DS9 Episode 1.20: In the Hands of the Prophets

In which Keiko will not teach the controversy.

Memory Alpha says: Orthodox Bajorans object to secular teachings about the wormhole in the station’s school, causing tensions between fundamentalists and the Starfleet crew. (Season Finale) (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
Well, it’s only taken me a few months to get to the end of the first season! This does also mean that my DS9 and TNG seasons are going to get out of step, because TNG’s Season One was 26 episodes long. Actually, what I think I’ll do is just finish up all the TNGs in season one after this, then start the second seasons together. Then I’ll get out of step again, because TNG Season Two is short due to a writers’ strike. So I’ll just pull the same catch-up thing in the opposite direction. It’ll all come out in the wash.

This episode sets us up for so much STORY, with the introduction of Vedeks Winn and Bareil. It’s unfortunate that Bareil is so bland and uninteresting, apart from his Claudia-like affection for big beaded earcuffs, because he never really feels like an equal and opposite force to the fantastically awful Vedek Winn. I mean, even her name is Winn. That’s got to tell you something about what a great antagonist she is. I greet her every appearance with a gleeful ‘That bitch!’ and a rubbing of hands. I suppose I should count down until someone says she reminds them of Umbridge from the Harry Potter books, and yes, I see what you’re saying, but WINN ÜBER ALLES. Read the rest of this entry »


DS9 Episode 1.19: Duet

In which I probably don’t find much to joke about.

Memory Alpha says: After a Cardassian man arrives on the station suffering from an illness that he could only have contracted at a Bajoran labor camp during the Occupation, Major Kira leads an investigation to determine whether he is actually a notorious war criminal. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review:
For much of Season One I’ve been pooting along saying ‘man I can’t wait for this show to get really good when “Duet” rolls round.’ So now of course ‘Duet’ is here and I’m semi-intimidated by it. It’s a big, impressive drama episode., and it cements DS9 as the Dark Trek, the one that rolls up its sleeves and handles tragedy on a much grimmer, less romantic level than the others. I had better just get on with it and not try to think of clever prefatory remarks.

Full summary, because I kept saying I was gonna. Read the rest of this entry »

DS9 Episode 1.18: Dramatis Personae

In which Sisko finally gets some personality. It’s just not his.

Memory Alpha says: The crew becomes infected by a telepathic imprint of a culture that destroyed itself. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
Okay, I’m writing this when I’m home from school on a Monday with a rotten cold that I don’t want to spread. What better medicine than Star Trek?

I do rather like the concept for this episode. Although they have to maintain a vestige of science fiction by calling it ‘a telepathic imprint,’ basically, they’re being controlled by ghosts, doomed to forever re-enact their own downfall, unless someone or something can break that pattern. This makes it similar to one of my all-time favourite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ‘I Only Have Eyes For You.’ And hey! Principal Quark’s in that! Read the rest of this entry »

DS9 Episode 1.17: The Forsaken

In which Lwaxana finds something to do other than embarrassing her daughter and Captain Picard to death; embarrassing Odo to death.

Memory Alpha says: An alien computer program wreaks havoc with the station’s systems. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
I think I’ll try doing this one in full summary format, just because I like Odo and Lwaxana’s friendship so much. They’re an absolutely weird pair of characters to put together, but the interaction between them ends up being very sweet and, to me, believable.

I’m also feeling annoyed because I just worked out that ‘tags’ on WordPress are not what I think of as tags; I wanted you to be able to click on the ‘ds9’ tag for this entry and be taken to all MY DS9 entries, not entries tagged with ‘ds9’ from all over WordPress. What’s the point of that? It doesn’t make navigating my blog any easier, and that’s all I care about. Do I have to change all my ‘tags’ over to ‘categories’? Anyway.

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DS9 Episode 1.16: If Wishes Were Horses

In which, Rumpelstiltskin.

Memory Alpha says: Station residents suddenly find their imaginations are manifested in physical form; a spatial rift threatens to destroy the Bajoran system. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
Do you see how spooky this is? The last TNG episode I reviewed was ‘When the Bough Breaks,’ in which children are stolen. The next thing in my arbitrarily self-imposed order is ‘If Wishes Were Horses,’ in which O’Brien is afraid of his little girl being stolen. Whillikers.

This is one hell of a goofy episode. It could have been worse, of course, because instead of Rumpelstiltskin O’Brien was originally going to see a leprechaun, until Colm Meaney pointed out that that was a lazy Irish stereotype and not fecking funny. Would the leprechaun have been trying to steal Molly, or promising him gold, or blethering unintelligibly about marshmallow cereal? I know it’s a lazy stereotype in and of itself, but what can you say about a nation that puts marshmallows into breakfast cereal?

On with the show. I am looking forward to the point where these episodes really feel like they merit full summaries. I’m definitely going to do that for ‘Duet’ and ‘In the Hands of the Prophets’ but I don’t think anything else in season one of DS9 will rate it.

DS9 Episode 1.15: Progress

In which there are self-sealing stem bolts. Need I say more?

Memory Alpha says: An old farmer refuses to leave the moon where he lives, even though it is about to be made uninhabitable by toxic gases. Meanwhile, Jake and Nog set out to turn an inordinate amount of seemingly worthless condiments into profit. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review

Well, I just coined the tag ‘kirasode’ to denote episodes that focus on Kira Nerys, and my spotty, pidgin-like knowledge of Japanese is telling me it means ‘sparkly sleeves.’ That’s neither here nor there. I seem to have a vague memory of watching this when it first aired – actually, I think I was watching it on the little TV at my grandparents’, the one that crouched under the breakfast bar and beside the liquor cabinet. Either that or the little TV in my parents’ bedroom. Definitely a memory of littleness. Also neither here nor there.

I don’t remember being particularly captivated by Kira’s role in this episode. I think it’s the sort of faintly dull character-building that you sometimes have to go through in order to lay a foundation that you can build a more interesting story upon. I do like the Noh-Jay subplot, though, because I’ve always enjoyed the type of story in which someone has to make a series of unlikely trades to get the object they actually desire (I seem to remember at least one episode of M*A*S*H* which followed this structure, and of course a lot of folk-tales, and something in one of my favourite kids’ books, The Great Brain), and because I like the fact that in DS9, the kid characters are underdogs who sometimes manage to pull off something clever. They don’t bear a charmed life like Wesley Crusher (nor, on the other hand, do they get told to shut up for no good reason). A story in which spunky kids get one over on adult authority figures has a lot of appeal, but not if the victory comes too easily. Read the rest of this entry »

DS9 Episode 1.14 – The Storyteller

In which the best best-friendship ever begins – and O’Brien lets down the entire Irish folk narrative tradition.

Memory Alpha says: Chief O’Brien is appointed spiritual leader of a Bajoran village. Meanwhile, Nog and Jake try to help their new friend settle a struggle between two Bajoran villages. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review

It’s a funny thing about the depiction of Bajorans. They have a high level of technology, zap guns, spaceships, jaunty uniforms, and yet in this episode we see a village of them who are essentially living in the Middle Ages, in a world where, more or less, magic works. The thing is, this story wasn’t even written for DS9 – it was pitched during the first season of TNG, when the show was still using mostly TOS-style plots, and ran with shit like ‘Code of Honor‘ and ‘Angel One.’ And it still wasn’t accepted. Apparently the story just hung around not getting used until now, when it was hastily rewritten in some dude’s Christmas break to incorporate the DS9 characters and setting. Read the rest of this entry »