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An exercise in anxiety management, "Through the Valley of Shadows" adds yet another satisfying layer to Michael and Spock's relationship -- if only it were a little less obvious in its machinations.
With two episodes left in the season, and years to go before this turning point in Pike's life, we may never find out.
It probably sounds like I hated this episode. Not at all-just consider this review an expression of my anxiety and annoyance at having to wait until next Thursday to know what all of this means.
Well, that was a wild hour of Star Trek.
Things are heating up on Discovery now, and this episode once again successfully used Trek's past to prime us for the future.
When storytelling is at its best, you don't see the strings. Unfortunately, Through The Valley Of Shadows was all strings.
It's a great coming together of Spock and Michael's arc over these past few episodes.
Some plot holes you can live with - even the best iterations of Trek have them. But [this] was too much for me to bear.
That's right, it's that time again - time to blow up an extremely expensive ship to stop evil robots from getting what they want. Feels good to be back.
This is one of those piece-moving episodes critics like myself are always talking about. After last week's emotional highs, we're back to business as usual, or as much as business can ever be "usual" on Discovery.