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Old January 16 2014, 06:42 PM   #1
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My newfound appreciation for "Duet"

I've always been a DS9 and it's probably my 2nd favorite series. I always enjoyed the episode "Duet" and felt it was one of DS9's better episodes.

I probably have not watched the show in steady doses for a few years so I thought a new DS9 marathon was in order. So I began watching again, but then something funny happened. I got to "Duet" and I just can't stop watching the episode.

The storyline is brilliant, the script fantastic... I have to imagine given the subject matter as an allegory to Nazi atrocities and Israel's hunt for Nazi war criminals post-WWII that the set was particularly emotionally charged.

What stands out in particular with Duet however are the performances... nothing short of master work. Nana Visitor is outstanding in this episode, but Harris Yulin is simply mesmerizing.

My opinion on this episode has changed, "Duet" is not simply one of DS9's better moments... it's one of Trek's.


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Old January 16 2014, 09:44 PM   #2
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I'm with you on this one! This episode was a turning point for Kira with the very last scene. Then "Second Skin" really took Kira to a new place. Love Kira so much!
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Old January 16 2014, 10:04 PM   #3
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Totally agree!
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Old January 16 2014, 11:35 PM   #4
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Re: My newfound appreciation for "Duet"

One of the best written lines, brilliantly delivered by Yulin:

"What will you do now Major, withhold my medicine?"

Just amazing stuff.


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Old January 17 2014, 12:34 AM   #5
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Re: My newfound appreciation for "Duet"

This is what Trek should be all about, an intelligent, emotive story that deals with real world issues in a sci-fi context. It was a turning point for the series as a whole and Kira in particular, all without a single phaser being fired.

If people ever ask about why DS9 is so great have them watch "Duet". If they still don't get it then there's no hope for them
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Old January 17 2014, 11:56 AM   #6
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Re: My newfound appreciation for "Duet"

"Duet" has always been one of my favourites, as well. A very strong episode, in its own right and a really great Kira story, besides.
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Old January 18 2014, 07:21 AM   #7
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Re: My newfound appreciation for "Duet"

At a Trek con last year Nana Visitor mentioned that "Duet" is her favorite episode.
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Old January 20 2014, 02:18 PM   #8
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Re: My newfound appreciation for "Duet"

One of my all-time favourites too! As has already been said, the acting is simply outstanding on this one; as is the writing.
Actually, I find that those episodes that put two strong actors together and just let them ping off each other are consistently among the best and most captivating to watch. I'm thinking here for instance of "The Wire" (Bashir and Garak), "Waltz" (Sisko and Dukat)... those are gold standard quality.
I also rather enjoyed "The Ascent" (Quark and Odo), though compared to the other three that's a bit less "heavyweight" and has more of a touch of humour. But you get two really good actors enjoying themselves on that.
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Old January 20 2014, 03:14 PM   #9
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Re: My newfound appreciation for "Duet"

This forum needs a "Like" button. Every one of the comments has been spot on.
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Old January 20 2014, 03:25 PM   #10
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The irony is that "Gul Darhe'el" orignally appeared to be a pretty hammy Cardassian. And then it turned it out that the Marritza character was hamming it up on purpose in order to portray a sterotypical Cardassian.
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Old January 20 2014, 03:34 PM   #11
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Definatly one of the best Star Trek episodes.
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Old January 21 2014, 02:44 AM   #12
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Love this episode so much.
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