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Tue, Aug 15, 2017, 3:48am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: Extreme Measures

this episode was a hugely wasted opportunity to explore sloan or probe section 31 and their twisted sense of ethics, or really do anything - anything at all.

i'm also still kind of hoping for some kind of moral examination of this disease that goes beyond a disgusted "its genocide!!" before the show ends but i guess not. as i was watching the episode i found myself wondering if it could really be considered "genocide" against a people like the changelings that seem so single minded and monolithic in thought and action. the 'founders' as a single entity chose to wage centuries of war on a quarter of the galaxy to keep sapient species under their thumb; they often take pains to suggest there is no distinction between the individuals. if all are absolutely dedicated to the cause of waging war for it's own sake against 'solids', attacking all of them seems like simply cutting off the head of the snake with little moral ambiguity in my book.

i had the time to think this because this was around the time the episode "time looped" to pad its running, and literally waste my time, when it could have been addressing something more interesting.
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Sat, Aug 12, 2017, 2:08am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang


i thought that was the implication, that sisko's reaction is a direct result of his previous experience. i think this episode would have really benefited from drawing a line between those two points. as it is, sisko's tirade about the dishonest portrayal of race relations in a 400-year-dead nation state on earth just seemed weird to me. it just made sisko seem like he's locked and loaded and ready to explode about this sort of thing.

star trek has always looked to the future but i think there's a fine line between social commentary and clubbing the audience over the head. far beyond the stars walked that line perfectly, and was still at it's heart a very deep space 9 story that slotted right into the plot arc. it was easily a 4-star episode.

anyway, that quibble aside, this episode came together nicely. if you'd told me a month ago when i started watching this show that my favorite episodes were going to be holodeck period pieces set in the 60s, or the ones focused on the base commander's son and ferengi friend, i would never have believed you considering how absolutely dreadful other trek shows have done both the ridiculous holodeck dreck, or kid main characters.
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Fri, Aug 11, 2017, 2:38pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: Field of Fire

i was onboard with this initially, but ultimately the script didn't sell me on the idea that joran was was offering any tangible help or unique insights that ezri wasn't capable of on her own as a trained psychologist, it was just a bunch of faff. i also don't recall him being a complete power-killer psychopath murderer in his first portrayal.

they could have done a lot more with this.
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Thu, Aug 10, 2017, 11:10am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S7: Take Me Out to the Holosuite

every time i start to get tired of worf, there's a beautiful deadpan line like the matter-of-fact "we will destroy them." at the beginning of this episode.
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Wed, Aug 9, 2017, 12:38am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

i almost hit next episode when i got to this. i tend to find star trek's 'period piece' time travel or holodeck episodes atrocious, often heavy handed amalgams of unlikeable, worn-out cliches. i was very pleasantly surprised by this episode, maybe because it was still ultimately grounded in the mythology of deep space nine. having all the actors here out of makeup, (generally) playing their archetypes to keep the story grounded was nice, as were the occasional glimpses of something more going on behind the scenes.

i was pretty disappointed to see the very first comment on this page was whimpering from a white person that feels slighted, just like any time america's recent past is exposed to critique. these things happened. it's not an indictment of white people everywhere to acknowledge it. grow a spine.

what does it say about these people that ANY time someone tells a story from the perspective of a black person having to live with these struggles, it's supposedly being "jammed down their throat"?
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