386. [DS9] Duet

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A transport stops by DS9 and offloads a passenger who requires medical attention for Kalla-Nohra syndrome, an ailment that could only have been gotten at the Gallitep labor camp (basically Space Auschwitz) during the occupation. Kira rushes to the infirmary to meet a survivor of Gallitep… only to find that the man is a Cardassian. She immediately calls security and has them apprehend the man she is convinced is a war criminal.

The man says he’s Aamon Marritza, a retired military filing clerk who has no idea what Kira is on about. He’s never been to Bajor, so he claims, and he says his condition is not Kalla-Nohra, but Pottrik syndrome, a disease so similar it takes the same medication. Sisko is about ready to let him go because they have no reason to detain him, despite pressure from the Bajoran government and Kira’s zealous desire to prosecute who she believes is a war criminal, but Bashir determines that Marritza does indeed have Kalla-Nohra, not Pottrik’s, and the only possible way he could have gotten it was to be at Gallitep during the mining accident.

Sisko wants to put Odo in charge of the investigation to see if Marritza is indeed guilty of any war crimes, but Kira begs him, despite her lack of objectivity (she had helped liberate Gallitep and saw the atrocities firsthand), to let a Bajoran seek justice for the crimes against them. So she confronts Marritza, revealing that they know for a fact that he was at Gallitep and he does indeed have Kalla-Nohra. Marritza concedes the fact, but denies that there were any atrocities at the labor camp, and that all he did there was design an efficient filing system.

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chronotrek said:

Lower Decks was a great episode. If you want to see more of that Vulcan, he has a recurring role on Voyager, although in TNG he's called Taurik and on Voyager he's called Vorik. It's been suggested they're twin brothers. Another thing you might not have noticed is the Bajoran Sito Jaxa was the very same cadet in Wesley Crusher's flight group when "not Tom Paris" made them cover up that flight accident.

Awesome! Yeah I really really loved the episode. And I did notice that she was the same cadet that was in Wesley’s flight group.

I can’t wait to get to Voyager and see him again! I was a hardcore TOS fan for the longest time in high school, and committed to the fact that there was no way any other series could compare. (A Star Trek hipster if you will.) I’ve only just started exploring the new series and I love them!

477. [DS9] Improbable Cause

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Garak’s shop explodes with him in it. Fortunately for the show, he’s only mildly injured, but the ruptured plasma conduit running behind his shop couldn’t have just exploded on accident right by the only Cardassian on the station, so Odo gets to work attempting to find evidence of foul play. O’Brien finds a proximity detonator keyed to Cardassian physiology, suggesting a Flaxian assassin. There’s a Flaxian on board, so Odo interrogates him, but lets him go when he realizes he’s got nothing concrete to hold on him, despite him carrying perfumes that when mixed create a lethal neurotoxin.

They do place a tracer on his ship before letting him go, though, and Odo takes a runabout to follow him. Garak talks his way onto the runabout (well, he sets up shop before Odo even gets there, and refuses to leave), and as they pursue the Flaxian vessel, it explodes before it can go to warp. Reviewing scans of the events leading up to the ship’s destruction points to Romulan sabotage. Sisko and Odo contact the Tal Shiar, who confirm that they killed the Flaxian as he was a fugitive, but claim to know nothing about Garak’s attempted assassination. They’re obviously lying, but good luck squeezing water out of that rock.

Odo calls up a Cardassian informant to find out why the Romulans would want Garak dead, and learns it’s bigger than just a plain simple tailor on a Bajoran space station. Five former Obsidian Order operatives were killed the same day as the attempt on Garak’s life, and there’s been a lot of increased Romulan activity on the Cardassian border. Odo takes this information to Garak, who admits to knowing all the deceased, but plays his typical “oh well I don’t really know anything I’m just a plain simple tailor” shtick that Bashir might play along with.

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440. [DS9] The Collaborator

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[Before I begin, allow me to give a shout-out to the Travelcast! Thanks for the subscribe, guys! You should check them out if you like Minecraft streams.]

Bareil is on DS9 for a romantic liaison with Kira, but also he’s been troubled by visions he’s received when consulting the Orbs, haunted by imagery of a Bajoran collaborator who had hung himself on the Promenade during the Occupation. (Opaka also shows up! Yay Opaka! I missed her.) The vision, like most Orb visions, turns out to be quite prophetic. Another collaborator, who has been living on Cardassia for years, is found on DS9 and promptly arrested for violating his exile.

However, Vedek Winn has come aboard the station to yet again make everyone want to strangle her. She arranges for the collaborator to receive asylum at her monastery, but it will be a cold day in hell before Kira lets that man onto Bajor. Obviously, she can’t directly deny a Vedek’s order, but she CAN use her position on the station to demand stringent security measures that would delay Winn’s departure by days, if not weeks… and the election for the next Kai is in two days. Winn is able to negotiate with Kira: she was going to offer the collaborator asylum in exchange for knowledge about who revealed the location of some freedom fighters (including Kai Opaka’s son) that the Cardassians slaughtered. The man she claims did it? Bareil.

Such a serious accusation deserves to be looked into, and Kira agrees that she will thoroughly investigate. Of course, she doesn’t believe Bareil would do this and lets him know that the investigation is going on. She attempts to get information about an observed meeting with him and Prylar Bek, the Bajoran collaborator who hung himself, but Bareil cannot answer because what was said to him was said under a Vedek’s confidence.

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476. [VOY] Heroes and Demons

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Janeway and Torres are beaming aboard energy specimens from a protostar. Janeway wants to get Harry Kim to assist, but he doesn’t respond to hails and the ship cannot locate him. His last-known location was on the holodeck. Chakotay and Tuvok investigate the still-running program (they can’t shut it down and safety protocols are disengaged) and find that Kim was running a Beowulf program. Talking to the local characters, they learn that Kim had posed as Beowulf but was, as they claim, slain by the Grendel because he vanished when facing it.

Tuvok and Chakotay decide to hang around the hall waiting for Grendel to show up again, but when it arrives, they too vanish. It’s clear that any crew member who goes into the holodeck risks disappearance and possible death. Maybe it’s time to fight holograms with holograms. The Doctor is approached for his first away mission. He’ll need to bone up on his ancient Earth literature, and gets a pep-talk from Kes when she notices his anxiety at the mission. She suggests before he goes, he choose a name, so that he can feel more like a Starfleet officer on the mission. He picks the name Schweitzer.

He is challenged by Freya, daughter of Hrothgar, while wandering the woods near Hrothgar’s fort. She wants to know whether he be friend or foe, and he responds by recognizing her character and mentioning many of the battles she has fought. Impressed that her legend has spread to other lands, she hastily takes him to her father. He welcomes him to the hall but is somber and resigned to his fate.

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394. [DS9] The Circle

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As Sisko tries to negotiate with Minister Jaro to keep Kira posted on DS9, she’s running a sitcom scene in her quarters as everyone comes in one at a time while she’s busy packing. Eventually half the cast is in there when she’s visited by Vedek Bareil. Since her next assignment has not been, well, assigned, he offers her a retreat at his monastery for reflection and (implied by me and by her fuck-me eyes) future consensual intercourse.

At the monastery, Kira has a hard time fitting in. With nothing to do, she tries “fixing” a stone in a stream that is too oddly shaped to sit in any way to satisfy her OCD. She explains that she’s always tried to be useful wherever she goes, but Bareil thinks she could take a lesson from being useless for a change. He invites her to gaze into the Orb of Prophecy and Change. When she doesn’t know how to work it, he tells her to “be useless.”

Her vision depicts the assembly of Vedeks, with Minister Jaro there proclaiming that he’s being called to, with Bareil appearing and telling Kira that she is the one being called to. Vedek Winn shows up, proclaiming blasphemy. And then things get kinky as Bareil shows up naked. But like most of my sex dreams, it ends just as things are about to get good.

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Welcome to ChronoTrek

What is ChronoTrek?

ChronoTrek is my project to review every episode of every series and every film of Star Trek, in the universe’s chronological order. We’ll be kicking off with the prequel series Enterprise (ENT), then jumping into The Original Series (TOS), taking a warmup lap through The Animated Series (TAS), before diving headfirst into the 24th century series of The Next Generation (TNG), Deep Space Nine (DS9), and Voyager (VOY).

