Year of Trek

THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!

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Sorbicol wrote:

Isn’t ‘Move along Home’ widely regarded as one of the worst Star Trek episodes there has ever been?

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Oh, I didn't know this thread existed.

A couple pages back, you listed The Wounded, with the introduction of the Cardassians.

The scene where O'Brien sits with his former captain, and sings The Minstrel Boy is one of the top ten moments of TNG, in my opinion.

I realize you're just hitting DS9, but when you get to the DS9 finale... Keep this song in mind. One of my favorite little notes that I only recognized recently. It's not really a spoiler, but it is just a neat thing most won't notice.

NSMike wrote:

A couple pages back, you listed The Wounded, with the introduction of the Cardassians.

In the scene where O'Brien sits with his former captain, and sings The Minstrel Boy is one of the top ten moments of TNG, in my opinion.

I realize you're just hitting DS9, but when you get to the DS9 finale... Keep this song in mind. One of my favorite little notes that I only recognized recently. It's not really a spoiler, but it is just a neat thing most won't notice.

I do remember them singing the song. I will keep my ears open for it in the finale.

Veloxi, it hurt to Like your post because the photoshopping is just so so terrible.

Week Twenty Three

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June 2nd - June 8th

I fell behind this week which is a bit frustrating. I was out of town for a day to go to see Galaxies Edge at Disneyland which was a lot of fun. Saturday is usually my catch up day but I had two hockey games in the afternoon which took that time. So I was only able to watch 9 episodes this week. Next week I hope to get through a 20+ episode week to make up for this week.

Recommendations
The Nagus: Quark becomes the Grand Nagus for a day
Starship Mine: While the Enterprise is having it's baryon sweep, pirates try to steel trilithium resin.
Lessons: Picard enters a relationship with the leader of the stellar cartography.
The Chase: Picard chases down the origin of all intelligent life in the galaxy.
The Storyteller: O'Brien is given the responsibility of defending a Bajoran village by telling stories.
Frame of Mine: Riker acts in a play that becomes reality.

Episodes
DS9 S1E10: The Nagus
TNG S6E18: Starship Mine
TNG S6E19: Lessons
DS9 S1E11: Vortex
DS9 S1E12: Battle Lines
TNG S6E20: The Chase
DS9 S1E13: The Storyteller
TNG S6E21: Frame of Mind
DS9 S1E14: Progress

Man, some great sh*t in there. Starship Mine and The Chase are so fun.

Die Hard, in space.

And the callback to Inner Light alone made Lessons.

I'm so bummed that Wendy Hughes (Nella Daren in Lessons) died a few years ago, not only because I really liked the character and the actress, but because I think it would've been great to bring her back for Star Trek: Picard in some capacity.

Week Twenty Four

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June 9th - June 15th

This was a good week for watching, but a bad week for writing my blog posts on the episode. I was able to get through 20 episodes. I finished both Season 6 of The Next Generation and Season 1 of Deep Space Nine.

Recommendations
If Wishes Were Horses: Aliens appear on DS9 appearing as characters from people's imagination.
Rightful Heir: The return of Kahless.
Second Chances: Cmdr. Riker has a doppelganger.
Duet: A Cardassian war criminal is captured, but there is more then meets the eye.
Timescape: The Enterprise gets trapped in a time bubble.
In the Hands of the Prophets: The finale of season 1.
Descent: Lore leads the Borg who are now individuals thanks to Hugh.
The Homecoming, The Circle and The Siege: Three part season premier of DS9. Develops story lines that will be important for the rest of the series regarding Bajoran politic

Red Shirts
5 people died in episodes this week, most in the episode with the Borg. They all wore gold uniforms.

Episodes
TNG S6E22: Suspicions
DS9 S1E15: If Wishes Were Horses
TNG S6E23: Rightful Heir
DS9 S1E16: The Forsaken
TNG S6E24: Second Chances
DS9 S1E17: Dramatis Personae
DS9 S1E18: Duet
TNG S6E25: Timescape
DS9 S1E19: In the Hands of the Prophets
TNG S6E26: Descent, Part I
TNG S7E1: Descent, Part II
DS9 S2E1: The Homecoming
TNG S7E2: Liaisons
DS9 S2E2: The Circle
TNG S7E3: Interface
DS9 S2E3: The Siege
TNG S7E4 & S7E5: Gambit
DS9 S2E4: Invasive Procedures
DS9 S2E5: Cardassians

God I love "Duet" so much. Sometimes I load this up just to feel the feels. Makes me tear up every f*cking time.

"Duet" is the moment I realized DS9 was playing a whole different ball game. It's amazing.

