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Thu, Jun 15, 2017, 2:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Prodigal Daughter

Oh joy, let's blame the mother. Toraya's comment was spot on.

I liked the painting after he put the stick figure in it. I might hang that on my wall.

I assumed from the first scene that there was a history of Janel abusing Ezri. The way he touched her hair as if he had a right to was creepy.

How did Miles know how to read Trill?

The house in the middle of nowhere was weird. I know they can transport out, but how awful to live in a place where you can't just walk out the door. They could have played up the claustrophobic aspect of that a lot more.
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Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 10:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

Sisko making Quark pay for the holosuite was just obnoxious.

I didn't see Ezri as being clever in getting Vic to realize he had to kick Nog out. It came across as lucky.

I would have loved to have seen Vic go rogue and refuse to ever let Nog leave. A different episode, true, but lots of fun to be had. And Vic certainly has enough power to get super evil.

As it is, it seems like a punishment to keep Vic alive 26 hours a day with only empty hollowsuite characters to talk to. I assume that none of their programming approaches his. It seems pretty close to solitary confinement.
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Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 12:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558


But they don't act dishonorably.
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Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 9:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

The opening scene was incredibly problematic. Why can't Odo go to services with Kira if he wants to, as a polite observer, even if he's not a believer? If he's unbearably bored he doesn't have to go again.

It is not true that orb experiences come only to believers. Sisko has them all the time. He may be developing into a believer, but if he is it's a result of the orb experiences, not a cause of them.

The conversations between Kira and Dukat have been hashed over so many times in so many previous episodes that I felt like I could have said their dialogue for them. "You just want to be loved." "The occupation would have been so much worse if not for me."

Why was the cloth that the transporter crystal was wrapped in left behind? How would Kira have had time to drop it? (I didn't go back and rewatch that scene, so maybe she did.)
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Mon, Jun 5, 2017, 11:00am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

Quark would not disparagingly compare humans fallen on hard times to Klingons. The implication is that if a human is desperate enough they'll kill their own grandmother for a piece of bread. But Quark likes Klingons. He was married to one. Also, Klingons don't act that way. We've never seen Klingons as individually bloodthirsty. Sure, they like a good brawl but they're disciplined soldiers, not murderers.
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Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 3:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Once More Unto the Breach

I thought this episode was well done and very moving. It's the only DS9 episode that has ever made me cry.

I disagree with Jammer -- I liked the ending. Kor is dead, and how he died doesn't matter for the show. How Martok reacts to his death is much more important.

Martok sure acted like a jerk, which was out of character for him.
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Wed, May 31, 2017, 2:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River

On the one hand, I always like episodes where Ferengi are treated respectfully as a culture that has a great deal to offer. On the other hand, I agree with Zzybaloobah's comments -- the whole barter plot makes no sense in the context of the federation.

Yes, it worked on MASH because that was talking about a 1950's bureaucracy. But this is the federation in the middle of a war. If a ship has extra equipment and another ship needs it, I find it impossible to believe the first ship wouldn't just hand it over. If a supply sergeant is refusing to cooperate, then you go up the chain of command.
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Mon, Apr 24, 2017, 12:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Chrysalis

I can't decide whether this episode was more stupid or more offensive.
Apparently Bashir skipped the ethics classes in med school.

Even if it weren't utterly disgusting for Bashir as her doctor and really her creator to date Sarina, the fact that he couldn't wait to get into her pants (or, weird dress in this case) was just gross. Sure, promise to show the universe to someone who has been able to interact with her surroundings for three days, but then plan to bring her to a sex planet! Great!

I did think of Flowers for Algernon as I watched this episode. But I also thought of TNG's The Perfect Mate, in which a young woman's sole purpose is to please whatever man happens to be nearby. At least this one had a better ending.

Stupid because Sarina's characterization was utterly unrealistic. I could not suspend my disbelief for a second.

Alexander Siddig seemed equally put off by the episode, as he kept stumbling over his lines.
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Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 4:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

I loathed this episode.

I kept on thinking, "There's still time to do something interesting." I was hoping for a Dominion attack of DS9 in the middle of the game, requiring both teams to pull together.

It's not that I don't think they could have done something with this plot, in a different writer's hands. But as soon as Nog was at the first meeting of the "senior staff" I had a sinking feeling that went lower and lower as the episode wore on.
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Sun, Apr 16, 2017, 6:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

Ezri's statement to Bashir that Jadzia would have gotten together with him if Worf hadn't come along was ridiculous. There was never any indication that Jadzia thought of Bashir as anything other than a cute puppy. It supports the offensive idea from previous episodes that Bashir had the right to consider Jadzia the one who got away, or the one he lost. She never was interested, and the retcon is just male privilege rearing its ugly head.

