Month: November 2012

  • Trekathon 574: The Changing Face of Evil (4) (DS9)

    Worf and Ezri return, and the Breen attack Earth. Here’s a useful measure of how well this serial story is working – I was annoyed that there was an episode of Voyager getting in the way here. And I’m even more annoyed about the fact there’s another one. I said before that it’s hard to […]

  • Trekathon 573: Juggernaut (VOY)

    Can we be done with the Malon now? They’re a one-note “evil polluting capitalist” species who have no interesting stories to tell. Star Fleet has never had of radiation suits? The best response to radiation is running around the ship in singlets? But I think this was about setting up expectations. By halfway through the […]

  • Trekathon 572: Strange Bedfellows (3) (DS9)

    Sisko gets used to married life, Ezri and Worf get sentenced to Death, Damar gets sick of his deal with the devil, Kai Winn has a crisis of faith, and the Breen ally with the Dominion. Or, to put it another way, all of the plots move forward again a little bit. It’s pretty hard […]

  • Trekathon 571: ‘Til Death Do Us Part (2) (DS9)

    Dukat has an evil plan, and Kai Winn is falling for it. And him. I was a bit surprised to see Dukat move towards literal seduction of Kai Winn. I hope that this moves along a little bit quicker, as while tricking Winn into believing him is interesting, it’s not going to sustain things for […]

  • Trekathon 570: Penumbra (1) (DS9)

    The beginning of the end for DS9, with the first episode in the 10-part finale. Worf goes missing, and Ezri tries to find him. There’s a sharp turn in structure here, with very little set up in this episode resolved. We get back to the Bajoran Prophets plot, and get some more cryptic threats about […]

  • Trekathon 569: Think Tank (VOY)

    Voyager meets an unusual group of aliens who go around solving problems. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire them. They don’t have a [cool van]( though. Oh, and if you don’t mind being blackmailed or outright manipulated. The ‘twist’ in […]

  • Trekathon 568: The Fight (VOY)

    Chakotay hallucinates a boxing movie. Without quite noticing, I see we’re in another patch of movie pastiches. We’ve had gangster, 1950s SF serial, war movie, spy thriller. And now ‘boxing movie’, probably the greatest stretch seen to date. Or, I should say, boxing movie with an overlay of *A Beautiful Mind* for no reason that […]

  • Trekathon 567: Course: Oblivion (VOY)

    A strange disease strikes the Voyager crew. Interesting idea, and it’s clever to show us the consequences of one of the previous episodes – Star Trek is too often a ‘no consequences’ show. But at the same time this episode is a pretty good argument against such a show. The writers didn’t have any new […]

  • Trekathon 566: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges (DS9)

    Dr Bashir goes to Romulus to play spy. They really tried. But at the end of the day this episode just circles around and around getting more complicated without any point. The plot is convoluted, and poorly explained – there’s a series of ‘explanation’ monologues, each harder to understand than the one before it. So […]

  • Trekathon 565: The Disease (VOY)

    Harry falls in love like a rebel. Dear ‘writer’ of this episode, As it turns out, I have watched Star Trek before this episode. As a result, I found the abrupt introduction of Star Fleet sexual purity confusing. Perhaps you haven’t watched *The Original Series* and Kirk’s liaisons. That was a while ago. Or any […]