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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Dramatis Personae


DS9 Season 1 Episode 17
Air Date: May 30th, 1993

A Klingon ship comes through the worm hole months ahead of schedule and explodes. One Klingon makes it to DS9 but dies shortly after transport. Then a power struggle starts to happen. Major Kira starts thinking that DS9 should be run by Bajorans and tries to get Cmdr. Sisko killed, while Chief O'Brien fights tries to stop her. Eventually Odo figures out that the power struggle is from an external influence and it also happened on the Klingon ship. He is able to convince Doctor Bashir that if he could stop this influence that his side would win, but in reality he uses it to neutralize both sides.

Quotes

"You know what they say, put the shoe on the right foot first, but put the left foot first into the bathtub." - Lt. Dax

"Just don't be surprised if the uneasy alliance on this station starts to show a few cracks." - Doctor Bashir
"What uneasy alliance?" - Const. Odo
"Commander Sisko and Kira. Mark my words, there's going to be trouble." - Doctor Bashir

"So, this is how it all ends!" - Cmdr. Sisko
"For you." - Major Kira
"You know what disturbs me? The ingratitude. I offered you my kindness, my help, my leadership, and how do you repay me? With betrayal. But you won't get rid of me so easily. You see, unlike you, I understand history. My name will blaze across the stars long after your petty treacheries have been forgotten." - Cmdr. Sisko
"But you won't be here to see it." - Major Kira

Monday, June 10, 2019

Second Chances


TNG Season 6 Episode 24
Air Date: May 24th, 1993

Cmdr. Riker returns to the planet Nervala IV where he barely escaped when the planet's atmosphere changed preventing transporter and shuttle use. Only on the return they discover that a transporter accident occurred that caused a duplicate of Riker to rematerialize on the planet surface during the evacuation. Over the past 8 years this version of Riker survived.

The episode is about using Lt. Riker to try to recover data from the station below but the real plot was about Cmdr. Riker dealing with a duplicate of himself and Lt. Riker dealing with the decisions his alternate made while he was trapped. Things like letting the relationship with Counselor Troi slip away. In the end they did get a mutual respect for each other but you can still see there was tension. Lt. Riker takes on his middle name Thomas and gets a new assignment on the USS Gandhi.

Quotes

"If you met a double of yourself, would you have difficulty interacting with him?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"I think so." - Lt. Worf
"Why?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"I am not easy to get along with." - Lt. Worf

"Ever since he came on board, I find myself thinking about the choice that you and I made." - Cmdr. Riker
"Me too." - Counselor Troi
"Do me a favor. Be careful." - Cmdr. Riker
"Will, I know you and he have had some problems." - Counselor Troi
"That's not what I'm talking about. If he had gotten off the planet instead of me, don't you think he would've made the same choices that I made? I just don't want you to be hurt again." - Cmdr. Riker

"I practiced in the mirror too long to be fooled by that face. You're bluffing." - Cmdr. Riker


Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Forsaken


DS9 Season 1 Episode 16
Air Date: May 23rd, 1993

A probe comes through the wormhole while a delegation of Federation ambassadors are visiting, including Lwaxana Troi, daughter of the Fifth House, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed. When they scan the probe, it downloads a program into DS9's computer. The crew is unaware of this but the station starts suffering failures and Chief O'Brien suspects it is trying to keep his attention much like a child or puppy would. Once confirmed, they attempt to find a way to get the program off the computer with little success. O'Brien finally figures out the best way to deal with it is to put it in a figurative dog house.

While all this is happening, Lwaxana gets infatuated with Odo and they end up stuck in a turbolift for hours. Normally I find episodes with Lwaxana hard to watch, but in this one we learn more about who she really is, not the facade she wears.

Quotes

"Quark has plenty of reason to feel guilty, but he usually doesn't have to resort to petty theft to fleece his clients." - Const. Odo
"Thank you." - Quark

"Constable, you can handle thieves and killers, but not one Betazoid woman?" - Cmdr. Sisko
"I understand thieves and killers. I don't understand, her." - Const. Odo

"Frankly, in my humble opinion, most of you humanoids spend far too much time on your respective mating rituals." - Const. Odo
"It does help the procreation of one's species." - Cmdr. Sisko
"Procreation does not require changing how you smell, or writing bad poetry, or sacrificing various plants to serve as tokens of affection." - Const. Odo

"My daughter and I were once trapped aboard a Ferengi cargo ship, and it was dreadful. Well, all right, it wasn't actually dreadful. It was mildly lamentable, and it was all because of that loathsome DaiMon. Well, actually he wasn't altogether loathsome. He was just slightly repulsive. But he did have a certain charm, in an insufferable kind of way. Of course, he was totally at the mercy of his uncontrollable passion for me, which means he wasn't all bad, now, doesn't it? You know it wasn't all passion. There was some negligible commercial interest involved. But, oh, the passion, oh, that was perfectly real, and kind of, um, kind of sweet in a way. He was so helpless. At first it was totally a question of expediency when I made love with him." - Lwaxana

"No one's ever seen me like this." - Lwaxana
"Why? It looks fine." - Const. Odo
"It looks ordinary. I've never cared to be ordinary. So you see, Odo, even we non-shapeshifters have to change who we are once in a while." - Lwaxana
"You are not at all what I expected." - Const. Odo
"No one's ever paid me a greater compliment." - Lwaxana Troi

