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Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 4:51pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Honor Among Thieves

I hate Keiko quite a lot, but in the last scene O'Brien should have been talking to his wife, not his friend. Or else he should get divorced.
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Fri, Feb 17, 2017, 11:26am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: One Little Ship

The show should have explained the reason for modifying the alpha Jem Hadar. Was it because there are so few Vorta and Founders in the alpha quadrant that the Jem Hadar will need to take more initiative? If so, that makes sense.

But since the show did not address it, I have to assume that it was because somehow the species to be conquered in the Alpha Quadrant are more quick-witted than those in the Gamma quadrant and therefore need to be conquered by more quick-witted Jem Hadar. LIke so much of Star Trek's assessment of alien humanoids, that's offensive.
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Wed, Feb 15, 2017, 1:45pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

Buffy the Vampire Slayer handled the Is It All In My Mind question much better.

I disagree with comments that this episode plays no role in the larger series. I have only the vaguest recollection of what comes after this, but from what has come so far: Sisko has an evolving relationship with the Prophets, who drop in and out of his life and create chaos. Given that they exist outside of time, they could as easily be creating chaos in the life of an earthling four centuries earlier, causing him to dream of Sisko.
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Sat, Feb 11, 2017, 4:20pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Who Mourns for Morn?

This episode was cute.

I hate it when the writers make Quark stupid. He is not. His character deserves better.
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Thu, Feb 9, 2017, 3:28pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Waltz

I liked the final scene. I thought the rest of the episode left Dukat with his shades of gray, including the question of whether he previously hated Bajorans and wanted to commit genocide against them or if that was his new madness talking, and whether he would act on it if given the chance. His evil is as a colonizer, as others have pointed out, but that is nothing new to his character.

Sisko's reaction that Dukat is pure evil has to do with Sisko's character. His proximity to Dukat has diminished him.

Or maybe I'm reading too much into it.
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Tue, Feb 7, 2017, 6:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

I rarely completely disagree with the bulk of the commenters, but I have never hated an episode as much as I hated this one.

Comedy that sacrifices characterizations developed over years is just not funny.

Quark 1. would not be interested in being a hero as opposed to a merchant. 2. Is already a bonafide hero.

Since when are the Vulcans into plastic surgery? On Ferengi females? Who they have never encountered because the females are not allowed off the homeworld?
Why aren't their good plastic surgeons on Ferenginar?

Quark and Rom and probably Nog actually care about Moogie. Yet that is not part of this episode at all. They never say they want to rescue her because of who she is.

Is the Dominion acting like pirates and randomly capturing transport vessels? We never hear about that.

Who else was captured on that ship? Why doesn't the federation care about them?

Why are Quark and Rom crawling through the pipes?

The first thing Quark would have done would have been to go to Sisko. The federation -- not just Kira -- owes Quark a huge debt. Sisko would have helped him anyway.

Sisko would not have left the job to a bunch of bumbling Ferengi.

He would not have let Nog go, certainly not in his Star Fleet uniform.

But, most offensive was the ending. I was actually kind of liking the episode when Quark realized his strength is negotiating. I negotiate a great deal as part of my job and have nothing but respect for the skills required.

When Quark reneged and not only killed the Jem Hadar (somewhat understandable under the circumstances) but also took the Vorta prisoner, he violated the number one rule of negotiating: If you don't have integrity in your negotiations you will never be trusted again. There will be other times that the federation will want to negotiate the release of a particular prisoner. Now any such negotiations will be nearly impossible.

The best thing the show has ever said about the Ferengi is that their biggest battle involved 10 people. That's amazing. Is their any other Star Trek species that made it to an advance civilization without any war?

0 stars.
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Sun, Feb 5, 2017, 12:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities

I kinda liked this, but hated the details.

Why were the four of them left alone in a room, when Jack is constantly threatening and carrying out threats to physically harm people?

Why was the set so weird? A bed in the middle of the room?

Why would their regular doctor leave them alone with Bashir, a man who has no training in these issues?
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Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 11:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

I just watched this movie for the first time since it was first released. I was amazed at how much I liked it--more, I think, then when it first came out. Maybe it's teh contract to the ST movies of recent years. WoK had few distracting special effects, action sequences that you could actually follow what was going on, a plot that not only made sense but was written with the idea of character development. I can quibble over some of the details but overall this was a really well-crafted movie.
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Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 11:00am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Resurrection

I agree that this was entirely predictable, but I don't think it was entirely pointless. It brought to the fore Kira's non-existent lovelife, and also the role of the prophets. These are important to the larger arc of the series.

