Deep Space Nine: a thread for (re)watching this awesome series

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We've had a couple of DS9 threads before, but they were mostly about specific characters, so I think the the series deserves one of its own. And since it's been recently added to Netflix outside the US too, I think it'd be nice to discuss it with people who are watching it for the first time, or rewatching it like I'm doing at the moment.

And since this thread should be friendly to new viewers, let's try avoid spoilers if possible, and mark any posts with spoiler with an appropriate warning. I think it's okay to mention names like the Dominion or Pah-Wraiths, but please don't discuss any twists and revelations about them without a spoiler warning.

Tuomas, Monday, 14 November 2016 11:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm in the middle of rewatching the first season, and since I remembered it being as poor in quality as the first TNG season, I've been a bit surprised that there are actually several episodes that are quite good or even classic (besides "Duet", who's classicness is widely accepted). "Past Prologue", the second episode (third episode in Netflix, since they use the production order rather than the airing order) is already very good and touches several of the themes that will become unique to DS9.

OTOH, you also have eps like "Babel", which are okay but feel more like rewritten TNG scripts... Maybe that's why the first season feels so spotty, because it has more TNG-style, continuity-free episodes than the later seasons, where the big plot arcs start to roll.

Tuomas, Monday, 14 November 2016 11:27 (one year ago) Permalink

The "weird space phenomenon of the week" type of plots work in TNG, but I don't think DS9 finds its own flavour until it de-emphasizes those in favour of galactic politics and intrigue.

Tuomas, Monday, 14 November 2016 11:33 (one year ago) Permalink

I do not accept the classicness of "Duet"!

Pean-Juc Leeecard (Leee), Monday, 14 November 2016 15:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Like, maybe I'm showing my ignorance of WWII history, but I can't imagine that

*SPOILERS*

an accomplice to genocide would be so wracked by guilt that he'd go to such radical lengths to force a war-crimes reckoning -- seemed like precisely the moral corrective that victims of genocide / retrospective capital-H History would fantasize about.

*END SPOILERS*

Pean-Juc Leeecard (Leee), Monday, 14 November 2016 15:25 (one year ago) Permalink

If that episode was in a realistic WWII series, I would tend to agree, but this is Star Trek! It's an allegory, a moral fable, and I think it works very well as such.

Tuomas, Monday, 14 November 2016 17:02 (one year ago) Permalink

I mean, one of the main themes of the entire franchise is that our better nature can in the end overcome all the horrible things we've done. I wouldn't want a ST that's cynical in that regard, that's for some other sci-fi series to do.

Tuomas, Monday, 14 November 2016 17:06 (one year ago) Permalink

I love watch Jake grow up over the first few seasons. He's so young at the start! Brooks has discussed it before, but he had a real bond with Cirroc Lofton and it really shows as their relationship develops.

Jeff, Monday, 14 November 2016 17:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I wouldn't want a ST that's cynical in that regard, that's for some other sci-fi series to do.

That's what DS9 turns into in the 6th and 7th seasons though, no?

Pean-Juc Leeecard (Leee), Monday, 14 November 2016 17:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Maybe for some stretches, but in the end not really, because...
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(WARNING! SPOILERS FOR DS9'S FINALE WILL FOLLOW!)
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...the whole series ends with the rather optimistic and Star Trekkian idea that the Dominion can be reasoned with, that they can learn to understand solids and eventually change their oppressive ways.

Tuomas, Monday, 14 November 2016 21:29 (one year ago) Permalink

I just rewatched the 1st season episode "Battle Lines", and I hadn't realised before that Jonathan Banks (aka Mike from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul) has a major role in it! He plays the leader of the Ennis, one of the two warring factions the protagonists come across. And he conveys a similar cynical and bitter amusement as he does with Mike, I guess that's really his forte. Perfect casting!

Tuomas, Monday, 14 November 2016 21:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Watching the pilot. Sisko explaining the dictionary to dimwitted transcendental beings is hard going.

quis gropes ipsos gropiuses? (ledge), Monday, 14 November 2016 22:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I always found that bit tedious too, and it didn't feel very credible either: if the wormhole aliens don't understand certain concepts because of their non-linear existence, how is explaining them with different words gonna help?

That said, the payoff to that scene ("then why do you exist here?) is still pretty great and moving.

