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Togu Oppusunggu
Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 12:01pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S4: Shattered Mirror

A very fun episode, just as enjoyable seeing it a second time around. Most of all I'm very touched by the interactions between Benjamin, Jake, and Jennifer. It felt a like a wonderful counterpoint of reality to the madcap humor of the rest of the story Devastating to see the ending but also beautiful to see the moment of tenderness between father and son at re-experiencing their loss.

By the way, I like the next mirror universe episode as well featuring Quark and Nog, it was so laugh out loud funny. Still haven't seen the earlier mirror episodes.
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Togu Oppusunggu
Tue, Oct 30, 2018, 6:29pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: The Reckoning

I like Kai Winn in this episode. I thought she was the hero, despite Kira accusing her of something else. The way I see it, the reckoning envisioned by the prophets is like an old Gods way of thinking. as if there ever is pure good versus evil in the universe. And who really believes in a 1000 year reign of peace in this universe, as if that would or could ever happen just from one cosmic battle? To me, Kai is actually taking the humanist approach, that one cannot sacrifice one’s own child (Benjamin’s son Jake) for the sake of some imagined utopian future (not done through humanoid agency but by some arbitrary cosmic realigning of the universe). There must be some other way.

It’s not clear at all that Jake would have survived or that the Prophets would have protected him. He was close to dying and the Prophets (who have their own interests) never said that they could or could protect the opposing host.

Kai’s motives may have been mixed, but I suggest that part of her motive was a concern for Benjamin and Jake.

In the Old Testament story, God initially asks Abraham to sacrifice his son to show his faith, but in the end God prevents the killing. Many have interpreted this a humanist shift in ancient culture and religion from an awareness that it is unethical to offer human sacrifice.

In the end, I found Kira to be too much of a religious fanatic in her naive hope for 1000 year reign of peace and blessing, whereas Kai, who had also believed in that vision, was willing to forego it for the sake of not completing the sacrifice of Benjamin’s son.
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Togu Oppusunggu
Tue, Oct 30, 2018, 6:08pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Non Sequitur

I loved this episode. Yay for Harry Kim and Jennifer Gatti for good chemistry and creating a believable romance. I don't know why some people rag on Harry's acting. He's excellent. He's different and was asked to play low key. And he's Asian, so he'll be different in some way.

I loved how the episode didn't make it easy for him to want to leave. There was nothing sinister at all about the altered reality, and the people he encountered were genuine. It was a noble thing for him to do, because he knew the altered reality was not fair to his friends and he had strong hope that he would return in the non-altered reality. He did some good thinking in the end to return back and the altered reality Paris acted heroically. What a poignant thing to say for that Paris to say that he'd rather live a reality where he didn't end up being a bum.

The episode kept me guessing all the way what would happen. Hooray for a view of what a future San Francisco might look. Not too futuristic, still recognizable - a nice touch. And boo to a suggestion of an episode focusing instead on Paris as the drunk and wanting to return. Boo, how predictable a story-line would that be.
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Togu Oppusunggu
Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 11:16am (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

Wonderful episode. A chance to see how the Star Trek crew could work together to handle something like the mob.

Just the right touch about race. The Vic Fontaine holodeck program is primarily filled with rat pack era night club people, as expected to. It's a tribute to the show that Sisko gives an honest voice to the racial imbalance of that time, probably not something felt or acknowledged by white people at that time, but probably felt by black people then and even now (who never seem to get as much social recognition for their contributions to music as they deserve).

Kasidy gives a great speech about what should have been and has been better worked out by their century. And Sisko joining Vic in the last song is a testament to the equality or recognition achieved by that century.

It's naive to think that race has just disappeared completely by the time of the Star Trek universe, no mater what Rodenberry thinks. I's certainly still with us, and expressions of "get over it" always smacks of insensitivity to the realities of the issue.
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