Star Trek: Discovery Dropped An F-Bomb In The Best Way Possible

The Star Trek franchise isn't really known for its use of adult language, and even the big screen ventures of recent years didn't go too far. The franchise went more than 50 years without any characters dropping an F-bomb on screen... until now. The latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access saw not one but two characters drop an F-bomb for a pretty endearing reason: they were super excited about science. Take a look at the sequence for yourself:

In this clip, we see Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman) drop the first F-bomb of the episode after Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp) broke down why their latest scientific breakthrough was actually a pretty big deal. The look on Tilly's face after she burst out with "This is so fucking cool!" makes it quite clear that she was caught up in the moment and didn't mean to drop the big F in front of her superior officer, but Lt. Stamets didn't reprimand her for her loose tongue on the job. No, Stamets agreed with her assessment of the situation, agreeing that "--it is fucking cool!"

So, there we have it: the F-bomb officially exists within the Star Trek universe. Society may have left a lot of the 20th and 21st centuries behind by the time of Discovery, but apparently that particular word is still in use. Good to know!

Fans of Star Trek were probably shocked to hear an F-bomb uttered by one of the characters after we've gone through so many Star Trek shows and movies over the past half century without anybody using that word. In fact, most of the characters in the history of the franchise have been relatively restrained when it comes to swearing. The recent movies were understandably more lax, but no F-bombs were ever dropped by Kirk or McCoy in any of their situations. The dubious honor of being the first goes to Cadet Tilly, closely followed by Lt. Stamets.

Of course, the characters did not exactly use the word in the most obscene way. They were just really, really excited about science, and how many of us haven't found ourselves caught up in a moment so much that we may have said something we shouldn't? It should be interesting to see if this was the first scene of many to come featuring characters dropping F-bombs. No second season has been ordered just yet, and we'd probably have a while to wait before we got to see it, but anything is currently possible in the future of this series.

New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery air on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on CBS All Access. For what you can watch on the other nights of the week, swing by our fall TV premiere guide. If you're still on the fence about whether or not CBS All Access is worth the monthly fee, we have an episode of The Cord Cutter Podcast that tackles that very issue, so take a listen!

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