Deep Space 9 WatchParty (Drake) – Season 2, Episode 5 – Cardassians

I think I remember this one. It has to be better than the previous 4, right? Right?
Live watch / Plot
Oh yay, Garek is back! This should be good! Whew (fingers crossed)! LOL, what the heck is that doofy hat!?

Those are some weird hats behind Bashir there. I like it for it’s weirdness, though.

What? A Cardassian youth? Garek walks over to him and gets his hand bit for his troubles. I do remember that. Intro.

Oh, Keiko is in this one, and Gul Dukat.

So, the Cardassian boy is a war orphan adopted by Bajorans. Yeah, this is already way better than the first 4 episodes. The Bajoran adoptive father states that they see the boy as a Bajoran, but the other alien who was present says they were abusive to the boy. There’s more going on than they realize. Interesting. The writing is so much better with this episode.

Heh, Cardassian boy is laying Tetris or something. Theses days we’d see it as texting or something on his phone.

Yeah, this is good, and I’m having trouble adjusting to the review work. A very good dinner scene between Keiko, O’Brien and the Cardassian boy transpires here. Later, he and O’Brien have a heart to heart talk of sorts, and wow, do this boy’s experiences remind me of how whites are treated today.

Garek wakes Bashir up in the middle of the night to go to Bajor. They find the orphanage and fix the computer to download all the records. Curiously, they find sever other Cardassian children there too, one looks like Wednesday Addams from the 1991 movie.

They find that the boy, Rugal, is related to a high-ranking Cardassian politician. The politician comes to see his son, and through a conversation with O’Brien, we find that O’Brien’s daughter Molly is 4, which does match her current apparent age, so hopefully no more miracle-gro baby. OK, that wasn’t that important of a part of the conversation, but it was to me due to the miracle-gro incident.

This is good, causing me difficulty in taking notes, as I want to keep watching it. So the boy doesn’t want to go home with his natural father, and they have Sisko arbitrate over the custody battle. Garek and Bashir scour the files to find whatever it is they are looking for, when they realize that the information has been wiped. They found the woman who was at the orphanage when Rugal was brought in.

I’m not following where the line of questioning is going, and I should be putting the pieces together by now, but I love this smile of Garek’s as he watches Gul Dukat being cross-examined by Bashir.

So, I guess the story is that Gul Dukat intentionally had the child taken to the relocation canter even though it was known that he wasn’t an orphan. He didn’t get along with the politician whose son it was.

In the end, they decide to return the boy to his father, which is the right decision.

Final Grade: B
This episode was a breath of fresh air after the last 4 kinda stinky ones. It was pretty good. I don’t have much more to say about it, so that’s it for this one.

Deep Space 9 WatchParty (Drake) – Season 2, Episode 4 – Invasive Procedures

Live watch / Plot
The station has been evacuated due to a violent plasma disruption. They are maintaining it with a skeleton crew. Oh good, Dax has the Orinoco ready to “sail away” just in case they need to evacuate the skeleton crew. XD

Odo and O’Brien find Quark in an airlock doing something he presumably shouldn’t. He’s attached a device to the bulkhead. Intro.

A ship reports that it is caught in the storm, and the crew wants to come aboard, but when they do, it’s a couple of Klingons, a trill and another alien who attack. They force Odo into a container. They go to the med bay and force Bashir to put the container into a stasis chamber. they make there was to the command center and force everyone into the center of the room. Oh, some nice cello or bass notes there. Quark is rounded up as well, and we find that he’s come to steal Jadzea’s symbiont, Dax. I do kinda remember this one from back in the day.

So they transfer Dax into Verod. Sisko tries to work on Verod Dax to get him to return Dax to Jadzea. Quark and the Doctor overpower one of the Klingons and release Odo. Sisko works on Verod’s “girlfriend”. Odo and Kira overpower the other Klingon, and Verod and Sisko have a showdown, resulting in Verod being stunned and Dax is returned to Jadzea.

Final Grade: C
This episode was also just OK. I was rating these too highly, I think I was subconsciously going with an A, B, C scale instead of A though F scale. I’d basically rate them all at 3/5 which should be a C. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that Bashir grows a spine in this episode, so that’s a good thing.

Deep Space 9 WatchParty (Drake) – Season 2, Episode 3 – The Siege Part 3

Live watch / Plot
Recap. Sisko announces the evacuation of Kabul DS9. Intro! I’m skipping it this time because I just want to get into it.

Heh, Amazon has the title misspelled as “The Seige” in their listing. Oh, Keiko is in this episode. So, Quark is scheming to sell his and Rom’s seats on the evacuation ship, and strangely, Quark says that he wouldn’t sell his brother’s life unless for a lot of money. This somewhat contradicts his statement from The Nagus episode, but I suppose one could chalk it up to greed.

