Finally got around to the Defiant
episode. Good stuff as always.
My immediate thought, and one I was surprised you didn't bring up, when you asked about episodes that couldn't be done without the Defiant
was "Starship Down" from season 4. They certainly couldn't have hoped to stand up to either a gas giant or two Jem'Hadar warships in just a runabout. And as I understand it, the initial concept for the episode was precisely to reveal some of the flaws the ship possessed. It may be well-armed and well-powered, but it is definitely not designed for atmospheric entry, as this episode clearly shows.
While the Defiant
's destruction (or perhaps I should say 'death') in "The Changing Face of Evil" was undoubtedly emotional, I feel like the creators missed a chance to really drive the knife even deeper. How great would it have been if here, almost at the end of the series, they had recreated these shots from "Emissary"
? The series starts with him losing the Saratoga
to the Borg, and ends with him losing the Defiant
to the Dominion. I think that would have been a great way to suggest 'full circle' for Sisko without hammering it home.
And lastly, re the nu-Defiant
's registry number. It doesn't bother me, for some of the same reasons Christopher was saying, even though I know it very likely would be one of the things changed if the Blu-ray project ever gets around to DS9 season 7. But I don't want
them to change it, because I like the explanation they came up with for it in the books, and I don't want that invalidated. I'm going to quote from one of my own fan-fics to explain it, if I may, but under spoiler.
I mean, the Defiant's a legend. Everything it did during the war... how could I not want to be a part of that?
You do realise it's not the same ship, right?
Yeah, I know. But there are other reasons to be there.
Although I never did understand how it ended up with the same registry number.
Ah, well, I asked my dad about that. He says it's actually a deliberate ploy to strike fear into the hearts of our enemies.
Really? How so?
The first Defiant was destroyed at Chin'toka, right? How much propaganda play do you think the Dominion got out of that?
Nog allows that it was probably a lot.
So what does Starfleet do? It fields an identical ship with the same name, same number, even the same crew. And it carries right on.
Which makes the Defiant look more indestructible than ever.
Not only do Starfleet's officers come back from the dead, now so do its ships. At the same time, it makes the Dominion look desperate and pathetic for having claimed to destroy it in the first place. Pretty cool, if you think about it.