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Gaius Maximus
Sun, Oct 18, 2020, 2:15am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Hippocratic Oath

I'm with Bashir on this one. All humanitarian concerns aside, anything that weakens the Dominion has got to be good for the Federation at this point. I just don't buy that the Jem'Hadar alone could possibly be more dangerous than the Founders, Vorta, and Jem'Hadar united. Nor does it seem likely that even if they did go on a rampage, they would all make for the wormhole and attack the Federation rather than staying in the Gamma Quadrant.

@ Jamie Mann - Why would Quark get in trouble for this one? He was working with Odo.
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Gaius Maximus
Thu, Oct 15, 2020, 10:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Suddenly Human

I always find the message of the episode to be absolutely morally repellent. Apparently killing some people and abducting their child makes you the rightful parent of that child as long as you evade justice long enough to brainwash him into thinking he belongs with you. I wonder exactly how long you need to keep your abducted child away from his real family before you gain this moral right to him. I guess if you’re one of those people who cuts a baby out of its mother’s womb and runs off with it, you’re automatically the rightful parent and should get to keep it, because, hey, it’s never known any other parent, right? Just appalling and disgraceful.
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Gaius Maximus
Sat, Jun 13, 2020, 3:30am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Facets

@Tomalak - I agree that the attitudes of the senior staff to Quark can sometimes be annoying, (though he usually gives as good as he gets), but he's not a coworker of anyone else in the main credits. They're all members of Starfleet or the Bajoran Militia, he's a civilian business owner.
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Gaius Maximus
Sat, May 16, 2020, 12:12am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Family Business

Just a comment on Sisko always dating women of the same race. This used to bother me a lot too, but I saw somewhere recently, (possibly it was in the What We Left Behind documentary), that it was actually Brooks' request that his character only be involved with black women. Still seems a bit strange to me, but as a white guy, I'm not going to gainsay a black man on what's most appropriate on a racial issue.
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Gaius Maximus
Fri, May 8, 2020, 3:53am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Most Toys

@ Chrome,

How exactly was Data supposed to knock him unconscious? He can't touch or even approach him because of his anti-positron device. His only weapon has no stun setting. Fajo is certain Data cannot kill him and so refuses to submit or be intimidated. What choice does Data have other than to kill Fajo or submit to him?
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Gaius Maximus
Sat, May 2, 2020, 1:06am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Die Is Cast

@Elliott - "Well knowing Odo, I would say they should probably put him in a holodeck where he has to watch Quark perform oral sex on Kira."

There's an image I didn't need in my head. If I'm ever tortured, I hope it's by someone less imaginative than you.
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Gaius Maximus
Fri, Feb 14, 2020, 1:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Destiny

It's been mentioned a couple of times in the comments that the orbs only work for believers, but this is definitely not so. In "Emissary," both Sisko and Dax have Orb visions. In "Trials and Tribble-lations," Arne Darvin uses an orb to travel back in time.

Also, @Springy,

"Or maybe some sorta-Jesus equivalent, anyhow. A Prophet-alien sent to walk among them to experience linear time and such."

They did have one of these. His name was Ben Sisko.
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Gaius Maximus
Thu, Jan 30, 2020, 3:01am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The High Ground

I want to add a bit to the discussion about terrorist merely being a label applied to people who lose a war. This is one of those platitudes that sounds good to people who don't know a lot about the subject, but is blatantly false when you actually do know something about it. Terrorism is not just 'violence by people we don't like.' It is a specific strategy, that of deliberately inflicting violence on a civilian population, generally with the goal of forcing the government of those civilians to change its political policies. No serious historian, professional or amateur just labels losing generals as terrorists. No one even calls Nazi German or Imperial Japanese generals terrorists. Same goes for Imperial German generals, US Civil War Confederate generals, and Napoleonic French generals. George Washington was never called a terrorist by the British. For one thing, the word 'terrorist' was not even invented until after the American Revolution. I'm not sure where this idea came from, but it seems to be an article of faith these days among the many who see the US as an evil empire and assume it must have been completely rotten from the start. Washington was not a terrorist because he did not target civilian populations. It's not even true that he used unorthodox tactics. In fact he lost a lot of battles early in the war because he was using standard tactics with an army that wasn't trained in them against an army that was trained in them. Washington was, in fact, generally respected by his British counterparts, and even George III called him 'the greatest man in the world,' albeit a decade after the Revolution ended.

