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Robrow
Tue, May 5, 2015, 11:38pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Ties of Blood and Water

A very powerful episode. Kira, as in Duet, emerged as a three dimensional character - her violent rejection of Ghemor masking deep guilt was very well done. And Dukat again showed just why he is one of the great villains (up there with Dick Dastardly!). The vanity that, every so often, threatens the success of his schemes has been there from the start. Completely in character. And if Kira had snogged him after throwing the teacup, you know he'd have gleefully responded.
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Robrow
Sun, May 3, 2015, 10:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Business as Usual

I enjoyed that one, despite the overly contrived ending. And I thought Berkoff was very good as the suave, slightly camp, sometimes menacing and not so comic villain. A pity he didn't give Gaila's Harry Lime speech - would have been a nice little nod to Orson Welles from an actor who in some ways reminds me of him - but I guess creating a villain so charming and sympathetic would have shifted the focus away from Quark. So no Third Man but, to quote Jammer, quite respectable.
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Robrow
Tue, Apr 28, 2015, 8:45am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

Worse than 'Fascination', I now feel I can say I've watched DS9's 'Sub Rosa'. Most of it was painful, bits excruciating. Apart from Quark and Bashir's mutual shock at Leeta's attraction to Rom. That was a good one.
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Robrow
Thu, Apr 23, 2015, 5:26am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Nor the Battle to the Strong

Sorry, but it was too manipulative for my taste. If Bashir had died Jake's self-disgust would have carried more weight. Or if he had known about Jake's actions (and naturally forgiven him), it would have given their scene an interesting edge. As it was Lofton's meltdown in front of the nurses seemed closer to a teenage strop than PTSD. The trite benediction at the end, and Lofton's cheesy smile, just seemed to chrystalise my dislike. Ahh poor Jake, now everything will be fine. Not in the same league as Duet and the Wire. There I really sense emotional depth.
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Robrow
Sun, Mar 29, 2015, 10:35am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Return to Grace

An interesting episode: a lot of Dukat's rhetoric seemed slightly insincere to me. Like he was saying stuff he didn't believe 100% in order to impress Kira and get inside her knickers. A little like the bitching about her current lover - claiming he had a file on Shakaar's many conquests. One womaniser slagging of another. The technique wasn't subtle, but it was all absolutely in character and well played by Alaimo. Quite rightly Kira didn't fall for most of it, but it seemed to me she was sufficiently seduced to lend Dukat vital assistance against the Klingons. And I bet he had a little private preen over her decision to take his daughter to DS9. 'Now we're closely connected'. I'm sure he was sincerely grateful, and concerned about his daughter, but the way he said it showed just a little preen I thought. As one commenter put it, he's incapable of not hitting on a beautiful woman. A great character: different to Garak, but just as fascinating.
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Robrow
Thu, Mar 26, 2015, 7:56am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: The Sword of Kahless

It comes across as sub-Lord of the Rings dross. Sword = ring, whatever. And increasingly I find Klingon-centric episodes annoy me. Or rather Klingon beliefs need to be shown as relevant to the ongoing arc involving the Dominion. This was what made 'The Way of the Warrior' so compelling. Whereas all this stuff about ancient relics and a semi-mythical past just seemed like so much bombast. I'm starting to prefer the Ferengi.
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Robrow
Wed, Mar 4, 2015, 11:28am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part II

I'm sorry, but this was perhaps the most irritating episode of DS9 I've seen so far. Too preachy by half, full of lazy contrivance and the scene where Dax recovers her badge from the loony was embarrassingly bad. Coming after the train wreck that was Fascination, it feels like they're in danger of throwing away all that good work from the first two seasons. Please get back to the Cardassians and the Dominion.
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Robrow
Sat, Feb 14, 2015, 8:45am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S2: The Wire

Just watched it for the first time. And I agree, it's up there with Duet as an indisputably great episode of the series. There's more to say about Garak, but I need to think about it. But I needed to say, wow. That was wonderful drama.
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Robrow
Thu, Sep 25, 2014, 2:47am (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S6: The Quality of Life

An interesting episode that was somewhat spoiled by the execution. The exocomps seemed to go from a sense of self-preservation, to one of apparently accepting considerable risk to do what exactly? Resolve a dangerous situation? - as they were designed. Save Picard and Geordi's skin? The latter idea is ridiculous, but it's perhaps insinuated by the script. And in fairness I'll add that I was more persuaded by one of them sacrificing itself for the other two at the end. I got a real sense of the series straining itself to make another 'Measure of a Man'; sorry, a little too contrived for that.
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