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Mon, Sep 28, 2015, 12:59pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S3: Distant Voices

I hate dream/vision sequences in any tv series, an entire episode of it is just torture.

One minute into the mystery most people probably figure it out: Bashir's grey hair, the whispering, the lighting. Too much.

The episode could have been MUCH better if DS9 was normal, at least initially. Bashir wakes up, calls Odo, they start hunting the alien. Bashir's condition is getting worse, he doesn't know why, suspects the alien. Stakes raised. The alien starts sabotaging the station. Odo is less capable then usual in apprehending him, Dax and O'Brien can't keep up technically, etc...

Make it an actual mystery.
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Tue, Sep 15, 2015, 11:04am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S2: Cardassians

Contemporary Western legal practice only considers the well-being of the child. It's tragic what happened to Pa'Dar, but it doesn't matter at this point.

Rugel is loved by his parents and Bajoran society seems pretty accepting of Cardassian orphans. Uprooting him from this environment against his will can hardly be called "healing process".

Sure, everybody could do a better job at not being racist and separating what *some* Cardassians do from the whole of the Cardassian people. But most Cardassians depicted on the show thus far, including Pa'Dar (just watch his reaction) seem to look down on Bajorans universally, too.
So after eight years of hating Cardassians, the boy will now spend the next eight learning to hate Bajorans.

There's also the fact that he is handed over to a totalitarian regime. One, where he was already used once to get to his father and might very well be again - it's seems rather commonplace on Cardassia.

Lastly, it was never explored whether or not Pa'Dar is actually a good father.

In the end, the motives of giving Rugel to his father seem racist: Each to his own.
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Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 5:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: The Siege of AR-558

This is where ST really started to tank...
The same pro-military, anti-trek issues dogging this ep as did on much of ENT.
Nog has been completely brainwashed by military dogma. And everyone is ok with it? (Except Quark to some extension)
Did he have his mind completely wiped by some wicked starfleet computer system? He doesn't even act like a ferengi anymore at all, more the opposite. The character is so changed now the ferengi makeup has become an annoyance. Parrallel to the real world as of now, Starfleet has made Nog the perfect suicidebomber/kamikazepilot/nazi soldier. But hey, in the new Trek, military brainwashing is fine!

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