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Old November 22 2011, 07:04 PM   #320
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Re: TheGodBen Revisits Deep Space Nine

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Scientific method? You are kidding me. That won't affect it, I am simply going to take your earlier statement and argue that to the death, as I believe you to be a reliable source and I shall support the evidence with my own ego.
Well, I just said it as a roundabout way of bragging, so if it boosts your ego then at least some good will have come from my immature comment.

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Then he'd be one very lucky, very happy history major. And I'd be suffering from the mother of all meth comedowns.


The Homecoming (****)

This episode's fault is that it's too good. There's so much Bajor/Cardassia stuff in this episode, all of it good, but it's a little jarring and it feels like it missed a few beats in its attempt to pack everything in. This episode contains the introduction of the Circle, the introduction of Li Nalas, the introduction of Minister Jaro, a rescue attempt, the prospect of war with Cardassia, an examination of hero worship, myths and sacrifice for a cause. Also, Quark got branded at some point. It was very enjoyable, I just feel like we skipped the foreplay in the rush to get to the action. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the ride all the same, and I'm optimistic about where things are going, but can't we just slow things down a little?

Duet and In the Hands of the Prophets were more successful at addressing similar issues because they took time to explore one or two things and built up to their memorable finales. This episode addresses so many issues that the sub-plot about Kira's strained relationship with the provisional government is buried and the ending comes out of left-field. There's also the fact that the Circle are just sort of there now. Their origins make perfect sense given the events of season 1, but they've suddenly become a major force on Bajor in the five-month or so gap between the two seasons. This episode could really have done with being split into two episodes, which probably wasn't feasible as a three-part story was already very ambitious for Star Trek at that time, proposing to extend it to four would probably have been shot down.

All that being said, this was still a great episode to watch. Following on from ITHOTP, we're finally getting some real fallout from the death of Opaka. Bajor's failing political system collapsing into civil war is exactly the sort of story the show needed right around now. Li Nalis may be a bit of a goody two-shoes, but Richard Baymer plays the reluctant hero well, which is weird as I can now never forget him playing Benjamin Horne on Twin Peaks, especially that weird plot-line (even by Twin Peaks' standards) where he went insane and thought he was a Confederate general in the American civil war. What I really liked about the episode was how everyone was playing politics with him, from Minister Jaro's refreshingly honest self-serving speech with him, to Sisko's well-intentioned, yet still ultimately self-serving, plea that he stand up and attempt to unite the Bajorans. In fact, the only reason he was rescued at all was because of a political gamble Sisko decided to take, not because it was the humane thing to do. For such an honest, likeable man, the universe sure is cynical towards him.
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