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Wed, Apr 12, 2017, 2:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Shadows and Symbols

I liked this episode. Quark especially -- I am so happy when this show lets his character be what it should be instead of a bumbling scared moron. To the commenters upstream complaining that he should not have been on that mission -- Quark often does surprising things. He has alwasy been an imperfect Ferengi, because as much as he tries to fight it and hide it he cares about things other than profit.

Weyoun was in excellent form as well.

I remember being annoyed by Ezri the first time I watched this series, but on reviewing I found her to be adorable and funny in this episode.

In the desert they should zip their Bedouin suits, which would do a good job of keeping them cooler if they were worn properly.

Interesting that several years later Buffy the Vampire Slayer did almost exactly the same mental hospital patient writing his/her own story plot.

The pah wraith/wormhole stuff was the weakest part of the episode. How did it jump across a galaxy to the wormhole?

Admiral Ross should take negotiation lessons from Quark. Really, all he's gonna do is sit there?

Except for Quark and his interaction with the Klingons, very little to say about Worf's story. Obviously they were going to be successful; they wouldn't kill off that many main characters at once.
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Wed, Apr 5, 2017, 12:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Image in the Sand

Why can Sisko just leave Star Fleet in the middle of the war? Why can he come back whenever he wants to?

Has he never seen his birth certificate?

For a man who had been so deeply in love and so very heartbroken, Sisko's father must have gotten over it pretty quickly to have found someone else to marry soon enough that Sisko would not remember a time without her.

I don't understand Kira's chain of command. Why would she report to Star Fleet, or take orders from it? Now that she's in charge of the station, does that mean that the station has been returned to Bajoran control?

Why would Jadzia's favorite song be lounge music from the 1950's? She's a trill. The alien culture she identifies with is Klingon.
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Fri, Mar 31, 2017, 1:40pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets

Is this how the military works? One person is appointed to plan an attack? Wouldn't all knowledgeable people be asked to work together to make a plan that needs to be approved by the brass? Perhaps with different proposals being considered?

Similarly, just because Sisko's ship's engineer discovered the flaw in the defense system, why would his ship be the one to destroy the moon? Is it the most manueverable? As the guy with all the strategy, shouldn't he maybe be hanging back a bit?

I continued to be grossed out by Julian's pining over Jadzia (pre-death). When the holosuite guy said "You lost her a long time ago," that's wrong. He never had her because she never had any interest in him. His feelings towards her now seem a bit stalkerish and creepily entitled. Yuck.

In addition to previous comments about the prophets having literally saved the federation less than a year ago, they also know the future. The admiral is an idiot for ignoring their warning.

When Sisko was scrubbing the potatoes he was scrubbing the dirt onto the potatoes below him. Was that supposed to be a symptom of his depression, or just stupid?

This is the second episode where Julian has worn a tomato costume with no explanation.
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 2:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Sound of Her Voice

I understand that Odo is not bound by any rule of law that requires a search warrant or respect for a reasonable expectation of privacy, but sometimes his spying is just creepy. What's to stop him from being a peeping tom?

The relationship between Quark and Odo makes little sense given everything they have now been through together. Why does the series consistently overlook that Quark is a hero from when the dominion was occupying DS9? Odo does not want Quark to go to jail, and it's weird that Quark thinks that he does.

In all these years Quark has never managed to smuggle anything onto DS9 on Odo's watch. I had kind of assumed that he was actually getting away with a lot, or he would have stopped trying, but this episode confirms that this was the first time he has ever succeeded. Which begs the question -- why does he keep trying? Why not put his efforts into opening a satellite bar on Bajor or something? It seems like that would be a lot more profitable.

As for the A plot: It fell flat because no one addressed anything real. I assumed that Sisko was planning on dumping the rarely seen girlfriend, but no, he just doesn't want her on the bridge.

O'Brien doesn't feel as close to his friends as he did because of the war, but we've never seen that. To the contrary, we have seen him speaking to Julian about very personal things, such as after his undercover operation.

Julian's speech at the end had little to do with his conversations with the woman.

I also didn't buy Lisa as a character. For one thing, she's just lost her entire crew but seems not too upset about it.

Wouldn't the characters be aware that everything they are saying to Lisa is being recorded, and self-censor quite a bit more than they did?
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 10:41am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Time's Orphan

I liked that the O'Briens had the cat. That was a bit of continuity that we rarely see.

The B plot was cute. I thought Michael Dorn's acting was excellent in it.

Those are the only good things I can say about this episode.
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Fri, Mar 24, 2017, 11:35am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

Why was Julian dressed as a tomato? Why has no one commented on that?

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Mon, Mar 20, 2017, 3:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Thoughts at large:

Why was everyone white? And either human or Vulcan?