"How did you beat that thing in the computer, Chief?" - Cmdr. Sisko
"I didn't." - Chief O'Brien
"He adopted it." - Lt. Dax
"Adopted it?" - Cmdr. Sisko
"I was able to get our friend out of the main command pathways and into a sub-program." - Chief O'Brien
"You're suggesting we leave it in there?" - Chief O'Brien
"I don't see why not. It's happy. It's not bothering us any more. It seems the humane thing to do." - Chief O'Brien
"It's just another new life form visiting the station." - Lt. Dax
"I'll take care of it, make sure it gets enough attention and all." - Chief O'Brien
"Keep it off the furniture." - Cmdr. Sisko

Rightful Heir


TNG Season 6 Episode 23
Air Date: May 17th, 1993

Lt. Worf misses his bridge shift and when Cmdr. Riker realizes something is wrong he shows up in Worf's quarters to find him in a trance in front of a fire he made. Captain Picard confronts Worf who says he has felt empty ever since he found those Klingons in the Romulan camp. Picard tells Worf to take a leave but when he returns he has to get back to his duties and not let this effect his work again.

Worf goes to a planet that is rumored to be the location where Kahless will return. He starts his meditations and after a few weeks when he is ready to give up, Kahless appears. Of course everyone is skeptical that he is really Kahless but he shows knowledge that only Kahless would know and even passes a DNA test. But there are things that seem wrong. He doesn't remember details that he should and he loses in a fight with Chancellor Gowron, which shouldn't happen since he is the greatest Klingon warrior.

Worf learns that that Kahless is a clone, but with some advice from Lt. Cmdr. Data, he realizes that it doesn't matter. The Klingon empire needs someone to unite under, even if it is a clone of Kahless. He even convinces Gowron to declare him Emperor, a figure head for the Klingon Empire.

Quotes

"Have you lost your faith in Stovokor?" - Captain Picard
"To lose something, one must first possess it." - Lt. Worf

"Long ago, a storm was heading toward the city of Quin'lat. The people sought protection within the walls, all except one man who remained outside. I went to him and asked what he was doing. I am not afraid, he said. I will not hide my face behind stone and mortar. I will stand before the wind and make it respect me. I honored his choice and went inside. The next day, the storm came, and the man was killed. The wind does not respect a fool. Do not stand before the wind, Gowron." - Kahless

"I went to Boreth to find my faith. For a time, I thought I had, but my heart is empty again. I do not know what to believe." - Lt. Worf

"I once had what could be considered a crisis of the spirit." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"You?" - Lt. Worf
"Yes. The Starfleet officers who first activated me on Omicron Theta told me I was an android, nothing more than a sophisticated machine with human form; however, I realized that if I was simply a machine, I could never be anything else. I could never grow beyond my programming. I found that difficult to accept, so I chose to believe that I was a person, that I had the potential to be more than a collection of circuits and subprocessors. It is a belief which I still hold." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"How did you come to your decision?" - Lt. Worf
"I made, a leap of faith." - Lt. Cmdr. Data

If Wishes Were Horses


DS9 Season 1 Episode 15
Air Date: May 16th, 1993

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
If turnips were watches, I'd wear one by my side.
If "if's" and "and's" were pots and pans,
There'd be no work for tinkers' hands.

This is a nursery rhyme that suggests that if everyone could get what they wished everyone would be happy. In this episode of DS9, the imagination of the people on DS9 start coming true. Chief O'Brien is telling a story or Rumpelstiltskin to his daughter and Rumpelstiltskin appears. Doctor Bashir is fantasying about Lt. Dax and a version of Dax shows up romantically attracted to him. Captain Sisko's baseball hero Buck Bokai is able to leave the holosuite.

Meanwhile, a rupture in space that threatens to destroy the entire Bajoran sector. They then realize that even this rupture is just based on imagination and they all imagine that everything is fine and the rupture closes. They then learn that the incarnations of their imaginations are actually a race from the gamma quadrant that use this technique for first contact.

Quotes

"I have no time for fantasies." - Const. Odo
"Yeah no imagination, huh?" - Quark
"A waste of time. Too many people dream of places they'll never go, wish for things they'll never have, instead of paying adequate attention to their real lives." - Const. Odo

"Jadzia, I find this difficult to say, but I want you to know, I would" - Doctor Bashir
"Julian, there's really no need to apologise. In a way, I feel as if we've invaded your privacy. We all have fantasies and dreams we keep to ourselves, thoughts that should remain private." - Lt. Dax
"I'm glad you understand." - Doctor Bashir
"Of course I do. I was a young man, once." - Lt. Dax
"So we can put all this behind us?" - Doctor Bashir
"Of course." - Lt. Dax

"This imagination of yours, we have never seen anything like it. It's very real to all of you, but yet it's not. At first, it seemed to us to be a curse, an irritation. That Odo fellow even called it a 'waste of time'." - Const. Odo
"I disagree with him." - Cmdr. Sisko
"I knew you would. I learned that about you, that you can have such an affection for someone you never even met. I wonder if you appreciate how unique that imagination of yours really is." - Buck Bokai
"Not always." - Cmdr. Sisko

Suspicions


TNG Season 6 Episode 22
Air Date: May 10th, 1993

Doctor Crusher learns about a Ferengi scientist that has made a revolutionary breakthrough, metaphasic shielding which would let a ship enter the corona of a star. But nobody believes that a Ferengi could make such a discovery. But Doctor Crusher believes it is sound research and convinces some scientists to come to the Enterprise to look at his research.

