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.)
I’d just like you to know that I have brewed up some tea-Earl-Grey-hot to enjoy with this episode.
So when we left our heroes, O’Brien was, in succession, offended by sectarian graffiti, a pretendy pimp, and an unflappable badass. Oh, and there was some stuff about a Bajoran guy. AND THEY FIRED KIRA.
- I really like this jerk’s jacket. Why do jerks get all the good jackets? Li and O’Brien both had horrible ones. It’s a really good colour for him and the stiff upright collar shapes his neck.
- Sisko pulls the ol’ Darmok trick – use an allusion your interlocutor doesn’t understand to throw him off balance.
- TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF THAT BASEBALL
- IT’S HIS TOTEM OR SOMETHING
- O’Brien the receptionist!
- And for drama, Jake can’t just say ‘some jerks have sprayed graffiti on our door’ over the phone.
- I love my sugar tongs so much. Yes, I’m putting sugar in my tea. I can if I like. Actual sugar CUBES. I hope you understand I have got myself set up here with a matching teapot, teacup and saucer, sugarbowl and sugar tongs. Gosh darnit, I forgot a teaspoon! Good thing it’s the CREDITS OF MELANCHOLY GRANDEUR. There, sorted.
- And the first person to come and see about Kira is Odo. I love how indignant he is that she’s being less than her badass self. I just generally love these two together. There has been mutual rough-edge smoothing.
- Chicks can always chat about skin lotion, Odo.
- Julian: I came to give you my best.
Dax (in reference to what Kira said just before): Well, that’s rather dull.
Julian: I beg your pardon?
- The comic timing and character dynamics of this scene are really lovely. Star Trek is so good when it’s deliberately silly.
- Julian’s hair is looking good today. Much less fluffy than it was last season. It’s got a bit more texture.
- Everyone’s touching O’Brien.
- ‘Will someone please explain this conversation to me?’ Awwww, Julian.
- Ewwww, Bareil. I see you’re here to be bland and creepy in your I’m A Cool Liberal Priest way. Heyyyyyy pretty lady, wanna come and hang out at my non-celibate monastery?
- Well, the angle of that shot didn’t emphasise Kira’s arse at all.
- Why is Li in grey, which seems to be the Bajoran equivalent of Operations/Engineering gold, not orange, like Kira, when he’s doing her old job? Or is it the special newly-invented Navark’s uniform? Navarch? I am a stickler for English spelling, but Bajoran spelling is not at all my strong point.
- GOOD LORD I HAVE JUST SIGHTED SISKO HAVING SOMEONE’S BACK
- Hallo lovely Tuscan-looking matte painting of Bajor!
- Hallo Whistling Forest! (That’s what I’m going to call this location; if you remember ‘Encounter at Farpoint’ you know why.)
- Another magnificent crocheted vest! I love your ‘I am a wood-elf from the 1990s’ fashion sense, Kira.
- What is she even trying to make? A path of stepping-stones, so Wesley Crusher won’t fall in the stream again, or a dam? Making a dam is a lot of fun, but you have to gird up your ankle-length crocheted vest first.
- STOP CREEPING ON KIRA BARIEL. BAREIL? IT WAS SPELLED BARIEL IN THE CREDITS FOR THIS EPISODE. NO IT’S MEANT TO BE BAREIL, THAT MUSTA BIN AN ERROR.
- What, they do nothing here but art? You can tile a kiln! We saw you! Or dig a hole. I bet you’d dig a great hole.
- GOD HE’S CREEPY. His voice is so flat and affectless.
- IT’S AN ORB. Well, at least he wanted to show you his orb, not flash you his willy.
- I like how the orbs are hourglass-shaped. Not actually orbs at all, as I understand the word. I mean, I like how they’re pretty, it’s just that I imagine orbs as spheres.
- Dax, you look great in a Sydney Opera House hat. Even if you do subsequently turn into that bitchwagon Winn.