Weird to think of the fallout from the best and the brightest of the Star Fleet class of 2417, or whatever, being killed. Who will they have to promote to Admiral in 30 years?

Since they have been behind enemy lines since the war started and maintaining radio silence, they actually have no idea what is going on in the universe. For all they know a peace treaty has been negotiated. Now I'm picturing the Gilligan's Island episode where they found the Japanese guy who thought he was still fighting World War II.

It also reminded me of the episode in an early season where Sisko and O'brien get trapped on a utopia planet where the crazy leader has rigged it so no one can escape and they all have to live as subsistence farmers.

The main point of the show is that judgment takes time to develop. But it's interesting that the same is not true of technical skills. Anyone with a couple of years of college can apparently operate a starship or be a doctor.

The one woman who lived -- her survivor's guilt/PTSD will be unbearable. I assume she will spend the rest of her life growing orchids and baking bread.

Why does electricity always seem to arc out of control panels to officers on the bridge? Does the electricity have a brain? Is it trying to kill them?
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Thu, Mar 16, 2017, 4:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Reckoning

Well, now we know where they got the idea for Harry Potter's final battle with Voldemort.

It's hard to say whether the writers were flirting with a God/Jesus analogy -- "He was willing to sacrifice his only son" or maybe an Abraham/Isaac analogy (his faith was strong enough that he was willing but in the end he didn't have to).

The series never deals with the larger question of what makes the Prophets good, and who is to say they are good? How would the history or fate of Bajor have been different, if at all, without their intervention? If not at all, then why worship them? Who is say the path they have laid for Bajor is good, or just some path?

Who are the Bajorans praying to on the promenade? What is the point of praying to a deity that that deity will win when the deity has already says it doesn't know if it can win? Do the Bajorans believe in some god that is more powerful than the prophets and can influence the outcome of the fight? Or do they believe that the prophets will draw strength from their prayers? Have the prophets ever given any indication that they are interested in the prayers of the Bajorans?
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Tue, Mar 14, 2017, 5:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: His Way

I did not think I could possibly be as bored watching this episode as I remember being when I saw it when it first ran. I was wrong.

Isn't using someone's likeness in a holosuite without their permission illegal? Didn't Quark used to get in trouble for that? Odo wouldn't tolerate it, and neither would Kira.

Also: most awkward kiss in all of Trek history. Was that supposed to be romantic? Ugh.

Also: The Vic character should be building up to take over all of DS9, since he apparently has unlimited access to the computer. Then Sisko can only shut him down by having calculate pi to the last digit . . .
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Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 3:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

I was relieved when he erased the diary entry in the end. The entire episode I was thinking, "What, they don't have hackers in the future?" It still seems like a big security risk that he even created the entry in the first place.
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Tue, Mar 7, 2017, 1:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Inquisition

I don't buy it. Who funds it? If Sisko's admiral knew about Section 31 then do all admirals know about it? Are they briefed when they get promoted? Kirk was an admiral, along with plenty of captains who got promoted. But Sisko is the first person to learn about it who decided to do something about it?

If Section 31 is such a secret, why did Sloan tell Julian about it? He must have known there was a significant chance Julian would react precisely as he did -- telling the rest of the senior staff about it.

Also, there must be some reason to believe there is a spy. Does the Dominion have intelligence it could only have learned from a turncoat in DS9? Why else would they come after Julian in the first place? That thread is left hanging.
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Sat, Mar 4, 2017, 1:02pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night

This is a retcon that completely does not work for me. I can't remember Dukat's frist encounter with Kira on DS9 but I'm sure there was no indication that he had known her mother. In all these years of baiting her he would have mentioned it before. Also, it takes him from evil war-criminal to a level of sexual depravity -- trying to establish a romantic relationship with his former long-time lover's daughter -- that has simply not been part of his character and frankly is a bit beyond the pale for any major character in the ST universe, villain or not.

I've never understood Terek Nor as an ore-processing plant. Why have it in space instead of on Bajor, where it would be significantly cheaper? (Just think of the cost of flying in all the food for the station -- anyone who has ever lived of vacationed on an island knows what I mean.) Where on Deep Space 9 is the former ore processing plant? It must have been huge to need that much labor, but there's never an indication that DS9 has some kind of enormous more or less empty room.
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Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 1:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

I thought that this episode was both sweet and moving, but entirely out of character for the characters. Worf would not have gone back for Dax. Dax would have been furious if he had.

The banter between Quark and Bashir about Dax was disturbing. Dax had always made clear that she never had any interest in Bashir. His speculation that he would have been happier if he had not let her slip through his fingers is creepy and stalkerish.
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Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 4:51pm (UTC -5)
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 -5)
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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