Light and Shadows
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

Functional and focused on themes of family, "Light and Shadow" competently lays the groundwork for more exciting episodes of Discovery to come.

Episode Info

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.


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 Light and Shadows

Star Trek Discovery slows down for an episode which deals with family drama and sets up some interesting plot points for next week.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

We also learn some key details about Spock and Michael's backstories, but in a way that feels more like an informative update than organic storytelling.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

One of my big hopes for Discovery's second season was that we'd learn more about the secondary bridge crew. The show has been doing exactly that, giving these "background" characters their opportunities to shine.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Ultimately, neither storyline actually gets to do much than prep the audience for far more interesting stories to come.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

It's no coincidence that the strongest parts of the episode involve [Spock] and the Red Angel mystery.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Especially after the streak of excellent installments we've seen here on Star Trek: Discovery, "Light and Shadows" was, to put it as kindly as I know how, a clusterfrick.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Light and Shadows provides plenty to dig into and a bunch of fun scenarios

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Any Disco episode with a Michelle Yeoh fight scene earns some grade inflation.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

This is the first time, for me, that they have felt like a real family on Discovery. I hope this trend continues once Spock is, you know, present.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

We'd always known Spock was ostracised for his mixed heritage, but making him a cross-species equivalent of dyslexic is an entirely new wrinkle. Personally, I love it.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…