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Chris Freeman
Sat, Jun 2, 2012, 3:12am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Tears of the Prophets

What goes around comes around: Obi Wan feeling the "disturbance in the Force" was ripped off from Spock feeling the death of the all Vulcan crew of the Intrepid in "The Immunity Syndrome."
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Chris Freeman
Sat, Jun 2, 2012, 2:12am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Sound of Her Voice

This is truly a show written by nerds: all the romantic relationships are inept and shallow, yet the friendships are rock solid.
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Chris Freeman
Sat, Mar 17, 2012, 1:21am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

The character moments in this episode were really good, but I couldn't buy in to the story.

It's been established that Star Trek time-travel does not work like Back to the Future time-travel. Things don't fade out, they just exist in alternate timelines. And once you're in a universe in Star Trek, you tend to stay there, no matter what happens to your ancestors.

Related nitpick: I really wish they hadn't given the "then they'll cease to exist" line to Worf. What does he know about quantum theory? Dax would have been more appropriate.

The other problem I have with this episode is when it happened in the series. If it had come before the Dominion war, I'd be more ok with it. But when you have a series-long arc, it's pretty lame to have a one-off episode that is supposed to feel as heavy as this one wants to be. That's just a flaw of this being a series in the 90s. If DS9 had been made after Lost, this wouldn't have happened. But it still bugged me.
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Chris Freeman
Sat, Mar 10, 2012, 2:29am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Soldiers of the Empire

I thought this one was really good. We had never seen a scrappy Klingon crew before - they don't even wear their entire uniforms (or maybe sleeves are optional now?). Martok being paranoid was handled well - he wasn't obviously unfit or crazy, just being cautious. But in Klingon eyes, it's very suspicious for him to back down from a fight, so there's this tension - was he broken by the prison camp or not? And I really did not know whether Worf would kill him or not.
But they ruined the episode by not showing them defeat the Jem Hadar ship!! I know the episode was about Worf and Martok, but we just spent an entire hour with this mopey crew and we don't even get to see them redeem themselves. Patak tease.
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Chris Freeman
Thu, Mar 8, 2012, 3:32am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Ferengi Love Songs

Best part of this episode: Kira's "couldn't care less" attitude when Leeta is complaining to her. Now that's a character I can relate to in this episode!
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Chris Freeman
Sat, Mar 3, 2012, 5:48am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Business as Usual

This episode has really sloppy camera work (I assume it was Siddig's first time directing). The scene where Hagath first enters the bar is really awkwardly shot, with really crowded framing. There's a scene in somebody's quarters where Quark is in front of a candelabra so that it looks like it's coming out of his head. In the pre-regent banquet scene, the extra holding one of the food trays starts really shaking it just before it goes out of frame. And most noticably, Quark says "nobody from the federation has been in my bar all day" when THERE IS AN EXTRA IN A STARFLEET UNIFORM AT THE BAR IN THE BACKGROUND.
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Chris Freeman
Tue, Feb 28, 2012, 12:27am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

You must not have been awkward with girls, because I thought Rom was perfectly awkward in this one. The awkward overly-shy trope is the one relationship type that the writers consistently get right, which I can only assume comes from experience on a show written by nerds for nerds.
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Chris Freeman
Mon, Feb 20, 2012, 3:07am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Let He Who Is Without Sin...

I love that this site has original reviews from the 90s.

Watching this in 2012, the essentialist guy seems more relevant now that we have tea party crazies running around.

And I am very glad someone finally took Worf to task for not actually growing up among Klingons. This was rarely addressed in TNG, he was just the expert on all things Klingon. But in truth, what he knows comes from textbooks and his few excursions into the empire.

Those things could have been a strong 20 minute B-story in a different episode, though, and did not deserve their own show.
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