Friday, August 22, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 41 - The Marquis Pt. 2

Sisko confronts Hudson but ends up getting stunned. They return to DS9 to find Quark in jail (as Odo has since discovered his involvement with the Vulcan). Oh yeah and the Vulcan is in The Marquis. Also there is a Cardassian official on board and he tells Sisko that Dukat was smuggling weapons for some renegade Cardassian group. What I got out of this was that the Cardassians were indeed smuggling weapons on that freighter and this was an attempt to throw Dukat under the bus. But...also the Marquis are smuggling weapons too??

This plot is more confusing than The Dark Tower. So anyway, Sisko, Bashir and Odo go back to rescue Dukat. The Vulcan then confesses that The Marquis are about to blow up a large Cardassian weapons depot. Sisko and crew rush to the depot and have a final showdown with Hudson. Because neither man want to hurt the other, the fight is rather lame and Hudson eventually leaves.

So that is it. I'm not sure what to make of it. It was alright I guess. It's always fun to see horny Quark.

41 down and 135 to go

Star Trek DS9 Episode 40 - The Marquis Pt. 1

This episode marks the beginning of The Marquis which plays a fair role in The Voyager series. In fact this episode was used as a springboard for the Voyager Series. The Marquis is sort of a terrorist organization that protects Federation colonies that are living in Cardassian space. Seemingly DS9 is full of terrorists organizations.

Basically, we have a Cardassian freighter getting blown up. The saboteur is captured and the Cardassians find out that it is a human. Fearful of Cardassian retaliation Starfleet sends Lt. Commander Cal Hudson to patrol the border. Interesting fact, he is a relative of Ernie Hudson. And also Cal Ripken.

Lt. Hudson is an old friend of Sisko's and he informs Benjamin that the Cardassian freighter may have been smuggling weapons. Gul Dukat insists to Sisko that this is not true and offers to help him find the truth ... but soon Dukat is kidnapped by The Marquis. Sisko, Kira and Bashir take off in a runabout to find him and end up on a deserted planet named The Badlands. Here they are confronted by the Marquis and with them is Cal Hudson!

Meanwhile Quark is helping a Vulcan woman acquire weapons. Seemingly he just want to get into her pants and really isn't thinking much about what he is helping her do.

40 down and 136 to go

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 39 - Blood Oath

"Jadzia Dax honors an oath made by Curzon Dax to three Klingons (Kor, Koloth, and Kang), and goes with them on a crusade against their sworn enemy "the Albino" who murdered their firstborn children as revenge for stopping his raid on a Klingon colony."

So here's the deal. The plot is sort of dumb and the episode itself was not that great.  I have come to really dislike the character of Dax, not at all interesting. BUT, this episode did have a few cool nuances.

They brought back the three original actors from TOS to play Kang, Kor and Koloth. Michael Ansara as the classic Klingon, Kang (Day of the Dove) ... also he was married to Barbara Eden??? William Campbell as Koloth, from Touble With Tribbles, he was also Trelane in Squre of Gothos. Finally, John Colicos as Kor from the great episode Errand of Mercy.

The story itself was supposed to be an ode to Seven Samurai, which I guess I can see but really who gives a shit. Also the outside shots of the Albino's house where of the Millard House in California, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. But really, who give a shit.

39 down and 137 to go

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 38 - Profit and Loss

"Quark is reunited with his former Cardassian lover, Natima Lang, but she is engaged in dangerous political intrigue with her students Rekela and Hogue: they want to reduce the political power of the Cardassian military."

No way Quark was banging this chick. Also, her last name is Lang??? She is a political outcast and wanted by the Cardassians. Odo and Garak, seeing that she is wanted, hunt her down and capture her. Gul Toran shows up and offers Garak a deal, if he kills the outcast then Garak will be allowed back on Cardassia. In the end Garak chooses to kill Toran instead and Quark professes his love for Natima.

I just didn't like seeing Quark as a passionate and loving creature. It just didn't make sense.

38 down and 138 to go

Monday, August 18, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 37 - Playing God

Dax is training a young Trill named Arjin to be a host. He is very timid and reserved. Dax spends the episode trying to break him out of his shell. Meanwhile O'Brien is dealing with an outbreak of Cardassian Voles that are causing havoc around the ship. Meanwhile a small mass is floating around the ship causing problems. Dax discovers that the mass is actually a tiny Universe, which is very interesting actually. In the end Arjin takes the proto-universe and releases it into the wormhole, finally breaking out of his shell.

All in all, it was a very forgettable episode.

37 down and 139 to go

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 36 - Shadowplay

Odo and Dax go to a planet to investigate the disappearance of villagers. There is not much to say about this one. Come to find out that the entire thing was a hologram and that the people are disappearing because the generator is failing. Only one man is real and he created the entire thing.

What was interesting about this episode, is that it had good character development for Odo. He shows emotion over being an orphan and bonds with a child who is in a similar situation. DS9 does a great job developing characters.

36 down and 140 to go

Star Trek DS9 Episode 35 - Paradise

O'Brien and Sisko get trapped on a planet where the inhabitants shun technology. They force the two men to stay there and work in the fields. Maybe they do not want to be found out or something, I really didn't get it. Anyway, something about Sisko being forced to work in a field is mighty uncomfortable.

It's a very typical, Original Series type of episode. Nothing special.

35 down and 141 to go

Monday, August 04, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 34 - Whispers

What a weird episode. So O'Brien is at a conference on some planet. Next thing you know he is back on the ship and he is becoming paranoid because everybody is talking behind is back and Sisko is giving him pointless work. At one point Sisko and Kira confront him with phasers while Bashir tries to inject him with a sedative. O'Brien manages to escape DS9 on a runabout and make his way to back to the planet where all of this began. All the time being followed by another runabout.

On the planet he is confronted by Sisko and Kira. Suddenly the door opens and in walks .... another Miles O'Brien! It seems as if we had been watching the entire episode through the eyes of the Miles clone. A rebel faction had created this clone to assassinate a delegate. In the end he is shot and killed.

34 down and 142 to go

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 33 - Armageddon Game

I very much enjoyed this episode. It involves O'Brien and Bashir. They are on a mission to dismantle all the biological weapons that have been amassed by two warring races, the T'Lani and the Kellerun. Just as Bashir is about to shut down the final weapon Kellerun soldiers burst in and start shooting everybody. Bashir and O'Brien escape in a Runabout down to the planet surface. The planet is decimated by war and the seek refuge in some ruins.

Meanwhile, in a classic war time ploy, the Kellerun create a fake video showing the death of Bashir and O'Brien. The crew morn them, but Kieko has doubts. She notices in the video that Miles is drinking coffee, something she says he never does. After investigating the death site, Dax manages to unravel the plot and the find the two men (Miles however being near death due to an infection). After recovery, Miles comments to Keiko that he does indeed drink coffee. So the entire rescue effort was done by complete coincidence.

Well done. I recommend this one.

33 down and 143 to go