- CREEPY NUDITY WHAT THE HELL IS HE DOING RIGHT BEHIND HER
- DID BAREIL ASK THE ORB TO SET THIS UP SO HE COULD SCORE
- ‘We’ve gotta leave! Well, I do, anyway; you can just turn into a couch.’ Line of the episode?
- I think Odo actually just pronounced ‘Tcha!’ I’ve never been sure how it would sound in the real world before.
- ‘Well they’re not delivering flowers these days!’ THAT was a CSI: Miami YYYYEEAAAH line.
- DEPUTY QUARK. ADVENTURES FOR DEPUTY QUARK.
- Is there anything in the world that gives quite such a sense of comfort and ease as a cup of hot sweet tea?
- I think Odo can control people with his chin.
- No, there’s no way you can help; you are essentially useless and the writers admit they had no idea what to do with you after ‘The Homecoming.’
- Bareil looks creepily at the river, thinking ‘Exactly as planned.’
- ‘What part did I play in your vision?’ ‘It’s not important.’ Translation: YOU PLAYED THE PART OF THE CHICK I WAS DOIN’.
- Winn arrives with a mighty cry of TROLOLOLOLOLOLO and implies that Kira is Bareil’s tart. An astute woman.
- ‘How long will you be with us, Major?’
‘I’m not sure.’
‘Feel free to stay as many days as you’d like… even a week if necessary.’
- I LOVE THIS BITCH.
- Hello General – nice HQ set you have here. Cool map!
- UH my tea tastes so good. Why don’t I drink more tea, for goodness’ sake?
- I’m kind of bored in this scene, which just seems to be all WE ARE MEN OF HONOUR.
- Do you ever think Jadzia’s favourite hairclip looks like a belt buckle from Texas?
- This alien’s makeup is magnificent! It’s like a crab and G’Kar from Babylon 5 had a baby!
- Hello O’Brien, ilu and Dax talking to each other in code.
- THE LABEL ON THAT LUNCHBOX IS ODO. Hey… how much of Odo is there? How can he compress himself into the size of a rat, or a label on the side of a box? Is the humanoid Odo like a bubble, a skin of surface around an empty middle? If he let you stick your hand into his tummy, would there just be air in there?
- ODO LET ME STICK MY HAND INTO YOUR TUMMY; I’M DOING AN EXPERIMENT FOR THE INTERNET.
- Kira and her ankle-length crochet vest are pleased to see Sisko.
- Do they have bicycles on Bajor?
- Kira’s hair is looking really glossy and nice. THEY’RE PALS. SISKO’S ACTUALLY GOT HER BACK. YAAAAAY.
- A CARDIE!
- So of course Hey It’s That Guy is in charge of the Circle.
- What will the Federation do? Nothing effective.
- Quark, you are an excellent intelligence officer. Honestly, they should keep you on retainer.
- ‘They’ve got more firearms than a Galaxy-class starship’? I presume that’s hyperbole.
- Owwwwwww Kira’s face! Owwwwwww Julian’s back!
- Li is so grey and Odo is so beige. Their hair matches their clothes.
- Admiral Chakotay? Okay I’ll just assume it’s a relative, I’m not going to go and look up shit about Voyager.
- Winn, that hat is frickin’ magnificent. Be careful with that taper/snuffer you’re carrying around.
- That’s a beautiful shot of the two of them framed in the window.
- See, I said the Federation would do nothing effective! All because of the namby-pamby Prime Directive.
- I very much like the passive-aggressive way Sisko finds to justify staying behind and fighting. Passive-aggressive behaviour was first defined in a military context, and it was to describe stuff exactly like this – finding ways to disobey within the letter of the orders.
And so we leave our heroes until later this evening, when I’ll do the third part, because it would just be annoying to stick to the two DS9s, two TNGs rule when there’s a three-parter to wrap up. I’ll just do three TNGs after this to even it up, or odd it up, or whatever I mean.