Teaser, Photos, Clips – “Star Trek Discovery” Episode 8 Preview

Star Trek Discovery - Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Updated November 3rd, 8:20pm ET

If you want peace, prepare for war

This week’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery, titled Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is the second-last episode before the show goes into winter hiatus.  “Si vis pacem, para bellum” translates to “if you want peace, prepare for war” in english.

Episode 8 is scheduled to air on CBS All Access (USA) and Space channel (Canada) on Sunday November 5th at 8:30pm EST and on Monday on Netflix for the rest of the world.

In the lead up to the episode, we’ve compiled photos, a teaser, and some video clips from the episode.

Star Trek: Discovery – Episode 8 teaser

First up, here’s the teaser for next week as shown at the end of last week’s episode.

We’re given the impression that this will be a Saru-dominated episode, which should be a nice addition to the season.  Little is known about the Kelpien species.  The Klingons, and Admiral Cornwell, are also slated to appear again.  The trailer boasts beautiful planetary scenes, space battles, unique lifeforms, as Klingons.

“There will be time to grieve.  This is not that time” says Captain Lorca at the end of the trailer, hinting at either a possible death of a major character or another Starfleet vessel’s destruction.

Clip from episode 8 – Forest Lifeform

In this clip, courtesy After Trek, we have Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Lieutenant Saru (Doug Jones), and Lieutenant Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) exploring an alien planet.

In the minute-long video, the away team is approached by what appears to be a life form.  Burnham, with the assistance of her tricorder, deduces that the life form isn’t distinguishable from the rest of the forest.  Perhaps a Avatar-esque planet where all life is connected in some way.

Episodic pictures from the show

(We’ll be adding more episodic photos as they become available, so be sure to check back)

Tyler, Burnham, and Saru on planet Pahvo
Tyler, Burnham, and Saru on planet Pahvo
Lorca and Burnham on the bridge of the USS Discovery
Lorca and Burnham on the bridge of the USS Discovery
Tilly and Stamets
Tilly and Stamets
Burnham on Pahvo
Burnham on Pahvo
Lorca, Burnham, and Tyler on the USS Discovery bridge
Lorca, Burnham, and Tyler on the USS Discovery bridge
Tilly, Culber, and Stamets in the mess hall
Tilly, Culber, and Stamets in the mess hall
Lieutenant Tyler and Michael Burnham
Lieutenant Tyler and Michael Burnham

From the trailer, we’re given a beautiful view of planet Pahvo.  Other than the flashbacks to Vulcan, Discovery hasn’t really spent any time on any planets yet.  We’ll finally get to see a planetary away mission.

Beautiful planetary view
Beautiful planetary view

Saru looks like he ends up possessed by an alien life form of some sort.  If so, it’s likely the same aliens we see above in the minute-long episode clip.

There’s very noticeable similarities to some of the scenes in the movie Avatar.  In the clip above, it sounds lie the aliens are a collective being of some sort, which is also reminiscent of Avatar in a way.

Does Saru connect with the the forest like in Avatar?
Does Saru connect with the the forest like in Avatar?

We’ll finally get to see Lt. Paul Stamets operating the spore drive during a black alert.  In last week’s episode, we learned that Doctor Culber (Stamets’ partner) had created access jacks for Stamets’ arms.  We see them being used here.

Stamets has had a character change ever since he first interfaced with the spore drive, seemingly being in a constant state of euphoria.  We may begin to learn more specifics about what the negative impacts have been.

We finally see Lt. Stamets during a black alert spore drive jump
We finally see Lt. Stamets during a black alert spore drive jump

It looks like Saru is going to grab Lt. Tyler by the throat.  It’s possible that Saru comes under the influence of an alien species – possibly as shown two pictures above.

Saru grabs Lt. Tyler by the throat
Saru grabs Lt. Tyler by the throat

Be sure to check back in the lead-up to this week’s episode air date.  We’ll be adding more photos and videos as they become available to us.

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Cassius Adams is the creator of ncc-1031.com and is a content contributor. He has been a Star Trek fan for nearly three decades. Cassius discovered his passion for the franchise early into TNG's run, and nourished that passion throughout DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and the movies. Cassius can be reached by emailing cass@ncc-1031.com or you can follow him on Twitter at @supercass