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Light and Shadows 

Burnham goes to Vulcan in search of Spock, where she unearths surprising family secrets. In researching what is left of the Red Angel's signal over Kaminar, Pike and Tyler end up in battle ... See full summary »


Marta Cunningham


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Bryan Fuller (created by) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Michael Burnham
Doug Jones ... Saru
Anthony Rapp ... Paul Stamets
Mary Wiseman ... Sylvia Tilly
Shazad Latif ... Ash Tyler
Anson Mount ... Captain Christopher Pike
Michelle Yeoh ... Philippa Georgiou
James Frain ... Sarek
Mia Kirshner ... Amanda Grayson
Ethan Peck ... Spock
Alan Van Sprang ... Leland
Hannah Cheesman ... Lt. Cmdr. Airiam
Emily Coutts ... Lt. Keyla Detmer
Patrick Kwok-Choon ... Lt. Gen Rhys
Oyin Oladejo ... Lt. Joann Owosekun


Burnham goes to Vulcan in search of Spock, where she unearths surprising family secrets. In researching what is left of the Red Angel's signal over Kaminar, Pike and Tyler end up in battle with time itself. Georgiou has a few tricks up her sleeve for Leland and Section 31.

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Did You Know?


In the opening credits, the image of the Red Angel has changed from the drawing created by Spock to a technical image of the space suit Saru identified the Red Angel was wearing in the previous episode. See more »


Burnham wonders if Spock is saying numbers in reverse, and supposedly tests this by typing a number into a Starfleet computer and finding a match. But there are 100 billion stars in the galaxy, so any number would match - like dialing a phone number, and being proved correct because somebody answers the call. See more »


Sylvia Tilly: The shock wave from the shuttle explosion is about to hit us with a... time tsunami. That one's not as cool as it sounds.
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Spock FINALLY and Classic Classic Trek Throwback - Loving It!
2 March 2019 | by LorenBiegSee all my reviews

Seems like the reviews are either 9s & 10s from viewers like me who are loving Star Trek Discovery, or 1s from old guard haters who aren't willing to let the Trek Universe track some new ground.

I've been a track fan since discovering the classic series in reruns. I've watched all seasons of all series, and recognize that this show is taking some liberties while capturing the essence of what I love most about Star Trek, and doing so in a highly entertaining way.

As for this episode, we finally find Spock, sort of, a plot element that has drug in a bit long for me. But it's exciting nonetheless. The climate and ancient-ness of Vulcan are further developed. Tyler and Pike have some conflict that is fun and resolves nicely. Pike is quickly becoming one of my favorite starship captains in the franchise. And, I about fell out of my chair when Talos IV came up!

The one consistently annoying device that is over usd is the techspeak problem solving sessions that just sound like "blah blah whatever" when Tilly and Stamets are saving the ship. Character drama is much more interesting. TNG used to do the same thing and it causes me to disconnect from the story. But eh, the rest is so good I'm hooked anyway!

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28 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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