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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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Release Date:

28 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marks the first on screen appearance of Ethan Peck as Spock. His voice was previously heard in Star Trek: Discovery: Brother (2019). 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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References Star Trek: The Cage (1986) See more »

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I see why people buy into the "Prime" timeline thing....
1 March 2019 | by primeadministratorSee all my reviews

I'll start by saying I do not believe in the whole "Prime" timeline vs "Canon" timeline. STD is "canon", which is why it must be held to the standards of the previous 50+ years of Star Trek. Making it "Prime" allows the show to do the kinds of BS they did in this episode. Vulcans DO NOT cry unless the circumstances are extreme. In this episode BOTH Spock and Sarek cry. That is because the people writing this show have NO respect for the canon that came before STD, and now they're making a mess of the canon by creating contradictory characters. Because these drama writers do not know Star Trek, and because they cannot write science fiction, they made Vulcans highly emotional and schizophrenic when STD is put into the timeframe it is supposed to be in (pre-ST:TOS). Spock's mother is portrayed as a shrew, which again contradicts ST:TOS. Of course the Bechdal Test is in full effect which ruins everything in science fiction because it turns Star Trek into Woke Trek which erodes canon and turns the whole of Star Trek into a trainwreck. This is due to the politics of the people writing this show. Progressives have no idea how to write a Liberal show and that's why they're failing. Hint, Liberals believe in egalitarianism (equality), not some SJW war against the mythical patriarchy. 1-star, because of toxic Feminism in the show and a total lack of science fiction writing.

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