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Joe K
Wed, Feb 17, 2016, 7:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Paradise

Reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode, "On Thursday We Leave for Home" Season 4 Ep. 118 where Captain Benteen leads a stranded ragtag group of survivors of a crashed starship on a barren planet. He exhibits symptoms of megalomania, very similar to the Alixus character. Similarly to DS9, help arrives to finally take the colonists home, but Benteen resists, since he will no longer be the groups leader and savior. In the Twilight Zone version, Benteen is left stranded on the planet after throwing a temper tantrum; however, in DS9 Paradise, the colonists passively decide to remain on their planet, despite being duped by Alixus. There actually is a precedent to support why these people would resist change in real life and the authors touched a nerve on this one. It's called "cognitive dissonance." It is the anxiety a person feels given two opposing thoughts. (See Leon Festinger's work with cults). It is much easier to continue to remain in the present lifestyle that to leave, because leaving would actually be giving in to the humiliation that they had been duped all these years. As Spock would say, " Fascinating."
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