They eventually test it out with Jo'Bril, the Takaran as pilot. But things go wrong, and the air becomes toxic in the shuttle. They are able to get Jo'Bril out but he dies in sickbay. Shortly after the Ferengi scientist is found dead, he committed suicide. But Doctor Crusher believes he was murdered. She disobeys orders and does an autopsy which reveled no useful information.

Because of her disobedience she is relieved of duty. But Guinan shows up and convinces her to keep looking. She realizes that the metaphasic shields do work and they were sabotaged. She steals the shuttle and goes back into the star's corona and everything works. But then Jo'Bril appears. Turns out the Takaran can stop their bodily functions and simulate death. He wanted to steal the metaphasic shield technology.

I believe this technology does get used in a future episode where the Enterprise is able to enter the corona to hide.

Quotes

"You know, I've never been to a formal inquiry." - Guinan
"Well, I'll see if I can arrange one for you. All you have to do is disobey orders, violate medical ethics and cause an interstellar incident." - Doctor Crusher

"Jean-Luc, I want to tell you something that you need to know, but you're not going to like it. I did an autopsy on Doctor Reyga." - Doctor Crusher
"What did you find?" - Captain Picard
"Nothing. I'm sorry. I know I shouldn't have done it." - Doctor Crusher
"You most certainly should not. I made it clear to you that the family would not allow it. Not only have you disobeyed my orders, but you've interfered in the burial rituals of another culture. You've put both of us in a very difficult position. The family will have to be notified. I don't doubt that they will react strongly. If the Ferengi government becomes involved, as I'm certain they will, this could have very significant repercussions. I'm not sure how much I can protect you." - Captain Picard
"You don't have to, Jean-Luc. I knew what I was doing and I'm prepared to accept the consequences." - Doctor Crusher

Week Twenty Three


June 2nd - June 8th

I fell behind this week which is a bit frustrating. I was out of town for a day to go to see Galaxies Edge at Disneyland which was a lot of fun. Saturday is usually my catch up day but I had two hockey games in the afternoon which took that time. So I was only able to watch 9 episodes this week. Next week I hope to get through a 20+ episode week to make up for this week.

Recommendations

The Nagus: Quark becomes the Grand Nagus for a day
Starship Mine: While the Enterprise is having it's baryon sweep, pirates try to steel trilithium resin.
Lessons: Picard enters a relationship with the leader of the stellar cartography.
The Chase: Picard chases down the origin of all intelligent life in the galaxy.
The Storyteller: O'Brien is given the responsibility of defending a Bajoran village by telling stories.
Frame of Mine: Riker acts in a play that becomes reality.

Episodes

DS9 S1E10: The Nagus
TNG S6E18: Starship Mine
TNG S6E19: Lessons
DS9 S1E11: Vortex
DS9 S1E12: Battle Lines
TNG S6E20: The Chase
DS9 S1E13: The Storyteller
TNG S6E21: Frame of Mind
DS9 S1E14: Progress

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Progress


DS9 Season 1 Episode 14
Air Date: May 9th, 1993

Major Kira is tasked to evacuate the remaining people from a Bajoran moon. The moon is going to be mined for energy that will help heat hundred of thousands of Bajoran homes but will make the moon uninhabitable. Only one elderly man, Mullibok refuses to leave. The episode creates conflict for Kira since Mullibok represents everything she fought for during the Cardassian occupation. In the end she is forced to burn down Mullibok's house and force him off the planet but it eats her up inside.

There is a side plot I enjoyed in this episode. Nog and Jake acquire yamok sauce from Quark. Quark doesn't want it since it is Cardassian food and he would never be able to use it all. Nog and Jake then start trading the yamok sauce for stem bolts (self-sealing) and eventually land. At the end of the episode Odo tells Quark that the land is needed by the Bajoran government and he is trying to find out who the Noh-jay consortium is, and Nog is able to sell the land to Quark for 5 bars of gold pressed latinum.

Quotes

"Jake, I'm getting that tingling in the lobes. And when a lobe tingles, it means only one thing, opportunity!" - Nog

"I'm going to tell Minister Toran that she's remained temporarily on Jerrado, at your request." - Cmdr. Sisko
"But sir, that isn't true." - Doctor Bashir
"Make it true, Doctor. Now, please." - Cmdr. Sisko
"Commander, I'd advise that Major Kira remain on Jerrado for humanitarian reasons" - Doctor Bashir
"How long?" - Doctor Bashir
"The next day or two." - Cmdr. Sisko
"for the next day or two, sir." - Doctor Bashir
Commander Sisko: Thank you, Doctor. I'll consider that request. Dismissed." - Cmdr. Sisko

"Look, I understand you're used to sympathizing with the underdog. You spent your life fighting to overcome impossible odds, just like he's doing. But you have to realize something Major, you're on the other side now. Pretty uncomfortable, isn't it?" - Cmdr. Sisko
"It's awful." - Major Kira

Frame of Mind


TNG Season 6 Episode 21
Air Date: May 3rd, 1993

Cmdr. Riker is in a play where he plays a crazy man who commits murder but believes he is innocent. While being treated he falls down the rabbit hole. But as he is rehearsing and even performing the play he ends up in a real psych hospital. The episode keeps going back and forth until at the end he realizes that both realities are not real and that he is captured by an alien that is trying to tap into his memories to get information. He wakes up and is able to escape.

