In Review: Star Trek: Discovery – Light and Shadows

Burnham goes to Vulcan in search of Spock, where she unearths surprising family secrets.

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This episode looks like it is definitely trying to move towards closing some of the gaps between Discovery and the classic Star Trek timeline.

The Story

Having learned that the Red Angel is in fact from the future. Discovery heads off to explore a temporal anomaly while Burnham heads to Vulcan to try and find Spock.

While on Vulcan Burnham learns that Amanda has been hiding Spock from Starfleet out of fear for what Section 31 would likely do to him. Sarak walks in while Amanda is debating with Burnham and he tells Burnham to take Spock to Section 31 and Captain Leland. Burnham does so somewhat reluctantly.

Meanwhile, Pike and Tyler have taken a shuttle to explore the anomaly, but when they launch a probe they get pulled into the temporal anomaly, which leaves Saru and the Discovery with the task of figuring out a way in which to get them back again.


Mia Kirshner returns as Amanda and once again has a fantastic series of scenes with Burnham and Sarak. Her protectiveness of Spock is very well performed, but it is also interesting to learn that Spock has a form of Dyslexia, which is something new that has been introduced.

Also putting in solid performances are Shazad Latif and Anson Mount as Ash Tyler and Captain Pike. Their scenes prior to and during the time they spend on the shuttle are developing what could be an interesting relationship between the two Alpha males.


This episode introduces Ethan Peck as a rather confused and babbling Spock who is quoting a set of coordinates, which have a huge amount of significance to Star Trek’s humble beginnings, but also deepen the mystery and pose a few intriguing questions with regards to how far Captain Pike is into his 10 years as the Enterprise NCC – 1701’s Captain. The coordinates being for Talos IV.

The introduction of Talos IV and the occupants of that planet makes me suspect that the events in this series are set after those seen in the original ‘Star Trek’ pilot episode ‘The Cage’. But how long after are we talking?

I’m also like most fans wondering what or who the Red Angel is. The fact that the Shuttle’s probe upgraded while traveling through the anomaly and then attached Pike and Tyler makes me think that there is more than one faction in this story and the Red Angel, whoever that is are trying to protect the Discovery crew and Spock. But who is the Red Angel? Might it be the future version of Spock meddling with pesky Red Matter again or might it even be Captain Picard or someone or something else from Star Trek’s rich history?

Overall. A really strong episode, which leaves us with a few answers, but also some great questions to ponder.

Star Trek: Discovery - Light and Shadows
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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