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.

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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 »

DS9 Episode 1.11: The Nagus

In which Ferengi culture gets a little more fleshed out… with hairy ears.

Memory Alpha says: With the sudden death of Grand Nagus Zek, Quark becomes the new leader of the Ferengi Alliance, but he also becomes a target for murder. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
Well, I finally have a proper, working internet connection again, so I can blog some more – although it seems inappropriate to cover a Ferengi episode when I have an ear infection. I don’t quite feel like this:

but I don’t feel too good.

This episode introduces Grand Nagus Zek and starts to show us a bit more about how the Ferengi Alliance works. Well, it shows us that the Ferengi Alliance does work, in its own shifty, shady, shonky little way, and that it’s run by people with at least fractionally more nous than those twerps with energy whips who occasionally mildly inconvenience Captain Picard. Feeling about Ferengi-centric episodes seems to be a bit divided among DS9 fans, as some regard them as Odious Comic Relief. I like ’em. I like ’em all. What do you mean, ‘Profit and Lace’? There’s an episode called ‘Profit and Loss,’ you must be thinking of that. Move along.
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