The episode is my second favorite episode of Star Trek. Generally I am not a fan of Cmdr. Riker as his roles tend to not be very interesting. But this episode shows what he is capable of. His portrayal of a man going insane, both in the play and even in the hallucinations at least to me was some of the best of the series.

Quotes

"Perhaps we should continue this discussion next week." Lt. Cmdr. Data
"No. I wanna talk about this now!" - Cmdr. Riker
"You're starting to sound angry again. Maybe you need another treatment." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"What I need is to get out of this cell! I've been locked up in here for days. You've controlled my every move, you told me what to eat, what to think, what to say. And when I show a glimmer of independent thought, you strap me down, inject me with drugs and call it a treatment." - Cmdr. Riker
"You're becoming agitated." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"You bet I'm agitated! I may be surrounded by insanity, but I am not insane. And nothing you or anyone else can say will change that. And I won't let you or anyone else tell me that I am. You may be able to destroy my mind; but you can't change the fact that I'm innocent. I didn't kill that man! And that's what's driving you crazy." - Cmdr. Riker
"I can see we have a lot of work to do." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Nothing you can say will change the fact that I'm innocent! I'm not crazy! I'm not crazy. I'm not crazy." - Cmdr Riker

The Storyteller


DS9 Season 1 Episode 13
Air Date: May 2nd, 1993

Doctor Bashir and Chief O'Brien are called to a village on Bajor which is having a medical emergency that can lead to the death of the entire village. When they arrive they find out that one elderly man is dying and that he tells Chief O'Brien that he has to take his place as the Sirah, a story teller.

Once a year for 5 days a creature attacks the village and tell a story of the village fighting and winning against the creature causes the creature to be defeated. It is the 4th day and the Sirah falters and calls on O'Brien to take over. He tells the story and the creature retreats. But O'Brien doesn't want to be the Sirah. That night the Sirah dies and the next day O'Brien tries to play his part but fails. The creature advances and the old Sirah's apprentice steps up and takes over as Sirah. It turns out the old Sirah was using O'Brien to show the his apprentice that he can do it.

On the station, Cmdr. Sisko is hosting a land dispute between two Bajoran states and one of the states is led by a teenager. When she arrives on the station, Nog sees her and gets infatuated and spends the episode trying to impress her. He does get a kiss on the cheek as she leaves the station.

Rules of Acquisition

Rule 9: "Opportunity plus instinct equals profit."

Quotes

"The Dal'Rok wakes. But we are ready. In the shadow of the night, he hungers. With a hatred of the ancients, he rages. From the twisted pit of chaos, he approaches. The Dal'Rok's anger is like a wave crashing down on the village. The weight of its fury threatens to crush us all. The Dal'Rok thinks the village is powerless to defend itself. But the Dal'Rok is mistaken. The village is strong, much stronger than the Dal'Rok can ever imagine. With our strength, our unity, we shall drive the Dal'Rok. The village shall not be destroyed. Despite our fears, we stand our ground and face the Dal'Rok. The village is strong. More powerful than the Dal'Rok. Together, we use that power to drive it away. The Dal'Rok is defeated. The village is safe." - Sirah

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Chase


TNG Season 6 Episode 20
Air Date: April 26th, 1993

Captain Picard's old archaeologically professor Richard Galen shows up and wants Picard to join him on his research. The decision is hard for Picard but he does reject the offer. But shortly after Galen's shuttle is attacked. The Enterprise arrives and is able to save the shuttle but Professor Galen does die. Captain Picard decides it is imperative that they investigate his death by completing his research.

They find that Professor Galen was collecting genetic samples from different planets that all have common DNA segments which should not be possible. They also discover that the DNA contains an actual computer program that was written millions of years ago. The Klingons, Cardassians and eventually Romulans get involved in trying to get all the DNA pieces needed. When they finally do, the program alters the tricorder to project a hologram of a species that existed millions of years ago.

This species says that they seeded the galaxy with variants of their DNA which eventually became all the alpha/beta quadrant races.

Salome Jens plays the hologram and other then the lack of hair, she almost look identical to the changelings from the gamma quadrant. She also plays a changeling in later seasons of DS9 which I thought was interesting. I wonder if maybe it was the changelings millions of years ago that seeded the galaxy.