There's also a general conflation of terrorism with guerrilla warfare. The tactics are similar, but the targets are different. Suicide bombing a nightclub is an act of terrorism. Blowing up a Humvee with an IED is guerrilla warfare. On DS9, Kira frequently calls herself a former terrorist, but what we hear about the Bajoran Resistance makes them sound much more like guerrilla fighters. It's difficult to believe that there was much in the way of Cardassian civilians on Bajor for a terrorist to target. They could have targeted Bajoran civilian collaborators, but we don't hear much about that. We do hear a lot about them fighting the Cardassian military, which is not terrorism.
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Gaius Maximus
Fri, Jan 3, 2020, 2:28am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Past Tense, Part I

Just wanted to make a comment on the possible effect of the Bell Riots on the development of the Federation vis-a-vis World War III.

Keep in mind that these riots are taking place two months before a Presidential election, and, according to Star Trek chronology, it's the last Presidential election before WWIII breaks out in 2026. How the riots play out is obviously going to have a major impact on the election and it's not hard to believe that if they go a different way, a different President would be elected. That President might turn out to be a Chamberlain rather than a Churchill, or an isolationist rather than an FDR, to make an analogy to WWII, and that in turn might lead to an even worse WWIII.

As bad as WWIII undoubtedly was (will be?), it could have been a lot worse. We don't know a lot about it directly, but we do know that less than 10% of the world population died, most of the Earth remained inhabitable, so there was almost certainly no large-scale nuclear exchange, (though there obviously was some use of nuclear weapons), and enough of an industrial and technological base survived that a spaceship with a functioning warp drive was built and launched less than 10 years after the end of the war.

Given that O'Brien detects no satellites in orbit 350 years after WWIII in the altered timeline, the war in that timeline was likely bad enough to knock humanity back to a pre-industrial level of development. To me at least, it's plausible that a political change in the United States due to the altered course of the Bell Riots in the lead-up to a crucial election would be enough to worsen the character of the ensuing war to such a degree.
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Gaius Maximus
Fri, Nov 22, 2019, 1:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Defiant

One nitpick occurred to me rewatching this episode that I haven't seen mentioned before. We're explicitly shown that Kira has command codes for the Defiant and Riker doesn't. So why doesn't Kira try to use that against him? If I were her, the first thing I would have done after waking up is order the computer to cut off all unauthorized access to ship's systems. It would at least be worth trying before blowing up the replicator.
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Gaius Maximus
Fri, Sep 27, 2019, 1:16am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Search, Part I

@Elliott

I know I'm chiming in pretty late here, but my objection to your portrayal of Sisko is that you seem to be portraying him as more of a free agent than he was. Starfleet assigned him to do this job. There's no indication that he requested this particular assignment. I can't see any argument that it's immoral for Starfleet to design a ship to fight the Borg, (more like bare-minimum prudence,) and given that, I can't see how Sisko doing that job can be immoral, just because he lost his wife to the Borg previously. Is it only moral for people who haven't lost family to the Borg to design ships to fight them? Do you think Sisko had a moral obligation to request a transfer or resign his commission rather than carry out this assignment? To me, you seem to be holding Sisko to so high a standard that I can't even understand it.
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Gaius Maximus
Thu, Jul 18, 2019, 10:10am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Shades of Gray

@Peremensoe - I realize I'm several years late here and the original commenter will probably never read this, but I had to point out the appalling misunderstanding of biology in this comment just for my own peace of mind.

The epidemics of smallpox, measles, and other Old World diseases among the inhabitants of the Americas are in no way comparable to what happened in this episode. As Dutchstudent clearly said, viruses and bacteria cannot effect species they are not adapted to. Key word: species. Europeans and Native Americans are not different species! Smallpox, measles, etc, had been adapting to the human species in Eurasia and Africa for millennia before they were brought to America, where they encountered absolutely ideal conditions for a disease, a large population of a species they were adapted to that had no prior exposure to them. That's why those epidemics were so devastating.

The situation in episode is in no way comparable. It's explicitly stated that the Enterprise crew are the first humans to land on the planet, so nothing on the planet would have had a chance to adapt to humans. Without prior exposure, the chances of a bacteria or virus being able to infect or even interact with a human's system would be extremely low. Have you ever given an oak tree a cold by sneezing on it? Sounds ridiculous, right? To catch a disease from a never before encountered alien lifeform is exponentially more unlikely.
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Gaius Maximus
Thu, May 16, 2019, 10:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Crossover

@Startrekwatcher -

I'm surprised that you think the whole cast was more involved on TNG than DS9. I feel like there were plenty of TNG episodes where Troi or Crusher or La Forge got maybe two lines in one scene. It doesn't seem to me that there was a whole lot of difference between the two shows in that regard.

