An Obol for Charon
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

Despite an overly ambitious structure, "An Obol for Charon" stands out as a crystallization of Discovery's empathetic thesis brought to life by Doug Jones' awards-worthy performance.

Episode Info

A mysterious sphere threatens the U.S.S. Discovery even as May, in her original form, implements a plan that puts Tilly?s life in danger. Saru and Burnham?s bond grows when Saru is forced to acknowledge a deeply unsettling Kelpien truth. Pike receives new intel on Spock from a loyal friend.


Jason Isaacs
as Captain Lorca
Michelle Yeoh
as Captain Georgiou
Doug Jones
as Lt. Saru
Shazad Latif
as Lt. Tyler
Anthony Rapp
as Lt. Stamets
Mary Wiseman
as Sylvia Tilly
Rainn Wilson
as Harry Mudd
Terry Serpico
as Brett Anderson
Rekha Sharma
as Commander Landry
Sam Vartholomeos
as Ensign Connor
Wilson Cruz
as Dr. Hugh Culber
Anson Mount
as Capt. Christopher Pike
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Critic Reviews for An Obol for Charon

It's very like Star Trek to centre an episode entirely around the philosophy and emotion behind dying, and very like Discovery to fill that episode with action so breakneck-paced it sometimes loses coherency.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

In general, this show has never used its supporting cast so well.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I'm still not ready to talk about Saru, but here it is: I hope Discovery submits this episode for a supporting actor Emmy for Doug Jones.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

For a show about a sparkly fungus-powered spaceship infested with psychic ghosts, it's displayed remarkable restraint.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Jet Reno is back! God bless her.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

A successful procedural episode of this evolving, hyperactive dork show, if I do say so myself.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Discovery has fun with a pair of classic Trek style plots.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

"An Obol for Charon" is an episode that is, at times, almost too densely busy for its own good-trying to balance three different plots aboard the ship, on top of the heightened threat of the entity, threatens to bring it all crashing down into a mess.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

A lot of historic "Trek" episodes don't have much to do with the central conflict. But this one felt like an unnecessary diversion from the more interesting mystery being solved by Pike and Burnham.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

A very bad episode of television. It continues an unfortunate trend on this season of Star Trek: Discovery, awkwardly clashing an episodic arc with the larger serialized narrative of this season.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…