Month: September 2012

  • Trekathon 503: Waltz (DS9)

    Dukat and Sisko are stranded together after a crash. Really great, but not quite spectacular, stuff. It’s really a one man show, with Sisko not doing much other than move the action along a couple of times. It’s mainly Dukat coming to terms with his demons, and deciding once and for all to be a […]

  • Trekathon 502: The Magnificent Ferengi (DS9)

    Quark assembles a rag-tag group of Ferengi to rescue his mother. Some truly horrible moments: Quark and Nog just wandering into the Captain’s office accidentally, many scenes of the five Ferengi fighting, the reapparance of Empok Nor, screaming Ferengi, ‘To the Infirmary’, the inevitable final act conflict over money, ‘let’s do it for equal shares […]

  • Trekathon 501: Mortal Coil (VOY)

    Neelix has a spiritual crisis, and decides to commit suicide. There are people out there who complain that Voyager is too light, and doesn’t deal with serious themes. I don’t think any of them had ever seen this episode. Unlike some previous rounds (especially around Worf and his brother), this time the spiritual crisis is […]

  • Trekathon 500: Concerning Flight (VOY)

    Leonardo Da Vinci gets kidnapped from Voyager. Mostly good, after a pretty silly opening with things kidnapped off the ship seemingly randomly. Or rather, just the right set of things to make the plot work. Just doesn’t make sense given how shields are supposed to work in this universe. But once that’s done the rest […]

  • Trekathon 499: Statistical Probabilities (DS9)

    Bashir mentors a group of genetically enhanced oddballs. Hey everybody, remember that Bashir’s genetically enhanced? We had that [whole episode]( last year, and one other brief mention since then. Well the writers have remembered too, and now he’s looking after a whole passel of damaged geniuses. From there it’s a mostly above average version of […]

  • Trekathon 498: Random Thoughts (VOY)

    B’Elanna is arrested for violent thoughts. The thing Voyager has been doing best lately is returning to the well of ‘imaginative science fiction’ – thinking up a concept, and telling a story that revolves around the complexities and consequences of that concept. It’s the core of what’s best in Star Trek, and sometimes the shows […]

  • Trekathon 497: Resurrection (DS9)

    The Mirror Universe Bareil appears, and Kira takes a fancy to him. 25 minutes 52 seconds. That’s when things head downhill with mirror Kira making an appearance. Up until then it was passable, if a little dull stuff. But with mirror Kira we’re back into the full range of reasons why this mirror universe thing […]

  • Trekathon 496: Year of Hell, Part II (VOY)

    Things go downhill for Voyager this year. …only on screen that is. In terms of quality, this is actually one of the best ‘second parts’ that Trek has ever turned in. One plus of the time travel episode is that you can have a lot of fun. While they resist the temptation to kill characters […]

  • Trekathon 495: You Are Cordially Invited… (DS9)

    It’s the compulsory ‘funny’ wedding episode. I’ve seen this one a million times. There’s a wedding coming. Some external stress causes the couple to fight. They call the wedding off. The wise friend talks them both into getting married anyway. Optional extras include the bucks and hens night, and some bridesmaid dress humour. Well, they […]

  • Trekathon 494: Year of Hell (I) (VOY)

    Voyager has a pretty bad time dealing with a foe with time weapons. Well, it’s definitely another round of Janeway-the-terminally-annoyed. I honestly don’t know how Chakotay ever dares disagree with her. She is not one to cross – and she’s getting a little bit angrier all the time. It’s good to have a relatively new […]