How will it work?

I’ll post three reviews a week (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday). In each review I’ll give a critique of the story as well as some behind the scenes information, and pointing out events that will become grossly significant later on in the series. Those who are afraid of spoilers, tread lightly.

But isn’t the Star Trek Chronology Project doing the same thing?

Not quite. While that blog is similar in that he’s watching the entire series in chronological order, he’s not doing an episode-by-episode synopsis/review, and he’s also taking a very different view in how he talks about the experience, with his main thesis being “What if there had never been Star Trek before this?” Mine, on the other hand, will be very much a critical look at every episode, with plenty of nitpicking and nerdy points in between.

After the break I’ll provide a chronological list of the episodes (courtesy of the Chronology Project, who has the same list here), which will be the order in which my reviews will be posted. As the blog is updated, I will edit these to have links to each episode/film’s review.

  1. [ENT] Broken Bow, Part I - 7/07/2011
  2. [ENT] Broken Bow, Part II - 7/10/2011
  3. [ENT] Fight or Flight - 7/12/2011
  4. [ENT] Unexpected - 7/14/2011
  5. [ENT] Strange New World - 7/17/2011
  6. [ENT] Terra Nova - 7/19/2011
  7. [ENT] The Andorian Incident - 7/21/2011
  8. [ENT] Breaking the Ice - 7/24/2011
  9. [ENT] Civilization - 7/26/2011
  10. [ENT] Fortunate Son - 7/28/2011
  11. [ENT] Silent Enemy - 7/31/2011
  12. [ENT] Cold Front - 8/2/2011
  13. [ENT] Dear Doctor - 8/4/2011
  14. [ENT] Shadows of P’Jem - 8/7/2011
  15. [ENT] Sleeping Dogs - 8/9/2011
  16. [ENT] Shuttlepod One - 8/11/2011
  17. [ENT] Fusion - 8/14/2011
  18. [ENT] Rogue Planet - 8/16/2011
  19. [ENT] Acquisition - 8/18/2011
  20. [ENT] Oasis - 8/21/2011
  21. [ENT] Detained - 8/23/2011
  22. [ENT] Vox Sola - 8/25/2011
  23. [ENT] Fallen Hero - 8/28/2011
  24. [ENT] Desert Crossing - 8/30/2011
  25. [ENT] Two Days and Two Nights - 9/1/2011
  26. [ENT] Shockwave, Part I - 9/4/2011
  27. [ENT] Season 1 Review - 9/6/2011
  28. [ENT] Shockwave, Part II - 9/8/2011
  29. [ENT] Carbon Creek - 9/11/2011
  30. [ENT] Minefield - 9/13/2011
  31. [ENT] Dead Stop - 9/15/2011
  32. [ENT] A Night in Sickbay - 9/18/2011
  33. [ENT] Marauders - 9/20/2011
  34. [ENT] The Seventh - 9/22/2011
  35. [ENT] The Communicator - 9/25/2011
  36. [ENT] Singularity - 9/27/2011
  37. [ENT] Vanishing Point - 9/29/2011
  38. [ENT] Precious Cargo - 10/2/2011
  39. [ENT] The Catwalk - 10/4/2011
  40. [ENT] Dawn - 10/6/2011
  41. [ENT] Stigma - 10/9/2011
  42. [ENT] Cease Fire - 10/11/2011
  43. [ENT] Future Tense - 10/13/2011
  44. [ENT] Canamar - 10/16/2011
  45. [ENT] The Crossing - 10/18/2011
  46. [ENT] Judgment - 10/20/2011
  47. [ENT] Horizon - 10/23/2011
  48. [ENT] The Breach - 10/25/2011
  49. [ENT] Cogenitor - 10/27/2011
  50. [ENT] Regeneration - 10/30/2011
  51. [ENT] First Flight - 11/1/2011
  52. [ENT] Bounty - 11/3/2011
  53. [ENT] The Expanse - 11/6/2011
  54. [ENT] Season 2 Review - 11/8/2011
  55. [ENT] The Xindi - 11/10/2011
  56. [ENT] Anomaly - 11/13/2011
  57. [ENT] Extinction - 11/15/2011
  58. [ENT] Rajiin - 11/17/2011
  59. [ENT] Impulse - 11/20/2011
  60. [ENT] Exile - 11/22/2011
  61. [ENT] The Shipment - 11/24/2011
  62. [ENT] Twilight - 11/27/2011
  63. [ENT] North Star - 11/29/2011
  64. [ENT] Similitude - 12/1/2011
  65. [ENT] Carpenter Street - 12/4/2011
  66. [ENT] Chosen Realm - 12/6/2011
  67. [ENT] Proving Ground - 12/8/2011
  68. [ENT] Stratagem - 12/11/2011
  69. [ENT] Harbinger - 12/13/2011
  70. [ENT] Hatchery - 12/15/2011
  71. [ENT] Doctor’s Orders - 12/18/2011
  72. [ENT] Azati Prime - 12/20/2011
  73. [ENT] Damage - 12/22/2011
  74. [ENT] The Forgotten - 1/1/2012
  75. [ENT] E² - 1/3/2012
  76. [ENT] The Council - 1/5/2012
  77. [ENT] Countdown - 1/8/2012
  78. [ENT] Zero Hour - 1/10/2012
  79. [ENT] Season 3 Review - 1/12/2012
  80. [ENT] Storm Front, Part I - 1/15/2012
  81. [ENT] Storm Front, Part II - 1/17/2012
  82. [ENT] Home - 1/19/2012
  83. [ENT] Borderland - 1/22/2012
  84. [ENT] Cold Station 12 - 1/24/2012
  85. [ENT] The Augments - 1/26/2012
  86. [ENT] The Forge - 1/29/2012
  87. [ENT] Awakening - 1/31/2012
  88. [ENT] Kir’Shara - 2/2/2012
  89. [ENT] Daedalus - 2/5/2012
  90. [ENT] Observer Effect - 2/7/2012
  91. [ENT] Babel One - 2/9/2012
  92. [ENT] United - 2/12/2012
  93. [ENT] The Aenar - 2/14/2012
  94. [ENT] Affliction - 2/16/2012
  95. [ENT] Divergence - 2/19/2012
  96. [ENT] Bound - 2/21/2012
  97. [ENT] In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I - 2/23/2012
  98. [ENT] In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II - 2/26/2012
  99. [ENT] Demons - 2/28/2012
  100. [ENT] Terra Prime - 3/1/2012
  101. [ENT] Season 4 Review - 3/4/2012
  102. [TOS] The Cage - 3/6/2012
  103. [TOS] Where No Man Has Gone Before - 3/8/2012
  104. [TOS] The Corbomite Maneuver - 3/11/2012
  105. [TOS] Mudd’s Women - 3/13/2012
  106. [TOS] The Enemy Within - 3/15/2012
  107. [TOS] The Man Trap - 3/18/2012
  108. [TOS] The Naked Time - 3/20/2012
  109. [TOS] Charlie X - 3/22/2012
  110. [TOS] Balance of Terror - 3/25/2012
  111. [TOS] What Are Little Girls Made Of? - 3/27/2012
  112. [TOS] Dagger of the Mind - 3/29/2012
  113. [MOV] Galaxy Quest - 4/1/2012 APRIL FOOLS!
  114. [TOS] The Conscience of the King - 4/3/2012
  115. [TOS] The Galileo Seven - 4/5/2012
  116. [TOS] Miri - 4/8/2012
  117. [TOS] Court Martial - 4/10/2012
  118. [TOS] The Menagerie - 4/12/2012
  119. [TOS] Shore Leave - 4/22/2012
  120. [TOS] The Squire of Gothos - 4/24/2012
  121. [TOS] Arena - 4/26/2012
  122. [TOS] The Alternative Factor - 4/29/2012
  123. [TOS] Tomorrow is Yesterday - 5/1/2012
  124. [TOS] The Return of the Archons - 5/3/2012
  125. [TOS] A Taste of Armageddon - 5/6/2012
  126. [TOS] Space Seed - 5/8/2012
  127. [TOS] This Side of Paradise - 5/10/2012
  128. [TOS] Devil in the Dark - 5/13/2012
  129. [TOS] Errand of Mercy - 5/15/2012
  130. [TOS] The City on the Edge of Forever - 5/17/2012
  131. [TOS] Operation — Annihilate! - 5/20/2012
  132. [TOS] Season 1 Review - 5/22/2012
  133. [TOS] Catspaw - 5/24/2012
  134. [TOS] Metamorphosis - 5/27/2012
  135. [TOS] Friday’s Child - 5/29/2012
  136. [TOS] Who Mourns for Adonais? - 5/31/2012
  137. [TOS] Amok Time - 6/3/2012
  138. [TOS] The Doomsday Machine - 6/5/2012
  139. [TOS] Wolf in the Fold - 6/7/2012
  140. [TOS] The Changeling - 6/10/2012
  141. [TOS] The Apple - 6/12/2012
  142. [TOS] Mirror, Mirror - 6/14/2012
  143. [TOS] The Deadly Years - 6/17/2012
  144. [TOS] I, Mudd - 6/19/2012
  145. [TOS] The Trouble with Tribbles - 6/21/2012
  146. [TOS] Bread and Circuses - 6/24/2012
  147. [TOS] Journey to Babel - 6/26/2012
  148. [TOS] A Private Little War - 6/28/2012