Quotes

"Dream not of today, Mr. Picard." - Professor Galen

"It's four billion years old, a computer program from a highly advanced civilization; and it's hidden in the very fabric of life itself. Whatever information this program contains could be the most profound discovery of our time, or the most dangerous. And the Professor knew that." - Captain Picard

"I had a father. But he was like a father who understood me. And he had his own children, but they didn't follow in his footsteps, so I was like the son who understood him." - Captain Picard

"You're wondering who we are; why we have done this; how it has come that I stand before you - the image of a being from so long ago. Life evolved in my planet before all others in this part of the galaxy. We left our world, explored the stars and found none like ourselves. Our civilization thrived for ages. But what is the life of one race, compared to the vast stretches of cosmic time? We knew that one day we would be gone, that nothing of us would survive. So, we left you. Our scientists seeded the primordial oceans of many worlds, where life was in its infancy. The seed codes directed your evolution toward a physical form resembling ours: this body you see before you, which is of course shaped as yours is shaped. For you are the end result. The seed codes also contain this message, which we scattered in fragments on many different worlds. It was our hope that you would have to come together in fellowship and companionship to hear this message. And if you can see and hear me, our hope has been fulfilled. You are a monument, not to our greatness, but to our existence. That was our wish, that you, too, would know life and would keep alive our memory. There is something of us in each of you, and so, something of you in each other. Remember us." - Humanoid Progenitor

"The very notion that a Cardassian could have anything in common with a Klingon, it turns my stomach." - Gul Ocett

Battle Lines


DS9 Season 1 Episode 12
Air Date: April 25th, 1993

Kai Opaka arrives unexpectedly on DS9 and asks for a tour. While on the tour she focuses on the wormhole so Cmdr. Sisko, Major Kira and Doctor Bashir takes her through the wormhole. But as they arrive in the gamma quadrant they detect a distress signal and when they investigate it, they find a planet surrounded by satellites. One of the satellites attacks the runabout and they crash land on the planet.

Kai Opaka dies, but very quickly they discover that the planet has healing factors and Opaka comes back to life. The planet is used as a prison colony where two factions formed. Each faction is constantly fighting each other but since death is not possible, they fight, die and come back to fight again.

Cmdr Sisko tries to create a peace and suggests that they can be rescued from this planet, only Doctor Bashir discovers that anyone who has died on this planet will die if they leave. This means Opaka must remain, but she tells Kira and Sisko that this was her destiny and the will of the prophets.

Quotes

"What's going on?" - Doctor Bashir
"Talks about a ceasefire." - Cmdr. Sisko
"No kidding! How'd you arrange that?" - Doctor Bashir
"I told them we'd transport them off this moon." - Cmdr. Sisko
"Isn't that a bit like assisting a jailbreak?" - Doctor Bashir
"I don't need you to interpret the Prime Directive for me, Doctor." - Cmdr. Sisko

"I'm sorry, Commander, but I've discovered we can't afford to die here, not even once!" - Doctor Sisko

"You give us a way to reprogram these microbes and we'll put an end to this war." - Shel-la
"You really think the fear of death will end the fighting? It never has in any other war." - Major Kira

"I didn't know how or why, but when we came through the wormhole, I knew I wouldn't be returning. You must tell our people, Kira, that I have answered the call of the Prophets. I was brought here because it is time for these people to begin their healing process, just as you were brought here to begin yours." - Kai Opaka

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Vortex


DS9 Season 1 Episode 11
Air Date: April 18th, 1993

When a Miradorn is killed in one of Quark's holosuites, his murderer Croden from the gamma quadrant makes a claim that he has seen changelings before. Croden's home planet demands his return but Odo is intrigued with his possible origins and instead takes Croden to where he says the changelings are from. But he was really lying and brought Odo to where his daughter was kept in stasis to keep her safe from his home world. It turns out when someone commits a crime on his homeworld, he is put to death but his entire family is as well. His wife was already killed but he was able to save his daughter.

Odo finds a Vulcan science ship returning to the alpha quadrant and arranges for Croden and his daughter to go to Vulcan.

This was the first episode that really deals with Odo's origins beyond the possibly that he came from the gamma quadrant. They also have been using the term shapeshifter until this episode.

Quotes

"You think the whole galaxy is plotting around you, don't you? Paranoia must run in your species, Odo. Maybe that's why no one has ever seen another shapeshifter. They're all hiding!" - Quark

Lessons


TNG Season 6 Episode 19
Air Date: April 5th, 1993

Captain Picard starts a relationship with the new leader of stellar cartography, Lt. Commander Nella Daren. The relationship builds around music. Nella is a pianist and Captain Picard has his flute from the episode The Inner Light. But as the episode develops and the relationship grows, there are conflict of interests that develop that make things harder. The biggest conflict is when Nella is assigned on a mission that could become a suicide mission and when it is believed she died, Picard got very depressed to the point of almost not wanting to captain a ship. It turned out she survived but they both realized that a relationship between the two where he could give an order that gets her killed would not be good for either. She transfers to another ship.



Eight people did die in the episode but none on screen so I can't determine what colour uniform they were wearing. Most were blue but I can't give a number.

Quotes

"I've lost people under my command, people who were very dear to me. But never someone I've been in love with. And when I believed that you were dead, I just began to shut down. I didn't want to think or feel. I was here in my quarters, and the only thing I could focus on was my music, and how it would never again give me any joy. And then I saw you standing on the transporter pad! And I knew that I could never again put your life in jeopardy." - Captain Picard

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Starship Mine


TNG Season 6 Episode 18
Air Date: March 29th, 1993

When a ship is travelling at warp, it builds up radiation in the hull. Periodically every starship needs to go through a baryon sweep to remove the radiation. While the Enterprise is going through it's baryon sweep, a group of pirates sneak aboard to steal trilithium resin from the Enterprise's warp core, a substance that can be used to create a dirty bomb.

