Month: August 2012

  • Trekathon 465: A Simple Investigation (DS9)

    Odo falls in love with a bad girl. Relationships are tricky, especially when you’re dealing with someone like Odo who has (due to the makeup) limited facial responses, and a quiet approach to things. It makes the technical challenge of making us feel like the relationship is real very difficult. In the past it’s failed, […]

  • Trekathon 464: Favorite Son (VOY)

    Harry turns out to be a member of a skanky cuckoo species. This season voyager has been swinging between ‘average’ and ‘stinker’. This is another stinker. The *idea* of one of the crew being transformed into another species has a lot of potential – we could have seen a lot of interesting stories told. But […]

  • Trekathon 463: Rise (VOY)

    Tuvok and Neelix are stuck on an away mission together. This is mainly another attempt at the Tuvok/Neelix relationship story that so miserably fell flat on its face in previous episodes, mainly because Neelix came across as an intolerant jerk. Here Tuvok is made to look like the intolerant jerk, which strangely enough makes a […]

  • Trekathon 462: Doctor Bashir, I Presume? (DS9)

    Dr Bashir is selected as the template for the Long-Term Medical Hologram. There is a lot of interesting stuff in the story – Julian’s relationship with his parents, a new insight into the Federation and the things they do. But the plot hinges on a scene so stupid that I had to cover my eyes. […]

  • Trekathon 461: The Darkling (VOY)

    The Doctor goes a bit too far in self improvement. I chose to read this episode as an analogy for tech support, and what happens when you let the end users too much freedom to upgrade their computers. Just remember, your computer at work is locked down for your own good! The Doctor, and especially […]

  • Trekathon 460: By Inferno’s Light (2) (DS9)

    Cardassia joins the Dominion, and the battle comes to Deep Space 9. That big fleet turns out to be mainly interested in helping out Cardassia, and so the attack on DS9 is left to what is, really, a James Bond supervillain plot. It felt like a weak use of the Changeling-Bashir. The best stuff is […]

  • Trekathon 459: Unity (VOY)

    Voyager comes across a disabled Borg cube. My biggest concern about the Borg is that they’re too hard a threat for a single ship to deal with. And as a result the only way to tell good stories will be to dumb them down. So far this episode avoids that, managing to keep the Borg […]

  • Trekathon 458: In Purgatory’s Shadow (1) (DS9)

    Worf and Garak try to track the source of a Cardassian call for help. So, in the last few episodes: * Odo can shapeshift again. * The Maquis has lost a leader and is crippled. * Bajor decides to not join the Federation. And now we find out Bashir has been a changeling infiltrator for […]

  • Trekathon 457: Blood Fever (VOY)

    A Vulcan member of the crew undergoes pon farr, and B’Elanna catches it too (even though she’s not Vulcan). Voyager was going to have to get around to this one eventually, given the length of their journey home. It was also a good choice to add a Vulcan crew member, rather than use Tuvok. But […]

  • Trekathon 456: For the Uniform (DS9)

    Sisko obsessively chases after the traitor Eddington. OK, so the ‘obsessed with a goal’ plot isn’t exactly new. But it’s well delivered, and we get a glimpse at a darker side of Sisko’s personality. Eddington is also a great villain – I hope we see him again. Bonus points for using *Les Miserables* rather than […]