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Fri
Feb 7 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Indiscretion“Indiscretion”
Written by Toni Marberry & Jack Treviño and Nicholas Corea
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 4, Episode 4
Production episode 40514-477
Original air date: October 23, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Kira gets a message from Razka, an old friend from the resistance, who claims to have a lead on the Ravinok: a piece of the ship’s forward sensor array. The Ravinok is a Cardassian prison ship that went missing six years earlier. Among the people on board: Lorit Akrem, the person who recruited Kira into the Shakaar resistance cell.

Razka is hiding in the Badlands—in trouble with the Tholians again, Kira guesses, though Razka neither confirms nor denies—so Kira has to go to him. Her departure is delayed, however, as the Cardassians want to send a representative to accompany her. Kira isn’t thrilled about it, but in the spirit of cooperation between Bajor and the new Cardassian civilian government, she agrees.

[It’s a wonder the Ferengi reproduce at all...]

Tue
Feb 4 2014 4:00pm

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Hippocratic Oath“Hippocratic Oath”
Written by Nicholas Corea and Lisa Klink
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 4, Episode 3
Production episode 40514-475
Original air date: October 16, 1995
Stardate: 49066.5

Station log: Worf is in Quark’s, noticing that one of the customers is a known associate of a smuggler. Quark looks over Worf’s shoulder and makes some derogatory comments about the quality of mug shots, while insisting that everyone is welcome at Quark’s—he doesn’t discriminate. Worf obviously wants Quark to be somewhere else, and Kira’s arrival grants Worf his wish. Worf asks Kira why Odo allows “the Ferengi bartender,” a known criminal, free rein of the station. Kira insists that Odo keeps him in check, and Worf’s response is, “But not in prison.”

Bashir and O’Brien are returning from a bio-survey of Merik III in the Gamma Quadrant. (Why they’re doing a survey of a planet in the GQ when the Dominion said they’d view any travel through the wormhole as an act of war remains unclear.) They detect a magneton pulse on Bopak III. They investigate, and then are hit with a plasma field that forces the runabout to crash land. (O’Brien says he sees a clearing up ahead, and then they crash in a dense forest.)

[Let’s just say DS9 has more shades of gray. And Quark is definitely a shade of—gray.]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 4:00pm

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Visitor“The Visitor”
Written by Michael Taylor
Directed by David Livingston
Season 4, Episode 2
Production episode 40514-476
Original air date: October 9, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log: On a rainy night in Louisiana, an old man sits at his desk, which includes a picture of Sisko and Jake, a baseball, and a hypospray, which he applies.

The doorbell rings—it’s a young woman named Melanie, who is scratched from a tree branch. She’s an aspiring writer, and she wanted to meet the old man: her favorite author, Jake Sisko. He’s only written a novel, Anslem, and a collection of short stories, and she wishes there had been more. She asks why he stopped writing, and he says that if she had come any other day, he would’ve refused and sent her on way. But today, of all days, he’s willing to tell the story.

[“You are my favorite author of all time.” “You should read more.”]

Tue
Jan 28 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Way of the Warrior“The Way of the Warrior”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by James L. Conway
Season 4, Episode 1
Production episode 40514-473
Original air date: October 2, 1995
Stardate: 49011.4

Station log: Sisko and Kira are moving through the corridors with phaser rifles. They break into guest quarters and use phasers on wide beam to try to find a changeling. In another room a piece of chair changes into a bird, and Sisko and Kira give chase to the Promenade. Bashir and a security team set up, but then the display face of a Promenade directory turns out to be Odo. O’Brien comes up to Odo and says, “Bang, you’re dead.”

It was a drill, and it took way too long for them to flush Odo out. And the Founders are better shapeshifters than he is. They need to do it again and find him faster next time.

[Nice hat.]

Fri
Jan 24 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Third Season OverviewStar Trek: Deep Space Nine Third Season
Original air dates: September 1994 – June 1995
Executive Producer: Rick Berman
Executive Producer: Michael Piller (through to “The Die is Cast”)
Executive Producer: Ira Steven Behr (“Through the Looking Glass” forward)

Station log: The third season of DS9 is the first season of the show where the show aggressively takes on the notion of serialization and of forward movement of various plotlines. It begins in the very first episode when we get the addition of the U.S.S. Defiant and Odo learns who his people are. In addition, the Dominion threat hangs over the entire season, seen more overtly in “The Abandoned,” “Heart of Stone,” “The Die is Cast,” and “The Adversary.”

