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The Edge: A Star Trek Discovery Podcast

Apr 11, 2019

Through the Valley of Shadows.

Many fans already knew Captain Christopher Pike from the unaired pilot episode of The Original Series, “The Cage,” and the season-one two-parter “The Menagerie,” which resurrected some of that unused footage. In his first appearance, Pike is a spry captain leading his crew on a mission of exploration. When we see him in “The Menagerie,” he is confined to a wheelchair, his face covered in scars. What happened in between has remained a fifty-year mystery—at least on screen. Star Trek: Discovery finally filled in the blanks and made Pike’s self sacrifice canon in “Through the Valley of Shadows.”

In this episode of The Edge, hosts Amy Nelson and Patrick Devlin discuss Pike’s decision to glimpse into his future and accept the inevitability of a crippling accident to retrieve the much-needed time crystal from the sacred Klingon planet Boreth. We ask ourselves if we would choose to see our own possible future and accept it knowing that we could follow a new path—but that others would suffer instead. We also debate whether the Control artificial intelligence is present in all Section 31 ships and why it needs Burnham to further its mission.

Intro (00:00:00)
Initial Thoughts (00:03:16)
What Could Have Been (00:04:54)
Micheal and Her Conversations (00:07:11)
What We Learn from Boreth (00:18:26)
Where is the Control AI (00:45:52)
Section 31 Comes Running (00:54:07)
What the Writers Have Said (00:58:25)
Final Thoughts (01:00:10)
Closing (01:06:03)

Patrick Devlin and Amy Nelson

Patrick Devlin (Editor) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Tom Puleo (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Brian Meloche (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)