General Order 1.
In “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” Specialist Michael Burnham explains that “General Order 1 [the Prime Directive] restricts us from revealing ourselves to sentient beings that aren’t warp capable.” But is it really that simple? Starfleet’s non-interference directive is actually quite complex, and it plays an important—but very malleable—role in the Star Trek universe.
In this episode of Notes from The Edge, in which we deep-dive into connections between Star Trek: Discovery and the broader Star Trek universe, host C Bryan Jones shares his thoughts on “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” and how it develops Saru’s story and other character arcs. We also look at stardates, play Latin trivia, and explore how the Prime Directive has been applied throughout Star Trek. Plus, an Ash Voqlar update.
Thoughts: Initial Reactions (00:02:25)
Thoughts: Stamets and the Spore Drive (00:05:59)
Thoughts: Admiral Cornwell (00:07:04)
Thoughts: Why Do We Have Discovery Theories? (00:08:40)
Thoughts: Ash Voqlar Update (00:11:54)
Thoughts: Saru (00:18:18)
Notes: Latin Episode Titles (00:20:54)
Notes: Gagarin, Hoover, and Muroc (00:23:08)
Notes: Stardates (00:27:41)
Notes: General Order 1 (00:32:27)
C Bryan Jones
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Thomas Puleo (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Captain Lorca. We discuss this unique Star Trek captain, his command style, ulterior motives, and relationships with Cornwell and Burnham. We also consider how our view changed after learning he is from the Mirror Universe.
Ash Tyler. We discuss one of the most intriguing characters from Discovery’s first season, how those with mental disorders are seen by society, and whether they should be held responsible for actions carried out under a different personality.
Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018. We’re joined by Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson of Literary Treks and Patrick Devlin of Warp Five to talk about the new comic that explores the origin of the mycelial network.
Drastic Measures. We discuss Dayton Ward’s Star Trek: Discovery novel, tying it in to “The Conscience of the King” and how Prime Lorca may be a lot more similar to Mirror Lorca than we realized.
Season One Wrap-up. We discuss the back half of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season, including the writing, Tilly, mirror characters, and the recently revealed deleted scene.
Season Two Captains. We debate the importance of a captain on a show that claims to be a “lower decks” and who might lead Discovery in its second season.
Themes. We discuss being caught between two worlds, conservation, fate vs. self-destiny, and the needs of the many vs. the needs of the few-or the one-and how we see all of these in our personal lives.
Molor. We deep-dive into “Will You Take My Hand?” to examine why expectations are key to fan reaction. We also explore Betazed, Ceti eels, darseks, and Kahless’s rival Molor.
Fan Predictions for Discovery Season Two. We discuss potential plots, whether the Klingons or the Vulcans should take the lead, and the many character-development possibilities.
Hanelle M. Culpepper Interview. We’re joined by Hanelle M. Culpepper, director of the Star Trek: Discovery episode “Vaulting Ambition,” to talk about her film work, directing philosophy, and more.