[You see, I pretend to be their friend—and then I shoot you.]

Wed
Jan 22 2014 4:00pm

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Adversary“The Adversary”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Alexander Singer
Season 3, Episode 26
Production episode 40512-472
Original air date: June 19, 1995
Stardate: 48959.1

Station log: Sisko records his final commander’s log, as he’s been promoted to captain. Jake gets to put the fourth pip on his uniform, and there’s a champagne toast. Also present is Ambassador Krajensky, who isn’t there for the celebration: there’s been a coup on the Tzenkethi homeworld, and the Defiant is to patrol the border for a few days, showing the flag.

O’Brien goes to work in the Defiant’s engine room, thinking he hears a strange noise, which isn’t at all ominous. Later, after the Defiant sets off for the Tzenkethi border, he hears another noise when he’s in a Jefferies Tube—but this time, apparently, it was Bashir, who was hooking up a power supply for a diagnostic table.

[My son, the writer, thinks I should say something profound on this occasion...]

Fri
Jan 17 2014 4:00pm

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Facets“Facets”
Written by Rene Echevarria
Directed by Cliff Bole
Season 3, Episode 25
Production episode 40512-471
Original air date: June 12, 1995
Stardate: 48959

Station log: Nog is doing a simulation of a stress reaction test in a runabout, part of his prep for a summer class that will help him get into Starfleet Academy. Jake interrupts because they were supposed to meet half an hour earlier, leading Nog to end the program before he gets up from the shuttlecraft chair, which means he falls on his ass. Remember kids, always stand up before you end a holosuite program.

After getting encouragement from Jake and a lecture from Quark, Nog goes off to fetch Rom from the storage room to run the bar, as Quark has to go to the wardroom. Dax has asked him, Sisko, Bashir, Odo, Kira, O’Brien, and Leeta to meet with her there. Dax is going to undergo the zhian’tara ritual—the Trill ritual of closure—which allows hosts to meet all the previous hosts of their symbionts. She wishes to “borrow” the seven of them—or, more accurately, their bodies—to channel her seven previous hosts so she can speak to them for a couple of hours.

[Hello, Jadzia.]

Tue
Jan 14 2014 4:00pm

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Shakaar“Shakaar”
Written by Gordon Dawson
Directed by Jonathan West
Season 3, Episode 24
Production episode 40512-470
Original air date: May 22, 1995
Stardate: 48764

Station log: Sisko getting his ass kicked by O’Brien at darts is interrupted by a call from the Bajoran provisional government. He then interrupts Kira in mid-prayer (she’s praying over a duranja, a lamp of the dead, for Bareil) to tell her that the First Minister of Bajor has died in his sleep, and they’ve appointed Kai Winn to replace him, news that does not give either Sisko or Kira warm fuzzy feelings.

A special election has been called, and Winn is running unopposed, which will make her temporary post permanent for the next six years. Kira is beside herself, but the people view her as the architect of the treaty with Cardassia (never mind that Bareil did all the work and died for it).

[I can’t do it...]

Fri
Jan 10 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Family Business“Family Business”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 3, Episode 23
Production episode 40512-469
Original air date: May 15, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Sisko is making chicken paprikash for dinner, which indicates to Jake that his father’s latest mission went well, since he only cooks Hungarian food when he’s in a good mood. Jake also tells Sisko that Kasidy Yates—the freighter captain he’s been trying to set him up with since last episode—is on the station.