Tuomas, Monday, 14 November 2016 22:33 (one year ago) Permalink

idk because language is multivalent and certain words/phrases might get routed differently through the universal translator

mh 😏, Monday, 14 November 2016 22:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Goddamn it I still have to finish my TNG rewatch don't start this thread now :)

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 14 November 2016 23:04 (one year ago) Permalink

idk because language is multivalent and certain words/phrases might get routed differently through the universal translator

To me that scene felt like the wormhole aliens were communicating to Sisko directly via telepathy, so the universal translator wasn't involved. Presumably the aliens' language is so different from humanoid ones that the UT can't even process it.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 12:46 (one year ago) Permalink

oh yeah, I forgot all their interactions take place in mental dream time

mh 😏, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah. Also, for some inexplicable reason the aliens only want to talk to Sisko, while they immediately send Dax away from the wormhole. I guess they're afraid of cooties?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 07:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Just a couple of episodes in but to my surprise I am enjoying not hating the low budget soap opera feel.

quis gropes ipsos gropiuses? (ledge), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 09:04 (one year ago) Permalink

I think DS9 actually had a reasonably large budget for its era, with the virtue of being a Star Trek show. Certainly most the effects still look pretty good, especially when you compare them to a lower-budget show like Babylon 5, whose CGI would nowadays look crappy even in a budget video game.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 10:47 (one year ago) Permalink

The big exception I guess is Odo's morphing, which does look silly, but I think those effects were state-of-the-art back then. And you can see budget cuts the show took later on from the fact that in later seasons Odo often doesn't morph even when it would make sense him to do so, or he morphs offscreen.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 10:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Ok low stakes rather than low budget - Keiko becoming a schoolteacher is hardly JR getting shot. I know, there's plenty of high stakes galactic political intrigue to come.

quis gropes ipsos gropiuses? (ledge), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 13:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Ok, I get what you mean, and I myself like these low stakes stories too. DS9 has a great ensemble cast, and I like how they, unlike TNG, often build the drama on personal interaction and avoid the Weird Space Threat of the Week altogether. Plus the lower stakes make sense considering the stable setting. With the Enterprise, they can sorta justify meeting things that endanger the ship or some random planet every week, because they're constantly on the move, but it'd feel ridiculous if Bajor was constantly under some new, previously unheard of cosmic threat.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 13:43 (one year ago) Permalink

The low-stakes stories don't happen till much later in the series IMO, because nearly every episode in the first couple season strike me as having an existential threat shoe-horned into it (see that one where Dax is hazing a Trill would-be initiate and accidentally breaks space-time).

Meighton Leeester (Leee), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:54 (one year ago) Permalink

I just rewatched "Progress", which is an excellent example of a first season episode with low stakes. (Okay, if Mullibok stays on the moon he will die, but it's obvious they'll beam him up against his will before letting that happen, so the whole point of the episode is really just the moral dilemma his stubborness causes Kira to face.) But you're right that they do become more prominent in later seasons, when the writers are more comfortable in not following the narrative traditions of earlier ST series.

Tuomas, Thursday, 17 November 2016 08:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Trying to do this properly and not skip any but I'm in the middle of the first season slump and things are only going to get worse:

Deep Space Nine is put in jeopardy when the crew's thoughts manifest themselves, and such figures as Rumpelstiltskin appear.

The Federation ambassador from Betazed, Lwaxana Troi, visits the station, and develops an affection for Odo.

Can't I skip them? Pleeease?

quis gropes ipsos gropiuses? (ledge), Monday, 21 November 2016 20:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It's all part of a rich tapestry, ledge

You cld comfortably skip ahead to the first episode w/ the Jem'Hadar, tbh

Darcy Sarto (Ward Fowler), Monday, 21 November 2016 20:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

you can skip the rest of the first season except for Progress and Duet imo

i wouldn't skip much in season 2, there's some fun throwaway episodes there

ciderpress, Monday, 21 November 2016 20:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Those are both good episodes! You do have to have a taste for camp, though.

