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Old December 13 2011, 02:45 AM   #488
Admiral Shran
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Re: TheGodBen Revisits Deep Space Nine

I agree that Shadowplay is pretty average - not bad, not great. It does have some good character moments for Odo and a nice final shout-out to the Dominion before their proper introduction at the end of the season (showing that they're not just an economic and military power to reckon with, but a power that is completely willing to be brutal in their methods).

But, I love what they with Jake here, even if it ends up meaning that he plays such a small role later in the series. When Nog joins Starfleet, it's not a rehash of Wesley Crusher, since he's someone who is trying to improve himself, not a child prodigy. If Jake had joined the service, it would have easily gone down that same route, which really would have hurt the show. As a result, Jake is much more sympathetic than Wesley to the audience, he's just another guy making his way in the world.
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