Friday, November 28, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 95 - To The Death

"Sisko and the Defiant crew join forces with the Jem'Hadar to stop a group of Jem'Hadar renegades from gaining power."

Sisko helps his enemy stop an even worse enemy. These renegade Jem'Hadar are even more destructive than the Dominion. Even though Sisko and this Jem'Hadar crew work together, in the end they realize that they are still enemies. I'm sure this is a significant episode in this recurring plot line, but I really stopped caring like 20 episodes ago. I do like the battle scenes, they look great. And, let me just mention, that the open sequence to this season is fantastic. The slow pan of the entire DS9 station is really incredible looking.

Brian Thompson is in this episode. He played the alien bounty hunter from X-Files and The Night Slasher from the movie Cobra.

95 down and 81 to go

Star Trek DS9 Episode 94 - For The Cause

"Sisko learns that his girlfriend Kasidy may be a Maquis smuggler."

Wasn't it like two episodes ago that Sisko was shacking up with his mirror universe wife? Sisko is a long legged mack daddy! He pimps white women AND black women! Ha, Dr. James Manning is a maniac. Anyway, Odo and a Federation Lt. named Eddington are investigating a plot by the Maquis to steal a shipment of Vulcan replicators that are on route to Cardassia. Odo becomes suspicious of Kasidy Yates, even Sisko begins to look at her differently. Turns out she was duped by the Maquis, the real spy ended up being Eddington. And in a side plot, Garak and Ziyal start become friendly with one another.

94 down and 82 to go

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 93 - The Muse

"While Odo assists a pregnant Lwaxana Troi, Jake falls under the spell of a mysterious woman, Onaya."

The Lwaxana plot is just ridiculous. Enough with her being "sexy", that ship sunk with the Lusitania. Evidently in her husbands culture once a male baby is born he is taken and raised by the dad. Evidently Paul Riser and Greg Evigan are from that same culture. Anyway, Troi is not having that so they devise a plan for her to divorce her husband and temporarily marry Odo. What a bizarre plot???

The other plot is about Jake and a Mute. The Mute woman is manipulating Jake into tapping into his creative potential. In the end Jake begins writing his book Anslem, which was seen in the episode The Visitor with Tony Todd as old man Jake.

93 down and 83 to go

Star Trek DS9 Episode 92 - Shattered Mirror

"Sisko attempts to rescue Jake after he is lured into a war-torn mirror universe by his mother's living counterpart."

Although I do enjoy these mirror-universe episodes, I feel that they are starting to over use them a bit. Nonetheless, they are usually fun and this one was no exception. Jake's "mother" comes through the vortex to see Sisko. Jake finally gets to meet her and is amazed at how much she is like his real mother. Then, she kidnaps Jake in order to lure Sisko into the mirror-universe with the intent of getting him to assist in a battle against the Klingon-Cardassian alliance. It works. Sisko helps Smiley take over the mirror Defiant and force the alliance off of "DS9".

Still though, why is it so easy to jump to different universes? Everyone seems to do it at will. It seems pretty dangerous at this point...maybe that vortex thing should be destroyed? Also, mirror Kira is still sort of hot.

92 down and 84 to go

Monday, November 24, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 91 - Hard Time

"O'Brien's mind has been altered to create memories of being incarcerated for 20 years on an alien world on charges of espionage and sedition."

It feels like O'Brien has his mind messed with at least once every season. The idea of implanting memories into a convicts mind instead of actually sending them to prison is an interesting concept. It's just that this episode didn't execute the plot very well. Like, it doesn't even make sense why O'Brien was convicted of espionage in the first place. Also, it seemed to make him worse. When he gets back to DS9 he starts acting like an emotionally fucked up ex-convict. How is that going to make society any better? They should have went all out and make O'Brien come out of "prison" acting like Easy-E.

91 down and 85 to go

Friday, November 21, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 90 - Rules of Engagement

"Worf accidentally destroys a civilian ship during battle and faces a hearing to determine whether he should be extradited to the Klingon Empire."

