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Episode Review #5 – DS9 “Honor Among Thieves”

Posted in Deep Space Nine, Episode Reviews with tags , , on October 13, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

First of all, my apologies for not having posted in ages. I did type up a convention report for Vegas 2008, but I haven’t gotten around to posting it yet. School and work have kept me very busy lately, but I will get that report posted soon!

Fortunately, I found some time to watch some DS9. I know, I really need to get around to doing episode reviews for the other series. I will, I promise! But right now all I have on DVD is DS9, although I may start watching some TOS soon since there are some episodes of that up on fancast.com. TOS should be a lot of fun since I haven’t seen much of that.

But for right now all we’ve got is DS9, so here we go with Season 6, “Honor Among Thieves”. I suppose you could call this an O’Brien episode, but unlike most of his episodes the writers managed to not torture him very much in this one. Well, not torture him like they did in “Hard Time” or “Tribunal”. But I did read someplace that whenever the writers ran out of ideas they would all ask each other if they’d tortured O’Brien yet this season.

Was this the first time they tortured O’Brien in season 6? I can’t remember off the top of my head, I started to lose interest in DS9 after Worf and Dax got married, and the first time I saw “In The Pale Moonlight” I really didn’t like it and got really turned off to DS9 for the rest of season 6. But now that I’m older and wiser (ha!) I’ve come to appreciate certain episodes in this season. Like this one!

For me, this was one of the DS9 episodes that brought out the darker side of the Star Trek universe. It isn’t utopia everywhere, and our heroes aren’t perfect. They explore this idea a lot more in episodes like “In The Pale Moonlight” though…

I really liked how I was drawn in to sympathizing with Bilby, just like O’Brien did. At the end, I kept wanting Bilby to leave with O’Brien and for them to go find Bilby’s family and save them too. Gosh, couldn’t they have found a way to fake Bilby’s death or something and then throw him in prison?

Then there’s Bilby’s cat… So sweet that you see it at the end in O’Brien’s quarters. I’ll have to look for it in future episodes, see if it stays there. But when Bilby asks O’Brien to take care of the cat, I kept thinking that O’Brien should have told him something like, “Sure, no problem, I’m sure my kids will love him,” rather than making Bilby ask him again if he had a family. Although I suppose O’Brien still might not want to reveal too many details about his family, just to keep them safe, but at that point Bilby was already gonna die, and I just kept hoping O’Brien would say something that might actually make the guy feel a little better, like that O’Brien has a family, since that is what’s most important.

Something I really liked about this episode was seeing O’Brien in a new element for him, maybe a wee bit outside of his comfort zone. Yeah, I know, he fixed lots of stuff on his mission, but that’s what I think of when I think of O’Brien, a family guy, and one of those miracle worker Starfleet engineers who can turn rocks into replicators. I don’t think of a spy, and it was great to see O’Brien pull off that part really well, even if he did get in so close that he began to sympathize with the bad guys.

Of course, some bad guys have a good side, and that’s what O’Brien saw and brought out in Bilby. And in the end, even I want to defend Bilby, even if he is running around killing people and robbing banks, I hate to think of what happens to his family.

When DS9 first aired I watched almost all of the episodes. But at the time this one aired I was probably super busy with school and only caught bits and pieces of this episode while doing homework. So it’s been a real treat to go back with an older and wiser (ha!) eye and watch some of these episodes again, now that I have the time to relax and really appreciate them. And this episode did not disappoint. Nice to see a different take on the annual “Let’s torture O’Brien!” episode.

So, what did you all think of “Honor Among Thieves”? Leave a comment!

Live Long and Prosper
=/\=TrekkieGirl

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Episode Review #4 – DS9 “Past Tense parts I & II”

Posted in Deep Space Nine, Episode Reviews with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

The usual warning for my episode reviews: Spoilers within, I don’t provide a summary so it helps if you’ve watched the episode already.

