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RStretton
Mon, Jul 22, 2013, 4:33am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Tacking into the Wind

I just rewatched this episode and it is the high point of the show in many ways as the remaining episodes are a bit downhill from here especially some of the resolutions meted out for characters.

I would only say that everything has seemed soo ruched over the last few episodes which does make it all seem rather forced especially when there was so much tripe earlier in the season.

I also think this episode is helped by the lack of winn/Dukat whose story has become a pantomime of nonsense by this stage not comparing well at all with the rest of the plotlines which is especially sad as Dukat used to be soo good.
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RStretton
Wed, Jun 5, 2013, 10:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Covenant

I thought this episode was better than the two either side of it because at least it had something interesting to say. I can believe that these bajorans may follow Dukat as faith can be used to cover almost any failings. For me that critique of religion is very powerful and something DS9 had increasingly moved away from in its seeming belief that they were prophets and not wormhole aliens after all. I also thought the cult followers were quite well portrayed as misguided rather than as nutters. I can't say I care much for this or later versions of Dukat though and the whole Pah Wraith arc is a hokey mess they should have best left out. Still Nana Visitor is as always great and even bad Dukat is still watchable. 7/10
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RStretton
Wed, Jun 5, 2013, 9:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: It's Only a Paper Moon

I just rewatched this episode last night and it was better than I remembered it. I can't say that I find it particularly great though. Nothing really happens and the arc of the episode is so obvious that you could watch the first 5 minutes and give an accurate synopsis of the rest of the episode (a regular failing of Trek).

Vic's story is the most interesting part and typically largely ignored. He is clearly sentient and effectively forced to act as a slave inside the holosuite. Quite how and why such a construct could be allowed to come into being for something so trivial god only knows. I guess it's yet another example of the creators not really thinking things through.

I also wouldn't praise Trek for follow through using this as an example. In fact the pure episodic nature of the series is its greatest problem and cramming this story into one episode doesn't work too well. It feels a bit forced. Still there was decent acting all round and at least Nog wasn't so annoyingly earnest about being a Federation officer. A solid 6/10 for me.
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RStretton
Wed, Jun 5, 2013, 9:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

Ok perhaps saying Nog doesn't count is a bit harsh but he has no real impact on the show's events. I would say that his injury has almost no repercussions - it gets some treatment in one episode and physically he's probably better off with the artificial leg. So basically after that episode he's reset to where he was.

Regarding the budget - other shows of around the same time like Space: Above & Beyond had far more believable external battles. B5 also typically felt fresh whilst Trek constantly reused variants of the 'planet hell' set ad infinitum. Obviously today series like BSG and Game of Thrones completely leave Trek for dust but given tech advancement they're not really a fair comparison.

Regarding the basic workings of the situation however I think they could have engineered the plot to make more sense if they'd have tried - and it isn't hard to synthesize incoming artillery rounds. The existence of those houdini mines themselves shows how technology would have maed the kind of point blank hand to hand combat shown in the episode irrelevent. In fact in Trel they effectively fight using WW1 tactics except without even machine guns! Let's face it 20th century weaponry is more effective than the hand phasers they use in terms of fire-rate and ease of use/accuracy.
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RStretton
Thu, May 30, 2013, 10:51pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

This episode is way overhyped on here. It is pretty average. I agree with John Pate above, the logic of the entire situation is nonsensical. If the array was as important as suggested and the Feds breaking into it so bad the Dominion would have destroyed it from orbit. Whilst the lack of any heavy weapons is silly. Plus the episode was a bit hokey and unconvincing I thought. The guest actors were all stereotypes and obviously none of the major characters would be hurt (Nog doesn't count). The whole thing just ends up being rather redundant. not bad by any means, just solid for me - 6/10.
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RStretton
Mon, Apr 9, 2012, 6:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: For the Cause

I'm really beginning to disagree regularly with your reviews Jammer which is a real shame as I enjoy reading them. This is for me one of the best episodes of this season. I'm not sure how you could give the utter tripe that was Shattered Mirror a better score.

I do agree that this should have been more thoroughly handled (perhaps with a two parter) and we should have seen more of Eddington's motives however given the time constraints of a single episode I felt this was about as good as DS9 ever managed.

The Maquis were always one of the better adversaries and they were handled rather poorly by the show especially given the Federation's embarrassingly one-sided approach to them which frankly left me rooting for the Maquis and not Sisko. They have justifiable grievances which have not been settled and should be fought for. I don't see it as a Holy War type scenario but people fighting for their right to exist.

One annoying typical Trekkian inconsistency in this show was the freighter. So the Federation is shipping these huge industrial replicators able to get whole economies back on their feet and what were they to be transported in - a freighter the size of the Defiant. Why can these shows never match the effects to the story?
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