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LastDawnOfMan
Fri, Aug 10, 2012, 3:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Tribunal

Even in an ideal situation you would be trading being safe from fellow citizens but add being afraid of everyone connected with your government, who can hand you a death sentence at any moment without any accountability. And sometimes not even safety from the fellow citizens. In at least one case in the Soviet Union, a man murdered a large number of people and got away with it because the authorities felt it was too embarrassing to admit there was a murderer at all.

It was sad to see that this evil Orwellian Cardassian empire, shocking when the show came out, now seems almost kind. The Cardassians in this episode had tons of evidence to go on, though later it was found to be fake, and his wife was notified of what was happening to him and released back home.

Many so-called democratic countries today would have taken O'Brien and his wife without any notice to anyone whatsoever. They never would have been given even a mock trial, and would have been imprisoned for life or tortured to death without any chance to prove guilt or innocence, and all this without even the need for any evidence whatsoever, beyond some official somewhere declaring him a "terrorist." It could be based on rumor, bad intel, or because the official didn't like O'Brien's hairstyle. His wife would be guilty by association. Or, more efficiently, perhaps he and his entire family and many random innocent friends would have been killed by a drone bomb, everyone declared guilty of being "militants" because they were there when the drone exploded.

Even with normal, "non-terrorist" prisoners in democratic countries today, evidence comes to light that they are innocent, the government simply does not care that they are innocent, and fights to keep them prisoners. So even in everyday situations, modern societies are now often just as bad as these TV villains.
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LastDawnOfMan
Fri, Aug 10, 2012, 12:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Crossover

I couldn't tell who the bad guys were because no one was wearing a goatee. I like to think of an evil twin universe where even the women and babies are all sporting goatees.
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LastDawnOfMan
Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 7:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Blood Oath

If you think about it those paid bodyguards could have been innocent, honest employees with wives, children, mothers. Oh, wait, no, I forgot, they were wearing helmets, with reflective strips over the eyes so they couldn't see crap. So nevermind -- as long as they're faceless it's all good. Slaughter away.
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LastDawnOfMan
Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 6:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Armageddon Game

I guess we're trying to avoid spoilers so all I'll say is Keiko's last line was one of the funniest in the series for me.
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LastDawnOfMan
Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 6:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Whispers

Was a promising episode that had me very interested at first. Though by the end you realize 99% of the drama could have been avoided by the characters exercising even the slightest common sense (such as, lock the suspected O'Brien up, and explain to him explicitly what was going on until they figured things out) but didn't so that the episode could be exciting.
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LastDawnOfMan
Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 6:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Sanctuary

One sad thing about the Trek universe, with its history of progressive messages, is that every species has the regressive effect of making you wonder which unfortunate contemporary ethnic group it caricatures.

I could see their situation sounding like the Jews in Palestine after WWII, but this would have been more compelling if, as with the Jews, there had been something to tell us that Bajor used to be their homeworld, rather than their apparently temporary and arbitrary claim that it was. Then the issue of them coming back would have been more of an ethical dilemma.

In the Trek universe, their space Jews are already horribly represented by the Ferengi anyway. So I thought maybe they were the Space Gypsies. And nobody wants them around, apparently.

As with many DS9 episodes, the story is utterly weakened by giving them an easy exit as you guys pointed out, making the whole incident a throw-away that may as well never have happened.

The universal translator is one of those Trek technologies that always breaks when it makes things more dramatic for it to. I wonder how Trek writers look themselves in the mirror when many of their tropes are just as pitifully certain as "Shave and a Haircut" in Roger Rabbit.

Could have been much worse, though. Remember the Space Irish versus the stuck-up Space British in TNG?
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LastDawnOfMan
Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 6:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Second Sight

I think this is a story arc that would have been improved if they hadn't been in a hurry to wrap it all up in one episode. The "romance" feels rushed. I get annoyed at stories where characters are falling deeply in love after an apparent 20 or so minutes of time together. Could have spread this arc out over a couple of episodes with some other story arcs, given both the romance and the old guy more time to grow on us. He was such an ass, as presented, I was happy when he threw himself into the sun, and couldn't feel too sorry for Sisko since he barely knew his so-called love interest.
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LastDawnOfMan
Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 6:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Melora

Agree that the doctor being so "amazed" by low gravity was just ludicrous. And the arbitrary restriction that the cure would not allow her to ever use low gravity again because it would "confuse her motor neurons" was just pitiful. Sounded like bad science out of the 19th century. This episode, where they can't even figure out how to make decent wheelchairs, or powered exoskeletons, really badly contrasts with later episodes, where they, for instance, know how to analyze and transport an entire universe. I mean, really? I think the idea for this character had a lot of potential, but why not think it through a little better? I would have liked to see her in future episodes had they worked her scenario out in halfway sane fashion.
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LastDawnOfMan
Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 5:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Duet

I can gripe for days about the plotting, but for me, the standout aspect of DS9 was the quality of the actors. You had good characters on many of the other Trek shows, but I believe DS9 had the best core group of actors of all of them, or perhaps was in a format that let them shine the best.

And yeah, Star Trek medicine, like all Star Trek technology, changes dramatically episode to episode according to the needs of the script. Very annoying.
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LastDawnOfMan
Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 5:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: Progress

The problem that starts to really crop up in this episode is one that many series suffer, that the heroes ridiculously do everything there is to do in a situation with literally millions of other people who, realistically, would be sharing that work.

You have a whole solar system full of people, plus the resources of the Federation and other nearby systems, yet the tiny handful of people running this station are the ones tasked with expelling an old farmer from a moon. Kira spends days doing that one thing.

Kira spends many episodes yelling at her ministers and telling them what to do as if she had been elected their president or something. This tiny group of people are also exploring systems on the other side of the wormwhole, solving every medical or scientific crisis that arises in their part of the quadrant on many on the other side of the wormhole, etc, etc.

In a later episode, it shows Dax and Kira doing the menial task of manually directing traffic to and from the station. So it seems questionable when they keep putting their entire command staff on missions to chase miscreants down or explore.

TL;DR Tiny number of main characters doing everything, everywhere in the galaxy.
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LastDawnOfMan
Thu, Aug 9, 2012, 4:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S1: The Passenger

Love how the antispam asks the last name of the captain on DS9, Sisko wasn't a captain until very late in the series, I understand. Anyway...

Just wanted to complain that a glaring weakness in this episode, and the whole series, is that Quark is constantly doing extremely illegal things and barely getting a slap on the wrist for it. It really renders a lot of the stories implausible and cheap and makes the series seem cartoon-like. I don't get why they couldn't have worked any of that out better.
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