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Thu, Jun 29, 2017, 1:52am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: For the Uniform

Peter G - What did I miss?
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Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 1:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Timescape

One of my alltime favourites from TNG. I always enjoy Brannon Braga episodes. This is right up there with Cause and Effect, Parallels, and Phantasms. It was great to see the entire aft section of the runabout - I only wish DS9 had utilised it more, considering how heavily featured they are.

Not too crazy about the aliens - I thought they were trying to stop the power transfer as well, which was what EVERYONE was trying to do, including Picard's team, so why attack Data and Laforge? I get that it makes for suspenseful viewing, but still a bit silly. Still though that's only a minor nitpick which I'm willing to forgive as the episode is so good. Troi's hair extensions were so obvious that I was distracted every time there was a close-up profile shoot of her, but considering that this was the 90s, I suppose I shouldn't be complaining too much.

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Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 12:32am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Alternate

What Mayavoe said about the obelisk. What WAS it supposed to do!? Why don't we learn anything more about it, after all that trouble they went to getting it back to the station? Are we to assume that they left in the science lab as a whimsical piece of furniture from the Gamma Quadrant? Or did Quark manage to auction it off lmao.

Apart from the unresolved plot issue about the obelisk, I really enjoyed this episode. Dr Mora and Odo have a very believable and enjoyable chemistry, and the doctor himself is a suitably charismatic character who carries the plot forward and interacts well enough with Odo to draw us into his situation, and care about him. It's funny though to watch 'The Begotten' after this and realise that their relationship didn't improve too much, at least not as much as Dr Mora would have liked.

Before watching s7 I would have agreed hands down with Strejda but Ezri tells Julian in 'Afterimage' that Jadzia enjoyed all the attention and that if Worf hadn't come along, it would have been him. As it is.. I think she probably found Bashir cute, but didn't like him enough to want to be in a serious relationship with him, or take it anywhere beyond mild flirting. Which is completely okay. We're not living in the Middle Ages anymore; women aren't obliged to marry men just because they talked to each other and engaged in a bit of hanky panky.
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Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 1:25am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Begotten

This episode is a gem. Amazing acting from Dr. Mora and Odo, and a very believable, raw chemistry between the two men. My favourite scene was the one where the infant Changeling attempted to mimic Odo's head, the look of sheer wonder on Odo's face, and the fond proudness of Dr. Mora in the background.

I liked the idea that the infant Changeling didn't really die, but rather lived on through Odo, and that his first action as being part of Odo was to turn into a Tarkalian hawk. Very nice touch.
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Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 11:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Assignment

What RT said about Keiko. For the life of me, I can't figure out if Keiko's personality is really that unpleasant, or if Rosalind Chao's acting was off. I've seen some of Chao's other movie appearances (Freaky Friday, The Joy Luck Club), and she certainly doesn't put on that entire plastic-grin gritted-teeth facade that she does here. Her marriage with the chief is believable, considering how many people get married for the wrong reasons, but I just can't buy that they're supposed to be a happy family as ST would have us believe. Every time they interact it feels like something out of a horror movie, where the wife is going to go psycho in the next scene and kill the husband. The only time I found Keiko's portrayal to be realistic was in that episode where O'Brien had been replaced by an alien and Keiko was trying to poison his during dinner. Now that performance I bought.
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Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 12:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

@Tara, no prob. I appreciate your posts very much as well.

Yes, I love those pointy thingies on their chest armour! Boy am I glad that they decided to ditch those ugly clunky outfits and shudderingly hideous helmets worn by Gul Macet in TNG.

Vulcan women are attractive, for sure. I thought Sakonna was incredibly good looking in 'The Maquis.' Not to mention T'Pol, of course.

I liked Judd as Lefler. I think it had something to do with how.. wholesome she seemed? And the Perfect Mate metamorph was Famke Jansen of Jean Grey Xmen fame, LOL. I think Vash is incredibly attractive too.
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Mon, Apr 17, 2017, 11:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Crossfire

Quarkissnyder - you're not the only one that thought Shakaar's adjutant was pobably the assassin.