Picard decided to go back to the Enterprise to get his saddle before the sweep started since he found out there were horses on the planet below, but also to get out of Cmdr. Hutchinson's cocktail party. It is during this return that Picard discovers the plot and uses his knowledge of the Enterprise to stop the pirates. Every pirate ends up dying, most to the baryon sweep.

The episode makes sure to show that Picard isn't actively killing the pirates but rather there actions get them killed. The final pirate died after escaping with the trilithium resin, but Picard modified the container so when it is extracted it would explode. If the pirate left the resin as Picard told her to, she would have lived.

There is a second part of the episode where the Enterprise senior staff at Cmdr. Hutchinson's cocktail party are taken captive. Lt. Cmdr. La Forge gets injured and Cmdr. Hutchingson is killed. They never really mention his death but after he is shot we never see him again. He does wear a red uniform.

One thing I thought was interesting about the episode was the first scene was a long cut with multiple people coming to Captain Picard as he walked through the Enterprise. Each interaction was about the evacuation of the ship, but each interaction showed that Captain Picard was irritated or maybe depressed. By the end of the episode it seemed he got over it, but I wonder if this will show up again.

Tim Russ, who played Lt. Cmdr Tuvok in Star Trek Voyager, played one of the pirates in this episode. He played a human.

Quotes

"It has been quite a day. Has it not?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Yes, it has." - Captain Picard
"However, a change of routine is often invigorating, and can be a welcome diversion after a long assignment." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Exactly." - Captain Picard
"I understand that Arkaria has some very interesting weather patterns." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Mr. Data? Are you all right?" - Captain Picard
"Yes, sir. I am attempting to fill a silent moment with non-relevant conversation." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Ah. Small talk." - Captain Picard
"Yes, sir. I have found that humans often use small talk during awkward moments. Therefore, I have written a new subroutine for that purpose. How did I do?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Perhaps it was a little, too non-relevant." - Captain Picard

"Captain! Request permission to be excused from Commander Hutchinson's reception." - Lt. Worf
"Permission granted. I wish I could excuse myself as well." - Captain Picard
"Er, Captain, permission to be" - Lt. Cmdr. La Forge
"Mr. La Forge, I cannot excuse my entire senior staff! Mr. Worf beat you to it." - Captain Picard

"It is very good to see you both again! Beverly... May I call you Beverly? Beverly, have you noticed that the mean temperature here on Arkaria is slightly higher than normal for human comfort levels? I have found that humans prefer a body temperature of 21 degrees Celsius in order to operate most efficiently. However, there are several cultures who actually prefer that their body temperature is identical to the temperature of the room in which they are standing. The Sheliak for example" - Lt. Cmdr. Data

"Captain, you keep a saddle on board?" - Lt. Worf
"Mr. Worf, I'm surprised at you." - Cmdr. Riker
"Anyone who is an experienced rider naturally has his own saddle." - Doctor Crusher
"It's perfectly normal." - Counselor Troi
"Actually it came in handy. I only wish I'd had the opportunity to use it on a horse." - Captain Picard
"Of course.." - Lt. Worf

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Nagus


DS9 Season 1 Episode 10
Air Date: March 21st, 1993

The Grand Nagus Zek, a sort of religious figure of the Ferengi where the religion is the worship of profits, comes to DS9 because of the profit opportunities of the wormhole. Only he claims that he is getting too old to care and names Quark as his successor. Soon after the announcement, Zek passes away. Only he didn't and it is a test for his son Krax to see how he would handle the situation. Krax teams up with Quark's brother Rom to flush him out an airlock. Zek shows up at the last moment to save Quark and scold his son.

The episode is the first to get into how Ferengi work towards their goals of profit. In TNG it is made clear that they are profit focused but they show a figure like the Grand Nagus that is a parallel to the Pope, or even the Rules of Acquisition which were mentioned in this episode.

The episode also had a touching side. Throughout the the relationship between Jake and Nog were put into question. Everyone was telling Cmdr. Sisko that Nog was a bad influence on Jake and Sisko was in the delecate position of being the bad guy if he told Jake not to hang around Nog. But when he decided to talk to Jake about it, he found Jake hiding in a cargo bay with Nog. At first Sisko was expecting they were up to mischief but discovers that Jake was teaching Nog to read. So really Jake was being a good influence on Nog.

Rules of Acquisition

Rule 1: "Once you have their money, you never give it back."

Quotes

"Tell me, is the Grand Nagus here on business or pleasure?" - Quark
"Is there a difference?" - Krax

"If he were my son, I'd find a friend for him other than Nog." - Chief O'Brien
"I'm afraid that's easier said than done. The two of them have become inseparable." - Cmdr. Sisko
"I'd find a way to separate them, sir. That Nog's a bad influence." - Chief O'Brien
"I appreciate the advice, Chief, but I trust my son. Besides, if I get between them now, it would become me versus Nog, and I'm not going to force Jake to choose between us." - Cmdr. Sisko
"Why not?" - Chief O'Brien
"Because I'd probably lose." - Cmdr. Sisko
"Oh, I doubt that, sir." - Chief O'Brien
"That's because your daughter's three. Wait until she's fourteen!" - Cmdr. Sisko

It was a stroke of brilliance to open a bar so close to a stable wormhole.

