ST:D 1.03

Context is for Kings

Six months into her sentence, Burnham is on an unexpected prison transfer when an emergency forces her shuttle to be rescued by the USS Discovery. Spending several days on the ship, Burnham is ordered by its captain, the mysterious Gabriel Lorca, to assist with a scientific assignment.

Burnham overhears Lieutenant Paul Stamets, an astromycologist who is leading the assignment, discuss an upcoming experiment with a colleague serving on another starship.

The premise of the new space faring technology underlying matter that can transfer anyone anywhere sounds too much like magic.  And the demonstration by Lorca (Jason Isaacs) shows it appears to be successful. So why the “accident” on the other ship. It looks like something else is going on here.