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Aaron B.
Tue, May 22, 2018, 4:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Move Along Home

I agree with those who said this feels like a TOS or TNG script, which fits poorly into DS9. How many times were those crews stuck helplessly into a fighting arena or puzzle by an advanced alien of one sort or another? The only difference here is the aliens came to them.

The biggest problem is the lack of consequences, but DS9 wasn't that heavily serialized yet, so that makes it seem worse in hindsight. It's one of the worst episodes of Season 1, but that just shows how strong the season was overall.
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Aaron B.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016, 10:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

I didn't see this until recently, so maybe it just hasn't aged well, but I found the action scenes in all the prequels boring and silly. The factory floor bit reminded me strongly of the pie machine in "Chicken Run", except that what works for claymation chickens just looks ridiculous for live actors, and the "Chicken Run" sequence didn't go on forever. Or compare the chase of the assassin to the flying car chase in "The Fifth Element," an older and much cheaper movie. Here the cars (and actors) fly around with no sense of weight or actual danger, making it impossible to forget it's all green-screen. Ditto all the light-saber/laser battles; there's a lot of flash and movement but no sense of weight or a feeling that anyone will ever make contact.

But the "romance" is the worst. In response to his creepy worshipfulness, Padme should have given Anakin the "I don't want to spoil our friendship" speech and made a play for Obi-Wan.
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Aaron B.
Wed, Sep 7, 2011, 7:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Profit and Lace

I think the reason Quark in drag fails so completely (despite being accompanied by such unfunny writing) is that Quark isn't a human male in the first place. He already looks alien, so just putting him in a different alien outfit that has breasts doesn't even give you the weak "Har har, 'she' still looks like Robin Williams!" chuckle factor.

It's also never good when an episode makes you think of plot holes that have gone unnoticed for six seasons. Are there no other Ferengi females on DS9? I assume not, since A) we've never seen any, and B) Quark never suggested bringing one of them in to play the part. So all the Ferengi bartenders are single guys, and depend entirely on the holosuites for their female companionship? Come on, I know they're on the frontier here, but even the Old West had mail-order brides, which would seem to fit right into Ferengi society.

Also, how does Brunt go from being the kind of minor functionary who gets sent to the frontier to hassle bartenders over regulations, to being elected (Acting) Grand Nagus? Did the show even try to explain that?
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Aaron B.
Tue, Sep 6, 2011, 8:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

I didn't see anything even-handed here either. The message seemed to be that military people, especially elite academy types, are arrogant fascists who think the ends justify the means and are only too ready to stomp over anyone who gets in the way of their quest for glory; while media types like journalists are the voice of reason (even when it's Jake's whiny voice). I didn't think there was a single scene where we were supposed to believe in Red Squad's attitude or actions. The 'captain' was clearly the bad guy from the moment he came on screen.
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Aaron B.
Mon, Sep 5, 2011, 5:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Empok Nor

Neil, I thought that conversation gave a nice bit of insight into Garak. He's lived on the same station with Chief for five years, but he's never shown any antagonism toward him. Yet Garak, despite being exiled, is a patriot and cares about his fellow Cardassians, and Chief is famous for killing himself a whole bunch of "Cardies." Garak rarely exposes how he really feels about things, but here you can see how he resents that and would like to match himself up against O'Brien and get a little payback -- if only in a board game -- for his people.
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Aaron B.
Sun, Sep 4, 2011, 9:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

I enjoyed the episode, but I never bought the dilemma either. Halfway through, they made the only choice they could make -- save themselves and let the future take care of itself (and do their duty by returning to their jobs as Starfleet officers, incidentally). Then suddenly things went goofy. There's no way Chief is going to abandon Keiko and the kids to start a new lineage instead. After The Visitor, we're supposed to be okay with Ben never making it back to see Jake again? For every potential descendant on that planet, who knows how many descendants wouldn't happen because someone didn't get back to DS9 and reproduce there? And without Odo in the Alpha Quadrant to end the war, how many billions or more might have died in a Dominion conquest?

But the basic problem is that you can't say Theoretical Future A is more valid or deserving than Theoretical Future B just because A happens to be visible at the moment, and all these engineer/science types should know that.
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Aaron B.
Sat, Sep 3, 2011, 3:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Rapture

This is when Winn became interesting. On most shows, it's a given that the evil, ambitious religious leader is not a believer at all, but only mouths the cant to hold power and milk the followers. But Winn truly does believe in the prophets and the Bajoran faith. Sure, she'll be back to scheming and grasping for power in no time, but always within that context of trying to follow the prophets (until she rejects them, which a non-believer couldn't do). Her interpretation of what the prophets want, of course, but still. That makes her much deeper and less of a caricature than she appeared to be early in the show.
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Aaron B.
Sat, Aug 27, 2011, 10:31am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: For the Cause

I get a kick out of the fact that the mighty Federation, which is supposedly so prosperous that everyone's needs are met so completely that there's no need for an internal means of exchange, can only muster up enough replicators and reclamators to give people something to fight over.
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Aaron B.
Wed, Aug 24, 2011, 9:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Broken Link

Garak may be my favorite TV character of any series. He's certainly in the top 5.

It always bugged me that people kept saying Odo was the only changeling ever to harm another, and neither Odo or anyone else tried to make the case that it was self-defense. After all, the changeling he killed was trying to sabotage the ship Odo was on, which could have gotten him killed along with everyone else. When they fought, it looked like he was trying to "harm" Odo to me. It always seemed to me that Odo got pegged with that status simply because he won and wasn't obeying the Link.
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