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"People of Earth" is the 32nd episode of Star Trek: Discovery in the show's third season, released on CBS All Access on 29 October 2020.


Reunited with Burnham, Discovery heads to Earth to find out what has happened to the Federation in the last thousand years.


Log entry

Personal log, Commander Michael Burnham, stardate 865211.3
Automatic transmissions to USS Discovery, wherever or whenever it might be. I'm sending you this message because you need to know what I've learned here. I hope that by some miracle you will receive it some day. Seven hundred years after we left, dilithium supplies dried up. The Federation trialed alternative warp drive designs but none proved reliable. Then came the Burn. No one knows how or why it happened but in an instant, all dilithium went inert. Any ship with an active warp core detonated. The Federation, as we know it, disappeared overnight. It's now just a shadow of its former self. We didn't give everything for this version of the future and I'll be damned if I let it stand. I've become a courier. I transport goods in exchange for dilithium to keep exploring sector by sector. Searching for clues as to what caused The Burn. Answers that might help to bring the Federation together again. Wherever I go, I look for you, my friends. I listen for any sign of your arrival but communication remains severely limited. Even if I did find you, I know it would be different, because I am different. But I will always love you. I've had to accept I may never see you again. You can love someone and still let them go. It feels like a dream, this world. A strange, terrible, beautiful dream. Luckily, I'm not alone on this journey. I found a friend in the truest sense of the word. This is my life now and I…



Cleveland "Book" BookerR.A. BryceMichael BurnhamKeyla DetmerPhilippa GeorgiouGrudgeLinusNdoyeNilssonJoann OwosekunGen RhysAditya SahilSaruPaul StametsAdira TalSenna Tal (voice) • Sylvia TillyWenUSS Discovery computerunnamed Osnullusunnamed Tellariteunnamed USS Discovery personnel (USS Discovery personnel)

Starships and vehicles

USS Discovery (Crossfield-class science vessel) • Booker's shipBurnham's shipUnited Earth Defense Force vesselsTitan raiderFriendship-classMerian-class


the galaxy's Alpha or Beta QuadrantEarth (Sol star system, sector 001, treaty boundary quadrant 0, the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant)
Referenced only
Donatu VIIIkasu

Shipboard locations

USS Discovery

Races and cultures


States and organizations


Science and classification

energygravitymatterplanetspacestarstar systemtechnologytimeuniverse

Materials and substances


Technology and weapons

command chaircommunicatorsensorstarshipviewscreen

Ranks and titles

commandercommanding officerdoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2240s-2260s)first officerhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandermedical officerofficeroperations managerscientistscience officer

Other references

clothinggovernmenthomeworldjacketjumpsuitlogicnation-stateraces and culturesrankscienceshirtpantsStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2240s-2265)titletunicuniformweapon


3189 (32nd century chronology, Discovery voyages)
Reunited, the Discovery crew head to Earth.




Star Trek: Discovery episodes
season 1 chapter 1 "The Vulcan Hello" • "Battle at the Binary Stars" • "Context Is for Kings" • "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry" • "Choose Your Pain" • "Lethe" • "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" • "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" • "Into the Forest I Go"
chapter 2 "Despite Yourself" • "The Wolf Inside" • "Vaulting Ambition" • "What's Past Is Prologue" • "The War Without, The War Within" • "Will You Take My Hand?"
season 2 "Brother" • "New Eden" • "Point of Light" • "An Obol for Charon" • "Saints of Imperfection" • "The Sound of Thunder" • "Light and Shadows" • "If Memory Serves" • "Project Daedalus" • "The Red Angel" • "Perpetual Infinity" • "Through the Valley of Shadows" • "Such Sweet Sorrow"
season 3 "That Hope Is You, Part 1" • "Far From Home" • "People of Earth" • "Forget Me Not" • "Die Trying" • "Scavengers" • "Unification III" • "The Sanctuary" • "Terra Firma" • "Su'Kal" • "There Is A Tide..." • "That Hope Is You, Part 2"
season 4 "Kobayashi Maru" • "Anomaly" • "Choose to Live" • "All Is Possible" • "The Examples" • "Stormy Weather" • "...But to Connect" • "All In" • "Rubicon" • "The Galactic Barrier" • "Rosetta" • "Species Ten-C" • "Coming Home"


published order
Previous episode:
Far From Home
Discovery episode produced Next episode:
Forget Me Not
Previous episode:
Far From Home
Discovery episode aired Next episode:
Forget Me Not
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Far From Home
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Forget Me Not
Previous Adventure:
Far From Home
Voyages of the
USS Discovery
Next Adventure:
Forget Me Not

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