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Mon, Nov 2, 2015, 9:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Penumbra

I believe that the very facts that ds9 is a character heavy show and that Ezri was only introduced this season make it fundamentally indispensable that she get a great deal of character development, if she's going to be there at all. With that in mind perhaps it was the wrong choice to include her in the first place, but also remember that Jadzia leaving was based upon the actress' desire, not the screenwriters'
It was a sub optimal situation, and the response want perfect, but I think they did a fairly good job keeping a dax character while also making her more than Jadzia 2.0
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Mon, Nov 2, 2015, 12:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

Did anyone else notice that the first scene of the episode established that Vic could be taken out of his program, and taken to the Alamo program? And that the final scene where Vic said he'd definitely come to the Alamo next time reiterated that this was possible?

So they could have just copied Vic into the Alamo, then reset his program or whatever, made the changes, and then put him back without having to worry about wiping his memory or whatever. It's a plot hole that was especially invented IN this episode; not the inheritance of some long-forgotten offhand remark in season 1, or something.

Just wanted to note that.
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Thu, Oct 29, 2015, 12:57am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Change of Heart

Two more major failures that haven't been added above are...

1) the complete inability of the federation to prepare for the anti coagulant that they now know for certain is in all jem'haddar disruptors. Why bring a medkit at all if you aren't going to put in a simple coagulation agent?? A single line about how it's just so advanced that they can't do anything would have fixed this, but left ignored it's weak.

And 2) the factor that made me really disgusted with this episode, was that complete disregard for life that star trek all too often showcases (unless it's a regular! Then they just have to jump through all the hoops and make certain death a minor inconvenience). This wasn't merely Worf choosing duty over his wife, but his wife over duty, AND the life of a man to whom he made a promise full well knowing that his wife or he might die in the process (his wife having made the same promise and accepted the same risk). Perhaps for him to even then make the decision shows the strength of his love (although making equally clear how very little his honor is worth, even in fairly base human terms). But instead, the end of the episode completely ignores that Worf allowed, indeed, chose that a man who had risked literally every danger for the federation/cardassia/the alpha quadrant and who had essentially begged for help escaping, Worf choose that he should be promised help and then left to die. And neither Sisko not Dax not Worf himself even acknowledges what he's done. No, just laughs and jokes that this hurt his career, someday, maybe, not really! If they had included a scene of the defector reaching the rendezvous point and being wracked with worry, grief, and desperation as it dawns on him that he's been abandoned, or the sight of him being gunned down because of worf's perfidiousness, perhaps the audience wouldn't feel so lighthearted and jocular about dax's rescue. I have said in other posts that Kirk used to show more moral fiber in tos, so even at the risk of sounding like a broken record I would like to note that he seemed generally to care about and regret the deaths of each of the eponymous red shirts that the scripts showed so much disregard for.
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Sat, Oct 17, 2015, 9:19pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Life Support

IDIC? I find it really hard to stomach that this is what Star Trek came to. This moral relativism which says that we have to accept and embrace Ferengi sexed slavery because it's their culture is ridiculous. Culture makes it more easy to understand, and may be a mitigating factor when we judge the morality of a given individual, but it does not make a wrong act right.

Ferengi culture enslaves, disrespects, prejudices, humiliates, etc a group of sentient, sapient, intelligent beings. If its "ok" because its their culture, then so was slavery in the long space of human history (and if someone claims its their culture, its "ok" now). And so must be female genital mutilation, human trafficking, infanticide for sexual selection, etc etc.
Nobody is saying this has to go to all out war, either. To understand Nog and the Ferengi, and to approach them with kindness as well as that understanding while firmly standing your moral ground is one thing, to say "well, that's their business" and not even oppose it in principle is completely another.

Kirk used to stand for things. He wasn't a warmonger, he wasn't intolerant, but he stood for things. At times he may have been overly violent, but this blithe "live and let live" stance that pops up in some of the later treks is difficult to stomach when it becomes "live and let enslave" without even a murmur of disapproval.
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