Wow… I had a lot of things going through my head while I watched this episode. Part of me was nitpicking a bit (like, if Chris Brenner was such a big media tycoon, wouldn’t it have caused some damage to the timeline if he were to lose his interface license? Even if he did get great ratings?), but for the most part this episode really hit close to home on a few different levels.

Quite literally, the episode took place in San Francisco, and I live pretty close to SF. I’ve been there enough times to see all of the problems they have with homelessness, I’ve had plenty of people there ask me for spare change. And it isn’t just in SF either, even over in Berkeley and Oakland, I run into plenty of homeless people asking for change, I don’t have to go far from home to find them. And plenty of them are obviously mentally ill and need treatment and aren’t getting it (As Bashir notices about many of the sanctuary residents).

As far as the timeline goes, 2024 isn’t that far away. While people may wonder if we’re that close to having sanctuary districts and riots in them, it’s worth noting that I once read that the city of Los Angeles was considering starting up something like a sanctuary district. And the story hit the papers about the same time this episode aired. Freaky, huh?

While Star Trek has always been good at exploring social issues by cloaking them in a sci-fi storyline, the writers aren’t usually this direct. They did a great job of using Bashir, the “young” doctor who considered 21st century history too depressing, to ask the questions that we ought to be asking ourselves. How did we let things get this bad? And how do we stop this from happening again? He never presented us with any answers (and I’m not going to either, even though I do have some ideas), but simply asked the audience to consider these questions.

This episode got me thinking, while not so much on the issue of dealing with homelessness, but on improving the world in general. I’m pretty pessimistic about the world today and where we’re heading, and watching this episode reminded me of that and had me asking myself, what am I doing to make the world a better place? When I was in college I was studying to be an accountant, but just before graduation and during my first job I realized that I felt like my job was doing nothing more than helping the rich get richer. After a few other side jobs and a lot of time thinking about just what I wanted to do with my life, I found that I was a lot more interested in teaching and found it a lot more rewarding. Maybe I can’t singlehandedly change the world, but I can encourage a lot of other people to really think about how they can.

So how did this episode affect you? Leave me some comments, I want to know what everyone else thought of this episode!

Live Long and Prosper…

=/\=TrekkieGirl

Episode Review #3: DS9 – Equilibrium

Posted in Deep Space Nine, Episode Reviews, J&J with tags , , on May 7, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

One episode leads to another, and “Equilibrium” came right after “House of Quark” on the DVD. I find it difficult to pick a favorite Deep Space Nine episode, but if I had to this would be on the list of top contenders, if it didn’t win my pick for favorite DS9 episode.

Once again, my obligatory spoiler alert. SPOILERS! Don’t read this if you haven’t seen the episode because there are spoilers, and I’m not going to provide a summary so my review makes more sense if you’ve seen the episode.

There are just so many things I loved about this episode from the first time I saw it. First time I saw it… I was in the 5th grade… I guess I’m dating myself here, huh? Oh, and mind you, I watched all of DS9 as each episode premiered for the first time, so I saw each preview and waited for a week, dying to see a new episode. This was one of those episodes that after school every week I’d run home and watch the preview again and again (we taped every episode and the preview for next week’s episode. I still have the original tapes too). And this episode did not disappoint.

So I’ve never been insane about Odo/Kira the way I’m insane about Julian/Jadzia, but the couple makes sense to me, unlike Worf/Dax… Anyway Odo and Kira have the cutest scene in the teaser when he’s stirring the soufflĂ©. Unlike Worf, I can see what Kira sees in Odo. He is soooo *cute* in this scene, and cute isn’t a word I’d often use with Odo. So very “Data-like”…

This episode has one of many scenes that makes a great case for Julian and Jadzia to have been a couple. When they’re on the Defiant heading to Trill and Jadzia stops by to talk to Julian, you just couldn’t see her being able to confide in anyone else like that. Julian was one of the few characters who really saw Jadzia as Jadzia, not as a reincarnation of a past host, but just someone who carried all of those memories and whose life was enhanced by that experience. Julian would have been head over heels in love with Jadzia no matter who her past hosts were, but I think most of Worf’s interest in her (and perhaps her interest in Worf) was only there because of Curzon.