Meighton Leeester (Leee), Monday, 21 November 2016 21:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The Rumpelstiltskin episode is skippable (it's pretty much a TNG style "weird space phenomenon of the week" story with no larger importance), but I wouldn't skip the Lwaxana episode. It ends up subverting our expectations of the character, and Majel Barrett is wonderful while doing that. Plus it has some important character revelations about Odo. The Lwaxana eps in DS9 (there's a couple of more to follow) in general are better than her TNG episodes, because they treat her less like a joke.

And you definitely shouldn't skip to the first Jem'Hadar episode! In the second season the quality of writing gets better, and the opening three-parter has some very important plot development w/r/t Bajoran politics that will resonate right until the end of the series.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 08:17 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I wouldn't skip the Lwaxana episode

damnit.

Progress was ok, critical character development for Kira, that guy was a dick though.

The Storyteller prob the worst I've seen so far. Fatuous group psychology + ludicrous deus ex machina.

quis gropes ipsos gropiuses? (ledge), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 13:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, The Storyteller's A plot is probably the worst in the entire series, except for "Profit and Lace".

Tuomas, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 15:25 (eleven months ago) Permalink

WARNING! SPOILERS ABOUT "PROGRESS"!
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I love how "Progress" subverts the viewer's expectation of what sort of a story it's gonna be, i.e. your typical "the underdog is always right" tale where were supposed to root for this one stubborn guy and forgot about the utilitarian alternative, and instead it turns into a lesson for Kira that sometimes siding with The Man is the right thing to do.
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Tuomas, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 15:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I love how Quark's life is saved when he bends over to pick up a nickel.

schwantz, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 04:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I do not accept the classicness of "Duet"!

I second that emotion!

quis gropes ipsos gropiuses? (ledge), Monday, 28 November 2016 08:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Can you elaborate?

Tuomas, Monday, 28 November 2016 10:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i like Duet but agree that it is pretty contrived

ciderpress, Monday, 28 November 2016 12:17 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I like Duet, too. It may be contrived, but it's far and away one of the strongest episodes of the first couple seasons.

I actually had to think about which episode it was, since I always confuse it with Waltz. (Mentally filed under "heavy episodes where two characters square off moralizing against each other.")

Millsner, Monday, 28 November 2016 12:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Contrived and hammy. I liked the camp survivors standing round all dressed in rags to elicit maximum sympathy.

the year of diving languorously (ledge), Monday, 28 November 2016 12:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Kira and Dax notwithstanding this show is being hella sexist right now. Sisko and O'Brien land on a planet and find some earth people marooned there for ten years. One guy says 'I used to be an engineer!', another guy says 'who won the soccer?', a woman steps forward and says 'what are the latest fashions?' smdh. And don't get me started on the Ferengi, a bit of light comic relief from a species who oppress their women in the most contemptible fashion.

That episode with the marooned dude was pretty good though, until the final insulting two minutes.

the year of diving languorously (ledge), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

*dudes

the year of diving languorously (ledge), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

trek gotta trek

i enjoyed the 3-parter opening season 2. that evil religious lady is a good villain!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I think the Lwaxana episodes are good curatives to the usual Trek sexism, IIRC.

Bianca Smell BO (Leee), Thursday, 15 December 2016 01:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

on the recommendation of the ILE tastemaking consensus and because I am into day five of being sick as a goddamn dog, I've now set my sights on climbing this mountain of a show. Damn but it is a lot of episodes. I'm about 8 deep into S1 and it strikes me as mostly ok trek, if a little boring. I barely remember watching it during it's orginal run, and couldn't have stuck with it for more than part of S1 and a few into S2 or 3. I find it the kind of show I can watch with my eyes closed. As long as I have the dialogue I can fill in the rest. So far I'm liking Quark mostly because he gets picked on way too much. Kira yells 100% of her dialogue and Dax is to date perhaps the most boring trek character ever created. I'm sure I'll see things change. Anyway, I'm in.

great Canadian prog-psych debut from 1969 (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 16 December 2016 01:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Lwaxana episodes are getting better and better, carrying over from TNG (outside that ghastly drowning kid one). it quite enjoyed seeing her paired with Odo, it's kind of a perfect match, and their little adventure together was very endearing and sweet.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 16 December 2016 14:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i recall one bad lwaxana episode that was one of the worst of the series but the other couple she's in are fine

ciderpress, Friday, 16 December 2016 14:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

11/28/1994. Fascination — A mysterious virus causes the DS9 characters to begin falling in love with each other on sight.

this was the bad one iirc

ciderpress, Friday, 16 December 2016 14:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

good god that's going to be a terrible episode on any version of Trek, save the TOS, where it would be hilarious

great Canadian prog-psych debut from 1969 (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 16 December 2016 15:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Kinda surprised if it wasn't used in TOS already, TNG had "The Naked Now" right?

