What a finale! “Into the Forest I Go” was a barnstormer of an episode, capping off the first chapter of Star Trek: Discovery in style. The previous episode, “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” also gave us an insightful character episode, diving deeper into the personality and attitudes of Saru while advancing the larger Klingon War plot into the midseason finale.

1. Evasive Pattern Beta Nine

“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” scribe Kirsten Beyer is a huge Star Trek: Voyager fan, and has penned a number of fabulous Voyager novels (that you should absolutely ready if you have not already).

Her love for Voyager was demonstrated in that episode in the choice of evasive maneuvers by Captain Lorca while trying to defend the USS Gagarin from attack by the Klingons. Evasive patterns Beta Two, Beta Four, Beta Six, and Beta 140 appeared in episodes of Voyager.

2. “A bird-of-prey cannot fire when she’s cloaked!”

Kol, in his attempt to take control of the houses of the Klingon Empire, has been trading cloaking devices for loyalty. These cloaking devices have the same rules as in previous shows, namely that a ship cannot fire while it is cloaked.

Later, in “Into the Forest I Go,” the sound effect heard when the Klingon Ship of the Dead decloaks is very similar to the effect used for Commander Kruge’s bird-of-prey in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

3. USS Muroc

Admiral Terrell tells Lorca in “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” that in addition to the destruction of the USS Gagarin, the USS Muroc was ambushed.

Muroc was a Vulcan sub-commander who escorted Vulcan Ambassador Soval to mediate a cease fire between Vulcans and Andorians in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Cease Fire.”

4. Away Mission

“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” gives us our first true away team — or should we say landing party — for Star Trek: Discovery, and like in previous shows the First Officer leads the mission accompanied by several department heads.

While that might not make a lot of sense from a real-world perspective, it’s how Star Trek has done it at least as far back as Star Trek: The Next Generation!

5. First Contact

Lt. Commander Saru is a first contact specialist, and takes the lead in making first contact with the Pahvans in “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.”

We have had references to the Prime Directive and General Order One in previous episodes, but this is the first true call out to First Contact and the protocols that Starfleet has developed for conducting it in Discovery.

6. “The needs of the many…”

Burham and Tyler, while discussing what their futures hold after the end of the war during “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” trade off the famous phrase from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan that has become something of a Vulcan aphorism in the Star Trek universe.

T’Pol and Soval also reference the Vulcan saying in Star Trek: Enterprise episodes “The Council” and “The Forge.”

7. PetaQ!

L’Rell, in her conversation with Admiral Cornwell in “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” calls Kol a petaQ! The famous Klingon insult, which marks its first use in Discovery in this episode, dates back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Defector,” and since has appeared frequently throughout subsequent Klingon appearances.

8. Cadet Decker

During “Into the Forest I Go,” the intercom pages Cadet Decker to the ready room. Could this be Will Decker, briefly Captain of the USS Enterprise during the extensive refit after her five-year mission? The timeline might align!

9. Legion of Honor

Following the destruction of the Klingon Ship of the Dead and finding a way to break through the Klingon’s cloaking technology, Captain Lorca is informed in “Into the Forest I Go” that he will receive the Legion of Honor, a Starfleet commendation.

Doctor McCoy and Lt. Commander Data are both later recipients of the Legion of Honor.

With the show growing more confident in itself and developing its own mythology, the number of references to previous Star Trek shows has decreased. As a result, we combined the two episodes together for the purposes of this article.

We can’t wait for Star Trek: Discovery to return on January 7 and see what happens next.

Novel #1:
"Desperate Hours"

Novel #2:
"Drastic Measures"

Novel #3:
"Fear Itself"

  • October_1985

    Nice ones. I liked specially the reference to Decker. I wish there would be more crossing over with TOS

    • AmiRami

      I know it prob won’t happen but I really wanna see a constitution class starship.

      • Snap

        I think there is a decent chance, considering they went out of there way to specifically mention the Constitution class. I do hope, however, that if we do see a Constitution class that they do not make it the Enterprise.

