Star Trek: Discovery - Season 1, Episode 8 - Rotten Tomatoes

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum



Critic Consensus: Weird and wonderful, "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" channels old school Trek to setup its midseason finale.

Episode Info

The U.S.S. Discovery is tasked with a high priority mission to planet Pahvo and learn the science behind the Klingon's cloaking technology.


Jason Isaacs
as Captain Lorca
Michelle Yeoh
as Captain Georgiou
Doug Jones
as Lt. Saru
Anthony Rapp
as Lt. Stamets
Shazad Latif
as Lt. Tyler
Rekha Sharma
as Commander Landry
Maulik Pancholy
as Dr. Nambue
Mary Wiseman
as Sylvia Tilly
Sam Vartholomeos
as Ensign Connor
Rainn Wilson
as Harry Mudd
Terry Serpico
as Brett Anderson
Wilson Cruz
as Dr. Hugh Culber
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Critic reviews for Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Spending significant time on an alien planet, discovering a new alien species, was quite a welcome change of pace, one that invoked many fond memories of previous Trek series. However, it still had a Discovery feel.

November 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

... as it is not sure what it wants to be (a landing party adventure, build up for the "climax" of the war or an interesting way of presenting subplots) it makes difficult to really become invested in what's going on.

August 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The intensity didn't let up throughout the episode, and it was a wild ride from beginning to end.

July 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Saru is an angry being, and I think we as audience members - and the members of the Discovery - fail to remember that to be in constant fear is also to be in constant anger.

March 14, 2018 | Full Review…

We did find out more about who some of these characters are, what they want, and what they are willing to do to get it. At least I think we did.

November 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The most recent episode was the first one for me that actually felt sort of like old-school Star Trek. Not that the other episodes were bad or anything, or felt that much out of character with the previous series.

November 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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