As far as Worf episodes go, this one was pretty good. It shows a rarely seen side of Worf. One in which he totally fucks up. Even though this entire incident had been setup by the Klingon Empire in order to frame Worf, it was still nice to see Worf in the wrong. What basically happened is that, he was captaining the Defiant on a security mission to escort a Cardassian ship... suddenly a Klingon ship de-cloaks and he immediately fires on it. It explodes and everyone on board dies. It ends up being a civilian transport ship. Nice job Worf you big dummy.

It's actual pretty close plot wise to the movie Rules of Engagement starring Samuel L. and Tommy Lee Jones.

90 down and 86 to go

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 89 - Accession

"A famous Bajoran poet, Akorem Laan, who disappeared over 200 years ago appears from the wormhole and convinces Sisko that he is the true Emissary."

If there is one thing in DS9 that I really do not care about, it's this Emissary business. I guess the series is supposed to be built upon this, although they rarely bring it up...which is good, because it's dumb. So in this one, Sisko quickly hands the reigns over to Laan because we all know that Sisko hates being the Emissary. He finds out that Laan plans on bringing Bajor back to the old ways, which means a terrible caste system. Reluctantly Sisko tries to get his position back. Laan and Sisko go to see the Prophets and they reveal that it was all just a test. Side not: Kieko is pregnant again. And the baby is not Miles! Just kidding. Or am I? It could be mine. Where was I on the night of 49600.7? I don't know, it has not happened yet!! Ha, so I admit it! No....I do not. Or do I?

89 down and 87 to go

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 88 - Bar Association

"Rom creates a union for Quark's employees and goes on strike."

Another solid directing job by LeVar Burton. Decent episode, if you like Ferengi themed episodes. Rom is sick with an ear infection for weeks and Quark won't let him have a day off, so he decides to form a Union and strike. Quark will not abide. The Ferengi government sends the FCA to strong arm Rom, Quark protects him and gets beaten up. In the end Quark agrees to Rom's demands, only if everyone pretends that Quark has won. Basically it was like the movie Hoffa. ...ok, I never saw that movie.

88 down and 88 to go (the halfway mark!)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 87 - Son of Mogh

"Cast out of Klingon society because of Worf's dishonor, his outcast brother, Kurn, asks Worf to kill him."

No matter how much I try, I just can't get into these Klingon plots. I want to like the Klingons, but it always just bores me. So in this one Worf's brother has lost everything and he wants to die. He wants Worf to kill him in the honorable Klingon way, but Worf won't.

Then for some reason the brothers go undercover to discover to invesitigate some explosion on a Bird of Prey. Then Kurn tries to commit suicide.

Then Bashir erases Kurn's mind in order to make him forget that he is Worf's brother. Thus, making him forget that he wants to die. Poor Worf.

87 down and 89 to go

Star Trek DS9 Episode 86 - Return to Grace

"Dukat seeks Kira's help in regaining his rank in the Cardassian Empire."

Dukat and Kira head to a meeting between the Cardassians and the Klingon. They find a Bird of Pray going crazy and destroying shit. They fight against the vessel and cripple it, Dukat wants to go in for the kill but he is stopped by the Cardassian government because they would rather find a peaceful solution. Dukat is disgusted by this and vows to single handedly destroy the Klingon Empire. Because of Dukat's suddenly irrational behavior, Kira takes temporary custody of his daughter Ziyal.

86 down and 90 to go

Friday, November 14, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 85 - Crossfire

"Odo's hidden feelings for Kira surface when the visiting Bajoran First Minister, Edon Shakaar, begins to court her."

I do feel bad for Odo. He is not a nice looking guy so I'm sure Kira is not romantically interested in him... Then again Worf ends up with Dax so what the hell do I know. But, these feelings are really driving Odo crazy. Keeping it all to himself and watching Kira with other men just finally causes Odo to lose it. Odo goes on a rampage and destroys his room. Finally he opens up to Quark of all people and he calms down. In the end he tells Kira that he can't be her friend anymore... at least that is what I got out of it. Which brings me to the truth that every man knows deep down and straight women can't be friends. The guy will eventually get some kind of non friendship feelings for her. Maybe he never says anything about it, or maybe he does... regardless, it is always there.

There was this guy in the episode that looked familiar so I checked up on him. Name is Bruce Wright. Didn't know this guy at all. But while searching for him I found this guy, Bruce M. Wright and his life story is rather interesting..

