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Daughter of Tiaran wrote: I actually don't think that his "slip of the tongue" about the rendezvous necessarily meant he had *lied* to Mareel; I think it's just plausible that he simply wasn't thinking about her any more, that she just didn't matter to him. (Who knows, maybe the symbiont itself was pulling some strings trying to get back to Jadzia?)
Great stuff where Sisko meets Verad Dax for the first time and they're all buddy-buddy, while Mareel watches from the background; it's clear she feels excluded and doesn't like it.
04/23/17 11:52 PM
certainly operating on several levels throughout the episode. He was trying to get through to “his” Dax
(Curzon/Jadzia) when he evoked their past friendship, but there’s no doubt that
he was working on Mareel as well. As for
Jared Dax, there were some interesting questions raised as to which elements
dominate in a joined personality. Jared
experienced all of the memories and experiences of the previous Dax hosts, but
it was clear that his own ego and desires were in the driver’s seat. We’ll get further examination of Trill past
lives and influences in future eps, as well as discovering some nasty little
secrets that the ruling powers on Trill are anxious to keep hidden.
04/27/17 1:23 AM
One of the
abiding mysteries of DS9 for me is why it took the creative staff so long to
realize just what they had in Andy Robinson’s Garak. It took them a year to bring the poor guy
back for “Cardassians,” but fortunately he’s worth the wait. Naturally he’s paired again with his eager
acolyte Dr.Bashir (and yes, those two inspired a lot of slashfic in their
day!), and it’s fun to see the odd pleasure Garak takes in coaxing Bashir to
look below the surface and start figuring out the connections. As Garak puts it, “I believe in coincidence .
. . but I don’t trust it.”
with Cardassian episodes, the plotline is devious, and the poor Cardassian
orphans abandoned on Bajor bear the brunt of the consequences. Rugel has been brought up by a Bajoran family
who taught him to hate Cardassians; although they certainly don’t intend to
harm Rugel, this will inevitably result in Rugel hating himself for being who
he is. This setting is obviously a
reflection of the ongoing debates concerning non-white children adopted by
white families (and vice-versa) – can children brought up in this sort of
environment ever truly understand where they came from, and are their adoptive
families capable of aiding that understanding? O’Brien plays an interesting role here – we’re
well aware of his dislike for Cardassians, but he also recognizes that it’s not
healthy for a child to grow up hating his own people, regardless of the crimes
they may have committed. The scene where
he has to deal with both Rugel’s and his own feelings is a nice one for Colm
up caught in Gul Dukat’s cynical power play as his biological father is “miraculously”
found to be alive and one of Cardassia’s most prominent civilian officials –
and a political foe of Dukat’s. Garak
smells a rat from the outset and goes into action. This is our first real glimpse of Garak at
work – we get hints of his less-than-rosy relationship with Dukat and some more
direct evidence of his skills as he effortlessly gets the computer record
system at the Bajoran orphanage up and running.
His subtle reaction upon seeing the Cardassian orphans, though is an
indication that he’s capable of an emotional response as well. He still doesn’t reveal the true nature of
his relationship with Dukat, but tells Bashir to keep his eyes open to the
clues all around him. We’ll definitely
be finding out a lot more about Garak’s background in the next 2 seasons . . .
is not a particularly happy one – Sisko, who’s been chosen to arbitrate the
custody case, ends up sending Rugel back with his Cardassian parent, which will
introduce a whole new set of traumas for the poor kid. There’s also no resolution for the Cardassian
children still on Bajor – Cardassian orphans are non-entities on their
homeworld, and it’s unlikely anyone will do anything to repatriate them. DS9 was never afraid of giving their stories
messy endings, and we’ll see this increasingly from here on out.
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has been very dismissive of his DS9 experience in the last few years, brushing
the whole series off as “just a soap opera, really.” I’ve put a lot of that down to his
associating it with his ultimately disastrous relationship with Nana Visitor –
then I see an ep like “Melora” and I think, “Well, maybe he has a point . . .” This was a classic ST Very Special Episode,
and “anvilicious” hardly begins to cover it.
we have 2 subplots that have no real relation to each other until the final 7
minutes of the episode. Quark is once
again dealing with his unsavory past, this time in the form of a former
criminal associate who Quark ratted on to save his own skin – apparently 8
years in a Romulan labor camp didn’t fill Fallit Kot with a spirit of sweet
forgiveness. He wants Quark’s head, and
Odo isn’t exactly sympathetic – the smirk on his face when Quark says Fallit
wants to kill him still makes me laugh
out loud. It’s particularly inconvenient
for Quark (other than the possibility of sudden death) because he’s trying to
fence a bunch of rings to another customer – apparently they’re real important
to him, but since it’s not particularly important to the plot, who cares?
is sweating bullets, Dr. Bashir is dealing with a new arrival, Ensign Melora
Pazlar who is of a species that lives on a low-gravity planet, necessitating
her moving around in a high-tech wheelchair.