I can see what they're trying to do here. It's a nice little character episode. I agree that Shakaar was boring but Bajoran men are shown to be very vanilla in general, which sounds bad, but I found Bareil just as flat. They even look similar, and I'm not just talking about the noses and earrings. The only interesting Bajoran men I can think of is General Krim in the Li Nalas episodes, and that other guy from the Shakaar resistance cell who was blown up in 'The Darkness and the Light.'

For the record, Li Nalas was pretty boring too, but I suppose that shouldn't come as a surprise as Shakaar was supposedly based on his character.

As to Odo's incompetency in this episode.. I get that he's upset that he just lost the love of his life to the First Minister, but I found myself wishing he would just suck it up and get on with his job of catching the assassin. Lives are at stake, man. If I had been in Worf's shoes I probably would have given him a ticking off.
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Mon, Apr 17, 2017, 1:29am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless

Peter G: "I think you're right that it's a Curzon 2.0 episode in a way, but in the right way. It once again shows how much trouble it is for her to just pretend to be the Old Man."

I completely agree. And Sisko wasn't doing her any favours by constantly referring to her as 'Old Man.' Oh dear.

I like Jadzia, but she seems overly defined by her past hosts, Curzon in particular, in a way that Ezri never was. As you suggested this is possibly a personality weakness of hers. Jadzia mentioned that she used to be shy and introverted, which did not change until she had received the Dax symbiont, upon which she turned into Curzon 2.0. In her case, I think it's possible that the symbiont's personality overshadowed Jadzia's, which is why she was excessively influenced by the characters of her past hosts, as she was probably meeker to begin with. Ezri on the other hand strikes me as someone more aggressive, who isn't afraid to do what she wants. She left her homeworld and an overbearing family to pursue something she wanted to do, and this force of character might have been why her personality was not overwritten by that of the Dax symbiont.
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Mon, Apr 17, 2017, 1:16am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Empok Nor

@Luke: "It does have some social progress on display, as the female (non-white female, I might add) character is allowed to die; that's at least something, I guess."

Mate, I usually enjoy your posts, but I seriously don't see your point here?
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Sat, Apr 15, 2017, 8:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless

I agree with Sbestos, I also didn't think that they should have just tossed the sword out of the literal airlock, and that doing so did smack of Worf and Kor trying to let themselves off the hook.

I'm conflicted about this episode. It's okay but not particularly great. I turned it off midway because I was growing bored with the plot, came here and read what happened next, then decided to go back and finish it. Character assassination does seem to be one of the problems here - like others have pointed out, it's outlandishly out of character for Worf to attempt to trick someone he idolised, into falling to an ignoble death. If I somehow managed to meet JK Rowling and she invited me on a quest for the Holy Grail, I would NOT be conspiring to kill her. lol.

Dax was ... all right, but this is yet another Curzon 2.0 episode of hers. Sometimes it feels like her life is just an extension of Curzon's, which technically it is, but it feels as if she's rather one dimensional, compared with Ezri. I like Dax, but she basically feels like a female, younger, hotter version of Curzon, who also likes to hang out with Klingons and considers herself "one of the boys."

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Fri, Apr 14, 2017, 8:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Siege

This triloy was much more enjoyable than I'd expected it to be. I'm not normally a fan of Bajoran episodes - Rapture for instance was a snooze and I still have yet to finish it because imo it's unwatchable - but this arc was well played, for the most part. I think one of the reasons I liked it was because certain individual Bajorans were engaging and carried their scenes well, such as Li Nalas and General Krim. Li is the obvious choice of course, but Krim - I can't believe no one's mentioned him yet. I found him to be an interesting and complex character. He's someone I could see as becoming a charismatic dictator such as Caesar, or even Feanor from Middle Earth, someone whom the military or the masses would willingly flock to. Too bad they never brought him back again.

