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Maaz
Sat, Feb 16, 2013, 5:03am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Quickening

Great episode, I liked the fact that Bashir didn't find a cure, even at the end, it was a vaccine and that last part where Sisko realizes that Bashir hasn't given up makes the ending even better.

BASHIR
People are still dying back there.

SISKO
Yes... but their children won't.
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Maaz
Sat, Oct 16, 2010, 6:03am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: Progress

The one dimentional nature of species if somethign that the entire Star Trek premise has a problem with, (although Voyager did at times try to get away from it), that everyone in a species has to behave in exacltly the same way. They have the same religion, the same culture and behaviour.

If you just look at Earth today, or even just Europe, there are several cultures with different attitudes towards power, money, politics, gender, war and a multitude of things you would find in a diverse people. The French have a very different attitude to the English or the Bulgarians. This is something that Trek regularly fails on, there might be one or two klingons (Duras and D'Ghor some to mind) who aren't completely honourably but most tow the line of honour and bravery.

Back to the Bajorans and Progress in particular, you could argue the Prime Directive comes into effect, Sisko wouldn't interfere in an internal Bajoran affair. Kira, she's serving the new government, she doesnt want to but she has to.

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Maaz
Fri, Oct 15, 2010, 10:23am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: Progress

Just to add a bit to what's being said about Progress lately...

I agree that There are some stupid ideas in the episodes, most notably that you would need to tap the core of a moon for such a minimal amount of power, but it seems laziness on the part of the writers. They needed a situation that would need to evacuate a small number of people for the good of the many, and this is all they could come up with.

It does show Kira on the other side of the fence, the enforcer rather than the insurgent. And try as she may, she can't go against her uniform. Similar to what has been happening in China with the Three Rivers project where hundreds of villages are being evacuated and submerged to create the hydroelectric dam.

The need of the many out-weight the needs of the few. This works for a couple of reasons. This is post occupation Bajor, everyone is expected to pull together for the greater good and they government doesnt have time to discuss it. Secondly, this isn't the Federation, it may be at some point, but right now, this is how they do things.



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Maaz
Sun, Sep 19, 2010, 10:41am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Timeless

For me, this was where the Voyager story ended, in the real timeline.

All further adventures they had, was in an alternative universe, one of the ones we saw the Enterprise from at the end of Parallel in TNG (but not the one where Riker's ship is all thats left of the Federation!!)

So in theory, they could go back to any point, preferably to when the Caretaker nuked the atmosphere of the Ocampa's homeworld... or better still, even further back and stop the Borg coming about.

In the normal timeline though, let the epitaph read "The Starship Voyager crashed with the loss of all hands. (bet you wish you promoted Ensign Kim to something higher now!)"
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Maaz
Sat, Sep 18, 2010, 3:37pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S1: Duet

I liked the way Progress and Storyteller were brought in, and even the B plots involving Nog and Jake. It made it seem like, yes, Bajor is a whole planet not just the capital city and the orbiting space station. It felt like we're learning about a whole planet's worth of people, not just the 15-20 odd that come into our stories.

Of course there's no way to review Season 1 without mentioning Duet, absolutely stunning performance from the Kira/Darheel story to even the little scene with Quark and Odo where Quark says "Gallitop. Imagine living through that hellhole. The horror. You think they like to gamble?"

Right down to the "I am alive. I will always be alive! It's Marritza who's dead! Marritza, who was good for nothing but cowering under his bunk and weeping like a woman. Who every night covered his ears because he couldn't bear to hear the screaming... for mercy... of the Bajorans."
That raises' the hair on my neck every time I watch him break down.
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Maaz
Sat, Sep 18, 2010, 3:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Hippocratic Oath

Jammer, although I usually agree with your reviews, I gotta say that I just loved this one.

Clearly it can't compete with the earlier two, but its a very good way to bring things back to the large threat of the Dominion and at the same time, add character to the Jem'Hadar soldiers.

Here you have a unit commander, who, when it boils down to it, wants the best for his men. He wants freedom, he wants to end their servitude. And you have Bashir, who, once he sees that its possible for him to be more than a programmed killer, allows his healing nature to come out. And O'Brian, the soldier, who sees this as untying their enemy's hands. Its not until the end, in that last dialogue on the planet, where Goran'Agar says to O' brian "you are a soldier? Than you explain" and O'Brian tells Bashir "he's their commander, they trusted him, he can't abandon them". That made a lump in my throat.

We knew how it was gonna end, there were more seasons of the Dominian war so their soldiers wouldn't be free yet. But that didn't mean they didn't want to be free.
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Maaz
Sat, Sep 18, 2010, 7:50am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

This, along with Duet I think was the best episode of DS9 and one of the best in the whole of Star Trek.

The whole story was carried so brilliantly, and the acting complemented it superbly. Brooks and Robinson were incredible. I've gotta say, I was expecting Odo to put up a bit more of a fight about letting Tolar go, like Bashir did about the Biomemetic Gel, but that was the only flaw.

On that part about the Federation risking this going bad, they were desperate enough, they would have done it.

In Star Trek, Gene was trying to show that humanity has changed and developed to a utopia state, but that was challenged in Homefront and Paradise Lost, and completely flipped on its head here.

Sometimes you have to bend the rules to save them. There is a price for paradise. And that price is paid under the table.

(on a side note, I get the feeling that Garak used half the Gel to pay for a Dominion bomb to plant on the shuttle)
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