  149. [TOS] The Gamesters of Triskelion - 7/1/2012
  150. [TOS] Obsession - 7/3/2012
  151. [TOS] The Immunity Syndrome - 7/5/2012
  152. [TOS] A Piece of the Action - 7/8/2012
  153. [TOS] By Any Other Name - 7/10/2012
  154. [TOS] Return to Tomorrow - 7/12/2012
  155. [TOS] Patterns of Force - 7/15/2012
  156. [TOS] The Ultimate Computer - 7/17/2012
  157. [TOS] The Omega Glory - 7/19/2012
  158. [TOS] Assignment: Earth - 7/22/2012
  159. [TOS] Season 2 Review - 7/24/2012
  160. [TOS] Spectre of the Gun - 7/26/2012
  161. [TOS] Elaan of Troyius - 7/29/2012
  162. [TOS] The Paradise Syndrome - 7/31/2012
  163. [TOS] The Enterprise Incident - 8/2/2012
  164. [TOS] And the Children Shall Lead - 8/5/2012
  165. [TOS] Spock’s Brain - 8/7/2012
  166. [TOS] Is There in Truth No Beauty? - 8/9/2012
  167. [TOS] The Empath - 8/12/2012
  168. [TOS] The Tholian Web - 8/14/2012
  169. [TOS] For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky - 8/16/2012
  170. [TOS] Day of the Dove - 8/19/2012
  171. [TOS] Plato’s Stepchildren - 8/21/2012
  172. [TOS] Wink of An Eye - 8/23/2012
  173. [TOS] That Which Survives - 8/26/2012
  174. [TOS] Let That Be Your Last Battlefield - 8/28/2012
  175. [TOS] Whom Gods Destroy - 8/30/2012
  176. [TOS] The Mark of Gideon - 9/2/2012
  177. [TOS] The Lights of Zetar - 9/4/2012
  178. [TOS] The Cloud Minders - 9/6/2012
  179. [TOS] The Way to Eden - 9/9/2012
  180. [TOS] Requiem for Methuselah - 9/11/2012
  181. [TOS] The Savage Curtain - 9/13/2012
  182. [TOS] All Our Yesterdays - 9/16/2012
  183. [TOS] Turnabout Intruder - 9/18/2012
  184. [TOS] Season 3 Review - 9/20/2012
  185. [TAS] Beyond the Farthest Star - 9/23/2012
  186. [TAS] Yesteryear - 9/25/2012
  187. [TAS] One of Our Planets Is Missing - 9/27/2012
  188. [TAS] The Lorelei Signal - 9/30/2012
  189. [TAS] More Tribbles, More Troubles -10/2/2012
  190. [TAS] The Survivor - 10/4/2012
  191. [TAS] The Infinite Vulcan - 10/7/2012
  192. [TAS] The Magicks of Megas-Tu - 10/9/2012
  193. [TAS] Once Upon a Planet - 10/11/2012
  194. [TAS] Mudd’s Passion - 10/14/2012
  195. [TAS] The Terratin Incident - 10/16/2012
  196. [TAS] The Time Trap - 10/18/2012
  197. [TAS] The Ambergris Element - 10/21/2012
  198. [TAS] The Slaver Weapon - 10/23/2012
  199. [TAS] The Eye of the Beholder - 10/25/2012
  200. [TAS] The Jihad - 10/28/2012
  201. [TAS] The Pirates of Orion - 10/30/2012
  202. [TAS] Bem - 11/1/2012
  203. [TAS] The Practical Joker - 11/4/2012
  204. [TAS] Albatross - 11/6/2012
  205. [TAS] How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth - 11/8/2012
  206. [TAS] The Counter-Clock Incident - 11/11/2012
  207. [TAS] Series Review - 11/13/2012
  208. [MOV] Star Trek: The Motion Picture - 11/15/2012
  209. [MOV] The Wrath of Khan - 11/18/2012
  210. [MOV] The Search for Spock - 11/20/2012
  211. [MOV] The Voyage Home - 11/22/2012
  212. [MOV] The Final Frontier - 11/25/2012
  213. [MOV] The Undiscovered Country - 11/27/2012
  214. [TNG] Encounter at Farpoint, Part I - 11/29/2012
  215. [TNG] Encounter at Farpoint, Part II - 12/2/2012
  216. [TNG] The Naked Now - 12/4/2012
  217. [TNG] Code of Honor - 12/6/2012
  218. [TNG] The Last Outpost - 12/9/2012
  219. [TNG] Where No One Has Gone Before - 12/11/2012
  220. [TNG] Lonely Among Us - 12/13/2012
  221. [TNG] Justice - 12/16/2012
  222. [TNG] The Battle - 1/6/2013
  223. [TNG] Hide and Q - 1/8/2013
  224. [TNG] Haven - 1/10/2013
  225. [TNG] The Big Goodbye - 1/13/2013
  226. [TNG] Datalore - 1/15/2013
  227. [TNG] Angel One - 1/17/2013
  228. [TNG] 11001001 - 1/20/2013
  229. [TNG] Too Short a Season - 1/22/2013
  230. [TNG] When The Bough Breaks - 1/24/2013
  231. [TNG] Home Soil - 1/27/2013
  232. [TNG] Coming of Age - 1/29/2013
  233. [TNG] Heart of Glory - 1/31/2013
  234. [TNG] The Aresenal of Freedom - 2/3/2013
  235. [TNG] Symbiosis - 2/5/2013
  236. [TNG] Skin of Evil - 2/7/2013
  237. [TNG] We’ll Always Have Paris - 2/10/2013
  238. [TNG] Conspiracy - 2/12/2013
  239. [TNG] The Neutral Zone - 2/14/2013
  240. [TNG] Season 1 Review - 2/17/2013
  241. [TNG] The Child - 2/19/2013
  242. [TNG] Where Silence Has Lease - 2/21/2013
  243. [TNG] Elementary, Dear Data - 2/24/2013
  244. [TNG] The Outrageous Okona - 2/26/2013
  245. [TNG] Loud as a Whisper - 2/28/2013
  246. [TNG] The Schizoid Man - 3/3/2013
  247. [TNG] Unnatural Selection - 3/5/2013
  248. [TNG] A Matter of Honor - 3/7/2013
  249. [TNG] The Measure of a Man - 3/10/2013
  250. [TNG] The Dauphin - 3/12/2013
  251. [TNG] Contagion - 3/14/2013
  252. [TNG] The Royale - 3/17/2013
  253. [TNG] Time Squared - 3/19/2013
  254. [TNG] The Icarus Factor - 3/21/2013
  255. [TNG] Pen Pals - 3/24/2013
  256. [TNG] Q Who - 3/26/2013
  257. [TNG] The Samaritan Snare - 3/28/2013
  258. [TNG] Up the Long Ladder - 3/31/2013
  259. [TNG] Manhunt - 4/2/2013
  260. [TNG] The Emissary - 4/4/2013
  261. [TNG] Peak Performance - 4/7/2013
  262. [TNG] Shades of Gray - 4/9/2013
  263. [TNG] Season 2 Review - 4/11/2013
  264. [TNG] Evolution - 4/14/2013
  265. [TNG] The Ensigns of Command - 4/16/2013
  266. [TNG] The Survivors - 4/18/2013
  267. [TNG] Who Watches the Watchers - 4/21/2013
  268. [TNG] The Bonding - 4/23/2013
  269. [TNG] Booby Trap - 4/25/2013
  270. [TNG] The Enemy - 4/28/2013
  271. [TNG] The Price - 4/30/2013
  272. [TNG] The Vengeance Factor - 5/2/2013
  273. [TNG] The Defector - 5/5/2013
  274. [TNG] The Hunted - 5/7/2013
  275. [TNG] The High Ground - 5/9/2013
  276. [TNG] Deja Q - 5/12/2013
  277. [TNG] A Matter of Perspective - 5/14/2013
  278. [TNG] Yesterday’s Enterprise - 5/16/2013
  279. [TNG] The Offspring - 5/19/2013
  280. [TNG] Sins of the Father - 5/21/2013
  281. [TNG] Allegiance - 5/23/2013
  282. [TNG] Captain’s Holiday - 5/26/2013
  283. [TNG] Tin Man - 5/30/2013
  284. [TNG] Hollow Pursuits - 6/2/2013
  285. [TNG] The Most Toys - 6/4/2013
  286. [TNG] Sarek - 6/6/2013
  287. [TNG] Menage a Troi - 6/9/2013
  288. [TNG] Transfigurations - 6/11/2013
  289. [TNG] The Best of Both Worlds, Part I - 6/13/2013
  290. [TNG] Season 3 Review - 6/16/2013
  291. [TNG] The Best of Both Worlds, Part II - 6/18/2013
  292. [TNG] Family - 6/20/2013
  293. [TNG] Brothers - 6/23/2013
  294. [TNG] Suddenly Human - 6/25/2013
  295. [TNG] Remember Me - 6/27/2013
  296. [TNG] Legacy - 6/30/2013
  297. [TNG] Reunion - 7/2/2013
  298. [TNG] Future Imperfect - 7/4/2013
  299. [TNG] Final Mission - 7/7/2013
  300. [TNG] The Loss - 7/9/2013
  301. [TNG] Data’s Day - 7/11/2013
  302. [TNG] The Wounded - 7/14/2013
  303. [TNG] Devil’s Due - 07/16/13
  304. [TNG] Clues - 07/18/13
  305. [TNG] First Contact - 07/21/13
  306. [TNG] Galaxy’s Child - 07/23/13
  307. [TNG] Night Terrors - 07/25/13
  308. [TNG] Identity Crisis - 07/28/13
  309. [TNG] The Nth Degree - 07/30/13
  310. [TNG] Qpid - 08/01/13
  311. [TNG] The Drumhead - 08/04/13
  312. [TNG] Half a Life - 08/06/13