Business is booming in Quark’s, which makes the proprietor that much crankier when Rom tells him that he gave Nog the night off to study for his Starfleet exams. Then a liquidator from the Ferengi Commerce Authority named Brunt shows up and places a writ of accountability on the bar. Quark and Rom are devastated, and the bar is quickly closed and evacuated. Brunt is doing an audit. After Quark bribes him, Brunt explains the charges against him: poor supervision of a family member. Quark probably thinks it’s Nog at first, but it turns out to be his and Rom’s mother, Ishka, who is earning profit. (Ferengi females are forbidden from earning profit.) Quark is responsible for getting her to confess to her crimes, make restitution, and reveal her accomplices. Quark and Rom are on the next transport to Ferenginar (with Quark asking Odo to keep an eye on the bar while he’s gone, which is hilarious). Quark doesn’t want Rom along, because he always takes Ishka’s side, but Rom insists.

[“My house is my house.” “As are its contents.”]

Tue
Jan 7 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Explorers, Sisko, Jake“Explorers”
Written by Hilary J. Bader and Rene Echevarria
Directed by Cliff Bole
Season 3, Episode 22
Production episode 40512-468
Original air date: May 8, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Leeta, one of the dabo girls, goes over to Bashir and hits on him under the guise of being worried about a cough she doesn’t really have. Dax interrupts to let him know that the Lexington is due to put in at the station in three weeks. The ship’s chief medical officer is Dr. Elizabeth Lense, who was the valedictorian in Bashir’s class at Starfleet Medical, for which Bashir was salutatorian. Bashir tries and fails to play it cool regarding that, while Dax twists the knife on the subject quite nastily.

Sisko returns from a trip to Bajor where he checked out an ancient archive. He’s back with a goatee and the image of a solar sailing ship that, legend has it, explored the solar system and possibly went to Cardassia. Sisko intends to build a ship just like it, using the same tools the Bajorans used then (or as close as he can get). Kira thinks it’s cool that he’s doing it, but O’Brien is skeptical that the ship will be spaceworthy. He’s even more skeptical that such a ship would’ve made it to Cardassia. Kira tartly points out that the Cardassians have always said the same thing—that Bajor could never have achieved interstellar travel before they did.

[“Listen.” “I don’t hear anything.”]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Die is Cast“The Die is Cast”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by David Livingston
Season 3, Episode 21
Production episode 40512-467
Original air date: May 1, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log: After a summary of “Improbable Cause,” we see Bashir having lunch with O’Brien, which has a lot less conversation than Bashir’s used to with Garak. They’re interrupted by the arrival of the Cardassian/Romulan fleet Tain mentioned last time, which all decloak at once. At first Sisko thinks they’re under attack, but then the fleet goes into the wormhole.

On the warbird, Tain and Garak share a drink and reminisce over the good old days, and even admit that they’ve missed each other. Tain also mentions that he may need to have Mila executed, as she knows too much, but Garak pleads the case for sparing her, though he does it in such a way that it doesn’t look like he’s pleading.

[The fault, dear Tain, lies not in the stars but in ourselves.]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Die is Cast“The Die is Cast”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by David Livingston
Season 3, Episode 21
Production episode 40512-467
Original air date: May 1, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log: After a summary of “Improbable Cause,” we see Bashir having lunch with O’Brien, which has a lot less conversation than Bashir’s used to with Garak. They’re interrupted by the arrival of the Cardassian/Romulan fleet Tain mentioned last time, which all decloak at once. At first Sisko thinks they’re under attack, but then the fleet goes into the wormhole.

On the warbird, Tain and Garak share a drink and reminisce over the good old days, and even admit that they’ve missed each other. Tain also mentions that he may need to have Mila executed, as she knows too much, but Garak pleads the case for sparing her, though he does it in such a way that it doesn’t look like he’s pleading.

[The fault, dear Tain, lies not in the stars but in ourselves.]

Wed
Jan 1 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek Deep Space Nine Improbable Cause “Improbable Cause”
Written by Robert Lederman & David R. Long and Rene Echevarria
Directed by Avery Brooks
Season 3, Episode 20
Production episode 40512-465
Original air date: April 24, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log. Garak and Bashir argue over Shakespeare, with Garak complaining that he saw Brutus’s betrayal coming a mile off, so why didn’t Caesar, the leader of a great empire, see it? They modulate to discussing human tendency to rush through their meals, and then go their separate ways. A few minutes later, Bashir’s conversation with Kira about visiting dignitaries is interrupted by an explosion in Garak’s shop—with Garak in it.