As you can imagine, we get a lot of Heavy Messages about how Melora
wants to do things on her own, not be dependent on anyone, resents any actual
or implied patronization, etc., etc., etc.
while the DS9 crew are patient and understanding – blech! I hated these kinds of episodes on shows like
The Facts of Life or Blossom, and setting them in space doesn’t
render them any more palatable.
Naturally, Bashir makes an approach and manages to get through Melora’s
defenses, and they get real cozy – but wait, Melora’s all angsty about making a
Star Fleet relationship work! Hey, but
Julian’s figured out there’s new technology that could let Melora function in
human-like gravity! Oh, but now Melora’s
unsure if she can abandon her heritage in order to function like every other
Star Fleet officer! Yep, the soap suds
are definitely foaming madly at this point . . .
The last 7
minutes are largely nonsensical as the writers simply jam the two subplots
together to get an “action-packed conclusion,” with Melora’s low-grav skills
coming into play. Kira Nerys gets a
whole 10 seconds of screen time, another S2 indicator of a second-tier ep. Honestly, the best thing about this ep was
the introduction of the Klingon restaurant and Singing Klingon Restaurant Guy –
he’ll show up in a few more eps along the way.
Good thing we have “Rules of Acquisition” and “A Necessary Evil” coming
up next . . .
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(thankfully) from “Melora,” we come to “Rules of Acquisition” – as you may
guess from the title, this is a Ferengi ep, so don’t expect anything terribly
deep. Oddly enough, though we get a
major development in this ep, one that will have an immense impact on the
remainder of the series – hardly something you expect from a comedic story.
enjoy seeing Grand Negus Zek in an episode, and Wally Shawn has another grand time
hamming it up. He’s his usual scheming,
lecherous self and it’s fun to see him interact with Kira, who clearly can’t
stand him. Kira has learned some
restraint, though – a season earlier, and she might have knocked Zek’s block
off the second time he pinched her bottom.
She’s bemused by Zek’s repeated attempts to woo her even after she makes
it clear she has zero interest, and she can’t understand Jadzia’s attitude
towards the “greedy, misogynistic little trolls.”
continues to get more development, as we see her playing Tongo with the Ferengi
(and beating them soundly at it). The
writers are starting to realize that Dax should have a host of skills based on
multiple lifetimes and personnas, and they’re starting to look deeper into
them. She knows what the Ferengi are,
but she still enjoys them and they seem to make an exception for this “female”
in their closed male world.
that brings me to the main plot – to be honest, I wish this had been more
adroitly handled. The idea of a female
sneaking into the all-male world of Ferengi business wasn’t bad in itself, but
why do we have to have the woman falling in love with the oblivious male every
time? I would have preferred to see the
daring female working for herself, demanding and getting her 20% cut and
pulling one over on everyone. Rom’s
jealousy was grating as well, but that may be because I know what his later
character development will be – at this point, I suppose it makes sense that he’d
feel threatened. The bar is all he has
to look forward to, and he’s still painfully trying to prove that he has the
lobes for business when everyone knows he doesn’t. The
scene with a panicky Pel trying to avoid having to undress for bed in front of
Quark was amusing, though and the Dosai woman’s blasé response when she saw Pel
on top of Quark after kissing him was good as well. Quark finally gets a good moment as well when
he beards the head Dosai and demands to get a thumbprint on the contract.
the Dosai, that has to be one of the lamer makeup jobs I’ve seen on a ST series
(original series excepted – they had budget worries). Painting people’s faces red and drawing bolts
on them doesn’t make them look particularly alien – more like refugees from a
Greenwich Village rave. It’s all the
more surreal, then when in the middle of all of the posturing and negotiating
we suddenly hear of a mysterious entity in the Gamma Quadrant called “The
Dominion,” that apparently is the strongest power there (the Dosai woman says
that anyone who wants to do anything in the quadrant must go through
them). I don’t know how much of the
future story the writers had thought of in advance, but this is a huge
development in the series, even if no one knows it yet – Zek just wants to
contact them for profit.
mostly harmless ep – not as good as it could have been, but it certainly beats “Melora.”
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