  313. [TNG] The Host - 08/08/13
  314. [TNG] The Mind’s Eye - 08/11/13
  315. [TNG] In Theory - 08/13/13
  316. [TNG] Redemption, Part I - 08/15/13
  317. [TNG] Season 4 Review - 08/18/13
  318. [TNG] Redemption, Part II - 08/20/13
  319. [TNG] Darmok - 08/22/13
  320. [TNG] Ensign Ro - 08/25/13
  321. [TNG] Silicon Avatar - 08/27/13
  322. [TNG] Disaster - 08/29/13
  323. [TNG] The Game - 09/01/13
  324. [TNG] Unification, Part I - 09/03/13
  325. [TNG] Unification, Part II - 09/05/13
  326. [TNG] A Matter of Time - 09/08/13
  327. [TNG] New Ground - 09/10/13
  328. [TNG] Hero Worship - 09/12/13
  329. [TNG] Violations - 09/15/13
  330. [TNG] The Masterpiece Society - 09/17/13
  331. [TNG] Conundrum - 09/19/13
  332. [TNG] Power Play - 9/22/13
  333. [TNG] Ethics - 09/24/13
  334. [TNG] The Outcast - 09/26/13
  335. [TNG] Cause and Effect - 09/29/13
  336. [TNG] The First Duty - 10/01/13
  337. [TNG] Cost of Living - 10/03/13
  338. [TNG] The Perfect Mate - 10/06/13
  339. [TNG] Imaginary Friend - 10/08/13
  340. [TNG] I, Borg - 10/10/13
  341. [TNG] The Next Phase - 10/13/13
  342. [TNG] The Inner Light - 10/15/13
  343. [TNG] Time’s Arrow, Part I - 10/17/13
  344. [TNG] Season 5 Review - 10/20/13
  345. [TNG] Time’s Arrow, Part II - 10/22/13
  346. [TNG] Realm of Fear - 10/24/13
  347. [TNG] Man of the People - 10/27/13
  348. [TNG] Relics - 10/29/13
  349. [TNG] Schisms - 10/31/13
  350. [TNG] True Q - 11/03/13
  351. [TNG] Rascals - 11/05/13
  352. [TNG] A Fistful of Datas - 11/07/13
  353. [TNG] The Quality of Life - 11/10/13
  354. [TNG] Chain of Command, Part I - 11/12/13
  355. [TNG] Chain of Command, Part II - 11/14/13
  356. [DS9] Emissary - 11/17/13
  357. [DS9] Past Prologue - 11/19/13
  358. [DS9] A Man Alone - 11/21/13
  359. [DS9] Babel - 11/24/13
  360. [TNG] Ship in a Bottle - 11/26/13
  361. [DS9] Captive Pursuit - 11/28/13
  362. [TNG] Aquiel - 12/01/13
  363. [DS9] Q-Less - 12/03/13
  364. [TNG] Face of the Enemy - 12/05/13
  365. [DS9] Dax - 12/08/13
  366. [TNG] Tapestry - 12/10/13
  367. [DS9] The Passenger - 12/12/13
  368. [TNG] Birthright, Part I - 12/15/13
  369. [TNG] Birthright, Part II - 12/17/13
  370. [DS9] Move Along Home - 12/19/13
  371. [DS9] The Nagus - 12/22/13
  372. [TNG] Starship Mine - 12/24/13
  373. [TNG] Lessons - 01/02/14
  374. [DS9] Vortex - 01/05/14
  375. [DS9] Battle Lines - 01/07/14
  376. [DS9] The Storyteller - 01/09/14
  377. [TNG] The Chase - 01/12/14
  378. [TNG] Frame of Mind - 01/14/14
  379. [TNG] Suspicions - 01/16/14
  380. [DS9] Progress - 01/19/14
  381. [TNG] Rightful Heir - 01/21/14
  382. [DS9] If Wishes Were Horses - 01/23/14
  383. [TNG] Second Chances - 01/26/14
  384. [DS9] Dramatis Personae - 01/28/14
  385. [DS9] The Forsaken - 01/30/14
  386. [DS9] Duet - 02/02/14
  387. [TNG] Timescape - 02/04/14
  388. [DS9] In the Hands of the Prophets - 02/06/14
  389. [DS9] Season 1 Review - 02/09/14
  390. [TNG] Descent, Part I - 02/11/14
  391. [TNG] Season 6 Review - 02/13/14
  392. [TNG] Descent, Part II - 02/16/14
  393. [DS9] The Homecoming - 02/20/14
  394. [DS9] The Circle - 02/25/14
  395. [DS9] The Siege - 02/27/14
  396. [TNG] Liaisons - 03/02/14
  397. [TNG] Gambit, Part I - 03/04/14
  398. [TNG] Gambit, Part II - 03/06/14
  399. [DS9] Cardassians - 03/09/14
  400. [DS9] Invasive Procedures - 03/11/14
  401. [TNG] Interface - 03/13/14
  402. [TNG] Phantasms - 03/16/14
  403. [DS9] Melora - 03/18/14
  404. [TNG] Dark Page - 03/20/14
  405. [DS9] Rules of Acquisition - 03/23/14
  406. [DS9] Necessary Evil - 03/27/14
  407. [TNG] Attached - 03/30/14
  408. [TNG] Force of Nature - 04/03/14
  409. [DS9] Second Sight - 04/06/14
  410. [DS9] Sanctuary - 04/08/14
  411. [TNG] Parallels - 04/10/14
  412. [DS9] Rivals - 04/13/14
  413. [DS9] The Alternate - 04/15/14
  414. [TNG] Inheritance - 04/17/14
  415. [TNG] Homeward - 04/20/14
  416. [TNG] The Pegasus - 04/22/14
  417. [ENT] These Are the Voyages… - 04/24/14
  418. [DS9] Armageddon Game - 04/27/14
  419. [TNG] Sub Rosa - 04/29/14
  420. [TNG] Lower Decks - 05/01/14
  421. [DS9] Paradise - 05/04/14
  422. [DS9] Whispers - 05/06/14
  423. [DS9] Shadowplay - 05/11/14
  424. [TNG] Thine Own Self - 05/15/14
  425. [TNG] Masks - 05/18/14
  426. [DS9] Playing God - 05/20/14
  427. [TNG] Eye of the Beholder - 05/22/14
  428. [DS9] Profit and Loss - 05/25/14
  429. [TNG] Genesis - 05/27/14
  430. [DS9] Blood Oath - 06/01/14
  431. [TNG] Journey’s End - 06/03/14
  432. [DS9] The Maquis, Part I - 06/05/14
  433. [DS9] The Maquis, Part II - 06/08/14
  434. [TNG] Firstborn - 06/10/14
  435. [TNG] Bloodlines - 06/12/14
  436. [DS9] The Wire - 06/17/14
  437. [TNG] Emergence - 06/19/14
  438. [DS9] Crossover - 06/22/14
  439. [TNG] Preemptive Strike - 06/24/14
  440. [DS9] The Collaborator - 06/26/14
  441. [DS9] Tribunal - 06/29/14
  442. [TNG] All Good Things… - 07/01/14
  443. [TNG] Season 7 Review - 07/03/14
  444. [DS9] The Jem’Hadar - 07/06/14
  445. [DS9] Season 2 Review - 7/08/14
  446. [DS9] The Search, Part I - 7/10/14
  447. [DS9] The Search, Part II - 7/13/14
  448. [DS9] The House of Quark - 7/15/14
  449. [DS9] Equilibrium - 7/17/14
  450. [DS9] Second Skin
  451. [DS9] The Abandoned
  452. [DS9] Civil Defense
  453. [VOY] Caretaker
  454. [DS9] Meridian
  455. [VOY] Parallax
  456. [DS9] Defiant
  457. [DS9] Fascination
  458. [DS9] Past Tense, Part I
  459. [DS9] Past Tense, Part II
  460. [VOY] Time and Again
  461. [DS9] Life Support
  462. [DS9] Heart of Stone
  463. [VOY] Phage
  464. [DS9] Destiny
  465. [VOY] The Cloud
  466. [DS9] Prophet Motive
  467. [VOY] Eye of the Needle
  468. [DS9] Visionary
  469. [VOY] Ex Post Facto
  470. [VOY] Emanations
  471. [VOY] Prime Factors
  472. [DS9] Distant Voices
  473. [MOV] Generations
  474. [VOY] State of Flux
  475. [DS9] Through the Looking Glass
  476. [VOY] Heroes and Demons
  477. [DS9] Improbable Cause
  478. [DS9] The Die is Cast
  479. [VOY] Cathexis
  480. [DS9] Explorers
  481. [VOY] Faces
  482. [DS9] Family Business
  483. [VOY] Jetrel
  484. [DS9] Shakaar
  485. [VOY] Learning Curve
  486. [VOY] Season 1 Review
  487. [VOY] Projections
  488. [DS9] Facets
  489. [DS9] The Adversary
  490. [DS9] Season 3 Review
  491. [VOY] The 37’s
  492. [VOY] Initiations
  493. [VOY] Elogium
  494. [VOY] Non Sequitur
  495. [DS9] The Way of the Warrior
  496. [VOY] Twisted
  497. [DS9] The Visitor
  498. [DS9] Hippocratic Oath
  499. [VOY] Partutition
  500. [DS9] Indiscretion
  501. [VOY] Persistence of Vision
  502. [VOY] Tattoo
  503. [VOY] Cold Fire
  504. [DS9] Rejoined
  505. [VOY] Maneuvers
  506. [DS9] Starship Down
  507. [DS9] Little Green Men
  508. [DS9] The Sword of Kahless
  509. [VOY] Resistance
  510. [DS9] Our Man Bashir
  511. [DS9] Homefront
  512. [DS9] Paradise Lost
  513. [VOY] Prototype
  514. [VOY] Death Wish
  515. [VOY] Alliances
