Monday, September 29, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 59 - Life Support

"Bashir's ethics are put to the test as he keeps Vedek Bareil alive long enough to help Kai Winn complete negotiations for a peace treaty with Cardassia."

Bareil (Kira's boyfriend) is injured in an accident and is brain dead. Bashir gives him a drug that makes him functional but he is still brain dead. After seven months the drug wears off and he will die. Reason being that he needs to be at an important negotiation Kai Wynn. So basically it's an homage to Weekend at Bernie's.

It's a really dumb plot actually. Also, the late great Lark Voorhies was in this episode. Oh, she is still alive? I assumed she was dead. I must be thinking of her brother Jason.

59 down and 117 to go

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 58 - Past Tense Pt. 2

So, Sisko stands up and pretends to be Gabriel Bell. He takes it upon himself to fulfill the past. The situation is very tense and the Government is reluctant to let these people free and the police within the District are power hungry and fiercely militarized. But, Sisko uses his wits and compassion to dissolve the situation and sow the seeds of change. ....hey that line was almost well written for once. While all this is going on, Dax has been infiltrating the corporate elite and befriends one of them, she uses him to help Sisko and Bashir escape. Also, Kira and O'Brien make it to this era and track down their lost comrades. They all get beamed back to the correct time. At the end of the episode, they show a historical log entry about The Bell Riots and it shows a picture of Sisko.

I just found this entry on WikiPedia in regards to these episodes.

"According to the DVD commentary, as this episode was finishing production an article appeared in the Los Angeles Times describing a proposal by the mayor to create fenced-in "havens" for the city's homeless, to make downtown Los Angeles more desirable for business. The cast and crew were shocked that this was essentially the same scenario that Past Tense warned might happen in three decades, but was now being seriously proposed in the present."

Also Clint Howard is in this episode.

58 down and 118 to go

Star Trek DS9 Episode 57 - Past Tense Pt. 1

"A transporter accident sends Sisko, Bashir, and Dax three centuries into Earth's dark past to a time just before the Bell riots, a violent civil disturbance in opposition to Sanctuaries which are controlled ghettos for the dispossessed."

Wow. This has to be one of the greatest Star Trek two-parters ever. Even if this were not a Star Trek episode, it would still be good. They get sent back to a critical time in U.S. history were the Government has set up camps or "Districts" in various points of the country in order to hold homeless, poor and mentally ill people. Here they are locked in and forced to essentially fend for themselves. This is eerily similar to the current conspiracy theory on FEMA camps (which are also called "Districts"), militarized police and ruling elite.

Sisko and Bashir must escape from the camp, get back to the future...two and try not to screw up the past. Unfortunately, they accidently cause the death of Gabriel Bell ... the man who stops the riots and causes the future to be what it is....

57 down and 119 to go

Monday, September 22, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 56 - Fascination

"Lwaxana Troi pursues Odo during the Bajoran Gratitude Festival as members of the crew suddenly become infatuated with one another."

Seriously, enough with Lwaxana Troi. These episodes where she shows up and everyone falls in love and everyone gets all horned up ... it's just so tiresome. She is in no way all...especially now that she is probably like 80 years old. A wouldn't touch her with a 5 foot Pole ... yes, I'm talking about Peter Falk. And um...yeah that's it.

56 down and 120 to go

Friday, September 19, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 55 - Defiant

"Commander William Riker shows up unannounced and Kira shows him the Defiant, where he reveals his true motives for coming to Deep Space Nine."

I'm a sucker for these crossover episodes. I enjoyed the twist in this one. You see, Riker shows up on DS9 and Kira takes him on a tour of the Defiant. He then takes her hostage and steals the ship. Come to find out, it is really Thomas Riker and he is a member of The Maquis now. Remember him? The second Riker that was created by a transporter mess up back on TNG? So cool. I actually like Thomas Riker better than William, he is much more suave and badass. If only he had a scar or something to differentiate between the two. Like Tomax and Xamot.

55 down and 121 to go

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 54 - Meridian

On a trip to the Gamma Quadrant, Sisko discovers a planet that comes from out of nowhere. Every 60 years this planet pops into existence from another time/space/whatever. It's a pretty neat idea actually. These people are called the Meridians. Dax falls for one of the Meridian guys and she nearly gets stuck on the planet while it is fading back out of existence. I'm still confused by Dax, I thought it looked like a girl but the Trill was a guy?? Or does the Trill not have a gender... Whatever. I can't wait until she leaves the show.

The sub plot was weird. There is this guy that is obsessed with Kira and asks Quark to make him a holographic replica of her. Which is just creepy. I assume he will try and have sex with it?? I mean what other reason is there.