Also, I loved Quark in this. When Berial called him a money-grubbing louse, or whatever, we know that he is so much more. At first I was wondering if the writers were falling back on old cliches, but once again Quark came through.

I know we are supposed to accept the mirror universe episodes on faith, but the essential lack of logic drives me nuts. After the episode in TOS, it's not going to be a mirror universe any more. It was a mirror universe for that moment in time. After that different people die and therefore different children are born. Even the idea that the mirror characters would have the same haircuts or even body types is just stupid.
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Tue, Jan 31, 2017, 1:21pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: You Are Cordially Invited

Even accepting that Worf would only choose main characters from this show and not TNG to be his best friends, his choices seemed random. Why Bashir and O'Brien over Garak or Odo?
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Sat, Jan 28, 2017, 11:40am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels

So much declaiming in the middle of battles.

"Computer, locate Kira Norees" should have put an end to the sabotage pretty quickly.

I was not crazy (get it?) abut Dukat's breakdown. Didn't he say once he had nine kids on Cardassia? Nothing in his character up to now indicates he would sacrifice everything for Ziyal.

It's interesting how similar the wormhole aliens are to the founders in their sense of superiority and that they know what is best for everyone and (sort of spoiler) the lengths they will go to to bring one of their own back to the fold.

I didn't mind the interference of the wormhole aliens. It brought in the larger arc, not of the season but of the entire show.
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Tue, Jan 24, 2017, 1:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Favor the Bold

This was another very good episode. The Quark stuff was the best. So many episodes pull him back into comic relief, but his character is so much more than that.

Quibbles: I find it unbelievable that the holding cell wasn't bugged.

What bothered me about Leeta's whining was not so much the whining itself, although that was bad. It was that it showed that Rom has grown beyond her. He is fighting for the greater good. She can't see that far.

I did not feel that Sisko's speech about Bajor was earned. He hasn't spent that much time there. When he is there he is worshipped as the Emissary, which is not a fun way to live. Also, his description about how beautiful it is -- it's a whole planet. I assume it has pretty nature in some places, as he described. Don't most planets?

Getting the message to Sisko seemed too easy. Why can Morn get to a place where he can carry a message? If he can do it, why can't others?

The interplay between Weyoun and the female founder was great: "Of course you didn't. You are what you are." Weyoun's simultaneous acceptance and resentment of that statement was perfect.

The female founder's comment to Odo that only solids need to worry about meetings made no sense. You don't get to control one quadrant and wage a winning war against another without going to meetings.

With respect to Kira beating up Demar: I guess I can kind of see it as she had the element of surprise. But it's still highly unlikely.
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Sun, Jan 22, 2017, 3:34pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Sons and Daughters

There is a universe of difference between being an unengaged parent and a parent who has had no communication whatsoever with his child (or his own parents who are taking care of the child) for five years.

The episode did not indicate that the lack of communication was Alexander's choice; it was Worf's.
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Sun, Jan 22, 2017, 3:07pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Behind the Lines

I liked the A story. It was fun, had dramatic tension, was interesting, well-acted, and had a great ending.

My main quibble with it was how trusting Kira was when she knew that another changeling was on the station. When she first goes to Odo's quarters I was sure that she was talking to the female changeling impersonating Odo and not to Odo. Why wasn't she worried about this? When she goes back later and the female changeling is around the corner, why didn't she suspect that was the case? For someone who grew up in the resistance, that made no sense.

The B story--eh. Starting with the fact that it made no sense for the admiral to tell Sisko that he, Sisko, was being sent on a mission with the Defiant and he had to figure out how to get that mission done by the next morning. That's not how the chain of command works. The admiral would have come to him with a mission and a plan and Sisko would have carried it out.

The whole promotion thing just felt weird and off. The admiral's utter lack of acknowledgement that Sisko was not looking for a promotion and did not want to leave the Defiant rang false.

Why do the Jem Hadar have quarters they can be sent to? They don't sleep or appear to have any hobbies. What do they do there? Or do they sleep?

Why do they hang out in Quark's? Why are they ever off duty?