  516. [DS9] Crossfire
  517. [VOY] Threshold
  518. [DS9] Return to Grace
  519. [VOY] Meld
  520. [VOY] Dreadnought
  521. [VOY] Lifesigns
  522. [VOY] Investigations
  523. [VOY] Deadlock
  524. [DS9] Sons of Mogh
  525. [DS9] Bar Association
  526. [DS9] Accession
  527. [VOY] Innocence
  528. [DS9] Rules of Engagement
  529. [DS9] Hard Time
  530. [DS9] Shattered Mirror
  531. [VOY] The Thaw
  532. [DS9] The Muse
  533. [VOY] Tuvix
  534. [DS9] For the Cause
  535. [VOY] Resolutions
  536. [DS9] To the Death
  537. [DS9] The Quickening
  538. [DS9] Body Parts
  539. [DS9] Broken Link
  540. [DS9] Season 4 Review
  541. [VOY] Basics, Part I
  542. [VOY] Season 2 Review
  543. [VOY] Basics, Part II
  544. [DS9] Apocalypse Rising
  545. [DS9] The Ship
  546. [VOY] Sacred Ground
  547. [VOY] False Profits
  548. [VOY] Flashback
  549. [VOY] The Chute
  550. [VOY] Remember
  551. [VOY] The Swarm
  552. [DS9] Looking for par’Mach in All the Wrong Places
  553. [DS9] …Nor the Battle to the Strong
  554. [DS9] The Assignment
  555. [DS9] Trials and Tribble-ations
  556. [VOY] Future’s End, Part I
  557. [VOY] Future’s End, Part II
  558. [DS9] Let He Who is Without Sin…
  559. [DS9] Things Past
  560. [VOY] Warlord
  561. [DS9] The Ascent
  562. [VOY] The Q and the Grey
  563. [DS9] Rapture
  564. [DS9] The Darkness and the Light
  565. [VOY] Macrocosm
  566. [VOY] Fair Trade
  567. [VOY] Alter Ego
  568. [DS9] The Begotten
  569. [DS9] For the Uniform
  570. [VOY] Coda
  571. [VOY] Blood Fever
  572. [MOV] First Contact
  573. [DS9] In Purgatory’s Shadow
  574. [DS9] By Inferno’s Light
  575. [VOY] Unity
  576. [VOY] Darkling
  577. [DS9] Doctor Bashir, I Presume
  578. [VOY] Rise
  579. [DS9] A Simple Investigation
  580. [DS9] Business as Usual
  581. [DS9] Ties of Blood and Water
  582. [VOY] Favorite Son
  583. [DS9] Ferengi Love Songs
  584. [DS9] Soldiers of the Empire
  585. [DS9] Children of Time
  586. [VOY] Before and After
  587. [VOY] Real Life
  588. [VOY] Distant Origin
  589. [VOY] Displaced
  590. [DS9] Blaze of Glory
  591. [VOY] Worst Case Scenario
  592. [DS9] Empok Nor
  593. [VOY] Scorpion, Part I
  594. [VOY] Season 3 Review
  595. [VOY] Scorpion, Part II
  596. [VOY] The Gift
  597. [DS9] In the Cards
  598. [DS9] Call to Arms
  599. [DS9] Season 5 Review
  600. [VOY] Day of Honor
  601. [VOY] Nemesis
  602. [VOY] Revulsion
  603. [DS9] A Time to Stand
  604. [DS9] Rocks and Shoals
  605. [DS9] Sons and Daughters
  606. [DS9] Behind the Lines
  607. [DS9] Favor the Bold
  608. [DS9] Sacrifice of Angels
  609. [VOY] The Raven
  610. [VOY] Scientific Method
  611. [DS9] You are Cordially Invited…
  612. [VOY] Year of Hell, Part I
  613. [VOY] Year of Hell, Part II
  614. [DS9] Resurrection
  615. [VOY] Random Thoughts
  616. [DS9] Statistical Probabilities
  617. [VOY] Concerning Flight
  618. [DS9] The Magnificent Ferengi
  619. [DS9] Waltz
  620. [VOY] Mortal Coil
  621. [VOY] Message in a Bottle
  622. [VOY] Waking Moments
  623. [DS9] Who Mourns for Morn?
  624. [DS9] Far Beyond the Stars
  625. [DS9] One Little Ship
  626. [VOY] Hunters
  627. [DS9] Honor Among Thieves
  628. [DS9] Change of Heart
  629. [VOY] Prey
  630. [VOY] Retrospect
  631. [VOY] The Killing Game, Part I
  632. [VOY] The Killing Game, Part II
  633. [DS9] Wrongs Darker than Death or Night
  634. [DS9] Inquisition
  635. [DS9] In the Pale Moonlight
  636. [VOY] Vis a Vis
  637. [VOY] The Omega Directive
  638. [DS9] His Way
  639. [VOY] Unforgettable
  640. [DS9] The Reckoning
  641. [DS9] Valiant
  642. [VOY] Demon
  643. [DS9] Profit and Lace
  644. [VOY] One
  645. [DS9] Time’s Orphan
  646. [VOY] Hope and Fear
  647. [VOY] Season 4 Review
  648. [DS9] The Sound of her Voice
  649. [DS9] Tears of the Prophets
  650. [DS9] Season 6 Review
  651. [VOY] Night
  652. [VOY] Drone
  653. [VOY] Extreme Risk
  654. [VOY] In the Flesh
  655. [VOY] Once Upon a Time
  656. [VOY] Nothing Human
  657. [VOY] Timeless
  658. [DS9] Image in the Sand
  659. [DS9] Shadows and Symbols
  660. [DS9] Afterimage
  661. [DS9] Take Me Out to the Holosuite
  662. [DS9] Chrysalis
  663. [DS9] Treachery, Faith, and the Great River
  664. [DS9] Once More Unto the Breach
  665. [DS9] The Siege of AR-558
  666. [VOY] Thirty Days
  667. [DS9] Covenant
  668. [VOY] Infinite Regress
  669. [VOY] Counterpoint
  670. [DS9] It’s Only a Paper Moon
  671. [MOV] Insurrection
  672. [DS9] Prodigal Daughter
  673. [VOY] Latent Image
  674. [VOY] Bride of Chaotica
  675. [DS9] The Emporor’s New Cloak
  676. [VOY] Gravity
  677. [DS9] Field of Fire
  678. [VOY] Bliss
  679. [DS9] Chimera
  680. [VOY] The Disease
  681. [DS9] Badda-Bing Badda-Bang
  682. [DS9] Inter Arma Silent Leges
  683. [VOY] Course: Oblivion
  684. [VOY] Dark Frontier
  685. [VOY] The Fight
  686. [VOY] Think Tank
  687. [DS9] Penumbra
  688. [DS9] ‘Til Death Do Us Part
  689. [DS9] Strange Bedfellows
  690. [DS9] The Changing Face of Evil
  691. [DS9] When it Rains…
  692. [DS9] Tacking into the Wind
  693. [DS9] Extreme Measures
  694. [DS9] The Dogs of War
  695. [DS9] What You Leave Behind
  696. [DS9] Season 7 Review
  697. [VOY] Juggernaut
  698. [VOY] Someone to Watch Over Me
  699. [VOY] 11:59
  700. [VOY] Relativity
  701. [VOY] Warhead
  702. [VOY] Equinox, Part I
  703. [VOY] Season 5 Review
  704. [VOY] Equinox, Part II
  705. [VOY] Survival Instinct
  706. [VOY] Barge of the Dead
  707. [VOY] Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
  708. [VOY] Dragon’s Teeth
  709. [VOY] Alice
  710. [VOY] Riddles
  711. [VOY] One Small Step
  712. [VOY] The Voyager Conspiracy
  713. [VOY] Pathfinder
  714. [VOY] Fair Haven
  715. [VOY] Tsunkatse
  716. [VOY] Blink of an Eye
  717. [VOY] Virtuoso
  718. [VOY] Collective
  719. [VOY] Memorial
  720. [VOY] Spirit Folk
  721. [VOY] Ashes to Ashes
  722. [VOY] Child’s Play
  723. [VOY] Good Shepherd
  724. [VOY] Fury
  725. [VOY] Live Fast and Prosper
  726. [VOY] Life Line
  727. [VOY] Muse
  728. [VOY] The Haunting of Deck Twelve
  729. [VOY] Unimatrix Zero, Part I
  730. [VOY] Season 6 Review
  731. [VOY] Unimatrix Zero, Part II
  732. [VOY] Drive
  733. [VOY] Repression
  734. [VOY] Imperfection
  735. [VOY] Critical Care
  736. [VOY] Inside Man
  737. [VOY] Body and Soul
  738. [VOY] Nightingale
  739. [VOY] Flesh and Blood
  740. [VOY] Shattered
  741. [VOY] Lineage
  742. [VOY] Repentance
  743. [VOY] Prophesy
  744. [VOY] The Void
  745. [VOY] Workforce, Part I
  746. [VOY] Workforce, Part II
  747. [VOY] Human Error
  748. [VOY] Q2
  749. [VOY] Author, Author
  750. [VOY] Friendship One
  751. [VOY] Natural Law
  752. [VOY] Homestead
  753. [VOY] Renaissance Man
  754. [VOY] Endgame
  755. [VOY] Season 7 Review
  756. [MOV] Nemesis
  757. [VOY] Living Witness
  758. [MOV] Star Trek
  759. [MOV] Star Trek into Darkness
  760. Final Thoughts
452. [DS9] Civil Defense