54 down and 122 to go

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 53 - Civil Defense

"Deep Space Nine is progressively locked down after O'Brien, Jake and Sisko accidentally activate an automated Cardassian security program. The program's counter-insurgency measures keep escalating until it initiates an auto-destruct. Gul Dukat beams on-board but is unable to stop the self-destruct sequence."

Non of this makes sense. I understand that they are still trying to understand the space station, but nobody was aware of this program?? A program that will destroy the ship without a real way to turn it off once it's activated???

53 down and 123 to go

Friday, September 12, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 52 - The Abandoned

"Quark purchases a salvaged ship from the Gamma Quadrant and discovers an infant on board."

The boy begins to grow at a rapid rate and is soon a teenager...with super strength and aggression. He is also really ugly. He reveals that he is a Jem'Hadar warrior, created by the Founders. Odo, feeling guilty, decides to help the boy learn right from wrong. But it ends up being impossible as the boy is very violent. Which proves the point that you can take the Jem'Hadar out of the wormhole, but you can never take the wormhole out of the Jem'Hadar.

Also, Jake is dating a kidding.

52 down and 124 to go

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 51 - Second Skin

"Kira is kidnapped by the Cardassians and told she is actually an undercover Cardassian agent."

I really enjoyed this episode. Even though I don't like Kira as a character ... actually for a show that I really do like, I think I hate almost every character...anyway, yeah this was a very interesting and original plot. Though it's full of more holes than JFK...which I guess is to say more than three. Anyway.

Kira wakes up on Cardassia, looking exactly like a Cardassian. They tell her that she was an under cover agent and now she is back home. They bring her to see her father, who is overjoyed. She is obviously not buying into this, but after time she starts to believe and she is very disturbed by this new revelation. Honestly, I started to buy into it too.

But, come to find out that it was all trick to get info from her. They kidnapped her and altered her to look like a Cardassian, then made this giant ridiculous ruse. Here's the small twist. That guy that was her "dad" actually believed that she was his daughter. This is because the Cardassians actually did use his daughter as a spy and altered her to look like a Bejoran. So somewhere out there, there really is a fake Bajoran spy woman!

I leave you with these words of wisdom, A wise man once told me this...

" Josie's on a vacation far away
Come around and talk it over
So many things that I wanna say
You know I like my girls a little bit older

I just wanna use your love tonight
I don't wanna lose your love tonight"

.....why would a man tell me this?????

51 down and 125 to go

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 50 - Equilibrium

Dax's symbiont starts breaking down and she begins to remember the past of her former host. A musician guy. Bashir and Sisko take her to get fixed by the Symbiont Commission. They end up uncovering a cover-up regarding Dax's former host being a murderer. That's sort of it. The episode goes a little bit deeper as to how the host-symbiont thing works, but I'm still very confused by it.

50 down and 126 to go

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 49 - The House of Quark

"Quark lies about killing a Klingon, Kozak, and is then forced to marry the widow, Grilka, founding his own 'House of Quark'."

I loved this episode. Quark is just so far out of his element. Klingon and Ferengi are such opposites and when Quark tries to assimilate himself into their world, well it's just so great. While first he is sort of freaked out, with good cause, he soon figures out how to use his brain to manipulate the Klingons and save his "wife's" home from being taken away.  It was good to see Quark not being a selfish prick for once.

Quark is then challenged to a fight by Kozak's brother. Remarkably he does not back down, and earns respect. Then he gets a divorce. Game over.

Sometimes I find these Klingon women very sexy. It's sort of disturbing.

49 down and 127 to go

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 48 - The Search pt. 2

So now we find Odo on his home world along with Kira. His family is teaching him how to be a better shifter, while Kira wanders around and discovers a locked door. Which is weird because shapeshifters do not need doors.

Meanwhile Sisko discovers that the Federation is working on a treaty with the Dominion leaders that gives them control over the Bajoran Sector and over the wormhole ... in exchange for peace with everyone, accept for The Romulans. Sisko is outraged and puts together a mission that will send him, Garak, Dax, Bashir and O'Brien on a mission to collapse the wormhole. Which they do by shooting at it....seems way to easy right??

Kira brings Odo to the mysterious door. They go through and find a bunch of Jem'Hadar, along with the entire DS9 crew unconscious. What the hell is going on?? Well I'm going to tell you. Just calm the fuck down already. Seems that Odo's species are the leaders of the Dominion! Bet you didn't see that coming. The past few hours actually never happened, it was all an experiment being done on the crew to see how far they would go to avoid war with the Dominion. Odo is very saddened by this realization and asks for his friends to be released. Which his family obliges.

I really liked this story arch. It was action packed, great storyline and full of emotion. That being said, the ending sucked. It was all a virtual reality simulation!! Plus, I'm not sure what to make of the Dominion at this point. They are the kindest villains ever. It's like fighting a war against stoned out hippies. Whatever.

