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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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.

Rant over.
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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
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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Quarkissnyder
Wed, Feb 15, 2017, 1:45pm (UTC -5)
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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Quarkissnyder
Sat, Feb 11, 2017, 4:20pm (UTC -5)
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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Quarkissnyder
Thu, Feb 9, 2017, 3:28pm (UTC -5)
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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Quarkissnyder
Tue, Feb 7, 2017, 6:38pm (UTC -5)
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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Quarkissnyder
Sun, Feb 5, 2017, 12:35pm (UTC -5)
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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Quarkissnyder
Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 11:08pm (UTC -5)
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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Quarkissnyder
Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 11:00am (UTC -5)
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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Quarkissnyder
Tue, Jan 31, 2017, 1:21pm (UTC -5)
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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