Admiral Shran wrote:
To be honest, when I first saw the episode, I didn't even remember who Carey was. I honestly thought he was another redshirt.
The same thing happened to me, it had been so long since I had seen Carey that I had forgotten all about him and was confused why everyone was upset about the death of a redshirt. It wasn't until years later that I put two and two together and realised he was the guy from season 1 that was sent to work on Voyager's secret shuttle and torpedo production facility.
The Storyteller (½)
Following the loss of Kai Opaka, old tensions on Bajor re-emerge, threatening to throw that world into civil war.
Nah, just kidding, they're just randomly about to enter a civil war because the Cardassians moved a river, or something. The key to this dispute is a 15 year-old girl who took control of her region after her father died. It's good to know that hereditary rule is alive and well in the 24th century, it was under a real threat from democracy for a while there. She's very dour and serious and fails to understand to concept of negotiation, but she's lucky as Jake and Nog are on hand to teach her how to have fun, and how to trade one thing for another thing. Yay!
Meanwhile, O'Brien and Bashir go to a village of children that look curiously like adults, and they demand to be told a bedtime story every night because they're scared if they don't hear the story that a monster will eat them. It sounds like a joke, but it's the actual premise of the episode. I'd compliment the episode for being so subversive in having the child act like an adult and all the adults in the village act like children, but I don't think the episode was that clever. Story this, story that, bless my child, please give me attention, these women want to give you a blowie... As if all that stuff didn't make the townsfolk look bad enough, one of them throws a temper-tantrum and tries to stab O'Brien because he wants to be the Sirah. Then we learn that the Dal'Rok is an artificial construct that was created by the original Sirah because the villagers couldn't get along and kept fighting one another. It's a village of feeble-minded people, is what it is. If I was O'Brien I would have fucked off back to the station and allowed the Dal'Rok to kill them all. Hell, I would have torpedoed the village from orbit just to make sure.
I'm not a fan of this episode, as you might have been able to gather. This literally is a TNG episode that was adapted to work on DS9, and it shows as none of this fits with the Bajor I know from the rest of the series. I don't like any of the guest characters, someone need to grab them all by the shoulders, shake them vigorously, and shout "STOP BEING MORONS" at the top of their lungs. The interactions between O'Brien and Bashir are the only thing salvageable from this episode from this episode and there weren't enough of them. This one made me pause for thought, though:
BASHIR: I mean, for all we know, you really were sent by the Prophets.
O'BRIEN: I was sent by Commander Sisko.
Nyuk nyuk nyuk.