#DS91sttime: Season 4, Episode 14, “Return to Grace”

March 19, 2014 in #DS91sttime, General Topics

A man on multiple missions. Season 4, Ep 14, "Return to Grace"

A man on multiple missions. Season 4, Ep 14, “Return to Grace”

You know what I find myself saying often when I watch Deep Space Nine? That it’s time for Mark Alaimo to come back for another great performance. Seriously, in any talk of this show’s finest actors, Alaimo just has to be in consideration. Gul Dukat is perhaps the most nuanced of the Trek villains, even more multidimensional than the legendary Khan.

So we can forgive yet another premise that sees Kira thrust into a mission with the wayward Cardassian commander. This happens all the time, sure, but taking issue with it would be a bit like complaining about another helping of fudge in your ice cream. Alaimo raises the bar for everyone else on the show when he’s present, Nana Visitor plays off his character fantastically, and…well, isn’t that all that matters? Read the rest of this entry →

#DS91sttime: Season 3, Episode 17, “Visionary”

May 22, 2013 in #DS91sttime, General Topics

O'Brien, meet O'Brien.  Season 3, Ep 17: "Visionary"

O’Brien, meet O’Brien. Season 3, Ep 17: “Visionary”

The incredibly likable Miles O’Brien has gone a few episodes without threat of imprisonment, disease or misplaced adulation, so “Visionary” remedies that by inflicting him with involuntary leaps forward in time.

Goody. Another time travel episode.

Only, not really: here the jumps aren’t setting up a dystopian episode or establishing a comedy of errors, but instead a mystery. And with each time shift, the stakes progress for O’Brien. The first shows an almost bemusing future conversation; the last has me wondering why O’Brien didn’t come out of these events with a Federation medal, if not a
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#DS91sttime: Season 3, Episode 16, “Prophet Motive”

May 15, 2013 in #DS91sttime, General Topics

Reaction over new Rules of Acquistion in Season 3, Ep 16: "Prophet Motive"

Reaction over new Rules of Acquistion in Season 3, Ep 16: “Prophet Motive”

Whenever Deep Space Nine allows Ferengi the chance to be more than just punchlines, the result is often enjoyable, even deep–such as Quark’s wonderful admonishment of some of humanity’s past acts way back in “The Jem’Hadar”, or Nog’s drive to do more than just seek profit, which we saw just a few episodes back.

When the show reduces the Ferengi to caricatures, however, it’s a mixed bag. And, sadly, “Prophet Motive” milks this method to the point that it becomes tiring, while also managing to betray the air of mystery surrounding the wormhole’s inhabitant race, the Prophets. If I could choose the worst way for this enigmatic species to appear on the show, it would be this one.
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#DS91sttime: Season 3, Episode 15, “Destiny”

May 10, 2013 in #DS91sttime, General Topics

The sophisticated targets of a priest's ire in Season 3, Ep 15: "Destiny"

The sophisticated targets of a priest’s ire in Season 3, Ep 15: “Destiny”

I don’t know if it was in vogue to be in a Trek series back in the 90’s, or if Deep Space Nine‘s producers just believed in a bevy of good guest stars, but either way Erick Avari showed up in this episode. You might recall him from tiny art house productions, like Stargate.

Here, he’s Vedek Yarka, warning Commander Sisko not to allow a group of female Cardassian scientists on board. A prophecy from the show’s enigmatic Bajoran religion is afoot, and the Vedek thinks letting these ladies participate in their joint Federation/Cardassian project–intended to create a way to pass messages through the wormhole–will destroy it.
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#DS91sttime: Looking back via Season Three Episodes

April 17, 2013 in #DS91sttime, General Topics

Twitter hastag: #DS91sttimeI just finished “Meridian“, “Defiant“, and “Fascination“.If you take these three episodes, break them over the rock of analysis like some caveman cracking open an egg, you’ll see in the yoke everything Deep Space Nine has been about until this mid-season three point.

This is a show defined by what it wants to be almost as much as what it is. What I most respect about DS9, so far, is it is always pushing itself to be bigger than it was two or three episodes prior. It exudes gusto. By season three, it’s just about gotten a sense of itself, but the journey has been rough.

Deep Space Nine was a bit of a wild beast when released into the Star Trek pantheon. You get the impression that—prior to filming the pilot—the show’s producers and writers were sitting around on-fire to take a different tract, not just on Trek but its approach to storytelling. It became obvious to me during the first season that no one, not even the show’s writers, seemed to know quite what they wanted to do with it after it debuted. The results (in said first season) are like someone decided to chuck some cage-kept animal into the wild, and just see what it tore into first.
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