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ShastOne
Fri, May 23, 2014, 5:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

I know a lot of you guys feel otherwise, but I actually really enjoyed the flashback montage. It made me tear up, but I'm a nostalgic kind of person so I guess I'm the patsy they hope is watching.
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ShastOne
Tue, May 20, 2014, 5:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Extreme Measures

I liked the episode well enough. I liked Bashir's ruthlessness to save Odo, when he is usually so hesitant to break any moral fiber. I'm not really sure if I'd do the same though, I felt like Sloan's stance was, while cold-hearted, the right one, given that it would save their world. I'm not sure if I'd endanger the life of every person in the world for one friend. But maybe I would, I haven't been put in that situation yet.
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ShastOne
Sat, May 10, 2014, 9:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

I will say this in the defense of the Valiant's crew, though: no, Red Squad's behavior onboard the Valiant was not characteristic of Starfleet. But, given that they were prideful teenagers to begin with, who were then sent out on a months-long mission into isolation where they had to fend for themselves, it was clearly too stressful and too big an order for them, so that fault was on Starfleet for sending them out there in the first place.
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ShastOne
Sat, May 10, 2014, 9:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Valiant

This episode, well, I didn't like very much at all. It was hard to care for such a demented and condescending crew like the Valiant's. What I did like, for continuity sake, was that Red Squad and Nog's past aspiration of joining their elite ranks was given a climactic episode. I also liked how it showed that no group, however prestigious, is invincible, and they're human just like you (well, so to speak, Nog). I didn't very much enjoy this episode, but it's nice to see Jake be in the right.
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ShastOne
Fri, May 9, 2014, 2:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: In the Pale Moonlight

I didn't really feel that distraught by Sisko's actions. Maybe if the criminal he pardoned was a better person and not a murderer, then I would care more about Garak killing him. And I didn't really find the Romulan likable (no surprise there) so I didn't really feel like those two's deaths being on Sisko's conscience were such a big burden to bear. Now if the criminal was a kind-spirited innocent and the Romulan senator an amiable fellow NOT abetting the Dominion, maybe it would've felt more hard-hitting.

So this episode wasn't as "I've become a mob kingpin" thing as Sisko's menacing raise of his glass at the end alluded to for me. It's like, okay... a murderer and someone benefiting your enemy died and it potentially saved everything and everyone in the world that you hold dear. It's morally wrong, but... I found the selling of that bio-gel more sinister than inadvertently killing those two, because who knows who that invaluable gel is being sent to, in what ways they'll use it, or what innocents will suffer from its use.
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ShastOne
Tue, May 6, 2014, 6:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

The race issue was heavy-handed here because the episode was from the perspective of a black man in the 1950's. Race was laid on thick here because it was laid on thick then. I've seen a lot of self-righteous, preachy works when it comes to race, and to be honest, I'm usually on the other side of the fence with contemporary racial issues (that racism still exists, but is often too eagerly made an accusation). But this episode is not 2010's, it's 1950's, when it really was like this, and I think this one felt pretty real to me.

Considering that, and all the things Bennie had to deal with, I didn't think Avery Brooks was overacting -- Bennie's situation was just that soul-crushing. In fact, I thought Brooks' acting sporadically sucked the first season (he slips in and out of an African accent in the first episode -- lol wut?), but I have to say I've grown accustomed to him and don't think he overacts, because I interpret Sisko as someone with dramatic mannerisms and thus it's part of the character to me.

Anyway, although, yes, this episode doesn't seem relevant to the show, from Bennie/Sisko's personal struggles to breaking the fourth wall at the end, it did what my favorite Star Trek episodes do: made me think.
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ShastOne
Sun, May 4, 2014, 11:47am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Who Mourns for Morn?

I also thought that Morn was a fitting character to kill off: yes, he was an icon of the bar, but on the grand scale of the show, who better to kill off than someone who everyone likes but has no relevance to the show's ongoing story?
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ShastOne
Sun, May 4, 2014, 10:57am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Who Mourns for Morn?

This is a Quark episode, but if you appreciate the subtext, it's also a Morn episode: yes, Quark runs into shady people in the pursuit of latinum as always, but these people are ghosts from Morn's past that Quark inherited from him. Morn is the eternal question mark character of DS9 and we know nothing of his past, so these people are our only clues, each one showcasing an exotic side of Morn's life that we didn't know about.

It's a continuous joke at the shallowness of Morn's character, which is why I laughed whenever they said he was a chattermouth or a James Bond-esque type or a crown prince. Because they were all absurd, yet possible, given his blank history. And all throughout the episode, Morn's spirit lives on as he continues to burden Quark as each layer of his past is brought into the fold. If you love to laugh at Morn's ambiguity and the DS9 crew's mythos surrounding him, then you'll laugh at this episode.

It's not a great episode, but Morn's not a great character: it's about as deep as he is. And at the end of the day, we know little more about him than we did in the first place, except that he ultimately conned Quark (and everyone), effectively showing that there's wile behind that blank-faced visage of his, just as the DS9 crew have been alluding to us all along.
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ShastOne
Mon, Apr 28, 2014, 7:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: In the Cards

Actually, I didn't think the Willie Mayes story was convincing, but rightly so, because it was supposed to be incredibly stupid and make Weyoun see Jake and Nog as the harmless kids in over their heads that they were.
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