Also, the open submission policy lasted all the way through DS9 and VOY and was only stopped with ENT, so I don't think that can explain any difference in quality between the shows.
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Gaius Maximus
Fri, Mar 29, 2019, 12:04am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Blood Oath

Forgot to mention, and I honestly don't know the answer to this, but would the censors really have thrown a fit if they dribbled some cherry syrup on the sword blades after someone gets stabbed? I'm not looking huge amounts of gore, but seeing blades get drawn out shiny clean from a stab wound is hard on the ol' suspension of disbelief.
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Gaius Maximus
Thu, Mar 28, 2019, 11:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Blood Oath

This is a great episode and it's the beginning of a stretch of great episodes running to the end of the season that's one of longest in Trek history. However, I do have to disagree about the effectiveness of the moral dilemma element. Part of it is that it just doesn't work for me on a personal level because I don't think there's anything morally or ethically wrong with killing a child murderer. But even aside from that, I have some other issues. Although Nana Visitor gives a wonderful performance in the scene where Dax asks Kira about killing, I find it hard to believe that Dax doesn't have any personal experience with the subject in all her lifetimes. Even with Joran's memories still surpressed, none of her other past hosts ever killed someone? None of them ever fought in a war? (Remember, Kira's impassioned speech is based on her wartime experiences.) And in the end, Kira and Sisko are so disappointed in her actions that they go so far as to... subject her to disapproving stares and then never mention the subject again. As serious consequences go, this does not impress. And of course, Dax herself is so deeply affected by her actions that...she also never mentions it again or gives any sign that she was changed by it in any way. The episode is a fun romp, but it would have been better without the moralizing about the terrible moral weight of killing a terrible person, a weight that totally fails to materialize.
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Gaius Maximus
Thu, Dec 20, 2018, 9:32pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S3: Elaan of Troyius

Some pretty ugly sexism in this one, with Kirk threatening to spank Elaan and commenting that Vulcan women are the only logical women in the galaxy. Also, some uncomfortable 'dragon lady' overtones with an East Asian actress in this part. What I really wonder, though, is why it was so damn dark on the bridge in this episode?
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Gaius Maximus
Thu, Mar 22, 2018, 6:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Heart of Glory

A pretty good episode, especially for Season 1, but it bothered me how long Picard spends marveling over Geordi's VISORvision in a dangerous situation. Bet he would have regretted that if he'd gone on a minute longer and it led to losing half his senior staff when the freighter blew up before they could beam back. I also wonder if the third Klingon might have had a better chance for survival if the away team had gotten to work right away instead of chatting.

When I was a young kid watching for the first time, I thought for a long time that the Klingons had actually joined the Federation rather than just allying, and seeing things like the Federation symbol on the Klingon transmission makes me understand why.
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Gaius Maximus
Fri, Jan 19, 2018, 11:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Immunity Syndrome

There was another all-Vulcan ship on DS9. It was the one whose captain was Sisko's old rival and they played a baseball game against in Season 7.

According to Memory Alpha, it was also mentioned on TNG that the Hera, the ship commanded by Geordi's mother, had mostly, (but obviously not entirely), Vulcan crew. Makes you wonder what the crew dynamics would be like on a ship full of Vulcans commanded by a human.
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Gaius Maximus
Wed, Sep 5, 2012, 8:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Statistical Probabilities

Laroquod - The only time I remember Bashir being called an intelligence officer was when he was picking up Worf's duties while he was off with Martok in "Soldiers of the Empire." Presumably, Worf took over again when he came back at the end of that episode, and any intelligence Bashir would have had from that time would be hopelessly out of date by this episode. The war hadn't even started yet, after all.
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Gaius Maximus
Thu, Aug 23, 2012, 9:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Blaze of Glory

Just a note on the Feds not using cloaks. The real problem here is that Gene Roddenberry thought that using cloaks was cowardly and 'our people don't sneak around.' Unfortunately, like a lot of Gene's later ideas, (humans not having money or religion, no conflict between Starfleet officers), it doesn't make a lot of sense if you're trying to analyze the Star Trek universe as a real, coherent setting, but the writers feel compelled to follow it anyway. I don't mean any disrespect to Gene Roddenberry, without whom none of us would be having this discussion, but he often seems to have put idealism above practicality and logic.