48 down and 128 to go

Star Trek DS9 Episode 47 - The Search pt. 1

"Sisko takes the new USS Defiant into the Gamma Quadrant to find the mysterious leaders of the Dominion and avert a war, while Odo is drawn by instinct towards his home planet in the Omarion Nebula."

So begins season three and part two of a three part story arch. Sisko has returned from a meeting back on Earth with his very own Starship. The Borg battling, Romulan cloaking, USS Defiant ... one of my favorite ships, along with the USS Enterprise and Shippensburg Pennsylvania. Actually I have never been there. Sisko is accompanied by a Starfleet appointed security chief named Lt. Eddington (much to Odo's dismay). So Sisko puts a crew together, of course it contains every main character on the show ... even Quark???? They will go on a journey to meet with the Dominion leaders. But of course they are attacked by the Jem'Hadar. Odo and Kira escape in a shuttlecraft and they take off towards the Omarion Nebula. There is a weird chemistry between these two and I'm not sure if Kira is attracted to him or not. Anyway, they land on a planet and walk up to a silvery lake. And, out walks a shit load of shape shifters. Odo's family.

47 down and 129 to go

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Star Trek Generations

So now that season two of DS9 is over. I can finally watch Generations, because it sort of takes place about now in the timeline. Anyway, I really wanted to love this movie. But, I ended up just liking it.

The plot is this: Kirk, Scotty and Chekov are at a gathering for the maiden voyage of the Enterprise-B captained by Alan Ruck. They suddenly answer a distress call and nearly get sucked into some vortex (actually The Nexus). In the process Kirk goes missing and is assumed dead. Fast forward to a hundred years later. Picard and crew rescue this guy named Dr. Soran from a Romulan attack on his observatory. Geordi and Data (who has recently installed his emotion chip) go to examine the observatory and find a stash of Trilithium (dangerous stuff). Suddenly they are attacked by Soran. Soran and LaForge end up transported to a Klingon ship. Seems that Soran has been working with the Duras sisters on stealing the Trilithium.

Guinan recognizes Soran and tells Picard that he is dangerous and that he is obsessed with returning back to the Nexus. Seems that the Nexus is a place where your dreams come true. He is using the Trilithium to explode a sun or something in order to make an energy belt that carries him to the Nexus ... or something. Then he will us a 1985 Russian missile to explode a sun and cause the Nexus ... for some reason. Picard ends up fighting Soran on a planet trying to stop him from shooting the missile. But he is too late. Picard ends up in the Nexus where he meets Kirk! Kirk has been living a dream for the past one hundred years. Picard convinces him to come back and help stop Soran. So together they go "back in time" and stop the missile from being launched. Sadly Kirk is killed, this time for real.

After a battle with the Duras sisters, Riker separates the saucer section of the Enterprise and it crashes onto the planet. This is one of the best scenes in the movie. It is rather well done for a movie made in 1994. And it seems like people really get fucked up in the process. It's weird that a ship full of families seemingly has no plan for when the ship gets violently jostled. People just go flying everywhere!

So what did I learn from this movie? First of all, the plot was not really that good. Secondly, the "villain" was just down right boring (although Malcolm McDowell was great as always). Also, as much as I love Data, I hated him in this movie...he was just so annoying with that damn emotion chip. Finally, I realized how much better William Shatner is than everyone else. Yes, he is the campiest actor ever, but damn it he steals every scene.

Also, this Nexus thing. You could literally live any dream that you want. So it's just weird that both Picard and Kirk end up in places where they just seem sad. I was hoping that Picard would go to a reality where was roommates with Teen Wolf and Officer Poncherello. And they would travel the Silk Road in 100 AD solving mysteries. In a rickshaw being pulled by Nell Carter.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 46 - The Jem'Hadar

"Sisko, Jake, Nog, and Quark go camping on a Gamma Quadrant world, but are captured by mysterious soldiers called the Jem'Hadar and meet a force, the Dominion, to rival the Federation."

This was almost like a buddy cop film starring Sisko and Quark. Like Beverly Hills Cop. Or maybe I just totally imagined that. Anyway, I imagine that in the future people will not be camping. What's the point. So Sisko and Quark get captured by the Jem'hadar, a brutal organization that work for the Dominion. The Dominion are fighting against anyone that dares go through the wormhole.

Jake and Nog make it back to DS9 and get help. An epic battle ensues between the DS9 crew (in runabouts) along with the USS Odyssey versus the Jem'Hadar. Seriously though, why would they send O'Brien, Kira, Dax, Odo and Bashir into a battle??? Anyway, they fight the Jem'Hadar off but the Odyssey is destroyed do to a kamikaze attack.

So ends season two, with the realization the fight is far from over.

46 down and 130 to go