        • AmiRami

          agreed about it not being the Enterprise.

          • Snap

            Considering there has been more than one “Decker” reference, a potential encounter with the Constellation would be a nice nod.

          • AmiRami

            I don’t need it to look like the 1960’s ENT but It would be nice if they found a balance between the Enterprise and the JJPrise. Nothing as radical of a shift as the Klingon D7.

          • I do not think you will see a D7 style remake. You will get something more inline with ENT and DSC looks, but the over all shape will stay the same.

          • AmiRami

            I’d be ok with that I think.

          • Yeah, I do not think they are gonna screw with the classic shape, just update it and make it fit the stye used in DSC

          • Starshipdown

            I would like to see that, really. It’d be great to see Captain Matt Decker in action in his prime as a mentally whole and capable man, not the broken one we saw in “The Doomsday Machine” with only a brief captain’s log to hint at what he’d once been.

      • Quintillion Tesla

        Perhaps in future seasons, as we get closer to the timeframe of TOS, perhaps we will.

      • That will be a whole bag of worms with people screaming about “That is not what it looks like” when they redesign it.

    • GIBBS v2

      Agreed these are the kind of cross series connections I would like to see.

  • ¡ zer0 !

    I would just not have any reference to Decker at all.

    • Quintillion Tesla


      • Ian Fleming

        Can’t get into it but just Google Stephen Collins.

        • Brian_Brodrick

          What would that have to do with the character of Matt Decker who was played by the late William Windom?

  • Snap

    I think some of the “connections” are either reaching or superfluous. I would consider “away mission” to be an anachronism, as it wasn’t until the TNG era in which they were referred to as such. Even the Kelvin movies made this mistake, as they should be more accurately referred to as landing parties. If there was a TOS episode which referred to them as “away teams” or “away missions” I will concede the point.

    “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” was also not the first time “the needs of the many” has been spoken on Discovery, or maybe it was as the only other definite use I can immediately recall was during Star Trek: Shenzhou, though it was the first (and hopefully only) time a cringeworthy version of the “f the few/or the one” modifier was used.

    “PetaQ” should not even be noteworthy, as it is merely a use of the Klingon language, which was the first thing spoken in Discovery. If “PetaQ” is a valid “canon connection” then uses of “engage” or “energize” or “warp five” should be noted as well.

    Nice catch on Muroc. I don’t even recall hearing the “USS Muroc” reference in the episode. I imagine there are even more little details we’ve all missed.

  • Chromejob

    I really, REALLY wish that the “Needs of the many” phrase didn’t become some oft-repeated aphorism that all Vulcans and Vulcan-trained people repeat. It was something Spock said. Leave it for Spock. The scenes where Spock says it have less resonance if it’s some “Don’t worry, Be happy,” “Have a nice day” jingoism that everyone knows.

    • Morgan Smith

      That boat has already long sailed. See above reference to ENT episodes. Also, “live long and prosper” was a Spock thing, or a Spock/T’Pau thing, but now it’s everywhere, but that’s not bad.

      • Chromejob

        A formalized greeting to a high-ranking official (accompanied by some kind of hand salute) is one thing. The “Needs of the many” was originally said in private to his friend (ST II, Spock’s quarters). It was later fed back to him in reverse (ST III, after the reunification katra-smushing). In ST IV, his mom asks him about it, and he says, “I would accept that as an axiom.” [I presume that maybe she was present at the ceremony, asked Kirk, and he told her.] I don’t think it was ever meant to be some classic idiom like Cogito Ergo Sum or “that which does not kill me makes me strong.” But anyway, Trek writers love to plunder previous scripts for things to drop in to make us clap and squeal and say “I remember that because I AM A BIG FAN.” I find it to be weak writing, cheap fan service. Pfft.

  • Starshipdown

    Actually, the article missed a rather surprisingly huge Star Trek:Enterprise callback/callforward when we see Burnham’s communicator translate klingon much in the same fashion as Captain Archer’s did in “Civilization”.