Getting to learn about previous hosts is always interesting, but a Trill does have to move past them to gain new experiences. This just doesn’t happen with Worf, all we get to see is more of Curzon. Julian, on the other hand, would have given us a chance to explore Jadzia’s character as the series went on. And their scene in Julian’s quarters gives us a glimpse into what the writers could have done with Jadzia’s character but got sidetracked with “The Worf Show” instead.

Aside from my rants about why J&J would have been great together, discovering Joran gives us an opportunity to see a darker side of Dax, and a darker side of Trill society. The great secret the Symbiosis Commission has that nearly half the Trill population is suitable for joining, not the 0.1% they claim, and yes, sometimes the commission picks unsuitable hosts, and they don’t immediately reject the symbiont. This secret has to remain a secret at all costs, even if it means that innocent hosts have to die, not to protect the symbiont, but to protect the lies upon which the Symbosis Commission operates. Fanfiction writers and the Relaunch authors have had soooooooo much fun with the various secrets the Symbiosis Commission is keeping! And I really wish the television writers had done at least another episode revealing yet another terrible secret the Symbiosis Commission would kill, or had killed people already, to keep quiet.

This episode ends with one of my favorite DS9 quotes, “If you want to know who you are, it’s important to know who you’ve been.” I’m sure this is true even for those of us with just one lifetime…

Live long and prosper… and J&J Forever!

=/\=TrekkieGirl

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Episode Review #2: DS9 – House Of Quark

Posted in Deep Space Nine, Episode Reviews with tags , , , on May 5, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

Once again I had some spare time over the weekend and found myself watching DS9 again. Funny how that happens… This time I pulled out my season 3 DVD set and popped in the first disc to watch “House Of Quark”.

Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers! Read further only if you’ve seen the episode, because: 1. There are lots of spoilers and 2. I’m not gonna give you a summary, just some of my random thoughts about each episode, so it helps if you’ve seen the episode.

This has got to be one of my favorite Quark episodes. Oh sure, there are other good Quark episodes, like “The Nagus”, “Rules of Acquisition”, “Profit and Loss”, and some others in later seasons. And Quark will have the occasional great scene, like in the teaser of “The Quickening”. But overall, this has to be my favorite Quark episode.

What seems like a simple bar fight and a tall tale to boost business lands Quark in front of the Klingon High Council. Quark’s way out of the mess relies on his business sense at first, but eventually a risky gamble and some bravery saves his life, and gets him a divorce. The divorce scene was classic, if it were really that easy I’d consider getting married! Klingons definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to a divorce! And if only we ever saw a scene like that with Jadzia and Worf, but I digress.

The subplot with the O’Briens… eh, it was okay. Of course Keiko leaving for Bajor was a big catalyst for all of the great scenes and great friendship we’d see between Bashir and O’Brien since somebody had to keep Miles company while his family was away. But my favorite part of that whole subplot was the scene where Julian tells Miles that Keiko is not going to be happy running the station’s arboretum just like Miles wouldn’t be happy playing with tricorders. For Keiko to be happy, she has to be a botanist, and for Miles to be happy, he’s gotta be an engineer.

I always come back to watch this scene between Miles and Julian when I’m trying to figure out what to do with my life and people are telling me to take what I’m passionate about and make it a hobby when I know darn well I can make a living at doing what I love. Maybe I won’t end up filthy rich, but money isn’t everything. And if Quark heard me say that, he’d wash my mouth out with soap!

Speaking of Quark, even after his trip to the Klingon homeworld and near execution and brief marriage and divorce, he *still* hasn’t learned his lesson about tall tales, as the episode ends with him inflating yet another story. If you want to teach your kids that lying gets you into trouble and you shouldn’t do it, this is not the episode to have them watch since Quark just never learns that lesson…

Live Long and Prosper,

=^=TrekkieGirl

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Episode Review #1: DS9 – Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night and Inquisition

Posted in Deep Space Nine, Episode Reviews with tags , on May 2, 2008 by TrekkieGirl

I had some spare time this afternoon so I dug out my DS9 Season 6 DVD to watch “Inquisition”. Of course one episode led to another and I had lots of spare time, so I watched “Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night”.

Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers! Read further only if you’ve seen the episode, because: 1. There are lots of spoilers and 2. I’m not gonna give you a summary, just some of my random thoughts about each episode, so it helps if you’ve seen the episode.

“Inquisition” was a great episode for Bashir fans. I have to agree with a certain poster on the startrek.com boards that he is HOT!

Drooling aside, this episode introduces Section 31, the secret part of the Federation, like the Federation’s version of the Obsidian Order. So this is the Federation’s darker side, after all this talk of freedom and the ends don’t justify the means, along comes Section 31 whose agents operate in secret, answer to no one.

Episodes like this make me wonder what Gene Roddenberry would have thought of DS9 had he lived to see it. Some people say that DS9 clashes too much with the Utopia Roddenberry envisioned for the future. I’d have to agree with that, but at the same time I don’t think Roddenberry would really expect perfection in the future, and DS9 is far from perfect, yet still striving toward it.

Something about this episode I think Roddenberry would have liked though, it makes you think. It makes you challenge your beliefs, see just how much they mean to you. The Original Series made you think, it challenged your beliefs. DS9 does the same thing, except DS9 uses a less than perfect world, while the Original Series used Utopia. I’d think Roddenberry would appreciate the *fact* that this episode makes you think, although I’m not sure what he would think of *how* the episode gets you thinking.

One episode leads to another and I ended up watching “Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night”. I can see that Nana Visitor must have had fun getting to explore Kira’s character like this. I think it was in the DVD commentary that I heard that the writers originally wanted to have Kira in a relationship with Dukat. Eh… no, totally not in her character. Now as for her mother sleeping with the enemy… Woah, there’s something we can have fun with!

At the end when Sisko asks Kira why she saved her mother, even though she was a collaborator, I really wanted to hear Kira say something different. I wanted her to mention seeing her mother crying over the message from her father, and then at that moment Kira realizes that what she had told her mother earlier about enjoying sleeping with the enemy wasn’t really true, Meru wasn’t sleeping with Dukat because she liked him, she was sleeping with Dukat because the alternative wasn’t all that great.

I’m not going to argue over what else Meru could have done, or if Dukat really kept his promise to take care of her family. But this does bring up an interesting question of how far you go to aid the enemy and how much do you have to get in return to do it? Kira’s attitude is that you don’t aid the enemy at all, and yet I find that a little shortsighted. If Dukat really was keeping his promise and Kira was growing up healthier because of his aid, then Meru’s collaboration helped a future leader of Bajor to grow up healthy and strong. And if Meru refuses, maybe Kira doesn’t survive her childhood, and maybe without her later on in the Dominion war Bajor ends up being taken over by the Dominion. Not to mention Kira’s work in the resistance…

When you get down to it, Meru had two options. Collaborate, “play house” with Dukat and help her family (or at least Dukat told her he was helping her family and she believed it), or refuse and let her family starve, get herself tossed into ore processing, and let someone else collaborate with Dukat. And there’s no gaurantee that the next collaborator will be helping any other Bajorans through their actions, the next collaborator may truly enjoy playing house and could not care less about anyone else.

I suppose what I’m getting at is that in a situation like the occupation, I don’t have any issue with playing along with the enemy to gain some advantages that I can use to help “the good guys” win their battle. Play along with the enemy by day and gain their trust so I can smuggle weapons to the resistance at night. Of course Meru never did this outright, but by keeping her family alive she did provide at least one more resistance fighter for Bajor. I just wish Kira would have acknowledged this in the end. But it is kinda complicated to explain, so I understand that maybe the writers simplified her reasoning to “She’s still my mother” and hoped that the audience would figure out everything I just said.

Live Long and Prosper…

~TrekkieGirl

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