Star Trek: Discovery S01E08 Review - Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Translation: If you want peace, prepare for war


Warning: this review contains spoilers. So, so many spoilers.


Do not read if you haven’t watched the episode yet!




What Was Awesome

The opening battle scene was awesome. Visually stunning and great to see how the crew, particularly Captain Lorca, acts in the thick of battle.

Whatever is going on with Stamets is one of the most interesting things happening in the series. Definitely the most interesting character arc. We finally got some solid clues as to exactly what is going on. After the time loops not affecting him last episode; this week he referred to Tilly as Captain, for a moment.  This further confirms that he is experiencing time non-linearly.


Michael’s use of the phrase ‘the needs of the many…’ is a great call back to Spock’s use in ‘Wrath of Kahn’. Particularly because of Tyler using Kirk’s rebuttle of ‘the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many’. From ‘Search for Spock’


I Love that they are using somewhat bulky scanners like in the original series.


What was suboptimal

Planet Pahvo itself isn’t a bad thing. A planet with a collective consciousness and/or without a detectable humanoid alien is actually good and interesting. It’s a common trope in sci-fi. That was all fine.
The planet was so much like Pandora, from ‘Avatar’, to be almost a copyright issue.


Michael’s explanation to Tyler of why they couldn’t use the transmitter was a weird piece of exposition. But also something of a common problem throughout the franchise. Officers having to explain protocol to each other, just so the audience fully understands what’s going on. Since Michael made a personal log in a previous scene I feel like that would’ve been a better place to put Michael’s concerns about violating regulations.


Saru’s running looks ridiculous. However I understand that CGing running at a fast pace that is still really difficult to accomplish.


And on the character of Saru, I want desperately to like his character. But I have no idea how he became a Starfleet Officer, let alone become a First Officer. He is such a coward and breaks so easily. When the Pahvons make it so that he doesn’t feel fear he instantly abandons their mission, their crew and effectively traps Michael and Tyler on Pahvo. During a time of war, you would think this would take more time for him to think it through, fight against it, be conflicted. And afterwards to be sent to a court martial trial.


What to Look Forward to Next Week

This is the penultimate episode before the mid-season finale. So next week is going to be something pretty special.

We are definitely going to see a battle between Kol’s Ship of the Dead and the Discovery. Or will the Discovery abandon the planet Pahvo and let the Klingons destroy it?

Hopefully we will get some more clues about what is going on with Stamets and perhaps even get to see some awesome time travelling stuff.

Joseph Paul John McCarthy

Joseph Paul John McCarthy

Joseph Paul John McCarthy has wanted to be a writer since before he could write.. He was a long time film reviewer for as well as reviewing film scripts for their monthly competitions. He has one self published book - The Science-Based Baby Book for Skeptical Parents and a novel which will definitely be published any decade now. He had an aneurysm and died on September 10 2015, but thanks to medical science he got better.