section 31

anonymous asked:

Do Section 31 have anything to do with the hunt for Julian?

They do. They failed once due to a misunderstanding of his character, and have been since held back by his being technically bound to a foreign power in too noticeable a way to lose. But Bajor is being brought into the Federation - that, at least, is the plan - and they have nothing but time. They have plans for Doctor Bashir.

Originally posted by barnxsrogers

SpockFact #89

Two years into the five year mission, Spock realized he didn’t know what’s in those colorful cubes that everyone eats. Vaguely disturbed, he spent months in the lab attempting to determine what they were. At first he thought they were jello (which would have been bad, since he is a vegetarian). However, they aren’t. Nor are they fruit squares, nor dyed protein. According to his scans they are nothing real at all. Whatever they are does not exist in this universe. He attempted to publish a paper on the cubes and got a visit from Section 31. He elected not to publish the paper.

(submitted by @adenil-umano)
Reading The Game: 'The Last Of Us'
Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with a look at The Last of Us. Set in a world undone by a fungal apocalypse, it follows a grizzled smuggler and his surrogate daughter.

For years now, some of the best, wildest, most moving or revealing stories we’ve been telling ourselves have come not from books, movies or TV, but from video games. So we’re running an occasional series, Reading The Game, in which we take a look at some of these games from a literary perspective.


Ok, let me explain why this scene is so e brilliant. Yeah, there’s the way we switch back and forth between the Gaang, and Jet getting brainwashed and it’s super creepy and well done.

But, I don’t want to talk about that.

What I actually want to talk about is Long Feng’s line:

In silencing talk of conflict Ba Sing Se remains a peaceful, orderly utopia. 

Yeah, there’s idea of utopia, and the lengths that Long Feng goes to to maintain this twisted idea of what a utopias is. But, here’s the thing: by definition, a utopia  cannot itself exist.

Utopia literally means “no place.” It is impossible. It is imaginary,. It is a figment of our imagination

And I really like those sorts of stories that ask “what mechanisms keep a utopia ‘utopia’?”

I guess it’s why I really like Section 31 in DS9, and the darker vision it had of that world. 

And I think the fact that the writing team decided to ask itself that very question, and to actually give it to us, was pretty cool. 


Favourite Recurring Characters: Luther Sloan (DS9)

“I dedicated my life to the preservation and the protection of the Federation. This duty, which I carried out to the best of my ability, took precedence over everything else. My parents, my wife, my children. I lived in a world of secrets, of sabotage and deceit. I spent so much time erasing my movements, covering my tracks, that now that I look back at my life, I find nothing. It’s as if I never really existed. I cheated you all out of being in my life. And what’s more, I cheated myself as well. Now I know a simple apology won’t change that. Still, I feel the need to apologise anyway. No tears, please. My death isn’t a tragedy, it’s a celebration. In death, I can finally step out of the shadows and prove to myself that I existed. That I lived.” - Luther Sloan [Extreme Measures] 

To put a stop to the Dominion war Section 31 kidnaps and brainwashes Miles O'Brien, using his kayaking and general holo-adventuring experience he is sent on a mission to assassinate The Founders in their vulnerable liquid state of The Great Link. Keiko O'Brien volunteers for the retrieval of agent Miles with the mentoring of Garak. Kira and Dax go on a girls night out and get matching tattoos and piercings.