As for the Treaty of Algeron, we don't know enough about the situation that led to the Treaty to know if it was preceded by a defeat for the Federation, but it can't have been too crushing, or the Romulans would have abolished the Neutral Zone and resumed their expansionism, rather than settling for the cloaking ban. I suspect it can be chalked up to the Federation desire for peace at even a high price, based on Roddenberian idealism.

Similarly, it seems pretty clear to me that the first Federation-Cardassion War must have ended in a stalemate considering that both sides ceded colonies to the other, (which I always thought was a bit ridiculous considering there is little or no need for a linear, Earth-style border in space).
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Gaius Maximus
Wed, Aug 22, 2012, 7:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

This is one of those episodes that I can see is well constructed and I can see why other people love it, but I just cannot stand it. I identify too much with O'Brien, and I still can't believe that he and Sisko are so willing to give up on every seeing their families again, not to mention the lower deck crewmembers who apparently don't get a vote. If I had been in that situation, I would have eaten a phaser before agreeing to stay on that planet and screw any hypothetical future people.

Also, this episode suffers from the common Star Trek problem, (strange given the omnipresent technology of most of the series), of idealizing low-tech lifestyles. Subsistence farming is back-breaking work that ages you fast, and that is what the Defiant survivors would be facing after the crash. Especially considering that these people have always lived in a world where technology provides all the necessities and can solve almost any problem, the first generation or two (at least) of the colony are likely to lead short and miserable lives.
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Gaius Maximus
Sat, Jul 21, 2012, 9:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Hard Time

This episode really does feel to me like a dystopian counterpart to "The Inner Light," but to me it's just way too depressing. It's not one I enjoy seeing come round when I rewatch DS9. Although Meany certainly does an excellent job, and I really like Siddig's performance as well, seeing O'Brien and his family suffer is just too grueling an experience for me. The message of the show seems to me to be that 20 years of brutal imprisonment will really mess a guy up, and I didn't need 40 minutes of show to tell me that. The journey is painful and the destination seems obvious, so I can't say that I see much good in the episode.
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Gaius Maximus
Sat, Jul 21, 2012, 9:31pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rules of Engagement

My big problem with the episode is that I cannot believe that even the Federation would by goody-goody enough to consider extraditing one of their officers to a power that they're basically in a state of undeclared war with. Punish Worf themselves, sure. Give him to the Klingons, no way.

Also, putting O'Brien next in line on the ship is just absurd. This is a guy who pointed out that he's have to call Nog sir as soon as he graduated. The only time he should take command is if everyone else is dead. The anonymous ensign at the helm should have been in line ahead of him. Also, I really felt that Sisko or O'Brien should have pointed out that for all the combat situations O'Brien has been in, he's trained as an engineer, not a ship commander.
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Gaius Maximus
Sat, Jul 7, 2012, 8:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Rejoined

I thought this was an excellent episode. Just rewatched it and thought it was actually a lot better than I remembered.

As for the reassociation taboo, this is not (I think) ever spelled out, but it seems clear to me that it applies only to romantic partners and only to other Trill. It's okay for Jadzia to hang out with Sisko and Ezri with Worf because Sisko and Worf will die and not be reincarnated, so there is no danger of the symbiont going back to be with them forever, as there would be with another Trill. Furthermore, Dr. Kahn tells her brother that she and Dax are only friends, and seems to expect that to be acceptable, so it seems clear that it's only romantic relationships that are a problem, not any relations at all. It would probably be impractical to keep formerly involved symbionts from ever crossing paths again in any case, especially given that joined Trill seem to occupy the upper echelons of Trill society.
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Gaius Maximus
Sun, Jul 1, 2012, 7:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: The Adversary

I like this episode a lot, but the use of the never seen or even mentioned before or again Tzenkethi has always bugged me. The first time I saw the episode I was thinking, "War with the Tzenkethi? Oh no, I guess. Who the heck are the Tzenkethi?" I think the writers really should have used the Romulans or the Cardassians here, but if for some reason they didn't want to use a major power, then at least a minor power we'd heard of before would have been better. Just off the top of my head, the Gorn, the Talarians, the Sheliak, the Tholians, or even the Breen would have been a reasonable choice. Still, it's basically a minor quibble with an excellent show.
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