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Buckbart
Thu, May 28, 2020, 12:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Child

“Counselor Troi got pregnant by something unknown, had a baby in days, and it’s growing in years instead of days.”

Okay, no special measures needed. Carry on.

C’mon ...
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Buckbart
Sat, May 23, 2020, 12:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Chimera

My only issue is the snarky way Odo responds to Captain Sisko. While he would certainly have legitimate feelings like that, there's no way he would express them in that tone to his CO. Anyone else, including admirals, sure. But not Sisko. Too much respect for th man and procedure.
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Buckbart
Thu, May 21, 2020, 3:04am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

The only thing missing here is Garak, but I guess you can only cram so much second-tier character development into one episode. I'd like to hear the verse in Worf's song about the courageous Ferengi scout who should have been in a classroom and his fiercely protective uncle.

Paul Baillargeon's score was dark and brooding, and the strings set the tone of resignation to an endless battle as well as Beethoven could have.

One of my favorites.
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Buckbart
Wed, May 20, 2020, 1:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

Can anyone figure out why the Federation hasn't told the Academy to dissolve Red Squadron for the rest of eternity? I mean, other than because kids want to see a show with kids in charge occasionally? And how are the kids who get into Red Squadron always the ones with absolutely no concept of what to do under stress?
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Buckbart
Wed, May 20, 2020, 11:50am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: His Way

Vic: You know what a square is, right?
Miles: One side of a cube.
Vic: Well that answers my question.
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Buckbart
Wed, May 20, 2020, 4:53am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

Aside from everything else that's been said, this episode has one of my very favorite exchanges when Sisko and Quark discuss the bribe. The self-loathing Brooks shows as he asks the favor, the way Armin Shimerman manipulates that huge prosthetic eyebrow and pauses just perfectly, and then launches into his fervent praise for Sisko releasing his inner Ferengi is wonderful. And then his glee at actually getting to negotiate with Sisko! This episode needs a little levity, and it was two minutes of pitch perfect success.
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Buckbart
Tue, May 19, 2020, 8:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: One Little Ship

It's great fun, especially Odo and Quark teaming up to get the last word. But miniaturization is a theme as old and true as sci-fi itself, so there's no problem on my end with the writers taking their turn at it.
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Buckbart
Fri, May 15, 2020, 6:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: By Inferno's Light

I think of this episode as "Garak in the Wall." Robinson, as always, is outstanding. And the fact that his version of heroism brings praise from the Klingons speaks more than enough.
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Buckbart
Wed, May 13, 2020, 6:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Looking for Par'mach in All the Wrong Places

I ALWAYS wish Worf laughed more.
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Buckbart
Tue, May 12, 2020, 6:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

"You'll wish you had gone into botany."
Love it!
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Buckbart
Tue, May 12, 2020, 5:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Accession

In hindsight, I like the ending. Because the scene between Sisko and Kira is really an epilogue. The last scene is between Sisko and the Prophets, in the form of Kai Opaka. "We are of Bajor. YOU are of Bajor." It sets up the entire completion of the storyline about the Emissary, in ways that no one understood the first time through.

I absolutely love that this series drops little Easter eggs that can only be found when you re-watch the entire series.

But the funniest line is the shortest one, and it goes to Worf: "Now???"
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Buckbart
Tue, May 12, 2020, 4:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Sons of Mogh

Agree with everything Jammer said, especially the ending. Couldn't Kurn have become a Klingon monk? Maybe his heart was too badly broken. As far as payoff goes, it's a long trip to enforce Worf's isolation, but mostly worthwhile. In the next episode, Dax succinctly points out to Worf that he's in love - with the Defiant. While he plays it off, it's true. The Defiant and DS9 are his world, until his final chance at renewal comes in the person of Martok. It's a broad character arc, but nothing less would do for such a respected Trek character.
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Buckbart
Fri, May 8, 2020, 3:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

DA9 ages so well because you back and see things that were hidden in plain sight. I mentioned before the Jem’Hadar strolling onto the station unnoticed at the end of The Wire, and the the last line of this episode takes us four years in the future. Just wonderful gifts for repeat viewers.
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Buckbart
Fri, May 8, 2020, 4:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part I

Too much high school sociology at okay in the comments. I’ll just add that my favorite bit is Quark’s admiration over Ben learning the Rules of Acquisition. Shimerman plays his reverence with a great actor’s look.

Also, “You can’t free a fish from water” is the funniest Rule.
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Buckbart
Fri, May 8, 2020, 2:38am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Meridian

Sisko: So she’ll be back in 60 years.
Trills: You didn’t think maybe checking with us was a good idea?
Sisko: Nope.
Trills: Did you think to see if Dax could survive this?
Sisko: Nah. It should be fine. Never been done, so it’s all good.
Trills: And ... if it isn’t?
Sisko: Well I’ll be a god by then, so no big whoop.
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Buckbart
Wed, May 6, 2020, 10:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: The Wire

On top of everything else, in one of the best top to bottom episodes of this series, after a magnificent performance developing Garak and fleshing our Badhir, and introducing Enabrin Tain, did you see what they did right near the end? They brought the Jem’Hadar in to reconnoiter DS9. No one knew who they were yet, but there he is, in civilian clothing, strolling through a docking port.

Freaking brilliant!
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Buckbart
Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 3:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

It’s a tough episode to watch in light if my personal PTSD, but it’s therapeutic. It’s even harder to watch now that Aron has left us far too soon. But yeah, that’s how we remember why we loved these characters and these people.

(I was listening to Handel the other night. It’s over 400 years old. So let’s put to rest this notion that we people of the future can’t enjoy old things.)
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Buckbart
Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 3:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Brothers

It’s a good continuation of ‘Family,’ mostly because of Spiner’s tour de force performances. But the entire addition of the youths and artificial deadline is so contrived. Much more believable to simply have Data lock up and say,”Captain, I have just received an internal message. It appears to be ... from Noonien Soong.”

Picard’s frustration over losing control of his ship could have filled the extra time much better. Coming on the heels of his assimilation and heart-to-heart with Robert, it would have been an excellent way to further our introduction to the man inside the uniform and how he handles being helpless.

For once, Riker gets the best line: “ The only way we knew we had come out of warp was by looking out a window.“ Speaks well of the work done in space dock on the inertial dampeners!
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