Chronological rewatch from a historical perspective

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Turtletrekker, Sep 9, 2021.

  1. Turtletrekker

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    Another point. The Starship repair yards that Picard was drawing his Fleet from was undoubtedly from the task force set up by Commander Shelby a year earlier, despite it not being overtly stated in the dialogue. She said she'd have the fleet up in less than a year, and Picard actually was able to muster 20 ships at short notice. Good job Shelby.

    Speaking of Shelby, her future novelverse posting, the Excalibur, was seen in this episode under temporary command of Riker.
     
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    Ensign Ro is such an important episode. Besides introducing one of the best supporting characters in the show, it lays the groundwork of so much of what is to come. We meet so many aliens of the week on Star Trek but the Bajorans were destined to become one of the most well developed species in the entire franchise. Indeed, central to an entire branch of the franchise. And they will largely hold to what is established here moving forward in Deep Space Nine unlike, say the Trill, who will move into Deep Space Nine as essentially an entirely different species than what was introduced in The Host.

    I know that Deep Space Nine was originally developed with the idea of Michelle Forbes character of Ensign Ro transfering into the station with Obrien, and while I wouldn't trade Kira Nerys for anything, the dynamic between Ro and O'Brien in Disaster makes me wonder what Deep Space Nine would have been like with Ro.

    Speaking of Deep Space Nine, the first appearance of Molly! Yay! The next time we'll see her in a couple months she'll be 3 years old! :lol:

    Disaster is also one of the most egregious examples of one of my least favorite Star Trek tropes. The log entry at the end of the episode that ends with, "and life is slowly returning to normal", or words to the effect. That's a cheap cop out way to end a story. It was a ship wide disaster. It's right there in the episode's title. Lives were lost all over the ship, but we only see one of the casualties on the bridge. Riker and Data reach engineering and there was no one on duty. The cosmic string must have wiped out the entire on duty engineering staff, but we see no sign of any casualties and no word about the loss of life is ever mentioned. God, I hate that. They really needed to own the type of story they were trying to tell. "And life is slowly returning to normal...":scream:
     
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