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Emma G
Mon, Feb 10, 2020, 9:06am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

My biggest complaint with this ep is structural: the denouement is far too brief emotionally. The show spends its long, languid time making the lives meaningful, only to end them in the last seconds of the show. They *did* exist, as Sisko (?) observed, because we just spent the hour conjuring them.

The characters on the show just spent days with their descendents; Word learned that “Klingon” had become a way of life, not just a genome. Sisko cuddled a baby. And that’s all without addressing the Kira/Odo thing.

DS9 was made during a period of episodic TV, and although it had the modern approach of plot continuity across seasons, many episodes were filler in the long season. We know the characters will never deal with the emotional consequences of this episode—though they’ll be profound. Structuring the plot so that the build-up was so slow and the climax and denouement so fast meant we neither had a chance to experience the emotional heft of the show (it was more like an O’Henry surprise), nor see the characters reckon with it. As storytelling goes, that’s a fault and a shame.
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