Month: October 2012

  • Trekathon 534: Shadows and Symbols (3) (DS9)

    Sisko turns out to be the child of a wormhole Prophet. … Yeah, that’s about how I reacted too. That is an *incredibly* silly plot development. OK, maybe that’s going too far, but it comes out of left field, and it doesn’t seem to actually add anything to the story. The ‘Sisko thinks he’s really […]

  • Trekathon 533: Image in the Sand (2) (DS9)

    Sisko soul searches, and nothing else moves forward. This is a strange episode, which spends most of its duration just paddling in place, doing nothing. The main revelations are that Sisko’s mother wasn’t who he thought she was, and has something to do with the prophets (by which I mena – C’mon…), and the last […]

  • Trekathon Season Review: Deep Space Nine, Season 6

    While Voyager has been getting better, Deep Space 9 has had its worst year so far. Only 3 episodes made it to ‘very good’ or better (*Honor Among Thieves*, *In the Pale Moonlight*, *Waltz*), compared to nine that were overall bad (with the egregious *Profit and Lace* leading the way, followed by *The Magnificent Ferengi* […]

  • Trekathon 532: Tears of the Prophets (1) (DS9)

    Sisko leads an attack on the Dominion. Some TV shows are very very bad at writing characters out. It’s done very badly here. Jadzia dies for no reason beyond being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and her death serves no broader purpose other than ‘Dukat is a bad dude’. We don’t get […]

  • Trekathon 531: The Sound of Her Voice (DS9)

    The Defiant heads off to rescue a downed starship. Dull, with an ending that was honestly a big dose of ‘huh?’ – what was the point of that? To underline that their efforts were completely pointless? The time anomaly thing seemed to serve absolutely no purpose. So, at *no point* during this episode did someone […]

  • Trekathon Season Review: Voyager, Season 4

    Sometimes retooling works. This season sees some big changes in the setup of the show. Kes was replaced by Seven of Nine. And then Seven of Nine got a *lot* of screen time – she was the main plot driver in 7 episodes, had the B-plot in another handful, and played a significant role in […]

  • Trekathon 530: Hope And Fear (VOY)

    Voyager finally decrypts the message from Star Fleet, and may have found a way home. It’s been a while since the last ‘false hope return to the Alpha quadrant’ episode. I liked the fake out in this one, as I was expecting things to go wrong in an entirely different way. As alien revenge plots […]

  • Trekathon 529: Time’s Orphan (DS9)

    Chief O’Brien’s daughter goes through a time thingie and ends up spending 10 years in the wilderness. So, I was bored with this until about halfway through. Then, as it became clearer that it wasn’t going to be a miracle cure it became a little more interesting. But finally we end up with a pretty […]

  • Trekathon 528: One (VOY)

    Seven of Nine has to pilot Voyager through a nebula single handed. A little heavy handed towards the end, as Seven really begins to lose touch with reality. But what worked was the hallucinations made sense in terms of her internal struggle, without *too* much literalism. It should also contribute usefully to Seven’s character development. […]

  • Trekathon 527: Profit and Lace (DS9)

    The worst Ferengi episode yet, as Quark dresses in drag to save the Grand Nagus. Terrible moments: * Quark sexually harassing an employee. * The continued inherent sexism of Ferengi society. * “The headquarters of the sole legitimate government of Ferenginar” (whatever happened to the Ferengi Alliance?) * The Nagus’s idiotic plan to win his […]