Li is likeable, for sure, but I knew right after he told Sisko that story about killing the gul in his underwear, that he was going to get killed off at some point, because he obviously wasn't happy with himself and the person the Bajorans wanted him to be. If anything he seemed to be suffering from PTSD, and was certainly severely depressed. (Where's the counsellor when you need one? lmao)
He tried to sneak off the station and go to the Gamma Quadrant, never to come back, and I don't believe we ever saw him even smile. He was clearly a tortured soul - well meaning and uncomplicated, and he probably would have been a great leader if given the chance, but he probably would have committed suicide anyway if he hadn't been killed. So while I was sad to see him die, it was the logical denouement for his character.

Luke, it says on Memory Alpha that they created the character of Shakaar Edon specifically to fill Li's shoes, so you're right about the way his character could have grown.
While I do appreciate that they created Shakaar with Li in mind, it's interesting to me how differently the character turned out - at heart, Li and Shakaar are fundamentally different people.

Grumpy, in the last scene someone tells Sisko that the runabout Grande has arrived, and he and O'Brien go there to greet their families, and there's a scene where Sisko hugs Jake, while O'Brien goes on directly into the runabout. No love for Nog though, lol.
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Mon, Apr 10, 2017, 1:50am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Drumhead

I enjoyed the individual acting (Picard, Satie, Tarses..) but put together, it rang a bit hollow. As a former comment pointed out, the momentum was lost once it had been established that the explosion was not manufactured by a saboteur - from that point on, there just didn't seem much point in investigating further as there was really nothing left to investigate.

I too enjoyed Tarses' performance. That being said I was disturbed at how quick they were to discriminate against him based on the fact that he was Romulan, and by extension, the extenuating circumstances that led to him deeming it necessary to lie about his lineage. I can't imagine having to grow up with so much self loathing that you would have to lie about your race on a school application. No one should ever be made to feel bad about themselves due to their heritage/race. I suppose the Federation isn't as enlightened as it likes to think it is.
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Sat, Apr 8, 2017, 7:56am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Parallels

"I thought it was a continuity error that it turned out that Worf had already shifted into another universe when his birthday party took place. Where was Geordi at that point? He had not met him if only Troi was there."

I noticed this too, and I thought I was seeing things at first! When he returned to his indigenous quantum universe (lol it's weird typing that out, like it's a real thing) and he returned to his quarters, only to find Troi there and no party, I was confused, because when his birthday party took place in the first scene he hadn't bumped into Geordi yet. The only person he'd met up to that point was Riker. Am I missing something here?

Anyway, this is always an episode I enjoy returning to. I agreed that the Cardassian helmsman was a nice touch, though I have to say they look better in their own uniforms. Also liked the slightly different comm badge and bridge designs.
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Fri, Apr 7, 2017, 8:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Magnificent Ferengi

I tried watching this episode back a while ago but couldn't get past the shaky and rather sluggish first half. Once you're done with the first twenty minutes, however, the latter part of the show is highly entertaining and rolls along at a brisk pace. Some of the humour was low-brow - I don't think I enjoyed seeing Keevan's corpse repeatedly walking into the bulkhead - and I didn't like the fact HOW grossly incompetent Gaila was - first falling asleep whilst on watch, and then shooting the prisoner by accident!? really?

Too bad they never brought back the Christopher Shea character to portray Keevan again. To me he was the quintessential Vorta, in the way Martok was the ideal Klingon, and Vreenak the classic Romulan. I liked Weyoun but wasn't too crazy about him. Keevan on the other hand had a certain je ne sais quoi that Weyoun lacked, imo.
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Fri, Apr 7, 2017, 4:55am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

*watch Picard attack, sorry for the typo.
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Fri, Apr 7, 2017, 4:54am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: Lower Decks

I thought this episode made for great space drama and a fantastic hour of TV, but I would hate to see this happen in real life. Very mean spirited and petty, as some have pointed out before me. Greg's analysis of how Picard manipulated Sito into her suicide mission was spot on. There have been a few examples of how a senior officer uses reverse psychology to chew out a much younger officer in Starfleet in order to achieve their own ends, and I can't condone any of them, least of all this one. It's genuinely disturbing to watch how Picard attack an emotionally vulnerable and easily malleable kid in order to force through his own agenda, and the producers may or may not have been trying to make a statement when this plan of Picard's culminated in the youngster's death.

