There is something about a good battle in space that’s cooler than anything else that could be put onscreen. The best space battles in film and television are spectacles in which everything comes together, from special effects, the music, the right amount of character, tactics, and preparation to make sure the drama plays effectively.

These space battles could be anything from relatively high realism space battles to low realism, from massive fleets to two ships fighting it out in a submarine-esque engagement. Whether guns, missiles, lasers, phasers or photon torpedoes are used, this series takes a look at some of the coolest space battles ever put on screen.

Face to face with Klingon vessels, the USS Shenzhou prepares for the possibility of war if negotiations fail. Aboard his flagship, T’Kuvma persuades the leaders of the various Houses of the Klingon Empire (appearing in holographic transmissions on his bridge) that he can lead them to victory over the Federation.

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Captain Philippa Georgiou tries to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the conflict started by her now-former first officer, Commander Michael Burnham, but the Klingons attack nonetheless.

“Members of the Federation, what you call your most remote borders, I call too close to Klingon territory. You only live now to serve as witnesses of Klingon supremacy, to be my herald. We do not desire to know you. But you will know our great houses, standing as one under Kahless, reborn in me, T’Kuvma.”

– T’Kuvma’s message to the remaining Starfleet vessels

“Battle at the Binary Stars” is the second episode of the American television series Star Trek: Discovery, which is set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series and shows the beginnings of the Federation–Klingon cold war.

The episode was written by showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts, from a story by series co-creator Bryan Fuller, and was directed by Adam Kane.

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The Battle at the Binary Stars in Star Trek Discovery

6.5

Television Series

6.0/10

Space Battle

7.0/10

Overall

6.5/10

Pros

  • VFX
  • The Intensity