After Bashir whisks Garak to the infirmary, O’Brien and Odo assess the damage. The explosion was caused by a rupture in a conduit that overloaded; O’Brien detects nitrilin, which Odo thinks is an indicator of a micro-explosive.

[Considering those uniforms of theirs, you’d think they’d appreciate a decent tailor.]

Fri
Dec 27 2013 2:00pm

Star Trek Deep Space Nine Through the Looking Glass “Through the Looking Glass”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Season 3, Episode 19
Production episode 40512-466
Original air date: April 17, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log. After getting a report from Odo that Quark and Morn were going to run illegal vole fights (which Quark denies, unconvincingly insisting that he and Morn were painting numbers on them to count how many they’d caught), Sisko heads out intending to go to bed, only to be interrupted by O’Brien, who forces Sisko at phaserpoint onto the transporter pad. After waving a doohickey over the transporter console, the two of them beam away to a raider in the Mirror Universe.

“Smiley” O’Brien explains to Sisko that, in the year since Kira and Bashir visited the MU in “Crossover,” a rebellion against the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance has started. Sisko was the leader of the rebellion, but he was killed while in the midst of a mission. Smiley needs Sisko to pose as his counterpart to finish the mission he started: to convince his ex-wife Jennifer not to develop a trans-spectral sensor array for the Alliance. That array will enable the Alliance to detect ships in the Badlands, where the rebels have been hiding. Sisko needs to turn her and get her to join the rebellion—otherwise, the rebels will have to kill her. Sisko can’t let Jennifer die again, so he reluctantly agrees.

[“Do I get a vote?” “Of course you do. It just doesn’t count.”]

Fri
Dec 20 2013 4:00pm

Star Trek DS9 Distant Voices “Distant Voices”
Written by Joe Menosky and Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Alexander Singer
Season 3, Episode 18
Production episode 40512-464
Original air date: April 10, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log. Over lunch, Garak gives Bashir an early birthday present: a holographic adaptation of a Cardassian enigma story. Bashir is less than enthused, partly because he’s not the biggest fan of enigma stories, partly because he’s turning thirty in a couple of days.

Quark then approaches Bashir, accompanied by a Lethean named Altovar. Altovar is looking to purchase some biomimetic gel, which Bashir says is restricted material that can’t just be sold. Quark gives Altovar an I-told-you-so, but Altovar is determined, saying he’ll pay any price. But Bashir won’t sell it at any price.

[Don’t take it personally. He’s turning thirty...]

Tue
Dec 17 2013 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Visionary“Visionary”
Written by Ethan H. Calk and John Shirley
Directed by Reza Badiyi
Season 3, Episode 17
Production episode 40512-463
Original air date: February 27, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log: O’Brien is lying on a deck in Ops being treated after a plasma conduit blew up in his face. Bashir has given him hyronalin for the radiation, but he recommends light duty for a few days. For once, O’Brien doesn’t argue.

A delegation of Romulans arrive at the station to go over the intelligence reports the Federation has gathered on the Dominion (as promised when they lent the Defiant a cloaking device). Ruwon and Karina introduce themselves to Sisko and Kira and express no interest in relaxing after their journey, getting right down to business. Complicating matters is a Klingon freighter in for repairs. Sisko instructs Odo to keep an eye on things, they don’t need tensions breaking out.

[I always investigate Quark....]

Fri
Dec 13 2013 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Prophet Motive“Prophet Motive”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 3, Episode 16
Production episode 40512-462
Original air date: February 20, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Quark’s deal with a woman named Emi—who is giving Quark oo-mox while they finalize a deal for self-sealing stembolts—is interrupted by the arrival of Grand Nagus Zek and Maihar’du, who have decided to move into Quark’s quarters, which means that Quark has to live with Rom.

Bashir has been nominated for the Carrington Award, the most prestigious medical award in the Federation. Everyone is thrilled—except for Bashir, who isn’t making a big fuss about it, mainly because the Carrington is supposed to be a lifetime achievement award, and he thinks he’s too young. Dax is impressed with his maturity.

[“I have got a plan!” “Does it involve me, brother?” “Not really.” “I like it!”]

