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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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Gaius Maximus
Wed, Apr 4, 2012, 9:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Emissary

Elliot, although I disagree with a lot of your conclusions, I'm impressed by the thoroughness and thoughtfulness of your review. Just wanted to pick one nit, though. At this point, the Federation was at peace with the Cardassians, but, as TNG had shown, it was an uneasy peace and emphatically not an alliance. Just because there is peace does not make us allies. I don't think Sisko did anything wrong, even by 24th century standards in lying to Dukat about the orb. You don't see the Federation sharing sensitive research with the Romulans either.
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