Thursday, March 26, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 150 - Tears of the Prophets

This was a fairly action packed episode. Starfleet is planning an attack on the Dominion. The subplot is Work and Dax are trying to have a baby. Quark and Bashir are depressed because they officially stand no chance with Dax, they both go and spill their guts to .... ugghh Vic Fontaine. Anyway, this is all pointless.

Starfleet makes it's move, but the Dominion is ready. Dukat takes one of those artifacts and breaks it, allowing himself to be possessed by a powerful spirit (similar to what happened to Kira a few episodes back). On the Defiant Garak figures out a way to turn the Dominion weapons on themselves. Meanwhile on DS9 evil Dukat beams aboard and kills Dax. He then collapses the wormhole. Bashir saves the symbiote but  Jadzia dies. Sisko gets back to DS9 feeling like a failure. He takes Jake and goes back to Earth, leaving Kira in charge. This ends season 6. This episode had great space fighting scenes, it was very "Star Wars".

150 down and 26 to go

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 149 - The Sound of Her Voice

"The Defiant picks up a distress call from Captain Lisa Cusak, whose escape pod has crashed on a remote planet following the destruction of her ship, the Olympia."

There is really not much else to this episode. Each individual member of the crew spends time talking to Captain Cusak as she slowly dies. They are trying to get to her in time, but it's going to be close. Meanwhile she sort of acts like a therapist as she helps everyone solve personal problems. They finally arrive on the planet to find Lisa dead. The thing is that she dies three years ago! This very night!! Due to a time distortion, they had been talking to her past self. It was actually a very interesting episode. Deb Wilson (from MadTV) played Lisa Cusak and was excellent.


(Side plot: Odo plans to celebrate his one month anniversary with Kira)

149 down and 27 to go

Monday, March 23, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 148 - Time's Orphan

"Molly O'Brien disappears in a vortex and reappears as an 18-year-old woman, but she is now feral, bringing great difficulty for her parents."

Normally a plot like this would be dreadful, but this one works. It ended up having some interesting moments. So the O'Brien's are on a getaway to some planet and Molly falls into a vortex that takes her into the planets past. To a time when no one occupied it. The Enterprise crew devise a plan to get her out of the vortex. It takes only hours to retrieve her but when they get Molly back she is now 18 years old.

Molly is feral because she survived alone on the planet for 8 years. Miles and Keiko go about re-teaching her everything, including who she really is. In the end she understands a good deal, but she really misses "home". Miles and Keiko make the tough decision to send her back to her time.

The end is a good twist though. They send 18 yr old Molly through the vortex and she ends up back in the planets past. She then stumbles upon 10 year old Molly and tells her to go back through the vortex and she will be able to see her parents again. Much to Miles and Keiko's surprise, out of the vortex walks their young daughter again.

There is also a subplot in which Worf babysits Mile's son.

148 down and 28 to go

Friday, March 20, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 147 - Profit and Lace

"Quark's mother and the Grand Nagus show up on DS9, announcing a new amendment to the Bill of Opportunities"

This is the weirdest episode ever. I mean, hands down, it has to be. Honestly I am not making any of this up...

So the Grand Nagus starts to speak up for women's rights on Ferengar. This causes everyone to hate him, he is overthrown and replaced by Brunt. In order to get back in favor he has Quark, Rom and Nog cold call Ferengi's and try to persuade them. It doesn't work. The next plan is to have Quark's mother talk to the richest Ferengi, who evidently owns a soda company??, and try to sway his opinion. Before she could meet with this guy, she has a heart attack.

Now it gets extra fucking weird. They come up with a plan to have Quark dress as a woman and take the place of his mother. He learns how to act womanly from the females on the station. But wait! The must take this shit all the way, Bashir then gives Quark a sex change. Yes, seriously. Then Quark meets with the soda tycoon and the guy tries to have sex with Quark the entire time. Brunt busts in and reveals the truth, that the woman is really Quark. So Quark takes things a step further and starts making out with the soda guy. Brunt still insists that the woman is really a man. So Quark rips open his shirt and shows them his tits!!! HAHA. What the hell is going on....

It pretty much ends there. Although, in the beginning of the episode there is an odd scene where Quark is trying to force his waitress to be a prostitute or else he will fire her. He gives her a sex book to read and then basically says that she has to test out what she learns with him... So at the very end, he apologizes to her because he now knows what it feels like to be a woman. She replies that she actually enjoyed the book and was interested in trying the stuff out...so I guess he goes and has sex with her. What the hell was the message here??

147 down and 29 to go

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 146 - Valiant

"Jake and Nog come under attack by the Jem'Hadar and are rescued by a rogue Defiant class starship, the Valiant, under the command of Starfleet Red Squadron cadets."

I didn't care too much for the first time Red Squadron appeared on DS9, but this time was different. The Valiant is being completely run by Red Squadron (who, if you don't know, is just a crew of the best Starfleet cadets). Jake and Nog are on their way to Ferenginar (which is the name of the Ferengi home world, I never knew that), when they are attacked by the Jem'Hadar. Luckily for them, the Valiant is in the area trying to destroy a new style Dominion battle cruiser. They are saved and Nog is added to the team, while Jake is seen as an outsider.

The Valiant is considered to be a rogue ship, but that's not entirely true. The former Captain commissioned them to finish his mission when he was unable to, but it is officially unofficial. So anyway, the new Captain is Tim Watters. I was getting the vibe that they might be setting up a spin-off series, like maybe a Starfleet Academy show or something. The tone was interesting and the Captain was a nutcase, sort of like a Kirk. But, I soon realized that a spin-off was not going to happen. The Valiant is destroyed and the entire Red Squadron is killed, except for Collins, Nog and Jake. At the end Nog comments that Watters was a hero and a great man, but a bad Captain.

146 down and 30 to go

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 145 - The Reckoning

"Sisko is called to Bajor when an ancient tablet addressing the Emissary is discovered at B'hala."


I really hate these Emissary episodes. This one involves Sisko smashing a priceless artifact, much to the dismay of Kai Wynn. But he did it because the prophets told him too. It unleashes a spirit...I think... and the spirit takes over Kira in order to prepare for the reckoning (whatever that is). Then it takes over Jake. Evidently this is supposed to happen, so when Kai Wynn basically exorcises the spirit Kira is mad because she ruined everything. Or something.


145 down and 31 to go

Monday, March 16, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 144 - His Way

"Bashir shows off a new Holosuite program of a martini lounge with the 1960s Vegas singer named Vic Fontaine who is very perceptive; and gives advice to Odo when Kira visits her ex-lover Shakaar."


This episode is completely unwatchable. DS9 had a good run so far. I mean, even the shitty episodes had been watchable. This one however.... Let me just say that not only is the plot annoying (because yet again a nice looking woman is attracted to a hideous monster of a man...seriously this sends the wrong message to all of us male nerds out there), but Vic Fontaine is the worst character of all time. I would rather have Cousin Oliver in this episode. Now this is by far the worst part of this episode, they literally perform three entire songs. Not clips of songs, but three full length songs. It's dreadful.

144 down and 32 to go