Nhex, Friday, 16 December 2016 18:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I've just seen 'the captain (commander) falls in love with a ghost', that was pretty bad

the year of diving languorously (ledge), Friday, 16 December 2016 20:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the one where she causes the crew to all get horny for each other is one of the more embarrassing ds9 eps. the one(s?) about her and odo are fine tho

ciderpress, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:35 (five months ago) Permalink

that one was fucking hilarious what are you saying

clouds, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 14:38 (five months ago) Permalink

choose yr adventure!

something (does it come through the wormhole? almost certainly)

a) makes everyone unable to speak coherently
b) makes it possible to transfer one's soul to another body by touch
c) makes imaginations manifest in physical form
d) makes the station computer turn into a puppy
e) possesses (just) the command staff and makes them replay an ages-old mutiny

every lwaxana episode involves her transformation from being an absurd nightmare to being a decent person. you'd think an empath might have figured out that people hate the absurd persona by now? at least on ds9 there's no one to call 'little one'

e) was good -- any opportunity for sisko to act weird is cool with me -- but also a huge missed opportunity imo. the other characters should have gotten much weirder than they did -- dax being scatterbrained/o'brien being grumpier/kira being shriller was useless. at least data didn't have to portray the entire mayan pantheon by himself, i guess

you're goddamn right i'm gonna show up here and slag the dumb episodes until i give up, except maybe i won't give up because i secretly like it

mookieproof, Friday, 26 May 2017 02:44 (five months ago) Permalink

:D

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 May 2017 02:52 (five months ago) Permalink

that's how it starts. with season one i was like iunno bout this then the next season won me over completely

clouds, Friday, 26 May 2017 17:23 (five months ago) Permalink

i even love kira who i haaaated in s1

clouds, Friday, 26 May 2017 17:24 (five months ago) Permalink

I've totally forgotten all but one of those episodes, I must have put a memory block in place to save my sanity.

ledge, Friday, 26 May 2017 18:25 (five months ago) Permalink

s02

three-parter with the return of the resistance 'hero' from cardassian prison camp/frank langella bajoran rebellion was okay. langella and the arch-conservative vedek lady were great. resistance hero dude was kind of lame, as was his death. considering they spent three episodes on it, a lot of stuff seemed awfully perfunctory -- we never even saw langella's downfall, which didn't really seem certain

misfit trill steals jadzia's dax: this was fine -- the misfit trill actor was v. good -- but the fact that quark let the bad guys onto the station and was never punished in any way was bullshit

cardassian orphan boy raised by bajorans: does garak the cardassian tailor need a runabout to go to bajor? by all means, give it to him -- no need to ask why. the whole idea of cardassians leaving orphans behind when evacuating bajor is silly, but the most fucked up thing is that at the end sisko made the kid leave his home and go to cardassia when he didn't want to. maybe as the child of divorced parents i'm overly sensitive but fuck you benjamin

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 June 2017 00:33 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah that was bad - same ending as TOS Charlie X!

the misfit trill actor was v. good

He played Lex Luthor's dad in Smallville.

Started season 4, although there were some good ones in 3 it feels like the leap in quality has finally happened, even though the one I just watched (05) was transparent emotional manipulation in service of contrived character development.

The XX pants (ledge), Thursday, 8 June 2017 08:20 (five months ago) Permalink

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Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 June 2017 16:09 (five months ago) Permalink

Martok and Twain are definitely better than Gowron and by the commutative property better than a Trumpite (Trumpet?).

Leee Media Naranja (Leee), Monday, 12 June 2017 17:09 (five months ago) Permalink

wish i could vote for him

Nhex, Monday, 12 June 2017 20:31 (five months ago) Permalink

VEDEK BAREIL FOR PRESIDETN!!!!!

clouds, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 22:15 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Do we see any nuclear Cardassian families? I can only remember Gul Madred bringing his son into work, but I think all the other prominent Cardassian families are estranged or separated.

