Tuesday, November 7, 2017

WATCH: #StarTrek Discovery season 1 ep 8 'Si Vis Pacem, Para Gellum' [full ep]

As Star Trek: Discovery approaches its midseason finale — Sunday’s episode was the penultimate installment before it takes a break until January — the show has dabbled in plenty of the franchise’s plot staples. Discovery has devoted episodes to science and to intergalactic strife, to psychological drama and to the manipulation of time itself. But, perhaps because of the new series’ serialized nature, there hadn’t really been a disposable hour — until “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” that is. While the episode developed the plot in some significant ways, making it likely next week’s “Into the Forest I Go” will be a doozy, it wasn’t tremendously compelling in its own right.

That’s partly because the Klingons reappeared. So far, the Federation’s adversaries have proved most useful as specters lurking in the galactic background, driving the show through their mere existence. Stiff dialogue, flat performance, and a disjointed story line make scenes with characters like L’Rell and Kol a drag — and there were multiple such scenes in “Si Vis Pacem.”


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