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Turnbulldaryl.com
Wed, Jul 22, 2020, 4:34pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S3: The Enemy

Give that Picard about the time of day- he will shake yer little religion bubble and find it wanting,...
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daryl
Sun, Oct 11, 2015, 5:06am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels

Technically, I don't think the Prophets vanishing the Dominion fleet is a Deus Ex Machina. The wormhole aliens were introduced in the very first episode and have played a role in various episodes. When I watched DS9 twenty years ago I didn't have them on my radar at all, but when I just now watched this whole arc with my 12-year-old daughter, the first thing she asked me was why the Prophets would allow the fleet to come through.

But I remember my reaction back then was similar to that of Bart Simpson to Lisa's reading of The Raven: "You know what would have been better than nothing? Anything!"
It feels like a major cop out to have the Dominion fleet just vanish.
And to do it just for The Sisko felt even more icky.

I at least expected his penance to be something costly. This is a stalwart of good fantasy: if you introduce magic, it must come at a price.
But no, as we will learn at the end of the show, the "penance" is that he'll become an immortal being living in the Celestial Temple. Wow. I hope somebody punishes me like that some day...

As for Odo's 180, I think it's in line with his character. As I've commented in the episode "Children of Time", it has now been firmly established that Odo is fanatically, desperately fixated on Kira. The Link seems to mellow him over not being able to be with her, initially.
But then the Female Changeling proclaims they will EXECUTE Kira.
THAT is the moment he is janked out of his ignorance-and-superiority-is-bliss state and confronted with reality.
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daryl again
Sat, Oct 10, 2015, 5:06am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

Oh yeah, one thing I found EXTREMELY annoying was Sisko's "I can't ask Kira to sacrifice her life for 8000 people, or 8.000.000"

FUCKING BULLSHIT!

It happens all. the. time.

Closing the wormhole to prevent the Dominion fleet from coming through, thereby stranding Worf et al. in the Gamma Quadrant is the exact same thing as stranding the Defiant's crew inside the barrier. With the difference that he knows the people inside the barrier have great lives.

Sending the Defiant to meet a hundred Jem Hadar ships in battle is nothing but asking them to die. If Sisko wasn't in the business of doing that, he should have sent them away when the fleet came though the wormhole.

For a time, all the philosophic discussion revolved around not letting Kira die. What a load of crap.
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daryl
Sat, Oct 10, 2015, 4:58am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S5: Children of Time

I'm torn on the ending.

At first, I wanted to call it a character assassination of Odo. I found it unbelievable that he would not have found new love, forgotten Kira. It happens all the time. I found it unbelievable that Mr. D&D Judge character would sacrifice 8000 people he has known for all their lives for the vague *chance* that he and Kira might hit it off.

But then I remembered that they made it a point - repeatedly! - that Odo would have joined the Founders if it weren't for Kira. So he seems to be a tad obsessed with her.
So perhaps it's less of a character assassination than it is a character affirmation. I now assume Odo is a selfish bastard. Who knows how much of his "honorable" behavior is just pretense to make Kira like him. If you remember, he was a straight up Cardassian collaborator until he met her.
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