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Thu, Nov 29, 2018, 7:06pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Sons of Mogh

Appalling! Completely out of character for not only Wolf but everyone who sanctioned it. Was Bashir's body being occupied by Joseth Mengele or something... I'm still at a loss for words at how this made it into the script. If this concept had been presented in TNG then the whole episode would've gone back and forth over the ethics and morality of such a decision, no doubt with Picard finally making some sort of epic speech in deciding it was wrong. And it IS wrong. They had no right to do what they did - again absolutely unbelievable.

Kurn is what he is and it was up to HIM to either get on with his life or eventually get killed via picking one too many fights if that's what he wanted. There could've been a great moment at the end where Wolf talks about how real honour comes from within, how one acts and carries oneself through life, and that it can't be taken by any other individual or council because it's something you give/earn yourself by the values you live by etc. That sort of twaddle.

Really nothing all that wrong with the episode other than the last 5 mins, but oh man what a last 5 mins....
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Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 8:28am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S3: Explorers

I quite enjoyed this episode, even though it is utterly absurd, and I'm happy to let the story play fast and loose with the science (the concept of an actual sail that catches light particles DOES exist) - this is Star Trek after all. The underpinnings of just-about plausible science to support a narrative are all that's necessary, extreme detail to the nth degree isn't.

The only problem I really had with this episode (and at risk of contradicting what I just said above) was with how Sisko possibly found the time and justification to quit running the station to single-handedly build something of that size and complexity so fast.

A certain level of techno-babble I can ignore, but a story that stepped that far out of line with an established character was ludicrous. I was never able to suspend my disbelief long enough to play along with the idea that he had actually knocked this thing together by himself so fast....

It would've been better to have introduced the concept a few episodes back and then just touch on it once or twice in conversation imo. In other words something he was doing off screen; "So, how's the light ship coming along"... And only then launch this episode as is.
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Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 9:04am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

The concept and execution of the episode are fine (mostly) imo if that is indeed what they were going for i.e to make the viewer perhaps reflect on the stamina of their own altruism when faced with a situation that isn't so clear cut as is often presented, and a species that isn't the, well, easiest... To put it mildly.

The problem is that the Skrreaans are so unlikable (both through appearance and more to the point, their behaviour) that I spent the majority of this episode grinding my teeth in sheer frustration. They're like Star Trek's version of the Jakovasaur from South Park.

I disliked them from the start and couldn't make the above leap enough to care about their problems and eventual outcome - the running time of an individual the show isn't enough to give them depth, and for me to come round to their pov. To go full circle and end-up sympathising with them in contrast to how I felt at the start etc, would've been amazing.

Love going through DS9 once more but am glad to get through this one again.
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Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 5:43pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: A Man Alone

Have to agree with NCC-1701-Z, I completely lost it on the Scooby Doo-ish ending, first thing that entered my mind - hilarious scene. Not something you normally want in Star Trek but I'd had enough at that point.

I think 2 stars is about right, at best. Whole concept felt like it could've been pretty intriguing but was fairly bland and far-fetched in execution, and certainly mixed with moments of the out-and-out ridiculous. Watchable... Just about.
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