Light and Shadows -- Amanda
Lowlight: Burnham and her mother parted on poor terms the last time they met. Because Amanda realized that Burnham had done something to hurt Spock irrevocably, she no longer trusted her daughter. Not much has changed by the time Burnham makes her way to Vulcan.
Light and Shadows -- Sarek
Highlight: I always love seeing James Frain as Sarek. Even if he's just meditating with great intensity.
Light and Shadows -- SPOCK! Finally!
Highlight: This has been the slowest search in the galaxy, seriously. We've been expecting to see him since the premiere but first, he was on leave, then he was in hospital, then he was a fugitive. So finding him in a temple on his homeworld seems almost anti-climactic. Except, of course, THEY FOUND SPOCK.
Light and Shadows -- Section 31
Lowlight: Spidey senses tingling, Burnham doesn't think Spock is safe with Section 31 and whether it's the sinister lighting or how Leland couldn't shake the villain vibe he twerked all the way back to Earth, their stay on the cloaked (!) Federation vessel is not destined to be a long one.
Light and Shadows -- The Emperor's "Help"
Highlight: The Emperor doesn't divulge secrets without an ulterior motive but I feel like Burnham is okay with that as long as she can get her brother away and gets to kick some Georgiou butt at the same time.
Light and Shadows -- Ash and Pike
Highlight: It kind of kills me to admit it but Pike and Tyler had a really interesting adventure together in the shuttle. Their timey-wimey space trap and the crazy seat-of-the-pants shenanigans they had to pull to survive and escape was top-notch space drama writing.