In which we are expected to buy O’Brien as a pimp.
Memory Alpha says: Kira rescues a Bajoran Resistance hero from a Cardassian labor camp; an extremist group calls for all non-Bajorans to leave Bajor. (Part 1 of 3) (Season Premiere) (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)
I cannot recall the exact conversation in which this was pointed out to me, and it may in fact be in the comments of this very blog, but: Bajoran men are bland as hell. Bajoran women are ballsy and constantly interesting, but Bajoran men are a total yawnfest. (Cardassian men, on the other hand, are consistently fascinating, so it’s just a shame about the whole history of imperialist oppression really.) Since a Bajoran man is pretty crucial to the plot of this three-parter, expect me to complain about him a lot.
Anyway, this is a mini-arc in which the writers really wanted to tell a story that couldn’t be done on TNG, and they do succeed in that. This type of thing helps to establish one of the greatest strengths of DS9 – that it chronicles a developing, ongoing situation in which the same people have to be dealt with many times while events change, and the personalities involved make a great difference to how things turn out. Read the rest of this entry »