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* CoolStarship: The ISS ''Charon'', a flying palace with a miniature star suspended in its structure.

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* CoolStarship: The ISS ''Charon'', a flying palace with what looks like a miniature star suspended in its structure.

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* {{Cliffhanger}}: The episode ends after itís revealed that the Lorca Michael and the rest of the cast have been taking orders from is from the Mirror Universe and he used everyone to get back to his universe to make another attempt to claim the Emperorís throne.

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* EvilIsNotWellLit: This episode explains and justifies the use of this trope in both ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' and the past few episodes: the Terrans, who embraced their flaws and created a tyrannical, racist empire, are more sensitive to light than the prime universe humans, who are still flawed but cooperate with multiple other species in a democratic government.

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* ShoutOut: The ISS Charon looks a bit like a [[Franchise/StarWars Star Destroyer]] doesn't it?


--> '''Voq/Tyler:''' ''(in Klingonese)'' Kahless, give me light! Father, give me wisdom! Mother, give me drink! ''(in English)'' Brother, give me strength. Sister, give me family.

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--> '''Voq/Tyler:''' ''(in Klingonese)'' Kahless, give me light! Father, give me wisdom! Mother, give me drink! ''(in English)'' ''([[SwitchToEnglish in English]])'' Brother, give me strength. Sister, give me family.



* MercyKill: Realising that a Klingon supremacist cannot exist in a human body, L'Rell is forced to do this to Voq, leaving Tyler's personality in sole control of their body.

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* MercyKill: Realising that a Klingon supremacist cannot exist in a human body, L'Rell is forced to do this to excise Voq, leaving Tyler's personality in sole control of their body.



* OnceMoreWithClarity: When Emperor Georgiou describes Lorca's WifeHusbandry of Mirror Burnham, Burnham recalls the things Lorca told her throughout the season, starting with "[[Recap/StarTrekDiscoveryS1E03ContextIsForKings Context Is for Kings]]," only now with the horrifying realization that he was manipulating her into following him.

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* OnceMoreWithClarity: When Emperor Georgiou describes Lorca's WifeHusbandry of Mirror Burnham, prime Burnham recalls the things Lorca told her throughout the season, starting with "[[Recap/StarTrekDiscoveryS1E03ContextIsForKings Context Is for Kings]]," only now with the horrifying realization that he was manipulating her into following him.him. She also sees that Emperor Georgiou is sensitive to light -- and so is Lorca.


* WifeHusbandry: How the Emperor describes Lorca's relationship with Mirror Michael.

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* %%* WifeHusbandry: How the Emperor describes Lorca's relationship with Mirror Michael.


* RedHerring: The USS ''Defiant'' is revealed to be this, with Mirror Georgiou telling Burnham that the interphasic anomaly that bought it into the Mirror Universe would be useless as a method of returning to the Prime Universe, firstly because the anomaly displaced the ship by over a century in time (presumably meaning that it would deposit the ''Discovery'' back in the timeframe of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', if it even worked at all), and secondly because it drove the entire crew of the ''Defiant'' into a homicidal rage.

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* RedHerring: The USS ''Defiant'' is revealed to be this, with RedHerring: Mirror Georgiou telling tells Burnham that the interphasic anomaly that bought it brought the USS ''Defiant'' into the Mirror Universe would be useless as a method of returning to the Prime Universe, firstly because the anomaly displaced the ship by over a century in time (presumably meaning that it would deposit the ''Discovery'' back in the timeframe of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', if it even worked at all), and secondly because it drove the entire crew of the ''Defiant'' into a homicidal rage.


* ParentalSubstitute: Mirror Georgiou was this to Mirror Burnham, adopting her after the loss of her parents. This begs the question of whether Mirror Connor had a death wish when he tried to kill Burnham, knowing full well that there would be a reprisal.

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* ParentalSubstitute: Mirror Georgiou was this to adopted Mirror Burnham, adopting Burnham her after the loss of her parents. This begs the question of whether Mirror Connor had a death wish when he tried to kill Burnham, knowing full well that there would be a reprisal.


* MagicalDefibrillator: Maddox tries to use one of these on Lorca when the agonizer seems to have killed him, but he doesn't get beyond prepping the paddles before Lorca springs to life and turns the tables, using the defibrillator on Maddox's head to incapacitate him.

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* InstantWakingSkills: Stamets gets back on his feet pretty quickly after being AsleepForDays. Mirror Stamets is an even more extreme example, given that he's been comatose for ''months''.


* AllForNothing: The data on the ''Defiant'' proves completely useless. Not only is the file heavily redacted, but what little info is still there doesn't provide a way home.

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* AllForNothing: The data on the ''Defiant'' proves completely useless. Not only is the file heavily redacted, but what little info is still there doesn't provide a way home. Georgiou further confirms the futility of using the same method as the ''Defiant'' by telling Burnham that the interphasic rift also made the crew go insane and kill each other.

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* AllForNothing: The data on the ''Defiant'' proves completely useless. Not only is the file heavily redacted, but what little info is still there doesn't provide a way home.

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* DeadPersonConversation: Stamets spends a full scene with the recently-murdered Culber in the mycelial network.


[[caption-width-right:350:All hail the Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Qo'noS, Regina Andoria, Emperor of the Terran Empire Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius!]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:All hail the Her Most Imperial Majesty, Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Qo'noS, Regina Andoria, Andor, all hail the Emperor of the Terran Empire Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius!]]



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Maddox is a mass murderer and brutal torturer. But he genuinely loved his sister Ava, and his vendetta against Lorca is about how the latter used her, leading to her death.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
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Maddox is a mass murderer and brutal torturer. But he genuinely loved his sister Ava, and his vendetta against Lorca is about how the latter used her, leading to her death.death.
** Emperor Georgiou loved her adopted daughter, Mirror Burnham, until she and Mirror Lorca started a coup attempt against her.



* FightingFromTheInside: Even though Voq has been awakened, Tyler briefly reasserts control.
--> '''Tyler:''' ''(to Saru)'' Burnham, is she all right?\\
'''Saru:''' She's fine.\\
'''Tyler:''' Good. Saru. Help me, please. ''(starts screaming again)''



* ForeignLanguageTirade: Now that Voq has been awakened, he spends a full scene in Sickbay ranting in Klingon.
--> "Filthy humans! Let me die!...I will kill you all in T'Kuvma's name!"



* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Emperor Georgiou's full title is "Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Qo'noS, Regina Andoria, Emperor of the Terran Empire Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius." WordOfGod is that "Iaponius" (Latin for "Japanese") is an homage to [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Empress Hoshi Sato]], since Georgiou herself is Chinese-Malaysian.

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* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Emperor Georgiou's full title is "Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Qo'noS, Regina Andoria, Andor, Emperor of the Terran Empire Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius." WordOfGod is that "Iaponius" (Latin for "Japanese") is an homage to [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Empress Hoshi Sato]], since Georgiou herself is Chinese-Malaysian.

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[[caption-width-right:350:All hail the Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Qo'noS, Regina Andoria, Emperor of the Terran Empire Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius!]]

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