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Old May 23 2009, 10:34 PM   #58
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Re: DS9 Versus: A viewing experient

Week 24: (Ending 06.27.93)
TNG: Descent (Airdate 06.21.93)

You know, even way back, I couldn't help but think TNG tried to do too much with this season-ender. It's like, "Hmm, we know we kind of fumbled that whole Time's Arrow thing, so how can we do a proper cliffhanger everyone will be glued to? Borg! Yes, of course, but we've done already done a Borg cliffhanger -we need something more... another villain. No, not the Duras Sisters, we did that alre- LORE!! We haven't heard from him for a while, let's throw Lore in there too!" On paper, it sounds good, but something about the odds against Our Heroes in Descent strikes me as too much. "How ever will they get out of this one?", and all that rot. It seemed like it was going to be a really awesome Event Episode in the first half with a compelling character story on the side, but once the Data Chase starts, it loses steam. Oh well. With so many hanging threads, it's still an effective, if overwrought, cliffhanger.

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