Krax: Why, he didn't even know the wormhole existed!" -
"That's what makes it so impressive." - Zek

"The Gamma Quadrant, gentlemen. Millions of new worlds at our very doorstep. The potential for Ferengi business expansion is staggering." - Zek
"And best of all, no one there has ever heard the name 'Ferengi'!" - Krax
"Our reputation will be absolutely stainless." - Gral
"Our word can be our bond." - Nava
"Until we decide to break it!" - Krax

"Never trust anyone who places your prosperity above their own." - Zek

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Week Twenty Two


May 26th - June 1st

This week I got to start watching Deep Space Nine. I always remembered DS9 getting good after Worf joined the series, but like TNG's first few seasons, there are some really good episodes. The first three episodes were a bit dry but the next 3 or 4 are some of my more memorable episodes.

I was able to watch 17 episodes this week (3 of them where two parters), which allowed me to catch up one day. Since there are 30 more weeks left in the year, I need to keep this pace up to make the goal.

Recommendations

Chain of Command: Picard leads a stealth team onto a Cardassian facility where he is captured and tortured.
Emissary: Series premier of Deep Space Nine where they discover the wormhole to the gamma quadrant.
Babel: DS9 is infected with a virus that makes people lose their ability to communicate.
Ship in a Bottle: The resolution to the professor Moriarty hologram from season 1.
Q-Less: Vash is found in the gamma quadrant and is brought to DS9. Q's one and only DS9 episode.
Tapestry: Picard dies due to his mechanical heart malfunction and Q takes him back in time to prevent him needing said heart.
Birthright: Data starts dreaming. Worf finds out his father might still be alive and seeks out a Romulan prison for survivors of the Khitomer massacre.
Move Along Home: Sisko, Kira, Dax and Bashir get put in a Wadi game.

Red Shirts

The first episode of DS9 shows the battle between the Federation fleet at Wolf 359 and the Borg cube and we see 5 crew die on screen. One other episode also had a death, not on screen but I was able to verify the uniform color. The tally is 3 Red, 1 Blue and 2 Gold.

Episodes

TNG S6E10 & S6E11: Chain of Command
DS9 S1E1: Emissary
DS9 S1E2: Past Prologue
DS9 S1E3: A Man Alone
DS9 S1E4: Babel
TNG S6E12: Ship in a Bottle
DS9 S1E5: Captive Pursuit
TNG S6E13: Aquiel
DS9 S1E6: Q-Less
TNG S6E14: Face of the Enemy
DS9 S1E7: Dax
TNG S6E15: Tapestry
DS9 S1E8: The Passenger
TNG S6E16 & S6E17: Birthright
DS9 S1E9: Move Along Home

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Move Along Home


TNG Season 1 Episode 9
Air Date: March 14th, 1993

Allamaraine, count to four,
Allamaraine, then three more,
Allamaraine, if you can see,
Allamaraine, you'll come with me

First contact with the Wadi from the gamma quadrant occurs on DS9. Only the Wadi people are more interested in games then diplomacy and demand to be taken to Quarks. After 6 hours of winning in Dabo, Quark starts cheating and eventually gets caught. The Wadi leader suggests a different game, a fair game. He sets up the board with four pieces and asks Quark to roll. What he doesn't realize is Cmdr. Sisko, Lt. Dax, Doctor Bashir and Major Kira are all transported into this game.

As the game progresses, the senior staff have to deal with challenges in the game too. When Quark realizes that the pieces are actually people and he has to sacrifice one, he begins grovelling. It is the first time he really shows concern for a person other then himself. At the end he takes a shortcut hoping to win right there but he ends up losing all pieces. But then the senior staff appear and the Wadi leader says "It is only a game".

This is one of my favorite DS9 episodes, at least among the light hearted ones. The poem at the beginning that I wrote is sung by a little girl in the game that is playing a hopscotch while singing it. When the episode started I caught myself singing this song. I even remembered the words after all these years.

Quotes

"First contact is our most important mission, Jake. It has to be handled delicately. You might say, it's sort of like a first date with a girl." - Cmdr. Sisko

"Use your tricorders for proximity checks every two minutes. And if all else fails, just yell again, Doctor. We'll find you." - Cmdr. Sisko

"If you were hurt, I'd leave you behind." - Lt. Dax
"Then I'm glad I'm not the one who's hurt." - Cmdr. Sisko

"Wait a minute, Odo, you can't just go storming onto their ship without their permission!" - Lt. Primmin
"Oh, is that Starfleet policy?" - Const. Odo
"That's right." - Lt. Primmin
"Well, I'm not in Starfleet!" - Const. Odo

"Double their peril, double your winnings!" - Falow

"Fine! Fine! Fine. Fine. I can't do it. I beg of you. A terrible mistake has been made. This is all a misunderstanding. Please, I've learned my lesson. I'll never cheat again. I'll never cheat again! Please! Just don't make me do this. Anything but this. Please. Please. Please." - Quark

Birthright


TNG Season 6 Episode 16 and 17
Air Date: February 22nd and March 1st

This was another two part episode in season 6, though the first part was split into two separate stories and the second focused primarily on the second story.