Jake and Nog have a goodbye conversation as they discover they are each going their separate ways. O’Brien and Keiko have a teary and slightly argumentative farewell. Sisko and crew make plans to get the evidence to the Chamber of Ministers that Cardassians are supplying the arms to the Circle.

Heh, Quark was overbooking the flights. Who would actually think that Quark had seats to sell, is he still a deputy? Haha, Rom sold Quark’s seat, good for him!

A slightly humorous scene with Kira and Dax firing up an old transport ship on an abandoned moon base.

I like seeing Jaro and Winn together. They really creeped me out back in the day. This scheming feels more like what we should have gotten in the Star Wars prequels, and I was in the middle of the Thrawn trilogy at the time.

Heh, O’Brien loving the rations, I kinda remember that.
Sneaking around the station and capturing Bajorans.
Kira and Dax trying to get to Bajor.

P l o t  m o v e m e n t.

Would be nice.

Some shooting on the station. Heh, Odo makes himself into a tripwire. I remember that. Dax and Kira crash land. Interesting exchange between Sisko and the Bajorans. Dax and Kira get rescued by monks at the monastery. A nice call back to Kira’s encounter with the 3rd Orb.

Rule of Acquisition #31: Never make fun of a Ferengi’s mother.

Sisko seems to have retaken the station.
Kira presents the evidence.
The General give the station back to Sisko, but the Colonel tries to shoot Sisko who is saved by Li Nalis who dies in the act of saving him.

Final Grade: C
This episode was okay. I was giving it more than I should with a B, so have re-evaluated it to a C after watching episode 4. The first 3 episodes were mediocre at best. These 3 are middling Cs at best, but possibly could have been solid Bs if combined into two episodes instead of 3. There were some interesting things touched upon in these episodes, but not enough for me to really delve into. I have to say that it really has cemented my feeling of Bajor being most like Afghanistan. I recall that when I first watched this, the coup brought back memories of the fall of the Soviet Union.

Deep Space 9 WatchParty (Drake) – Season 2, Episode 2 – The Circle Part 2

Live watch / Plot
Recap of previous episode.
Sisko and Jaro square off about the post reassignments. Sisko is unhappy about them. Jake calls Sisko to their quarters to observe more Circle graffiti. Dun dun dun!!!! Enjoying intro again.

Odo confronts Kira about her leaving the station. He’s angry because she’s not following her personal code over all others. Which one would think is something honorable, but it really amounts to “do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” Back in the day, I didn’t realize that.

What ensues is a sort of goodbye gathering. Kira is invited to stay at the monastery by Vedek Bariel.[1] Kira experiences the 3rd Orb st the monastery.

Quark and Odo discuss the arms that these Circle people are getting and start an investigation. Quark gets deputized. A coup is in the works, and I feel bored. I’m pretty sure this was more exciting back in the day. Lots of dialogue going on that is not as interesting as last episode. Vedek Winn shows up at the monastery and is her usual creepy conniving self replete with veiled threats.

Sisko goes down to Bajor to talk to the general in charge of defending the city, wherein the building has some designs that look Cardassian. I suppose some Cardassian construction would be the result of their occupation. Sisko gives the general the info about the arms suppliers and asks for Kira back, but it is out of the general’s control.

O’Brien smuggles Odo on board the Kressari ship, the ones who are doing the arms supplying. They didn’t find anything, so smuggling Odo is possibly plan B.

Sisko visits Kira at the monastery. This is a very slow moving episode. Kira is then kidnapped by the Circle.

Odo observers a transaction between a Cardassian and the Kressari.

Kira is taken to see minister Jaro, who is the head of The Circle, and just as I said in the review of the last episode, he’s not happy that a war hero could capture the attention of the people. His arguments against the Provisional Government aren’t wrong, though. It’s very interesting how my opinions towards this character have changed since I first watched it. This scene gives me a lot to think about that I can’t put into words very well, but this episode is finally getting interesting. Some of the politics don’t quite add up, but I can’t put my finger on it.

Quark finds out where the Circle’s head quarters are, so they can mount a rescue operation for Kira.

Jaro and Winn have their scheming meeting.

Admiral Chekote[2]. orders Sisko to evacuate DS9 and leave it to the Bajorans. This seems the right choice to me, to butt out, but I’d have expected the Federation to want to defend its occupation of the station. They kind of leave the personnel to fend for themselves, ouch! To be continued…

Final Grade C
This was was solid C territory but it got kind of interesting at the end. There’s really not a lot to say about this episode, it’s not great, but it’s a bit less skippable than the previous one.