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(4/5 stars)

While deleting old files from an ore processing computer, O’Brien and Jake accidentally trip an old Cardassian security program, and without the access codes to disable it, they find themselves at the mercy of pre-programmed Occupation-era Gul Dukat. At first it seems confined to the ore processing room, but as soon as they use empty molten tubes to escape the room, the entire station is put on lock-down. Jake, Sisko and O’Brien have to crawl their way through the underbelly of the station, all the while contending with toxic gas and blocked passages.

Ops is not faring much better. They quickly get locked out of systems themselves since they don’t have Dukat’s access codes, and even though Garak’s codes are enough to allow him passage through the station’s force fields, they don’t have a chance of letting him bypass Dukat’s codes. Jadzia gets second-degree burns on her hands from setting off a force field, and eventually escalation of the lockout causes a 30-minute self destruct timer, as well as the replicator creating a phaser turret that vaporizes a redshirt and leaves the rest of Ops hiding behind consoles.

Quark is locked in Odo’s security office when shit starts going south because he reasons it’s the safest place on the station, and the writers reason any time we can lock Quark and Odo in a room together it’s comic gold. Odo tells Quark that he’s the most devious Ferengi he’s ever met, though by the end of the episode he admits he only said it to make Quark feel better because it looked like they were about to die.

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448. [DS9] The House of Quark

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(4/5 stars)

Quark is complaining about the loss of business due to the looming threat of the Dominion. Even Morn takes off, woman on his arm, leaving the only customer an incredibly inebriated Klingon who has run out of money but demands to be extended a line of credit so he can continue drinking. Quark initially tries to play tough, but forgets that he’s talking to a Klingon, and a dagger is pulled on him. The Klingon lunges at him, but in his drunken stupor, he impales himself on his own dagger.

However, Quark is no slouch when opportunity presents itself. Sure, he could just say the idiot Klingon killed himself… but, well, if he were to take credit for killing the Klingon in self-defense, he’d be legally in the clear, and would have a bit of notoriety and respect to carry with him. Crowds of people already are lining up to see what the fuss is, and surely they’ll buy a drink. Odo sees right through Quark’s claims, but since the only witness was Rom, who backs Quark’s story 100%, he’s gotta go with it. Still, he warns Quark that the Klingon he killed was Kozak, head of a Klingon house, and the house may look to avenge his death.