The first story involved Data getting hit by a plasma beam that caused him to "hallucinate". The Enterprise was docked with DS9 so Lt. Data was helping Doctor Bashir with some gamma quadrant medical technology. It had inadvertently activated a program Dr. Soogn wrote to simulate sleep.

The second story involves Lt. Worf discovering that his father may still be alive, which would bring dishonour to his family. He at first is angry and discounts the information but Counselor Troi convinces him that family is more important and he goes on a rescue mission. When he arrives he doesn't find a prison but rather a secluded village where Klingons are living with their Romulan captures. He learns that his father did indeed die at Khitomer. Since he finds out about this place he is told he can never leave.

But Worf won't accept this and starts teaching the youth about the Klingon ways. He starts to fall for one of the Klingons when he discovers she is half Romulan. It takes him most of an episode to get over this but eventually he realizes that he still has feelings for her.

Since he won't stop trying to escape, they sentence Worf to death, but many of the villagers stand with Worf and say that if he dies, they die, including the daughter of the Romulan leader. They decide to let anyone who wants to go, but that they must keep the place a secret for the honour of their families.

While watching this episode it reminded me why I like Star Trek as much as I do and why there really hasn't been a better TV show out there. The show is constantly using parallels of real world issues. The way the Klingon's were stripped of their heritage when under the oppression of the Romulans shares many similarities where a people are forcefully removed from their homes and forced to change their cultures. Native Americans and Africans brought to America both deal with this today.

Quotes

"Most people are interested in my extraordinary abilities - how fast I can compute, my memory capacity, how long I will live. No one has ever asked me if my hair will grow, or noticed that I can breathe." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Well, your creator went to a lot of trouble to make you seem human. I find that fascinating." - Doctor Bashir

"Worf. I don't see how you can eat that stuff. It tastes like liquid polymer." - Lt. Cmdr. La Forge

"Maybe you had a dream, or a hallucination." - Doctor Bashir
"I am not capable of either of those functions." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Yet you can't account for what happened today, can you?" - Doctor Bashir
"At present, I cannot." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Well, maybe you should approach this from a more human standpoint. You're right that machines can't have hallucinations. But then again, most machines can't grow hair." - Doctor Bashir

"Sshhh. Just dream, Data. Dream. Data, you are the bird." - Dr. Soong

"Why did you come here Worf? If you had found your father, you would have found only dishonor." - L'Kor
"If he had been captured, as you were, if I had found him here, I would be glad to see him. There is no room in my heart for shame." - Lt. Worf
"I can only hope that if my son came here, he would be Klingon enough to kill me." - L'Kor

"You robbed the Klingons of who they were. You dishonored them." - Lt. Worf
"By not slitting their throats when we found them unconscious?" - Tokath
"I do not expect you to understand. You are a Romulan." - Lt. Worf

"Today I learned the ritual hunt, but that is not all I learned. I discovered that warriors' blood runs through my veins. I do not know how, or why, but we have forgotten ourselves. Our stories are not told, our songs are not sung! Tonight, as we came home, we sang a song of victory, a song known only to me as a lullaby, but it is a warrior's song: Bak'ta tu mo, fire streaks the heavens! So-ja du wo, battle has begun!" - Toq

"They will kill you!" - Ba'el
"Yes, but they will not defeat me." - Lt. Worf

"Years ago, your parents made a great sacrifice for the sake of their families. Today, they do so again. For that, we must honor them. You must promise them never to reveal their secret. No one must know of this place." - Lt. Worf

The Passenger


DS9 Season 1 Episode 8
Air Date: February 21st, 1993

Major Kira and Doctor Bashir respond to a distress call from a Kobliad transport ship. When they arrive, only two are left alive, a security officer and a prisoner being transported. The prisoner was almost dead so Doctor Bashir tries to help but in the process the prisoner Rao Vantika transfers his memories into Bashir then dies.

The security officer Ty Kajada doesn't believe he is dead though since he has escaped death before. And things start happening on the station that supports her belief. Vantika was originally trying to get to DS9 to intercept a shipment of deuridium that was needed by the Kobliad poeple. Only now Doctor Bashir is the one trying to steal the deuridium.

Lt. Dax eventually figures out how Vantika was able to do all this from beyond the grave and barely is able to stop Bashir from escaping with the deuridium. She finds a way to disrupt Vantika's brain patterns killing him for good (or did she).

Quotes

"I've never seen anything like that." - Major Kira
"Hm?" - Doctor Bashir
"I've never seen anything like that." - Major Kira
"What, the woman?" - Doctor Bashir
"She was dead! The tricorder clearly showed" - Major Kira
"Ah yes, well, tricorders. Very accurate with live people, not so accurate with dead ones. We learn that first year medical school." - Doctor Bashir

"Fate has granted me a gift, Major. A gift to be a healer." - Doctor Bashir
"I feel privileged to be in your presence." - Major Kira

"Every man on the station would like to be buying her a raktajino." - Odo
"Ah, but I'm the one with the raktajino machine." - Quark

"It's good to want things." - Quark
"Even things you can't have?" - Odo
"Especially things I can't have." - Quark