Picardigan’s Holiday

This blog will be on holiday from 14 April to 15 May (at least) because I’m going to be on a trip to the USA with my family. Lucky me! I will be visiting, among other places, San Francisco, where I will be obscurely disappointed that I can’t see Starfleet Academy.

So if you think of me in that time, think of me like this:

except I don’t have a hairy chest and I don’t really look that good in my swimming togs.

also don’t disturb me with wacky shenanigans when I am trying to read Jodi Picoult.

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TNG Episode 2.04: The Outrageous Okona

In which I question the Star Trek writers’ understanding of the term ‘outrageous.’ Also ‘comic.’

Memory Alpha says: The Enterprise-D crew rescue a roguish freighter captain whose ship is malfunctioning, but his presence drags them into an interplanetary feud. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review:
Literally all I can remember about my first viewing of this episode is ‘You’re a droid, and I’m a noid,’ and thinking ‘well that’s not very funny.’ Bullet points, ho!

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TNG Episode 2.03: Elementary, Dear Data

In which Geordi is a fun ruiner. He ruins people’s fun.

Memory Alpha says: The Enterprise is threatened when a character in Data and La Forge’s holodeck simulation becomes sentient. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
Here is the single strangest thing from the Memory Alpha entry for this episode: the equation on Moriarty’s chalkboard is a reference to the characters Ataru and Lum from Rumiko Takahashi’s manga series Urusei Yatsura, about an obnoxious teenage boy who is pursued by a mad alien princess in a tiger-skin bikini who wants to be his bride.

I just don’t know how to process that. But, okay, Rumiko Takahashi is an excellent artist and writer, and my favourite of her series is Maison Ikkoku. (You should have figured it’d be the one that is most like a comedic soap opera.) And I guess it’s no less cracky than the Ren & Stimpy tributes in early DS9. Read the rest of this entry »

STOP PRESS FOR AWESOME PICTURE

CARDIES IN CARDIES

By idkmybffspock of Tumblr. And yes, yes, this was my idea.

AND IT IS GLORIOUS.

Dukat’s fashion role models are Fred MacMurray and Leland Palmer.

 

DS9 Episode 2.03: The Siege

In which everyone runs around having adventures in civvies, and Julian stoops to a ‘your mother’ joke.

Memory Alpha says: Sisko tries to prevent the Circle from taking the station; Kira and Dax take proof that the Cardassians are the real force that is arming the Circle to the Bajoran government. (Part 3 of 3) (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
I think I may need more tea – but not TEA tea this time, more of a herbal/floral tisane.

(clinking sounds)

There we go, a nice pot of chamomile and lavender.

And now, the thrilling conclusion! I mean, the Majel voice just says ‘And now, the conclusion,’ but I feel ‘thrilling’ is implied.

DS9 Episode 2.02: The Circle

In which I continue to enjoy what a copper-bottomed bitch Winn is.

Memory Alpha says: Sisko and Odo work to reveal the real force behind the Circle’s coup. (Part 2 of 3) (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
I’d just like you to know that I have brewed up some tea-Earl-Grey-hot to enjoy with this episode. Read the rest of this entry »

DS9 Episode 2.01: The Homecoming

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.)

My Review
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 »