1. It’s spelled Bariel in the opening credits, despite being listed as Bareil online.

2. An odd reference to Voyager?

Deep Space 9 WatchParty (Drake) – Season 2, Episode 1 – The Homecoming Part 1

After a hiatus much longer than either of us anticipated, we are back writing reviews of Deep Space 9.

Live watch / Plot
We open with a nice shot of Quarks Bar from the upper level. Odo is looking for Quark. These guys really are the best part of the show. 76th rule of Acquisition: “Every once in a while, declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies.” An interesting business / pleasure meeting for Quark. He is given a Bajoran earring that came from a Cardassian.

Kira meditating…. Quark gives her the earring. I’m just going to say that this feels really good to be back watching the show. Watching the intro now. The world has really changed. I miss the old days, but don’t dwell on it too long.

A scene with Jake and Sisko. Oh, Gul Dukat is in this episode, cool. Jake is having his first date, heh. Kira comes in, somewhat defiantly, as per her usual, and demands to speak with Sisko. They go to Quark’s bar as it’s like, the only place on the station. The Chunky Mug makes its appearance. Kira wants to borrow a runabout to rescue a Bajoran prisoner of war form Cardassia IV, Li Nalas. She describes the current state of Bajoran politics, which is mildly interesting. She wants to rescue Li, a war hero, to help unify her people.

O’Brien interrupts over the communicator to call Sisko to another location on the station. And we find graffiti placed there by “The Circle” an “extremist faction who believe in Bajor for the Bajorans. All other species are inferior and should be expelled from the planet.” Well, I’m all for Bajor for the Bajorans, but the graffiti and being complete isolationists seems a little dumb. I’m sure these guys are meant to be the bad guys, though.

Sisko consents to the use of the runabout, and insists that O’Brien got on the mission with Kira. I’m sure the Federation would be upset if things go awry. One irritating thing is that Kira objects to O’Brien’s presence before acquiescing, stating that it’s a Bajoran issue, but she made it a Federation issue by asking for their runabout.

So Kira and O’Brien head to Cardassia IV to rescue the Li, and it turns out there’s a whole labor camp with several Bajorans there. This is contrary to what the Cardassians had said when they said they had released all their Bajoran prisoners. They have to land to try to rescue all the prisoners they can. The rescue the guy they came for, but they don’t get everybody out.

When they get back, they get Li to immediate medical attention, as he got hit pretty bad. Kira finds Sisko on the phone with Gul Dukat, who says that they are sorry, the High Command was unaware of the prisoners there, and they have released all the rest of the prisoners.

So this guy Li is walking around the station with Kira and Sisko. While they wait for a diplomat to arrive, Minister Jaro, played by Frank Langella, but strangely not credited. Ooh, someone looks to be drinking Gatorade from a jar.

Jaro explains how dangerous Kira’s mission was, and if she ever disobeys the military like that again it will be the end of her career. I bet there are those that would not like to see this war hero back, as it could weaken their power on Bajor.

Li Nalis has attracted a crowd, being a famous war hero.[1] He is attention weary, though. Jaro comes up to him and takes the opportunity to address the crowd. Then Li Nalis retires to his room and has a little conversation with Sisko. General set-up info, it sounds like.

Quark and Rom having payday. Quark gets assaulted and branded by the Circle.

Jake gets dumped because he’s not Bajoran, heh. With what I know now about diverse peoples, let alone completely alien ones, that’s not a bad reason, actually. Of course Star Trek treats totally alien species as completely compatible, though. Still, there’s no reason they couldn’t be friends.

Li Nalis tries to stow away on a ship leaving for the Gamma quadrant, when he’s returned to Sisko, explains that his “leadership” is basically a tall tale. So he’ll go on to be the reluctant hero, it seems. Kira gets recalled to Bajor and Li Nalis gets assigned her post. To be continued…

Final grade C
This is a set-up episode so the plot is very thin and straightforward, and the expository dialogue is stretched to give this a full-length running time. It’s just good enough to give that a pass. It would have been more interesting to see Kira fail and the Federation come down on Sisko for giving her the runabout. That would have made a good self contained episode. After watching the first 4 episdes of this season, I felt I was being generous with a B even though going on a gut feeling of how not-bored I was watching the episode, so I’ve changed it to a C. The guy who played Li Nalis was good, and I vaguely remember him. I don’t actually remember this episode very much – making it a very skippable episode.

1. I get a mild kick out of seeing the all black and Asian Bajorans, as I don’t remember any back in the day.