February 28, 2019
First Impressions: Star Trek: Discovery, S2 Ep 7, "Light and Shadow"
Well, damn. THAT was more like it.
This episode is the polar opposite of the previous one. When I started watching it and saw that it was only 40 minutes long, I thought, "Ooookay," but this was forty tightly written, gripping minutes. Spock FINALLY makes an appearance, Amanda reams Sarek a well-deserved new one, Captain Pike and Ash Tyler wrestle with a probe-turned-giant-space squid that looks like a weird "Trek" version of "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea"....and at the very end, we get a link back to the Original Series' "The Cage" and "The Menagerie." Hooooly shit.
Yes, the Red Angel is (seemingly) confirmed to be a futuristic time traveler. I'm not sure this is a good thing, but we'll have to see. On the credits side, this is the first episode, I believe, that new co-showrunner Michelle Paradise makes an appearance. If these are the kinds of stories we'll be getting from her, they made a very good hire indeed.