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John Doe
Thu, Sep 3, 2015, 11:48pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: Chimera

This episode is just ok. For someone who has lived a couple hundred years, Laas sure didn't learn his manners. His arguments also don't make much sense on a station filled with a dozen different races where every one gets along. I think this episode doesn't really do Odo's character justice. He values justice so much more than everyone else, and yet his eyes were blinded by race so he couldn't stay objective like he always had been.
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John Doe
Tue, Sep 1, 2015, 6:28pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: In the Hands of the Prophets

It's a great episode for criticism of religious fundamentalism, but the comparison between Bajoran religion and our religions doesn't really hold up well. Bajoran faith actually has observable ground truth compare to ours. The wormhole and aliens are observable facts, they are not non-existent make-beliefs that Bajorans made up. Because Bajorans would like to call the entities Prophets and the wormhole Celestial Temple doesn't mean Keiko should dismiss their labeling. Bajorans just observed the aliens earlier than Federation scientists did, so they got to name the aliens 1st.

When we talk about a landmark, we describe the structure of the landmark and then we address it by its names. So in this case, the space landmark is a wormhole called Celestial Temple. Since Bajoran faith has some ground truth, I don't think it's difficult to compromise a little and incorporate their jargon when teaching about the phenomenon. Keiko's firm stance seemed rather unreasonable in this case. She could have easily dodged the bullet by saying "the worm hole is built by entities called prophets according to Bajorans" case closed. I find the premise of this episode hard to sell for such a dramatic conflict.
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