Month: June 2010

  • Trekathon 262: The Nagus (DS9)

    Ah, teenagers. Their rebellious ways, the staying out late and the teaching of English to Ferengi. Just can’t trust ’em… The main plot of the episode, with Quark becoming the leader of the Ferengi, doesn’t seem to know if it’s being played for laughs or not. The music and some of the actors think it’s […]

  • Trekathon 261: Move Along Home (DS9)

    Another mix of a good idea with bad execution. The ‘throw everyone into a strange game’ idea is reasonably (although not completely) novel, and could work quite well if there was more of the sort of thing you see in the movie *Cube*. But most of the individual game scenes come across as quite goofy […]

  • Trekathon 260: Birthright, Part II (TNG)

    Overall not bad, but by no means was this a ‘two-part’ story – there was no reason why you couldn’t have told this whole story in a single episode. The idea of Worf as a prisoner inside this strange Klingon-Romulan society is interesting, particularly the idea of Worf as the exemplar of Klingon society for […]

  • Trekathon 259: Birthright, Part I (TNG)

    Ah, crossover time, as the Enterprise visits Deep Space 9. Well, it’s not really a crossover. More just a couple of cameos, and some new sets. Anyway, there are two parts to the episode. The Data subplot, with him discovering his ability to dream, is nicely done, and is a clever way to build the […]

  • Trekathon 258: The Passenger (DS9)

    OK, so as soon as the episode title came up I was assuming this was going to be standard plot 8, a dying alien transfers their ‘life essence’ into Dr Bashir. Which, as it turns out, is exactly what happens in this episode. Without the suspense of ‘who is the alien’, this episode falls very […]

  • Trekathon 257: Tapestry (TNG)

    Star Trek presents ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. OK, so the ‘Picard sees an event from the past, and we discover that the event was pivotal to the man that he became’ is a little reminiscent of a certain Jimmy Stewart movie. But it’s superbly done, and the best use of Q so far (so much […]

  • Trekathon 256: Dax (DS9)

    As I may have mentioned, I love a good courtroom scene. It took eight episodes, but Deep Space 9 has finally knocked one out of the park. This is a nicely constructed episode, that manages to reveal a lot about Dax’s past and character, while at the same time keeping her off screen or not […]

  • Trekathon 255: Face Of The Enemy (TNG)

    By far the most Troi heavy episode the show has ever done. And despite most of the past evidence, it works (with a misstep or two along the way). The episode is, more than anything, evidence that Marina Sirtis is a pretty good actress when she’s given something to work with. She does a pretty […]

  • Trekathon 254: Q-Less (DS9)

    Q comes to visit, hijinks ensue. This isn’t that bad an episode, but its not really much of a Deep Space 9 episode. Most of the plot development is dominated by Q, Vash and Quark, with the main crew relegated to not finding out what was going on until the last minute. The interaction between […]

  • Trekathon 253: Aquiel (TNG)

    I blame this episode for me being so far behind. I started watching on the plane to San Francisco, but it was so dull I fell asleep part way through. And then I could never quite rouse the interest level to get back to it until today. All of the skeleton of a good episode […]