Veloxi wrote:

God I love "Duet" so much. Sometimes I load this up just to feel the feels. Makes me tear up every f*cking time.

Up until that scene I was feeling like it is just another average episode for the series. That pushed it into my recommendation list.

trichy wrote:

"Duet" is the moment I realized DS9 was playing a whole different ball game. It's amazing.

Right? Maritza's confession and Kira's "No...it's not..." at the end of the episode denote an entirely new level of storytelling for Trek.

I loved all of the storylines surrounding the aftermath of the Cardassian Occupation. There were so many interesting characters and stories dealing with what people did years ago, and how they were dealing with it at the present time. All of Kira and Odo's episodes dealing with that they'd done during those years were excellent.

I couldn't find the clip, but this quote from Kai Winn, one of the most infuriating but interesting characters on the show, always stuck with me:

Kai Winn wrote:

Those of you who were in the Resistance, you're all the same. You think you're the only ones who fought the Cardassians; that you saved Bajor single-handedly. Perhaps you forget, Major, the Cardassians arrested any Bajoran found to be teaching the word of the Prophets. I was in a Cardassian prison camp for five years, and I can remember each and every beating I suffered. And while you had your weapons to protect you, all I had was my faith, and my courage. Walk with the Prophets, child. I know I will.

Kai Winn is the best/worst, almost entirely due to Louise Fletcher.

Maritza's insanity is such a weird, cool, multi-layered thing. He pretends to be Gul Darhe'el so that Cardassia will have to see a prominent war criminal brought to justice and come face-to-face with their own complicity in such crimes, which fits with what we later find out about the theatrical nature of Cardassia's "justice" system.

But he also hates himself for his own cowardice, so he takes on the persona of a strong, confident person, even though that person is evil. On one level he acts to expose and destroy fascism, but on another level he fetishizes it. The relish when he describes the Bajoran genocide as Darhe'el is as real as the horror when he describes it from his own perspective.

When he looks back on this traumatic experience in his life, he'd rather be the monster than the victim.

This is the kind of thing that Game of Thrones spent eight seasons clumsily trying to set up with Daenarys, only to fumble it at the end. Or like Bryan Singer tried to do in his film adaptation of Stephen King's "Apt Pupil," which when you look at it in light of recent revelations reads more like a disturbed man's conflicted musings on his own homosexuality and ephebophilia than an exploration of the seductive nature of fascism.

DS9 did it better in 44 minutes, and with one of the primary actors hidden behind a mountain of prosthetics.

Recent discussion convinced me it was time to start DS9.

Got to Duet last night. Holy sh*t this show.

And yes right into Vedek Winn. Ugh. Still relevant for today's politics and religious fundamentalists interfering in education. Ugh.

Stele wrote:

Recent discussion convinced me it was time to start DS9.

Got to Duet last night. Holy sh*t this show.

And yes right into Vedek Winn. Ugh. Still relevant for today's politics and religious fundamentalists interfering in education. Ugh.

With Winn, it is more her personal drive for power then her religious beliefs.

And then a 3-part episode to open season 2. Unheard of in the 90s! Serialized TV at its best.

Stele wrote:

And then a 3-part episode to open season 2. Unheard of in the 90s! Serialized TV at its best.

God, you have no idea the ride you're in for. So glad you're enjoying it.

I've seen it the whole series once but it was maybe 11-12 years ago. Just a lot of little things I'd forgot. From season 1, the first two and last two episodes were what seemed most familiar, with a handful of parts in between.

I am behind on my commentary but I am about to start season 4 of DS9. There are some gems in season 3.

kazar wrote:

I am behind on my commentary but I am about to start season 4 of DS9. There are some gems in season 3.

Oh god, season 4 starts with one of my all-time faves, Way of the Warrior. TWO-PART GREATNESS.

Veloxi wrote:
kazar wrote:

I am behind on my commentary but I am about to start season 4 of DS9. There are some gems in season 3.

Oh god, season 4 starts with one of my all-time faves, Way of the Warrior. TWO-PART GREATNESS.

Just watched it. I have been waiting for it. Last 20 minutes was crazy.

Watching Stan vs Evil with my wife, she did not fully appreciate my fanboyish reaction to Jeffrey Combs guest-starring on one episode.

Worf!

Yeah looking forward to that again.

kazar wrote:
Veloxi wrote:
kazar wrote:

I am behind on my commentary but I am about to start season 4 of DS9. There are some gems in season 3.

Oh god, season 4 starts with one of my all-time faves, Way of the Warrior. TWO-PART GREATNESS.

Just watched it. I have been waiting for it. Last 20 minutes was crazy.

Also the best conversation in Trek ever. OVER ROOT BEER.