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Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 1:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Kahryl, I always wondered what happened to the surviving Jem'Hadar, Vorta, and Founders. Maybe they were exiled back to the Gamma Quadrant. As far as the aftermath, the Dominion initially sent several hundred ships when it took over Cardassia, and lost several thousand when the Prophets stepped in during Sacrifice of Angels. The loss of those resources had to damage the Dominion's position back home. With Odo basically negotiating the surrender, I imagine the other Founders would keep their word to Odo to stay away from the Alpha Quadrant.
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Wed, Jul 30, 2014, 7:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: Nemesis

As said by many others, this movie killed Trek for two major reasons (and a couple minor ones):

1. The scripts for Insurrection and Nemesis were no better than a regular episode and couldn't carry the weight of a feature film. They were boring and winning no new fans. "Mustachioed Villain with BS motivations a doomsday weapon and a countdown part n" would have been a good working title.

2. Everything about this plot was a big middle finger to the loyal fans they had left. Every five minutes was a major break in years of continuity built between TNG, DS9, and even parts of the previous couple movies. I wasn't expecting the movie to cater to fanboys, but it was like the writers never watched a single episode of Star Trek before making the movie. As a fan of Trek I spent more time scratching my head than watching the movie the first time around.

3. The TNG movies could have been called "Picard and Data parts I-IV." Every single plot was about them and only them. The rest of the cast combined probably didn't equal their screen time.

4. The TNG series ended on a fairly high note, but they were running out of ideas and laid the groundwork for DS9 and Voyager. The movies had nothing to offer except show us how the TNG cast was aging before our eyes.
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Tue, Aug 14, 2012, 6:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Tacking into the Wind

With regards to Damar's family, the Dominion is great at manipulation, but we've also seen how cold and callous they can be. At this point in the war, they're in "slaughter everybody" mode. They have such low regard for the Cardassians that rather than play the politics involved with fighting an insurgency they believe they can keep killing them until the insurgency stops. Contemporary counterinsurgent strategies involve making friends out of the affected population. The Dominion is completely autocratic and believes you're either loyal subjugated servants or you're roadkill. Picture more like Rome/Spartacus than Britain/India.
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Tue, Aug 14, 2012, 4:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Field of Fire

Elliot, I would offer Voyager as picking apart what we were led to believe about Vulcans. In the first episode, Tuvok is undercover as a Maquis. Chakotay challenges him on the Vulcans Can't Lie motif, but Tuvok basically says "it's okay because I was doing my job."

In a later episode Tuvok disobeys Janeway and helps Torres buy a device that might get them home. He explains that it was logical to disobey her. Janeway's comeback is "you can use logic to justify anything."

Enterprise of course took Archer's prejudice that all Vulcans are arrogant pricks and made it a racial trait.

I thought "Take Me Out..." took it a bit far with Starfleet allowing an all Vulcan crew led by an obviously racist Vulcan, but DS9 wasn't the only series to take exception with the TOS/TNG build up of the Vulcan culture.
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Tue, Aug 14, 2012, 3:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Afterimage

Ezri had no business counseling Garak. She has a truckload of her own personal problems, and professionally she has the presence of a psychology STUDENT rather than someone with a medical license. Garak wiped the floor with her, and just to add insult to injury, Vic Fontaine showed her up a couple episodes later. When a hologram does a better job giving therapy than the therapist does (and her only comeback was "but you're just a hologram!"), it's time to hang it up.
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