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Cthulusuppe
Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 9:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

I think of this as my favorite DS9 episode ever. And it surprises me because 1) I've never liked Nog, 2) it doesn't progress the plot and 3) it occurs in the midst of the worst DS9 season of the series (I'm sorry, but any time a work of fiction makes God(s) real, I just turn off). Imo, the fact that I'm sucked into to this episode is evidence of how good it is.

Jammer only gave it 3.5 stars, and I feel it should've gotten 5 stars out of a possible 4. This episode was a breakthrough for mainstream television. It's that good.

Somehow, the DS9 writers managed to perfectly capture depression and anxiety in a single hour without making Nog appear to be worthless or excessively narcissistic. I've never seen depression and anxiety handled so perfectly on television before or, surprisingly, since.

Jammer, if you still read the comments to your reviews, I implore you to re-examine this episode. It deserves a higher evaluation.
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Cthulusuppe
Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 2:47am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: The Reckoning

I noticed that one of your major complaints about this episode is the lack of comprehensible motive for Winn's actions. I thought her motives were pretty clear, but no one here's really pinned them down, so here's my theory:

Earlier in the episode Winn reveals that when the golden age begins there will be no need for Vedics, Kais or even Emissaries. Whether the Profit won the conflict or lost, the outcome was lose/lose for Winn. Best case scenario: the prophet wins the Reckoning and Winn is stripped of everything she's accomplished in her life. All that power, all that influence, it would all be gone. And unlike every other character on the show, she had no back-up career to fall back on.

Her best option was a stalemate, so when Dax gets distracted by some orphans, she makes a mad dash to Ops in order to force that stalemate. Her motivations for doing so make sense to me, especially considering how ambitious she's always been.

Now, what I don't understand is why she'd brag about it afterwards. DS9's writers have always had an odd habit of writing their villains so that they're proud of their reprehensible actions, so I guess it's par for the course... But it does seem kinda dumb for a religious leader to advertise her lack of faith.

TL;DR: Kai Winn stopped the Reckoning because she feared a future where she was no longer Kai.
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