85 down and 91 to go

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 84 - Paradise Lost Pt. 2

So in part two, Sisko, Nog and Odo uncover a plot by a military guy named Admiral Leyton to fake a major attack in order to take control of Earth. Again, this is a huge current conspiracy theory... in fact when listening to conspiracy theorists they always mention Brave New World and Paradise Lost. They talk about how there will be a "planned" major event such as a terrorist attack or disease outbreak, so that it will give the government an excuse to control people, declare martial law etc. Anway, that is EXACTLY what these episodes are about. Sort of interesting I guess. Or not.

What it comes down to is that the Dominion were never taking over Earth, it was all a ploy. There are only four Changelings on the entire planet...according to fake Miles O'Brien. Um...yeah

84 down and 92 to go

Star Trek DS9 Episode 83 - Homefront Pt. 1

"When 27 people are killed at a diplomatic conference on Earth, and the Changelings are the chief suspects, Odo and Captain Sisko travel to Earth to investigate what looks like a bold new offensive by the Dominion that could lead to war."

People on Earth are very on edge because of this. They are getting on board with anything that the government, including detainment and forced examinations. Sisko's father (who runs a Creole restaurant) is one of the only people to resist this, basically saying "whatever happened to my freedom". This all sounds eerily familiar to things that are happening right now... in real life! So eventually the entire power grid goes down out of nowhere and a state of emergency is declared on Earth....

83 down and 93 to go

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 82 - Our Man Bashir

Basically, Bashir and Garek get trapped in a holodeck program in which Bashir is a "James Bond" type character. This type of plot was overdone in TNG so I wasn't too enthusiastic about having to I hate Bashir. But honestly, it was sort of fun. I enjoyed how Garak (who actually was a spy) seems genuinely disgusted by Bashir's fantasy. The episode name "Our Man Bashir" is a play on the movie "Our Man Flint" which is one my all time favorite films (I also enjoyed "In Like Flint"). So yeah, that's it.

82 down and 94 to go

Monday, November 10, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 81 - The Sword of Kahless

"Worf, Dax and a revered Klingon Dahar master, Kor, search for the Sword of Kahless to unite the Klingon Empire."

It wouldn't be Star Trek with the occasional Klingon/Kahless themed episode. This was a fun/adventure type episode in which Kor, Worf and Dax go on a search for the fabled Sword of Kahless. This one is well directed by Lavar Burton, it was a lot jammed into a 45 minute episode and Lavar did a good job of making it work. Also the sword of Kahless looks amazing, it was a great prop job.

81 down and 95 to go

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 80 - Little Green Men

"Quark, Rom, and Nog are accidentally thrust back in time to Roswell, New Mexico, Earth, in 1947."

Every Star Trek series has done some sort of episode where crewmembers go back in time to "our time period"; Assignment Earth, City on the Edge of Forever, Voyage Home, Time's Arrow, Futures End and Carpenter name a few.

NOBODY did it better than the Original Series, but DS9 did a good job on this one. I really enjoyed Little Green Men. The portrayal of 1940's U.S. Military and Science Division personnel was so over the top that it totally worked. The interaction between the narrow minded, hard-nosed Earthmen and the Ferengi was very entertaining. Quark was trying to work business deals, Rom was scared out of his mind and Nog was the only one with some sense. Luckily for them Odo had hidden on their vessel and was also transported back in time. Him, along with two compassionate scientists, help them to escape back to the future, too. My favorite seen is when Quark is trying to understand why the Earthmen smoke cigarettes even though it will kill them.

80 down and 96 to go

Monday, November 03, 2014

Star Trek DS9 Episode 79 - Starship Down

"The USS Defiant becomes trapped in a planet's volatile atmosphere after battling with the Jem'Hadar."

While running a trade mission to a planet in the Alpha Quadrant, the Defiant is attacked by the Jem'hadar and crippled. The crew is all split up and trapped. Sisko is injured, Dax and Bashir are freezing in a turbolift and Quark needs to defuse a Jem'Hadar torpedo. Overall, it was a decent action episode in typical DS9 style in which they pair off random crew members.

But, poor Bashir. Even when staring down the face of death, Dax still won't even let him get any.

79 down and 97 to go