Trekathon 447: The Ascent (DS9)

Quark and Odo crash land on a remote planet.

‘Tonal whiplash’ is the easiest way to describe this episode. We have a lighter story about Jake and Nog learning to be roommates, contrasted with Quark and Odo facing death on a remote planet. Every time they switched from one to the other, I was disoriented. B-plots need at least some relationship to the main story.

As a result of this, and also some weaknesses in clearly setting the peril they were in due to poor location choice, it’s hard to get too invested in the story. Some of this is also that Quark in this situation just doesn’t work very well.

447 down, 290 to go.