It would be awesome if they turned the B-story into a 30-something like arc where Sisko suddenly has more power over his old friends, makes new friends, and deserts his old ones, leaving to hard feelings.
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Wed, Jan 18, 2017, 10:59am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Sons and Daughters

I have only the vaguest recollection of Worf having a son on TNG. Finding out now that he not only has a son but has not communicated with him in any way for five years is a huge detriment to a character who is supposed to be one of the heroes. What's his excuse? If he hasn't communicated with Alexander, who is living with Worf's parents, then he also hasn't communicated with his parents in that time. What a jerk.

The mess hall brawl was stupid. Why would a Klingon pick a fight with someone who is smaller and weaker and untrained? What's the sport in that? That's just being a bully.

There was nothing in the B story that we haven't seen before. Kira hates Dukat, She forgets for a moment that she hates Dukat. Then she remembers that she hates Dukat.

The thing with the dress was ridiculous. If Dukat had sent her a small token, like a book, or one of his daughter's pictures framed, it might have made sense. But a dress is something you send to a lover. Kira wouldn't have been grossed out from the first second.

Also, did Garak make the dress? What did he think of doing that? Why would a dress that fit Kira also fit Dukat's daughter? Their sizes are not the same.

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Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 12:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Rocks and Shoals

I agree that this episode was great. Nitpicks:

Why did the Dominion ships fire on them? Weren't they in a Dominion ship themselves?

The vorta could have ordered the Jem Haddar to commit suicide. Or Sisko could have suggested the stasis idea to the vorta.

Why can't Bajor create its own medical supplies? That seems weird for a developed planet.

It's not clear whether the Jem Hadar are brainwashed or if they genuinely, genetically lack free will. When they were introduced it was the latter, but a huge percentage of the jem haddar that have had close encounters with Sisko and crew have turned out to be much more complicated. Is that because a war machine is not that interesting as a character or as part of a story? Or are all jem haddar potentially capable of overcoming their programming?
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Wed, Jan 4, 2017, 11:23am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: A Time to Stand

Also, the offhand comment that Klingons don't make good doctors makes me crazy. It is so typical of writing that highlights that humans are superior to all other species. Look at those Klingons, they can't even take care of themselves. Ha ha ha! They can't even hold a salt shaker to cure someone's shoulder. Humans are the best of all creation!
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Wed, Jan 4, 2017, 11:16am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: A Time to Stand

This was a good episode, with a bit too many contrivances for my taste. Why was the communications array down? Why did the shield go up around the storage facility?

I didn't understand why Sisko had command of the Defiant in the first place, or why it was taken away. Just because the Defiant was assigned to DS9 when it was under federation control does not mean that it makes sense for the former commander of DS9 to remain as captain of a starship.

And then, why was Sisko given an office when he's just heading out on another ship instead? How can he promise Dax that the crew will be kept together when he doesn't know what the new assignment is?

Why would Sisko be given the mission into Cardassian territory? Just because he found the ship? Are he and his crew the most qualified for that mission? Why?

The scene between Kira and Dukat was superb.

I thought the interaction between Weyoun and Odo would lead to something much more sinister. When Weyoun got that look on his face and said, "Now that I've done something for you, can you do something for me," I assumed it would be something quite bad. Being on the ruling council is a tricky position, but they could have done more to play out the implications of Odo now owing Weyoun a favor.
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Sun, Jan 1, 2017, 12:03am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Call to Arms

I found this episode engaging (get it? engaging). Like some of the commenters above, at the end I felt "at last!" After years of the threat of war with the Dominion, it's finally here.

Rom's Casablanca speech totally didn't work.

And Rom announcing LOUDLY in a crowded bar that he is a spy was cringeworthy.
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Sat, Dec 17, 2016, 2:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: In the Cards

I'm pretty sure the first item for sale in the auction was a toilet paper roll.

I loved how the crazy guy seemed to be channeling Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

The whole money thing is weird. Star Trek has always been inconsistent about whether human's use money -- but Jake certainly eats at Quarks, as do other humans. How do they pay?

I was glad to read in earlier comments the background to Jake's discussion of humans not using money, because an image of Stalin flashed in my mind when he said it.

It seems unlikely that Odo would accuse Jake and Nog of making up a story. He's smarter than that.

