Trekathon 477: Empok Nor (DS9)

August 25th, 2012

A mission to salvage parts from DS9’s twin goes awry when they seem to end up in a bad horror movie by mistake.

Not good. I suppose it’s a reasonably competent attempt to create a more oppressive atmosphere. But it’s really pretty silly stuff. They stretch a long way to set up the situation in the first part, and so as a result we only get a couple of minutes as ‘Garak the bad guy’. And the idea of a drug that makes you more xenophobic? Yuck.

I think the real problem is that ‘horror’ is just too far from the usual Trek tone. There’s normally good lighting, sensible character actions, all that jazz. So the standard horror movie tricks stand out pretty badly.

477 down, 260 to go.