#DS91sttime: Season 4, Episode 4, “Hippocratic Oath”

September 5, 2013 in #DS91sttime, General Topics

Season 4, Ep 4, "Hippocratic Oath"

Season 4, Ep 4, “Hippocratic Oath”

If I was in Starfleet, I’d get very nervous if ordered to fly off in a runabout to perform a planetary survey, or some other banal task. I’d definitely bring a phaser rifle or eight, and I’d also make sure the vessel sent constant updates from my galactic positioning system. These trips never end well.

I’d have to be on my toes, too, because runabout missions have rules, a la Scream. One of these is the danger of idle chatter. Don’t ever get into conversations about nothing, because if you do, something is going to show up.

Bashir and O’Brien are returning from just such a survey–and having just such a conversation–when they run into an odd sensor signal on a nearby planet, indicating a downed starship. Before they can gather more information, the runabout is lanced with a plasma field, causing it to crash land onto the planet’s surface, in what is a fairly solid effects sequence. Predictably, Bashir and O’Brien are fine, though both vow never to discuss Keiko O’Brien again. Read the rest of this entry →

#DS91sttime: Season 3, Episode 26, “The Adversary”

August 9, 2013 in #DS91sttime, General Topics

Twitter hastag: #DS91sttimeAt long last, ladies and gentlemen, we’ve arrived at the end of Season 3. This season opened with the Defiant being brought in to help the show with what the producers had grown to see as a weakness–the inability to get the whole crew off-station at one time for various adventures–so it’s almost fitting that “The Adversary” spends so much time on board this vessel. It closes the season the way it began.

But let’s cut to the chase, so we can get to the chase, which is what this episode is centered on.
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#DS91sttime: Season 3, Episode 21, “The Die is Cast”

June 28, 2013 in #DS91sttime, General Topics

A daring plan. Season 3, Episode 21, "The Die is Cast"

A daring plan. Season 3, Episode 21, “The Die is Cast”

In “The Die Is Cast”, Odo and Garak find themselves deep in a secret mission waged by a joint Romulan-Cardassian task force. Before it is over, betrayals test allegiances, and the full weight of the Dominion descends upon a first strike by Alpha Quadrant forces.

I have been waiting more than two and a half seasons to write a plot summary like this. Am I giddy? Like a Ferengi at a discount store.

This episode’s balance of intrigue, double-dealing, action and character development is just about perfect, and extra marks go to Rene Auberjonois and Andrew J. Robinson, who once again steal the show. My goodness, we need these guys playing off each other more often. Thankfully, one scene seems to hint that’s slated for the future.
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