Leee Media Naranja (Leee), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:06 (four months ago) Permalink

You'd think you'd at least ask someone to sit down before telling them that they'd unwittingly travelled 200 years into the future & all their friends and family were dead.

The XX pants (ledge), Thursday, 27 July 2017 20:07 (three months ago) Permalink

nana v turned 60 yesterday

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 July 2017 21:15 (three months ago) Permalink

at the half way mark & despite the minor snark am finally fully committed to this, it's definitely near enough tng quality now. so much going on - gul ducat vs cardassia, cardassia vs klingons, klingons vs worf, bajor vs itself. dominion have been laying low but it doesn't matter. even the quark episodes are keeping my attention. couple of highlights: 'our man bashir' which opens like a standard holodeck triviality but turns out to be for much higher stakes and has avery brooks going full shatner; and tony todd aka candyman as worf's brother & possibly the best klingon portrayal of all time.

The XX pants (ledge), Friday, 28 July 2017 19:59 (three months ago) Permalink

It was that Kurn episode that cemented me as a regular DS9 viewer.

What'd you think of "The Visitor"?

Leee Media Naranja (Leee), Saturday, 29 July 2017 02:32 (three months ago) Permalink

oh shit that was tony todd too. it was... good? bold & original & successful at what it set out to do, it didn't move me to tears like apparently everyone else though, i guess i'm a cold hearted guy who would have abandoned my dad in limbo. also wtf at using the same actor for nog.

The XX pants (ledge), Saturday, 29 July 2017 08:43 (three months ago) Permalink

fwiw i'm not that crazy about celebrated & similarly sentimental tng ep the inner light.

The XX pants (ledge), Saturday, 29 July 2017 14:13 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Rather than putting pressure on the staff of Terok Nor I am donating the station to Bajor and renaming it Deep Space Nine. Thank you all!

— Dukat (@realRealDukat) August 16, 2017

mookieproof, Thursday, 17 August 2017 05:31 (three months ago) Permalink

Can't believe they're making light of the tragedy of the Cardassian occupation.

angelo irishagreementi (ledge), Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:11 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

into season five, they've decided to put the high stakes galactic games of thrones aside in favour of half a dozen whimsical character episodes and it suuuuuucks.

Monogo doesn't socialise (ledge), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 18:52 (one month ago) Permalink

If you're talking about "In the Cards" or the one where Quark gets it on with a Klingon lady, then I don't know you anymore.

(I am a robot.) (Leee), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 21:16 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm only up to 7, i was mostly referring to worf being grumpy with dax on the pleasure planet, and the tribble one - yeah v clever, yawn. oh and jake's war zone correspondent crisis of confidence.

Monogo doesn't socialise (ledge), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 07:59 (one month ago) Permalink

the v entertaining 'greatest generation' podcast has just finished its epic run through the entirety of next gen and has started on ds9 btw, might be a good jumping-on point for new listeners

midas / medusa cage match (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 10:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Trials and Tribble-lations was great. I mean, c'mon:

https://i0.wp.com/www.tor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/trialstribbleations14.jpg?resize=472%2C363&type=vertical

Jeff, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 10:45 (one month ago) Permalink

I read somewhere that they did that episode thinking CG would make it feasible based on Forrest Gump and the "Buddy Holly" music video. The latter used no composite shots, no computer trickery.

In the 50 year mission ronald d moore says his "tribbles" pitch had two scenes: the tribble chute and the line-up after the fight. imo the only other joke they added was "look at how dated this all is".

Einstein, Bazinga, Sitar (abanana), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 14:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Trying this podcast. No way I’m going to be able to deal with these guys. It will be a miracle if I can make it through the first ep.

Jeff, Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:31 (one month ago) Permalink

noooooo

midas / medusa cage match (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:32 (one month ago) Permalink

the greatest generation has some other fans on ilx, help me out here guys

midas / medusa cage match (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:34 (one month ago) Permalink

I guess there are some ok bits in there, but the jokes, I can’t. DS9 should be treated with reverence! Also they keep mispronouncing Nana Visitor’s name.

Jeff, Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:40 (one month ago) Permalink

tbf i feel like objecting to the greatest generation on star trek purist grounds is acceptable

midas / medusa cage match (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:42 (one month ago) Permalink

It is making me want to do a rewatch though. Probably would be my 4th or 5th time through?