Most of the senior staff in this episode came off as jerks with large egos. Riker's 'One aye is enough,' had me rolling my eyes, and was only offset by Troi's dressing him down at the poker table and reminding him that he, too, behaved like Lavelle when he was Lavelle's age. Geordi was probably a bit more likeable than Riker but still not a manager I'd want to work for. In fact, Worf came across as the only senior officer who was emotionally capable of command. The others were either too insecure or egotistic, and had no idea how to manage people.
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Thu, Apr 6, 2017, 5:51am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Ferengi Love Songs

I skipped all the Ferengi episodes based on Jammer's low ratings of them, but I've started watching them and really enjoyed them, for the most part. Yes, they're a hoot. No, they're not game changing the way 'In the Pale Moonlight' or most Garak-heavy episodes are, but that's all right, because I can enjoy them for their different merits. Zek is hilarious AF and I can't get enough of his voice.

In fact the only Ferengi episode I didn't like so much was 'The Magnificent Ferengi,' in which Zek did not play a significant character. He has good chemistry with Armin Shimerman and Max Grodenchik, and is always good for a laugh or three. His last arc in S7 has me in stitches every time.
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Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 11:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Changing Face of Evil

ND, you took the words right out of my mouth.
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Thu, Mar 30, 2017, 9:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Resurrection

I thought that this episode was making subtle allusions to the fact that Kira is, for want of a better word, very much preoccupied with appearances, or what we would refer to as shallow. At the beginning she and Jadzia were having that discussion about the captain with the transparent skull, which has become something of a running gag between her and Jadzia: either Jadzia's dating someone whom Kira doesn't find attractive on a visceral level, or trying to set Kira up with someone whom Kira finds plain ugly. Then of course Kira jumped into bed almost immediately with someone who looks exactly like her old boyfriend, but is not him in the least. Bear in mind that this was someone who had held her at gunpoint and threatened to kill her, but gets a free pass and nearly becomes her boyfriend again - JUST because he happens to look identical to her old one.

I was pleasantly surprised at how handsome Bareil was in this episode, by the way. Never found him attractive as Vedek but the AU version of him is quite dishy.
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Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 7:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Field of Fire

Just rewatched this episode again and it wasn't as pedestrian as I'd remembered it to be, but my main problem with it (as many others have mentioned before me) was the inconsistency. This Joran had literally nothing in common with the Joran in 'Equilbrium' save the name and the fact that they'd both been Dax hosts. They don't even look the same. If anything this Joran bears a close resemblance to Ezri's mad brother who was also driven to murder. I like JimmyDee's theory that the Joran we see here is a projection of Ezri's, but that was lazy writing/casting on the producers' part that they couldn't even be bothered to find someone who resembled the Equilibrium Joran.

Another inconsistency I found hard to swallow was how Ezri made it very clear that Jadzia had suppressed and denied the memory of Joran Dax, even though the entire last scene on Trill in 'Equilibrium' was dedicated to the fact that Jadzia had accepted Joran into her life and as part of her identity. This episode basically cancelled out the denouement and thesis of 'Equilibrium,' which is another reason I find it to be somewhat lacking and unsatisfactory.

If anything the Joran of this episode was somewhat more consistent with 'Facets' Joran, but that one might as well have also been a different person from the Equilibrium version, who was painted as a sensitive if slightly unhinged young man who loved music, but had a violent temperament if provoked. The followup episodes basically turned him into a sadistic serial killer like Ted Bundy, whom according to his biographer was "a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human's pain and the control he had over his victims."
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Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 10:57am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Equilibrium

I thought this was a great episode and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Jeff Magnus McBride as Joran Dax. S7's Field of Fire should have brought him back to reprise the role, not the weirdo they ended up recasting.

As Andy's Friend and Yanks have mentioned above this episodes paints a very chilling portrait of the Trill socio-political backdrop. Once again we have a society which is willing to sacrifice individuals to maintain general order. Remind you of any other home worlds? And the fact that the Trills hide this cold ruthlessness and disregard of life, behind a smiling, kumbaya Federation mask somehow makes it even more unsettling. At least the Cardassians and the Dominion were direct about it.

