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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 6:42am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: What You Leave Behind

Not intending to do a full review myself of this episode right now. It is, after all, only the 4th DS9 ep I've commented on here. But after binging all seven seasons in May and June of 2020 mid-pandemic, I feel I should at least leave a comment here... at the end.

In skimming some of the other comments, it seems that the ending not quite being perfect has ruined the show for some... this sounds a very familiar refrain to my ears thanks to having heard/read the fan reactions to shows like LOST and BSG and even the Sopranos and the dissatisfaction with those endings that many hold. I'm not going to try and talk anyone out of not liking specific endings, mind you. Taste is taste. But I would like to try and talk people out of saying it "ruined the show" for them. Come on, folks... if 95% of the show (or even 60%!) was good to great for you... remember that instead of an ending, or aspects of an ending, that disappointed you. It's the journey, not the destination, yadda yadda...

Myself, I finally watched this episode about 10 days ago, at the end of that 52 day run my wife and I had just concluded of watching 7 years of TV in just over 7 weeks, and... I overall loved it. Was it as good as a Duet, Improbable Cause/The Die is Cast, The Visitor, Rocks and Shoals, Far Beyond the Stars, In the Pale Moonlight, Tackling into the Wind... or even (to me, a tier of eps slightly behind the aforementioned) a Necessary Evil, The Wire, Second Skin, the Way of the Warrior, etc. etc.?

No, probably not. Wouldn't make my top 20 in all likelihood. But it would probably make a top 40 or 50 (and out of ~175, I'd say that ain't bad). I'd say I enjoyed almost every aspect of it to some degree, with the least enjoyable parts being the Winn/Dukat bits... but that's been the case for the entire final 10 eps of the show, this super-heavy-serialized wonder of a chain of episodes. When Winn cast out Dukat for a bit and the next ep or two didn't have any scenes of them, things got a bit better for me in that there was no obvious weak spots. But here we are, at the end, with all needing to be resolved.

I think the writers did a very good job. Endings are HARD, man! I think compared to those other shows I mentioned--and many others that people are disgruntled about--this finale leaves little to complain about in the greater scheme of things, even if there are parts that some of us are less fans of than other parts. The main complaint I have is that there isn't a season 8 (or 9... come on! 9 seasons of Deep Space 9... how perfect would that have been?!) to come after it... ah, for a long Return of the King-esque epilogue season. ;)

See you next time, Space Cowboys.
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 6:20am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

Aside from the excellent additional layers of intrigue added to this two-parter by season 7's revelations about Odo and Section 31 and all that as I just mentioned in my comment on Homefront (and it IS a fun game to play "spot the scene/gap between scenes in which it happened")...

Like Jammer, I didn't enjoy this conclusion quite as much as I enjoyed the opening. I think a full star drop-off is a bit harsh, though, but... compared to the 4-star+4-star perfection of an ep pair like Improbable Cause/The Die is Cast in season 3, this one just doesn't quite measure up as well. But still very interesting to go back and revisit, which I certainly will. Soon(TM).
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 6:14am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S4: Homefront

This two-parter was very enjoyable during my recent DS9 binge--meeting Ben's dad, seeing Earth for awhile, etc. etc.--but I must say that after going back and reading the review and comments after finishing watching all seven seasons... the knowledge of what the writers were doing with Odo here stands out. Now, it may have been a retcon, or it may have been the plan all along... but either way, that THIS is where Section 31 did their dastardly deed and all to him, I mean. That adds layers to the episode.

Definitely gives the whole pair of eps even more resonance. I look forward to getting to this point of season 4 in my next rewatch. Because ofc, there will be another rewatch. It's too good not to! ;D
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Thu, May 7, 2020, 7:56am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S1: Babel

Having seen 100% of STTNG back in the 1990s and about 40% to 60% of Voyager from BBC America reruns in the 2010s, I set about a DS9 rewatch/watch (I probably only saw 20% of it in the 90s when it was first airing).

This is certainly not the finest of the first 10 eps of the show that I've gotten through so far, but it is perhaps the most timely and personal to me.

Timely because of COVID-19, of course--watching the crew not even think to put on masks because they assume the virus is only foodborne is a bit shocking in our masked day-to-day in spring 2020. And once it's airborne, they've realized it too late and now there's no point to trying to prevent the spread.

And personal to me because my wife once had aphasia (not due to stroke or a blow to the head as Dr. Bashir mentions being causes--migraine-related instead) and was hospitalized over a weekend in a stroke ward due to an abundance of caution by her doctors.

The main thing I'd change about this one was O'Brien being taken out of the mix so quickly, I was actually quite interested by the everyone and their mother has a job for O'Brien teaser at the start. Ah well, I'm sure there's plenty more of O'Brien being worked to death to come! My other favorite part was probably when Dr. Bashir is looking at his terminal and then the computer stops accepting his vocal input and he looks again and... word salad printed all over it instead of what was there before. A fun scene to pause on the before and after screens.
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Wed, May 22, 2019, 8:40am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: TNG S4: Remember Me

Always enjoyed this one back in the 90s when originally watching and rewatching TNG episodes as a teenager. In my mind, it's associated with the other time loop/alternate reality/someone cut off from the rest of the crew in some way stories like Cause and Effect, Parallels (Worf there, Crusher here... love watching those 2 back to back especially), Timescape, and the Next Phase in particular. A great fivesome, those.

I just happened to turn on BBC America a day or two ago when this was airing and something struck me near the end that I don't believe I had ever noticed before in at least 3 or 4 previous watchthroughs:

The Traveler and Wesley are hard at work trying to use the force (apparently) AND science together to rescue Dr. Crusher, but in the meantime, the Enterprise is going to dock in the exact same position it was located at during the initial warp bubble experiment gone wrong that disappeared Beverly. I think someone on the bridge even says they're in the same position as before after they finish docking. The implication being that by being in the same exact spatial location, opening a bridge/portal/doorway to the warp bubble to allow Crusher to leap out will be easier or possible in the first place or make the connection stronger or something.

There's just one problem: the space station itself is of course not in the same place as before. I believe they show it over a moon or planet, which means it's in some sort of orbit. And whether polar, geosynch, or whatever other orbital variety, there's no way the celestial body itself is in the same spot as it was when they were first docked there. Not to mention the solar system and galaxy themselves also being in motion, so even if the space station was keeping itself "still" in a specific spot in that system with constant RCS corrections, that still wouldn't check out.

Just a little nitpick, but one I had a fun time suddenly noticing, and after reading all the comments in here, it doesn't seem anyone else has mentioned it. Kicking myself for not noticing it years ago on a previous rewatch, though!
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Wed, Oct 24, 2018, 6:07pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S3: Favorite Son

Just rewatched this yesterday and was amused to notice "that other Taresian guy" was played by a young Patrick Fabian (better known these days as the actor who plays Howard Hamlin on Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul).

Made the episode way more fun the second time around!
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