On Sunday’s episode of After Trek host Matt Mira spoke to Jayne Brook (Admiral Cornwell), co-executive producer Ted Sullivan and Doug Jones (Saru) about the latest episode, “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.” We have highlights and clips from the show.
Jones and Sullivan talk future of Pahvo, Saru and the Kelpians
“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” ended with Planet Pahvo sending invitations out, bringing together the Federation and the Klingons. When asked by Matt Mara if Pahvo will “harmonize a truce,” Sullivan poured some cold water on the notion, saying:
I think the Federation needs to fix their own problems
So it looks like Pahvo isn’t going to pull an Organians and make the Federation and the Klingons come to peace.
Joining in the conversation via Skype, Doug Jones talked about Saru’s emotional journey in this episode, citing how it was the first time in Saru’s life that he was able to function completely without fear. When asked if Jones thought this experience would change Saru, Jones had this to say.
“I think from here on in – yes – I think we’ve seen him evolve throughout the whole season. Going from a scaredy-cat to exploring his leadership ability and that it is okay to take a risk here or there. He learned he has a good donkey kick in him.”
You can see a clip of that below.
When Matt asked Ted Sullivan if we will ever see the predator species on Saru’s home planet. Sullivan told Matt that he has high hopes they explore the Kelpiens next season.
“I hope so. Think about that. You’d wanna see how a new Saru, an evolved Saru, deals with them. You would want to see how his crew mates and friends deal with this culture. That would be a fascinating story.”
Brook reveals deleted scene, Sullivan talks Lorca motivations
While talking to Matt Mira, Jayne Brook discussed Admiral Cornwell’s dynamic with L’Rell in “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.” She revealed the brig scene was originally longer with a cut moment from before Cornwell says to L’Rell “You are not what I thought you were.” Here is how she described it:
We had a much longer scene in the brig where I really assess her. I say to her “You don’t have the markings of House of Kol. You don’t speak the language and you haven’t killed me yet. So, what’s up?”
Watch the moment below.
"It starts here." @ActressJayneB talks about the powerful scene between Admiral Cornwell and @marythechief's L'Rell and what it means for the future of the Klingons and the Federation. Catch up on #AfterTrek: https://t.co/o0YRbs6IrX pic.twitter.com/Q9TQluVahR
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) November 8, 2017
One of the questions that came from episode 6 was if Lorca’s suggestion to have Cornwell go on the peace mission to the Klingons was intended to get her captured. Brook seemed to think it was, saying: “He knew the Klingons couldn’t be trusted and so sends her off… he doesn’t want his ship taken away from him.” Sullivan nodded in agreement and then added:
He is very protective of his command and he also believes he can win this war. So, why is he going to let anyone stop him from doing his job?
Brook also mentioned how she did not expect to get invited to join the cast of Discovery and thought she was going to get killed off “much sooner”. However, as she was discussing Cornwell with Mira and producer Ted Sullivan, Brook kept on referring to Cornwell in the past tense, seemingly alluding that Cornwell does not make it past the mid-season finale next week, “Into the Forest I Go.”
Sullivan sees canon as his biggest challenge
Responding to a fan question on what is the greatest challenge in making an episode, Ted Sullivan revealed for him it was dealing with Trek’s lore, saying:
For me, canon is the hardest thing. Tracking canon and trying to write within the confines of canon, but also still tell a story where you have the freedom to explore the themes and characters and push things in the way that you want.
Behind-the-scenes clip from “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”
After Trek also featured a behind-the-scenes look at location shooting for the latest episode.
Star Trek tech feature
They also had a brief segment called “From Phaser to Laser” examining how laser technology is being currently implemented by the military. You can check out that video below.
Mid-season finale gets a clip and some hype
In regards to this Sunday’s episode (“Into the Forest I Go”) the show offered a clip which revealed Michael Burnham contesting the orders of Captain Lorca. Producer Ted Sullivan made sure to give a shout-out to the episode’s writers on the show, Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt, and raved about the episode saying it was “‘Balance of Terror’ good” and saying “people’s head’s will explode” when they watch it. Kim and Lippoldt will appear on next week’s After Trek along with Sonequa Martin-Green and Mary Wiseman.
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