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Mon, Dec 12, 2016, 12:31pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Empok Nor

You have three categories of things you need: Very important, so so, and take it or leave it. I would think that an engineer would have the brains to go after the very important things first, not divide up into three equal teams and go after each category simultaneously.

What's the downside to picking up souvenirs?

Curious what federation law is here -- can anyone really go after anything that's been abandoned, as salvage?

If I had just lost a third of my crew, I probably wouldn't be saying to those remaining, "Everything will be fine."

Why did everyone keep on turning on the flashlights on their guns? It's a pretty good way to give away your position.

It would have been a significantly better episode if the dialogue over the game at the beginning had really played out. Nog could have found a way to defeat Garak by using a defensive position, or something.

What was the goo that got on Garak's hand and infected him, and why was it just sitting around on a bannister?
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Wed, Nov 30, 2016, 1:54pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Blaze of Glory

How it should have ended: Sisko picks up the red phone and calls whoever is in charge of Cardassia. "You know how you can find cloaked ships because of their exhaust stream or whatever mumbo jumbo Dax was saying? There are some cloaked missiles coming towards you. You need to hunt them down."

"Thanks for the heads up. We'll take care of it."

The end.
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Sun, Nov 27, 2016, 3:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

In the words of Captain Sisko (I think), "I hate temporal physics." Was there an original timeline where the ship got stranded without having first met the descendants of the survivors? And then a continuous loop where every time after that they did meet the descendants? Meaning that Dax would have remembered having this exact conversation with Sisko? Aren't those descendants from a slightly different timeline than the first one? Or are all the descendants from each loop from a different timeline than each other? Or is there only one loop? First they get stranded, then the ship comes again and meets the people who were stranded and the ship escaped?

I imagine future Dax and future Odo must be best friends by now, since they have together watched generations of everyone else they know die.

Kira took a lightning bolt to the heart. Sisko could have shown a little more concern.

With only 40 crew members 200 years ago, wouldn't all the current generation be descendants of almost all of the crew members? Otherwise there's a lot of cousins having children with cousins. Figure a generation of 25 years, that's 8 generations, which means 128 great great x8 grandparents if there's no intermarriage. So they're all a little bit Trill, a little bit Klingon, and they probably all have a tail and an extra pinkie as a result of the inbreeding.
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Tue, Nov 22, 2016, 11:48am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Soldiers of the Empire

I enjoyed this episode. The pacing was good, the acting was good, the ending was incredibly sweet and felt earned.

Klingon culture remains untenable. You only advance by killing someone? Really? So the entire senior staff killed each killed a commanding officer who exhibited cowardice? Worf didn't kill a CO to get his position. Neither did Martok. (What did happen to the previous captain anyway?)
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Sun, Nov 20, 2016, 8:03pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Ferengi Love Songs

One thing about Quark that this show never explores is how he is fundamentally different from other Ferengi but doesn't accept that about himself. This is shown starkly in the scene where he tells his mother that all his time with humans has rubbed off on him and given him a conscience. But he was giving deals to Bajorans during the occupation long ago. What about him or his upbringing led him to do that? Why does he live so far from home so isolated from most other Ferengi?

This episode could have created a nice foil between Quark and Rom where Rom has come to accept that he is not like other Ferengi, and even embrace it. But it doesn't. Instead the Rom/Leeta subplot is awful. Why would Dax say those terrible things to him? (Can you imagine anyone saying to a member of an ethnic group, "You're great because you're not like other __________." I don't think so.)

And what about Leeta? Does she not know that she's dating a Ferengi? Is the expectation that Rom will completely give up his culture and Leeta will make no compromises? That's not an awful thing since it's hard to imagine Leeta coexisting with Ferengi culture and Rom's not a very good Ferengi. But the show should make that explicit: Rom is giving up his culture not just because he's in love with Leeta but because his culture does not work for him.

The idea that an advanced civilization has no plan for a peaceful transfer of power is insulting and ludicrous.

I've been thinking about how every alien species in Star Trek has exactly one trait. Klingons = love of honor. Ferengi = greedy. But civilations that cover planets are bound to have all kinds of cultures and subcultures. There is no single way to define Earthlings. We are greedy, peaceful, imperial, scientific, xenophobic, religious -- and that's just on the block where I live. It's one thing to define the government a certain way ("the federation is . . .") but cultures can't be captured like that.
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