Quark is first accosted by D’Ghor, Kozak’s brother. Quark is about to say that Kozak’s death was an accident, but is warned by D’Ghor that should he say that, he would strip Kozak of all honor, and by extension, his house would be dishonored, and so D’Ghor would have to kill him for that. So his little fiction will have to play out a little longer… that is, until Kozak’s widow Grilka shows up and sees right through the whole thing. She knows he lied, and because Kozak has been considered to die in honorable combat, she has no rights to his house and it will fall to D’Ghor, a dishonorable man. Quark’s ability to deceive might come in handy for her, so she kidnaps him and takes him to Qo’noS.

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472. [DS9] Distant Voices

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(3/5 stars)

Bashir’s about to turn 30 and is a bit grumpy about the prospect, which perplexes Garak, as aging brings respect and prestige on Cardassia. Bashir’s just not pleased about the idea of passing 30 and no longer being considered “young.” As they argue about the merits of Cardassian mystery novels, Quark introduces Bashir to an alien who’s seeking biomemetic gel, a controlled substance in the Federation. Bashir shoots him down and tells him that even asking for it is a felony, and suggests he leave immediately.

But he goes straight for the infirmary, looking for it. When Bashir finds him, he calls for security but gets a lightning shock to the temples when the alien attacks him, and he’s out. He comes to, but the station computer is nonfunctional, the lights are flickering, and the station itself appears empty. Exploring the Promenade, he finds Quark at his bar, cowering under a table. Sounds of breaking are heard in the bar, and as Bashir tries to get Quark to tell him what’s happened, a table goes flying across the bar and Quark flees.

Bashir wanders the Promenade, as information screens show nothing but static. One can also notice a touch of grey in his hair. As he enters Odo’s office, he runs into Garak, who barely knows more than Quark. He offers a few suggestions as to what has happened: perhaps it’s a virus. Or maybe a space anomaly (those seem to affect a stationary target so often in this series). Or perhaps the Dominion has finally made their move. They decide to split up to search the station and agree to meet back in an hour.

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389. [DS9] Season 1 Review

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(3.58/5 stars)

And so we reach the end of the first season of the first spinoff of the first spinoff of Star Trek. You know, I had always told people that the first season of DS9 is a little rocky and they should skip most of it. The bad episodes like “If Wishes Were Horses” or “Move Along Home” tended to become overstated in my memory of the season, with middling episodes like “The Storyteller” or “Dramatis Personae” filing in the background.

Never mind the fact that “Emissary” is, in my mind, the strongest pilot episode of any Star Trek series (and interesting fact: was the most-watched episode of any Trek in its original broadcast). Never mind the powerful emotional impact of “Duet” or the exploration of classic Roddenberry humanism in the science versus religion debate of “In the Hands of the Prophets.” For some reason, I tended to forget about all those strong episodes in my recollection.

Doing these reviews, then, is almost more for my own personal benefit than for your entertainment. It refreshes, solidifies, quantifies and documents for me the things I like and dislike about Trek. It’s definitely changed my view on this first season of DS9, which I now think is pretty darn strong when compared to, say, TNG or Voyager. It’s got strong characters pretty much right out the gate, and while it still occasionally relies on the “space anomaly of the week” episode (which makes little sense when on a space station that isn’t exploring the galaxy), is starting to explore the benefits of staying in one spot and really developing a culture.

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388. [DS9] In the Hands of the Prophets

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(5/5 stars)

It’s Keiko versus Winn, the battle of the most unlikable characters on DS9! Who will win? For those of you watching DS9 for the first time, Louise Fletcher makes her first appearance as the most hated person on camera since she played Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Vedek Winn Adami has arrived on DS9 to start protesting Keiko’s classroom teaching about the wormhole without making her lesson plan about the religious beliefs of the Bajorans and their Celestial Temple. Keiko refuses to let her classroom be hijacked by religious fanaticism, leading to a two-and-a-half hour televised debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye.

Sisko feels stuck in the middle, being the Emissary to the Prophets, yet being an “atheist” Starfleet officer not in a position to take sides. He wants to find some common ground between Keiko’s school and the Bajoran religious interests, but fears that Winn has no desire for compromise on the matter. She’s a strong contender as a replacement for Kai Opaka, and this looks to be a political move on her part. He travels to Bajor to meet with one of the more liberal Vedeks, a man named Bareil, but because Bareil is also in the running for Kai and because much of the Assembly fears Sisko for one reason or another, it wouldn’t be politically savvy for him to side with the Emissary before clinching the coveted Space Pope Hat.

Tensions between Starfleet and the Bajorans come to a head when Keiko’s classroom is firebombed. Fortunately, nobody was inside, but this act of terrorism cannot be overlooked, and Sisko outright blames Winn for inciting people to violence over religious beliefs. Bareil sees an opportunity to win some political points in the wake of the bombing, and comes to DS9 to speak in favor of peace. But the murder of a Starfleet officer in the B-plot leads to evidence that someone was planning to steal a runabout and had disabled the weapon detection system in the Promenade.

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461. [DS9] Life Support

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(2/5 stars)

Seems like every 2 years in Star Trek, we get an episode about an ambassador who is the “only hope for peace” but they suffer some catastrophe and everyone has to bend over backwards to make sure that the ambassador is able to finish their peace negotiations. Can this be retired now?

A shuttle accident en route to DS9 leaves Kai Winn with minor injuries and Bareil on the brink of death. (IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU, ADAMI!) Bashir does everything he can for the Vedek, with Winn insisting he’s their last best hope for a successful peace treaty with the Cardassians, but he tragically passes from his injuries.

But wait, there’s a flicker of hope! His body is still sending signals to his brain! And even though he’s been dead for hours and his brain should have received damage from lack of oxygeon, he was in stasis for most of it, so all Bashir has to do is complicated brain surgery and presto! Bareil is back from the dead.

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468. [DS9] Visionary

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(5/5 stars)

O’Brien conveniently suffers radiation poisoning at the beginning of the episode so that the treknobabble thing that happens to him can be activated. As a Romulan delegation arrives at DS9 for a briefing on Federation intel on the Dominion, a Klingon ship comes by needing repairs. And O’Brien finds himself making brief time jumps to 5 hours in the future, where he can watch his future self do something. Sounds like this has all the makings of a bad day.

His first time jump, he sees himself on the Promenade while Quark is telling him to fix the holosuites. It’s written off as a hallucination brought on by either the radiation poisoning or the treatment he’s receiving, but 5 hours later when he finds himself on the Promenade with Quark demanding he fix the holosuites, his deja vu causes him to look over… and see himself watching across the mezzanine. Dax is able to confirm via time travelly scans that O’Brien’s shift was legit, and gets to work figuring out why that happened when O’Brien has another shift and finds himself in a bar brawl between Klingons and Romulans and his future self, who he saves from a Klingon with a dagger.

While O’brien and security work to get Quark’s bar Klingon-free so as not to get that bar brawl started (Blaming the Klingons? That’s racist!) Sisko and Kira have to deal with the Romulan Inquisition. According to the treaty stipulations allowing them to have a cloaking device installed on the Defiant, they are required to provide any and all information they have on the Dominion, but what Sisko and Kira offer them isn’t to their satisfaction and they begin demanding more and more information, including personal logs and inquiries as to the nature of people’s relationships with Odo, who they believe to be a Founder.

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450. [DS9] Second Skin

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(5/5 stars)

Kira is contacted by a Bajoran historian who’s looking to interview survivors of a Cardassian detention center called Elemspur. Records show that Kira was held there for seven days, but Kira has no recollection of ever being held there, and can even account for where she was during the time the records say she was being held there. But when she contacts another Elemspur inmate and he recognizes her on sight, she knows there’s something more going on and takes a runabout to Bajor to find out what’s the deal.

But Kira never makes it to Bajor. She wakes up surrounded by Cardassians, looks in a mirror—and sees that she’s been made to look like a Cardassian, too. They tell her that she has always been a Cardassian, and for the past ten years was serving as a sleeper agent in the Bajoran Resistance, surgically altered and memory reprogrammed so she truly would believe she WAS Kira Nerys. Her “real name” is Iliana Ghemor, and she should soon start regaining her memories with the drugs they’re giving her.