Jeff, Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:43 (one month ago) Permalink

wait how is nana visitor's name pronounced

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Nah-nah

Jeff, Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Give GG a chance. One problem with jumping in now is that much of the podcast features running gags that draw on 178 episodes of TNG, Trek ephemera, and a constellation of memes. You might first listen to some of the TNG episodes to get a feel for their schtick, which comes from a place of genuine affection for the show. When they're not making poop jokes, they can be very insightful, and they're not afraid to run against accepted wisdom on the series.

Millsner, Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Also, "In the Cards" is one of the most joyous episodes of DS9. Easily makes my top 10.

Millsner, Thursday, 19 October 2017 16:08 (one month ago) Permalink

The greatest gen guys are bigger Star Trek fans than they pretend to be. The 'a bit embarassed' part is a comedic role they play.

Einstein, Bazinga, Sitar (abanana), Friday, 20 October 2017 05:59 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I'm a bit embarrassed by their grown-up beavis & butthead act but it is a good show, if only for the picard/wesley (the boy!) running gag.

Monogo doesn't socialise (ledge), Friday, 20 October 2017 08:28 (four weeks ago) Permalink

picking this up again in s02 after a series of a/v issues

an oblivious odo turns into a monster every 16 hours: okay. i like the dude who plays his 'dad' (and that misguided romulan defector in tng)

bashir and o'brien are ambushed after helping to destroy biological weapons: i am not all that interested in how grumpy chief and puppy julian become friends

o'brien is a replicant: this was really good!

colony of settlers without technology: actress playing the bitchy colony leader did a great job; plot doesn't hold together, especially when they take her away to face justice (?) at the end and everyone's like, we don't mind being tricked and watching our friends die needlessly, we just love the community

old dude lives in fake settlement with hologram friends: rehash of tng episode (and maybe tos episode as well? can't remember)

trill hopeful interviews with dax: dax being rowdy was kind of fun, trill hopeful actor was bad, b-story with expanding proto-universe was hand-waved away in absurd fashion

cardassian dissident is quark's ex-lover: garak is always fun; everything else was terrible

main complaint is same as before (eg when quark let the terrorists who stole the dax symbiont onto the station) -- no consequences. in just this last one odo disobeys a direct order and frees the dissidents (presumably wrecking the chance for a prisoner transfer and creating a major diplomatic incident with cardassia), garak is very obviously revealed as a spy, quark gets away with dealing in cloaking devices, garak flat-out kills a cardassian gul and . . . nothing changes. everything goes back to normal at the end. c'mon

mookieproof, Friday, 27 October 2017 17:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the o'brien replicant episode is really well executed yeah

ciderpress, Friday, 27 October 2017 18:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Many good O’Brien eps in DS9.

Jeff, Friday, 27 October 2017 18:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/what-we-left-behind-star-trek-deep-space-nine-doc#/

Nooooo I missed out on the awesome tees and they're not selling them on the site store! 😣

https://ds9documentary.com/#content

Potato Wave (Leee), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 06:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Didn't know about that. Adam Nimoy's doc about his father wasn't bad, so I would definitely watch this

Nhex, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 06:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Aw, no Avery Brooks involvement? :( sad. Maybe they'll get him and RDM later.

Nhex, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 06:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That's not surprising, but still disappointing. I always think of him as a reluctant participant in the Trek culture industry.

BTW those $200 cookies could've been mine too. 😭

Potato Wave (Leee), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 06:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Still regret I didn't go for the dinner with nah nah.

Jeff, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 10:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the o'brien replicant episode is really well executed yeah

Ah dangit missed a chance for a lol ahem If there's one thing O'Brien knows it's executions.

I just rewatched the second episode again, and can see where people might complain about Avery Brooks's acting -- his laugh when he's having dinner with Dax is soooooo weird.

Entree 3000 (Leee), Saturday, 11 November 2017 02:26 (one week ago) Permalink

just watched 'crossover' to the mirror universe with sensual intendant kira

it was cool but also weird? like oh even minor bajoran plenipotentiaries know about alternate universes and have heard of james t. kirk and how he wrecked the terran empire

it was all worth it for salacious sisko tho

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 November 2017 05:07 (one week ago) Permalink


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