Through the Valley of Shadows
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2



Critic Ratings: 9
Critics Consensus

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.

Episode Info

A fourth signal leads the U.S.S. Discovery to an insular world, where Pike is forced to make a life-changing choice. Burnham and Spock investigate a Section 31 ship gone rogue, leading to a discovery with catastrophic consequences.


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 Through the Valley of Shadows

With two episodes left in the season, and years to go before this turning point in Pike's life, we may never find out.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Well, that was a wild hour of Star Trek.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Things are heating up on Discovery now, and this episode once again successfully used Trek's past to prime us for the future.

Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

When storytelling is at its best, you don't see the strings. Unfortunately, Through The Valley Of Shadows was all strings.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a great coming together of Spock and Michael's arc over these past few episodes.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Some plot holes you can live with - even the best iterations of Trek have them. But [this] was too much for me to bear.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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