In the meantime, she’s staying at what they claim is her father’s home. She’s told she’s not a prisoner, that she is a hero of Cardassia, and she just needs to wait for the memories to return. Obviously, Kira being the even-tempered person that she is readily accepts this story she’s being told, I don’t think. She runs the gamut of emotions, attempting to escape at every opportunity (though the Obsidian Order has put force fields on the windows and have a perimeter set up), refusing to consider anything they’re telling her, and lying about questions regarding Deep Space 9.

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422. [DS9] Whispers

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(5/5 stars)

O’Brien returns from a mission to the Parada system, home to a Gamma Quadrant species that’s about to enter peace talks with the Federation on DS9. Miles has brought a report on their culture as well as their security requirements for the talk. However, he suspects something is going on almost immediately. Keiko seems cold and distant. Sisko reassigns him from making the security modifications that he wrote the specs for, and has them begun without running it by Odo first (who’s on Bajor). And he’s been assigned to find a problem with one of the upper docking pylons, which is so deep in the system it looks like a deliberate sabotage.

When it’s clear that everyone around him is deliberately lying to him and hiding things, he starts examining station logs and discovers that he’s been locked out of accessing anything dated after his return to the station, and his Level 1 access has been revoked. That won’t stop a resourceful man like O’Brien, though, and he’s able to determine that they’ve been studying practically his every move since he returned, and there are things alluded to in the logs that they were smart enough not to actually record to keep him in the dark anyway.

When Odo returns to the station, O’Brien meets him at the docking ring and alerts him to what’s going on. Odo tells him he’ll get to the bottom of things, and to do nothing further to provoke suspicion from them, but the next time he talks to Odo, he suspects that Odo is in on it as well. Just then, Sisko, Kira and Bashir come into security to give O’Brien a hypospray, but he had a flash-bang on him and uses it to escape.

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442. [TNG] All Good Things...

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(5/5 stars)

Bathrobed Picard interrupts an almost-kiss between Worf and Troi because he forgot to take his space pills and now he’s gone all time-travelly. As he tells Deanna, he’s having trouble remembering the details, but he keeps finding himself slipping back and forth through time. During the conversation, he finds himself in the future at the Picard vineyards tending vines and talking to a Geordi with working eyes and reminiscing of days of yore. He then finds himself on a shuttlecraft being piloted to the Enterprise for the first time. The pilot of the shuttlecraft? Albert Einstein. Er, Tasha Yar.

As he returns to the present, Dr. Crusher can’t find any evidence that he’s physically moving through time, however, she did scan for Irumodic Syndrome (a neurological condition that his future-self has developed) and found that his brain has a defect that could potentially trigger Irumodic Syndrome, so his story holds at least some credibility. Before they can continue, the Enterprise receives orders to head to the Neutral Zone. A spacial anomaly has appeared in the Devron system and the Romulans are amassing on their side of the zone.

He then transitions to the future, where he left off in conversation with Geordi in his vineyard. He begins babbling like an old man, and when Geordi tries to write it off as senility, Picard demands they go see Data, who’s currently holding the Lucasian chair at Cambridge. (Which seems a little unfair as the Lucasian chair is a lifetime appointment, and Data can live a very long time.) Data is surrounded by cats and a snippy housekeeper, and has a shock of gray hair that he grew to add an “air of distinction.” As Data agrees to look into what Picard claims is happening to himself, another shift happens. (Heh. Shift happens.)

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372. [TNG] Starship Mine

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(4/5 stars)

Just in time for Christmas, it’s Die Hard on a Spaceship! The Enterprise is preparing for a Baryon sweep, an intensive bit of ship maintenance that removes baryon particles trapped within the hull of a warp vessel. All life on the ship must evacuate for the duration of the sweep as nothing can survive the beam. Picard is a bit reluctant to head out because he’s going to find himself stuck at a reception hosted by a man notorious for his non-stop small talk, Commander Calvin “Hutch” Hutchinson.

Speaking of small talk, Data has written himself a subroutine to attempt small talk. He tries it out on Picard in the turbolift, who starts worrying if something’s wrong. Once it’s explained, he recommends that Data try it out on Hutch. Both Worf and Geordi ask Picard if they can be excused from the reception, but Worf asked first and Picard is only going to allow so many exceptions, especially when the show’s budget can’t afford enough extras to populate the reception with anyone but Enterprise senior staff.

As everyone is trying to avoid having their ear talked off by Hutch (who Data observes with delight), Picard hears that there are horses on this planet, and beams back to the Enterprise with time to spare before the baryon sweep begins so he can fetch his saddle. (Any serious equestrian has his own saddle that he carries through space, don’t you know.) But as he’s walking through the empty corridors, he notices a wall panel has been removed… something the baryon sweep maintenance crew should not have touched. Picard runs into Tim Russ, who gives an unconvincing excuse, and then attacks Picard with a laser torch. Picard neck-pinches him so hard he’ll become a Vulcan in 2 years.

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456. [DS9] Defiant

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(5/5 stars)

In order to justify his paycheck on the show that week, Bashir orders a stressed-out and temperamental Kira relieved of duty and sends her to Quark’s, who also gets in his contractually mandated one line. She’s given a bunch of things to keep her entertained and ordered by Bashir to use at least two of them. She sits down to gnaw at a jumja stick, and I do mean gnaw. Those things are basically gigantic gelatinous blobs of maple syrup. Why’s it so biiiiiiiiiig? And why are Bajoran dentists so riiiiiiiich? As I ponder these questions, a certain William T. Riker notices that there is a person in his peripheral vision who might have compatible genitals for him to smash against.

He’s in DS9 on a layover to Risa (per Dr. Crusher’s insisting; Kira’s not the only one whose doctor ordered leave time) and figured he’d try his luck at Quark’s and at any attractive woman who passes by. Kira tells Dax he’s very charming but nothing’s going to happen because she’s “in a relationship.” Seriously, Kira? Bareil’s been to the station like, twice since you started “dating.” It’s a booty call. She accidentally bumps into him on the Promenade (because he jumped out of a doorway at just the right moment to bump into him) and offers him a tour of the station. He’d love one, especially if it means he can take a look at the Defiant.

When he sees O’Brien on the bridge of the Defiant, he starts acting like there’s some conflict between the two of them and he doesn’t want to talk to him. The whole situation is very awkward and O’Brien opts to leave, not sure what that was all about. Of course, it becomes clear momentarily because as soon as Riker gets Kira to unlock the bridge commands, he shoots her with a phaser, beams aboard some Maquis, and takes off his fake beard to reveal… A REAL BEARD. Wait a second… this isn’t William T. Riker. This is W. Thomas Riker!

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249. [TNG] The Measure of a Man

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 (5/5 stars)

Before we even begin, I cannot stress enough that if you only watch one episode of Star Trek, make it this one. Of my personal favorites in TNG, the top three are “The Measure of a Man,” “Cause and Effect,” and “The Inner Light.” Each one plays to its strengths. “Cause and Effect” is an extremely fun pure science fiction story, “The Inner Light” is an emotional roller coaster, and this? This episode is Star Trek at its finest: take the setting of space to make important messages about humanity and civil rights.

We open to the first instance of what will be a long-standing tradition on the Enterprise: poker night in Riker’s quarters. Data has studied extensively for his first attempt at the game, but finds himself woefully unprepared for the reality of the game. Despite having three queens against a worthless hand, he falls for Riker’s bluff of a flush. When he expresses how illogical it is to bet when you don’t have a winning hand, Riker explains how little Data truly understands poker—he wasn’t betting the hand, he was betting that Data wouldn’t call his bluff.

The Enterprise arrives at Starbase 173, a new outpost near the Romulan Neutral Zone, and Picard meets an old frenemy: Captain Phillipa Louvois, the JAG officer who prosecuted his court martial for the loss of the Stargazer. She’s heading up the court in these parts, which will be quite handy for the meat of this episode, because another person with historical ties to a crewmember is on the starbase. Commander Bruce Maddox is one of Starfleet’s foremost minds on cyberneics and robotics, and the sole dissenter to Data’s admission to Starfleet Academy. He has orders to transfer Data to his command so he can dismantle him and reverse-engineer him.

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