Friday, March 06, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 143 - In the Pale Moonlight

"Sisko asks Garak to help him get the Romulans to join the war against the Dominion."

Very solid episode. So Sisko is very concerned over the war with the Dominion and he wants to get the Romulans to side with the Federation. Him and Garak try to find documentation proving that the Dominion is a threat to the Romulans but they cant find one. Much to Sisko's disapproval they decide to break a top notch forger named Tolar out of a Klingon prison and use him to create fake documents. Tolar is a complete nut case, but he does eventually complete his task.

The Romulan commander easily figures out that it's a fake document. Sisko is now concerned that his plan has back fired and the Romulans will now side with the Dominion. Meanwhile though, Garak kills Tolar to keep him from talking and he also plants a bomb on the Romulan ship (but makes it look like the Dominion did it). This ploy works and the Romulans side with the Federation. Sisko laments that Garak was right, even though it did cost two lives and his own self respect, it could save millions. At the end Sisko erases all of his Captains Logs concerning this situation. Strange how it's so easy to erase official Starfleet logs????

143 down and 33 to go

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 142 - Inquisition

"Bashir is accused of unknowingly spying for the Dominion."

Some guy named Sloan runs Bashir through the ringer trying to test his loyalty to Starfleet. Finally he believes Bashir and reveals that he is actually the head of a secret Starfleet spy rganization named Section 31 and they want to recruite Bashir. Bashir tells him to screw. At the Sisko tells Bashir that Sloan will no doubt come asking again and this time Bashir is to say yes. Then Sisko can have the inside scoop on secret Federation info. Also, this makes Bashir's fantasy of being a spy a reality.

142 down and 34 to go

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 141 - Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night

"When Dukat reveals to Kira her mother, Kira Meru, did not die when she was three, but was actually his lover, Kira goes into the past using the Bajoran Orb of Time to find the truth."

I'm sick of DS9 going back in time and going to alternate universes with such ease. It's just too unbelievable ... as if a giant fucking alien space station orbiting a wormhole is believable ... but you get my point. So even still, the episode was decent. That's what is good about DS9, even the bad episodes are watchable.

So Kira goes back in time to see if the rumor is true, that her mother left her family to become Dukat's lover. She discovers that initially her mom was taken as a sex slave, but she found that life was actually pretty good in this "position" ... get it??? Whatever. Kira now hates her mother and she decides to plant a bomb and kill both her mom and Dukat. But at the last moment she changes her mind and saves them.

141 down and 35 to go

Friday, February 27, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 140 - Change of Heart

"When Jadzia Dax is critically injured on an away mission, Worf must choose between saving his wife and completing their assignment."

I really hate the entire Dax and Worf thing, but I sort liked this episode. Dax and Worf are sent to smuggle a Dominion defector out of the Badlands. Before they meet up with him they are attacked by the Jem'Hadar and Dax is shot. The mission must be completed so Worf has no choice but to leave her behind. Half way through his journey, he realized "what the hell am I doing!" and turns back to save Dax. Back at DS9 Sisko rips Worf a new one and tells him that never again will he go on a mission with Dax. He also said that in the same situation he would also try to save his wife.

In sad news, I just heard that Leonard Nimoy died today. He always seemed like a decent guy who was always up for a cameo appearance. A legend.

140 down and 36 to go

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 139 - Honor Among Thieves

"Starfleet Intelligence recruits Chief O'Brien to infiltrate the Orion Syndicate to find a Starfleet informant."

What is up with Starfleet sending random people into dangerous situations. They never use security people to do this stuff, it's always an Engineer or Doctor. So in this one O'Brien goes under cover to infiltrate the space mob. Now I have seen a handful of Biographies about FBI undercover agents and actually this one plays out rather realistically. O'Brien slowly gains the trust of the Boss and then they become good "pals". O'Brien uncovers a plot to kill Gowron, which he reports to Starfleet. He also discovers that the mob boss will soon be killed, he actually feels bad for the guy so he reveals everything to him. The mob boss still decides to walk into his own death, but before that he gives Miles his cat to take care of. In the end Miles feels bad about the entire ordeal.

139 down and 37 to go

Friday, February 20, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 138 - One Little Ship

This may have been a good episode (although I doubt it), it's just that after that last episode everything else seems subpar so to follow it up with a Fantastic Voyage homage is just so disappointing. First of all, there is a space anomaly that has been causing probes to shrink down to miniscule size. So naturally Sisko sends the Runabout into the anomaly with Bashir, O'Brien and Dax aboard...because that makes perfect sense. Obviously they get shrunken. Meanwhile the Jem'Hadar take over the Defiant. Basically the mini Runabout sneaks aboard the Defiant and saves the day. So how does everyone get back to normal size? Well they reenter the anomaly and everything is reversed. Of course. I guess it was a fun episode but I would rather watch Honey I Shrunk the Kids if I wanted some fun shrinkage.

138 down and 38 to go

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Star Trek DS9 Episode 137 - Far Beyond the Stars

Not only does the episode that follows "Who Mourns for Morn?" not suck, it may possibly be the best episode of a TV show ever. The premise is simple and in fact rather standard DS9 faire. Sisko has a vision, goes unconscious and gets thrown into Earths past. Now here is where this episode goes from Science Fiction to something much much more. There was the episode in which Sisko goes back in time to "become" the man that saves Earth from totalitarian take over. Although that episode was full of a lot of deep rooted meaning apart from the Sci-Fi element, it was still heavily "Star Trek". This episode however, turns into 100% not Sci-Fi nor Star Trek.

A great aspect of "Far Beyond the Stars" is that all of the main characters play totally human roles. This allows them to show their range as actors and they are all incredible. It is great to see Michael Dorn and Armin Shimerman not playing hideous monsters.

The premise is that Sisko goes back to 1950's New York. He is trying to make a name for himself as a Sci-Fi writer. He is working for a Sci-Fi Magazine. His stories are loved by everyone in the office but they will not publish it because of the potential backlash of having a black author. Finally they figure out a way to get one of his stories into the magazine, it is approved by the editor (the somewhat closeted racist Mr. Pabst/Odo) and sent off to print. But, the results are incredibly heartbreaking.

There is a scene at the end in which Benjamin finally has had enough with the racism, the oppression and being treated like garbage. He just snaps and has a complete mental breakdown. What a fucking performance by Avery Brooks. I actually got choked up. Which shocked the shit out of me because not only is this Star Trek, but I always assumed I was the least sympathetic person on the planet...evidently this is not true! That is why this episode is so damn good, it nearly got me to cry! So bizarre. Anyway, I suggest everyone watch this episode now, if only for the fantastic acting.

137 down and 39 to go