[DSC] Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

[DSC] Season 1, Episode 8: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 9.43.41 AM.pngRating: 3

There are some interesting developments, and it’s cool to see a first contact storyline get slipped into the larger Discovery arc, but the episode also feels rushed. It seems like the writers needed to charge through a lot of plot (especially evident in the Klingon thread) to get everything set up for the 2017 finale next week.

SPOILERS BELOW

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The episode opens with a pretty cool battle. Discovery isn’t able to save the Gagarin, and only escapes herself because of the spore drive.

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Stamets is disoriented after interfacing with the spore drive and calls Tilly “captain.” Looks like there are all kinds of temporal side effects to this thing!

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Burnham, Saru, and Tyler are completing a mission on a planet where leaves are blue instead of green. Also everything vibrates and for some reason will make it so the Federation can detect cloaked Klingon ships. …all the Discovery sci-fi ideas seem to have a similarly ambitious and nonsensical tone.

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Not only are there blue leaves, there are blue dust aliens.

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I liked the procedural detail that, since contact has been made with these aliens, the federation characters must get permission to use a resource from the planet and make sure the aliens understand what is being requested.

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classic will they/won’t they

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L’Rell says she wan’ts to d’efect!

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Saru snorts some of that blue alien dust.

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It makes Saru crazy! He wants the three of them to stay on the planet forever!

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they won’t

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L’Rell finds all her pals are killed. But then she just goes back to Kor?? When is she gonna get around to blowing this ship up like she keeps saying she’s ready to do?

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Burnham hooks up a computer to a blue crystal bean stalk while Tyler distracts Saru.

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Saru tries to stop her cause he’s still all whacked out on blue alien dust.

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Burnham is able to convince the blue dust to assist with the fight against the Klingons, and everybody is beamed back onto the Discovery. Saru explains that he was acting crazy because he felt completely safe for the first time, which was a nice incite into his species.

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Kor brings L’Rell into his house, but then says she’s going to get punished because he knows she was working against him. This Klingon sub plot is a real roller coaster of twists…

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Turns out when the blue dust aliens said they’d help end the conflict with the Klingons, they were talking less about making it so the Federation could detect cloaked vessels and more about telling the Klingons to come to the planet and say hello.