as Captain Lorca
Michelle Yeoh
as Captain Georgiou
Doug Jones
as Lt. Saru
Anthony Rapp
as Lt. Stamets
Shazad Latif
as Lt. Tyler
Rekha Sharma
as Commander Landry
Maulik Pancholy
as Dr. Nambue
Mary Wiseman
as Sylvia Tilly
Sam Vartholomeos
as Ensign Connor
Rainn Wilson
as Harry Mudd
Terry Serpico
as Brett Anderson
Wilson Cruz
as Dr. Hugh Culber
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Critic reviews for Choose Your Pain

So far, the journey is an interesting one, and we're still on board, especially given the way in which Discovery keeps surprising us week after week.

October 15, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Okay, what was with that ending of the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode? Did "Choose Your Pain" turn Star Trek into a horror show?

March 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Another exciting episode that perhaps moves too fast for its own good at times. But these characters and this cast have gelled very quickly and this brave, new Star Trek continues to impress.

October 15, 2017 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

Mudd offered this: "They always say confession is good for the soul, too back none of us have one anymore." I cannot help but think that line continues the subtext that the show's creators and writers have set forth comparing their future to the present.

October 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Presenting new sides to its flawed characters has worked in the favor of Discovery, which is fitting.

October 20, 2017 | Full Review…

There are a number of excellent moments in this episode.

October 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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