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The Best Tilly Dillies from Star Trek: Discovery

Plus Mary Wiseman shares her favorite!

Star Trek: Discovery

Cadet Sylvia Tilly AKA Captain Killy got to utter some of the best, funniest lines during Star Trek: Discovery.

In celebration of actress Mary Wiseman's birthday, we're celebrating some of those memorable bits of dialogue, nearly half of which came from the Tilly-Palooza Season 1 finale, "Will You Take My Hand?"

We even invited Mary, our beloved, wide-eyed, exuberant Tilly/Killy, to share her personal favorite Tilly Dilly with readers!

I never met a female named Michael before. Do you think that suits you? I'll call you Mickey. I think that's more approachable.

Sylvia Tilly

Michael Burnham and Sylvia Tilly Star Trek Discovery "Context is For Kings"

Season 1, Episode 3: "Context is For Kings"

I used to exclusively go for soldiers, but I’m going through a musician phase right now.

Sylvia Tilly

What the heck... heck... hell? What the hell! Hold your horses!

Sylvia Tilly

Star Trek Discovery Season 1 Episode 10 "Despite Yourself"

Season 1, Episode 10: "Despite Yourself"

Insult her again, and your nose is going to be able to sniff the back of your head.

Sylvia Tilly

I have a very narrow esophagus. Strange, but true. So, that’s bad for that.

Sylvia Tilly

Michael Burnham and Sylvia Tilly on Star Trek: Discovery  "Will You Take My Hand"

Season 1, Episode 15: "Will You Take My Hand?"

Oh, s—t, that’s not a drone!

Sylvia Tilly

First of all, um, so, I am very high. Uh, but you need to listen to me.

Sylvia Tilly

Season 1, Episode 15: "Will You Take My Hand?

I love feeling feelings.

Sylvia Tilly

To bring this full-circle, we went directly to the source of all the profundities above. While chatting with Mary Wiseman, we asked her what her favorite Tilly Dilly was. Her reply:

“That's tricky because there's so many great ones, but I think my favorite — the one that I read and I thought, ‘This is perfect,’ — is, I can't remember which episode, but early on she says, ‘I love feeling feelings.’” Wiseman, referring to “Choose Your Pain,” told

“And that felt like a very good motto for Tilly," continued Wiseman. "She's kind of an unabashed empath and enthusiast. That felt like a really central mantra, ‘I love feeling feelings.’ Gretchen Berg, I think, wrote that line and I just love it.”