So, following various star trek tumblrs (eg Star Trek Gifs, Not in Front of the Klingons) has made me want to watch Deep Space 9 from start to finish. I think originally, I only watched bits of the first series, unlike The Next Generation, which I watched religiously every evening after school at 6pm on Sky 1. A couple of years back, I sat and watched the entirety of TNG from start to finish; a few months later, I watched if again. It’s amazing! I love Star Trek! So yes, now I want to watch DS9 from start to finish, and I have the episodes.
BUT, thanks to the amazing Fashion It So, I want to blog about it too! So let’s go on a crazy wild ride to Bajoran space and see what’s going down at Deep Space 9 (DS9).
Episode summary: Ben Sisko has a strop at Captain Picard, meets a Bajoran Dawn French and goes on a trip, blackmails a Ferengi, energy beings, Picard again, Cardassians. There’s some amazing beachwear in this episode.
Daft sexist tropes exist in the 23rd century (is it the 24th? I forget), but it’s from the eternally long-suffering O’Brien, who always looks like he should be chain-smoking outside a pub somewhere on a Tuesday afternoon. “Have you ever worked with Bajoran women, sir?” He says to Sisko. As we will remember from the Bajoran episodes of the later seasons TNG, Bajoran women are massively stroppy and the men are a bunch of wet blankets. Indeed, Sisko meets Major Kira, who is busy having a strop at the Bajoran government. She then has a strop at Sisko. THEN Sisko goes to meet the Bajoran Religious leader, who looks like Dawn French in a kimono, who sends him on a trip (but doesn’t have a strop), and tells him to find some orbs in a celestial temple in order to re-align his chakras. Or something. It seems I zone out when even Star Trek religion is mentioned.
BACK ON DS9 Odo does some shape-shifting, Quark is a Ferengi, Dax and Bashir turn up (I’d forgotten about Dax!), hilarity ensues, Major Kira has a strop at Bashir, oh the gang’s all here. Also it turns out “The Promenade” always makes me think of Lassiter’s (whoooo), for some reason.
O’Brien says goodbye to the Enterprise, where we find out this Fun Fact: O’Brien has a favourite transporter room. “Number 3!” Good to know it wasn’t just Geordi being a hopeless geek on the Enterprise.
A bit later, possibly we’re in episode 2 now, the Cardassian Gul Dukat comes in with some thinly veiled threats and tries to get one of the orbs from Sisko. Dax, meanwhile, works out where the celestial temple might be, but to sneak past the Cardassians, Odo has to blow the special effects budget for this episode and shape shift into a bag. Also, O’Brien kicks something to make it work. Amazing.
In fact, just when you thought you’d seen the power of mid-1990s computing special effects, WORMHOLE, in which Sisko gets trapped. Back on DS9, Dax Techs some Tech with Science, and with O’Brien work out if they lower the weight of the station they can move it next to the wormhole entrance. WHAT.
In the wormhole, Sisko is explaining concepts such as time, baseball and linear procreation to some energy beings, who have taken the form of his dead wife to communicate with him, and also mess with his brain.
Cardassians attack DS9, O’Brien Techs amazingly without ever looking like anything other than someone who’s got home from work late and realised the offies all shut 10 minutes ago. “Bloody Cardassians! I just fixed the damn thing!”
Anyway, Sisko returns in the nick of time and saves the day. Hurrah!
Slightly disappointed we still haven’t seen any Cardassian facial hair, it really is special, and I’ve only seen in it in the incredible TNG Series 6 Episode, Chain of Command Part Two. you know the one. There.. Are.. Four.. Lights! I think it was that episode, anyway. Cardassian beards are subtle, but marvelous.