All in all I can say for sure that Trill is not a place I would want to live in. They seem to produce a higher-than-usual ratio of repressed maniacs - off the top of my head there's Verad, Joran and Ezri's younger brother.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 10:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

To slightly amend my last post - 'In this respect, she was always portrayed as someone who would gladly put the lives of the many before that of her own.' "Needs" is a bit too broad for the point I was trying to make.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 10:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

Peter G, you make a good point about how Jadzia had supposedly mellowed Worf, and that this was a focus of the episode. I think my problem with Worf 2.0 is that his change was a bit forced, especially in this episode, where it felt like it had been shoehorned in because they needed to justify his actions. This was a man who had basically abandoned his first love, his brother by birth and his family name for duty and honour. In that context his Klingon values should have told him that he would dishonour her by denying her the chance to die in the line of duty. The fact that she did not do so is indeed the underlying premise of 'Shadows and Symbols.'

Re your second point, I think it depended on which and how many lives were at stake. Jadzia was usually more cavalier when it was just her life on the line, which was the case in 'Rejoined.' (And that of Lenara Kahn's, but once Lenara had made it clear she couldn't go through with it Jadzia stopped pressing the point.) When it was for a selfless cause, however, Jadzia would have had no hesitation in sacrificing herself so that many others could be saved. In this respect, she was always portrayed as someone who would put the needs of the many before that of her own. The same goes for Worf. The beginning of the episode made it abundantly clear that the Cardassian defector's information would have tipped the war in their favour and saved countless lives. Therefore I find it unbelievable that they technically bought Jadzia's life at the expense of so many others, and showed no regrets whatsoever in doing so.

For the record though I really enjoyed this episode. The Jadzia/Worf banter was hilarious and so was the snarky, doomed Cardassian. The tongo plot was fun, though I half expected the doctor to win.
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Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 1:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

Great comments.

I agree with Quarkissnyder, I thought it was pretty out of character for Worf to go back for Dax, and then for Dax to just go along with it like that. She would have been furious.

Ross TW, from what we've seen so far youngish Cardassian officers are generally jerks, it's just the way they are. The way Lasaran behaved was no different from S6 Damar, Seskal or Rusot. For my part I found him quite likeable and was sorry that he died, though not surprised in the least. He may as well have been wearing a red uniform when he showed up on the viewscreen. Am I the only one who thought he was a dead ringer for Damar?

Ascii, you nailed my feelings on this episode and why it didn't feel right. It would have been great to get closure on Lasaran's death, and the complete disregard that Sisko, Dax and Worf show for his demise at the end of the episode left a bad taste in my mouth. You would think that Worf of all people would honour a promise made in good faith, and that his failure to do so would have weighed heavy on his conscience for awhile.

Nice foreshadowing of the Cardassian rebellion to come in S7, though.
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Sun, Mar 26, 2017, 9:20am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: The Darkness and the Light

Wow, this escalated quickly. I think Peter G makes some very good points.

I really enjoyed this episode, and was completely riveted during its entire exposition. I know some people have a problem with Kira and Bajorans - they're far from being my favourite species in Star Trek and I think they weren't portrayed very well - but I highly enjoyed all of the Bajoran characters here, who were actually three dimensional and charismatic for a change, even that bodyguard guy who was punched out by Lupaza and Furel, Lieutenant Brilgar I think his name was. 'Yeah, yeah,' he growls crossly when they apologise to him, and storms out. LOL! I wish we'd seen more of him.

I was intrigued by Silaran Prin, and interested to find that he was actually an aide to the Gul Pirak whom Kira's cell murdered. I've read most of the relaunch novels, and the entire Gul Pirak assassination plot figures prominently in some of the Cardassian-themed books. I'd recommend them to anyone who's interested in reading more about Iliana Ghemor and Kira during the Resistance.

Was I the only one who thought that Silaran Prin resembled Garak slightly? The way he speaks and moves, and his voice and face (the normal half), even.
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