Star Trek: Discovery – S1E8 – “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”
On this episode of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Adam and I discuss Season 1 Episode 8, titled “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”.
Saru knows fear!
This episode does a deeper (but in my opinion, not deep enough) dive into Saru, and his species. For a prey species, Kelpiens are faster, stronger, have better senses and taller than humans. He can crush communicators with his bare hands. Can you imagine what the apex predator species that considers the Kelpiens prey? For the first time in his life, Saru felt no fear on the planet. His actions, however, showed questionable judgement. His actions on the planet were nothing short of mutiny, though I doubt he will be reprimanded for it.
What does Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum mean?
According to the Wikipedia article, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum means “If you want peace, prepare for war”.
So what did we think of Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum?
It was very much a split vote for this episode. Adam thought it was the best episode so far, but I had the opposite reaction. I would probably rank this one as my least favorite so far. I had a hard time figuring out why I had that impression, but I finally identified one key issue: The episode length. I thought the episode started with a bang, but tailed off from there. Mind you, it seemed well written, well acted, well directed and the effects (with the exception of the naturally occurring transmitter) excellent. The problem that I see is that there was enough potential story there to fit into two episodes, but the episode was not only edited down to a single episode, but this was the shortest episode so far. It seemed like a lot of the story on the planet had been edited out, as did the story on the Klingon sarcophagus ship. It’s possible that some of the Klingon story could have been moved to next week’s mid-season finale, and it’ll fit well once that’s been released, but the episode could have benefited from more time to expand the story.
Is Cornwell still alive?
That’s one thing that wasn’t clear but we both think that she did not die. We should be seeing her again next episode.
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