Tue
Dec 10 2013 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Destiny“Destiny”
Written by David S. Cohen & Martin A. Winer
Directed by Les Landau
Season 3, Episode 15
Production episode 40512-461
Original air date: February 13, 1995
Stardate: 48543.2

Station log: Two Cardassian scientists are coming to the station to deploy a subspace relay on the Gamma Quadrant side of the wormhole, which will allow communication through the wormhole for the first time. Sisko goes over the security arrangements with Odo (the commander wants to make sure they feel like guests rather than prisoners, though Odo’s assigning guards to them is as much for the scientists’ safety from more militant factions opposed to the Bajoran-Cardassian treaty as it is anything else), the scientific data with Dax (who’s skeptical that the relay as designed will work), and, rather unintentionally, catering stuff with Quark, who finally has a use for the cases of kanar in his store room (though, to his chagrin, it’s gone bad in the years since the occupation ended).

Vedek Yarka arrives to meet with Sisko and inform him that allowing the Cardassian scientists on board will bring destruction to Bajor. Yarka’s interpretation of Trakor’s Third Prophecy is that this project will result in the destruction of the Celestial Temple of the Prophets—the wormhole. The prophecy speaks of three vipers returning to their nest in the sky, which he interprets as the Cardassian scientists coming to Deep Space 9, at which point a sword of stars will appear in the heavens, the temple will burn, and the gates will be cast open. Kira points out that there are only two scientists coming, so that doesn’t quite track. And, Yarka admits, the rest of the vedek assembly and the kai herself don’t agree with his interpretation—he’s gone to Sisko as the Emissary as a last resort, but Sisko makes it clear that he isn’t stopping the project.

[Do you really believe I’m the Emissary?]

Fri
Dec 6 2013 4:00pm

Star Trek Deep Space 9, Heart of Stone, Kira, Odo“Heart of Stone”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Alexander Singer
Season 3, Episode 14
Production episode 40512-460
Original air date: February 6, 1995
Stardate: 48521.5

Station log: Odo and Kira are on their way back from Prophet’s Landing in the Mekong when they pick up a distress call from a Lisseppian supply ship that’s under attack by a one-person Maquis ship. Kira and Odo go after the latter, which crash lands on a moon orbiting a gas giant in the Badlands.

Nog informs Sisko that he’s had his bar mitzvah—er, that is, his Ferengi Attainment Ceremony, which means he’s now an adult, and he must become an apprentice. He chooses Sisko as the person to whom he wishes to become apprenticed—he wants to join Starfleet. Sisko points out that handing him a bribe (a bag full of latinum) won’t cut it. He has to apply to Starfleet Academy, get in, and graduate, and before he can do any of that, he—as a non-Federation citizen—has to get a letter of reference from a command-level officer. Like, say, Sisko, who says he’ll think about it. (Sisko tries to give the bribe back, but Nog insists on him keeping it.)

[“We’ve been in worse situations than this one and come out all right.” “Name three.”]

Wed
Dec 4 2013 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Life Support“Life Support”
Written by Christian Ford & Roger Soffer and Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Reza Badiyi
Season 3, Episode 13
Production episode 40512-459
Original air date: January 30, 1995
Stardate: 48498.4

Station log: Jake makes a date with a woman named Leanne, an old friend who had moved to Bajor. She recently a) returned to the station and b) broke up with her boyfriend, which makes Jake a very happy person.

A Bajoran transport has an accident en route to the station. Among the wounded on board are Winn and Bareil—the latter very badly injured. Bashir and Jabara work feverishly on the vedek, but the radiation damaged his neural pathways too severely and he dies on the table.

According to O’Brien there was a molecular fracture in a plasma conduit. Winn asks if it was sabotage, which surprises O’Brien, Kira, and Sisko, but she will only elaborate with the Emissary in private. She and Bareil were en route to a secret meeting with Legate Turrel of Cardassian Central Command. Bareil and Turrel have been talking for five months about a treaty between Bajor and Cardassia, and this was to be their first face-to-face meeting. Winn gives full credit to Bareil for starting the talks, and she fears that they won’t resume without him.

[I guess we’ll have to deal with the rest of our disgusting habits as they come up.]