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Apr 22 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Broken Link”

Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Broken LinkRewatcher’s note: Due to a massive deadline on the 28th, the Fourth Season Overview will be postponed until Tuesday the 29th, with the fifth season kicking off with “Apocalypse Rising” on the 2nd of May.

“Broken Link”
Written by George Brozak and Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Les Landau
Season 4, Episode 25
Production episode 40514-498
Original air date: June 17, 1996
Stardate: 49962.4

Station log: Garak lures Odo to his shop to try to set him up with Chalan Aroya, who runs a new Bajoran restaurant. She’s obviously interested—Odo obviously isn’t. Suddenly, in mid-conversation, he has a seizure and collapses, with parts of him reverting to liquid form as he convulses.

Bashir doesn’t know much about changeling physiology—no one does—but he does have other previous scans of Odo, and his mass and density are different from what they normally are when he’s in humanoid form, and in a state of flux.

In the wardroom, Sisko, Kira, Worf, and Dax watch a recording made by Gowron refusing to give up the Cardassian colonies they’ve annexed, and also demanding that the Federation abandon the Archanis sector. The Klingons gave up their claim on Archanis four centuries ago, so Sisko assumes Gowron is saber-rattling. Either way, war is looking inevitable.

[Captain, I’m reading a heart, a pair of lungs and a digestive system—almost as if he were...human.]

Apr 18 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Body Parts”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Body Parts“Body Parts”
Written by Louis P. DeSantis & Robert J. Bolivar and Hans Beimler
Directed by Avery Brooks
Season 4, Episode 24
Production episode 40514-497
Original air date: June 10, 1996
Stardate: 49930.3

Station log: Quark is back from two weeks on Ferenginar with some pretty awful news from his annual insurance physical: he has Dorek Syndrome, which is incurable, and he’ll be dead in a few days. It’s very rare, afflicting only one in five million Ferengi—Quark comments morbidly that he finally beat the odds. Rom is beside himself, suggesting he get a second opinion from Bashir, but Quark dismisses the notion. How good a doctor can he be when he doesn’t even charge?

Quark’s biggest concern is the paying off of his debts so he can get into the Divine Treasury after death. Rom suggests selling his vacuum-desiccated remains on the futures market. Quark doesn’t think anyone will buy, as he considers himself a joke. Rom’s assurances that he’s a pillar of the community and an important businessman on the station fall on deaf (if very large) ears, because the only opinions Quark cares about are those of other Ferengi. To them, he’s just small-time, but he doesn’t have any other way of paying off his debts, so he goes ahead and puts his body up for sale.

[“I thought you were going to break the contract!” “What are the key words there? ‘You thought’.”]

Apr 15 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Quickening”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on The Quickening“The Quickening”
Written by Naren Shankar
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 4, Episode 23
Production episode 40514-495
Original air date: May 20, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Sisko travels to the planet Zeist, and—

Whoops. Wrong The Quickening...

Kira, Dax, and Bashir are doing a bio-survey of a planet in the Gamma Quadrant. En route, they get a distress call from a planet just outside Dominion territory. Dax and Bashir beam down to find a settlement that looks badly wrecked. A woman suffering from an obvious illness collapses in front of them. While Dax tries to find out where the local hospital is, Bashir treats her, and another local tells them to go away now while they still have the chance.

Dax trades her hair clip for a ride to the “hospital”—in truth a near-empty structure that doesn’t seem to have any actual facilities. It turns out that Trevean, the head of the hospital, is in truth running a hospice—and he helps death along by providing a poison once the Blight has quickened. Once the quickening happens, the person is all but dead.

[Come to Quark’s, Quark’s is fun / Come right now, don’t walk, run!]

Apr 11 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “To the Death”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on To the Death“To the Death”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 4, Episode 22
Production episode 40514-496
Original air date: May 13, 1996
Stardate: 49904.2

Station log: The Defiant returns from driving Breen privateers away from a Bajoran colony to find that the station has been attacked. The top of one of the upper pylons has been completely blown off. Kira reports that a Jem’Hadar strike team beamed in from a civilian transport, blew off the top of the pylon, and then stole a bunch of stuff from the science lab. They were gone before anybody knew what hit them.

Sisko takes the Defiant after them, as their ion trail is still traceable. It leads to the wormhole, so they cloak as soon as they reach the Gamma Quadrant. Dax tracks a badly damaged Jem’Hadar warship, broadcasting a distress signal. Sisko beams the seven survivors on board, and they’re greeted by six security guards, Sisko, Worf, and Odo—and their weapons have been removed in transport.

[“There’ll be a joint briefing session at 1900 hours.” “Followed by a get-to-know-you buffet at 1930.”]

Apr 8 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “For the Cause”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on For The Cause“For the Cause”
Written by Mark Gehred-O’Connell and Ronald D. Moore
Directed by James L. Conway
Season 4, Episode 21
Production episode 40514-494
Original air date: May 6, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Yates wakes up in Sisko’s bed. Sisko tries to convince her to come back to bed, but she has a meeting with his engineer. After she leaves, he switches to her pillow because it smells like her. Yeah, they’re totally smitten.

Later, Eddington leads a classified briefing that includes Sisko, Kira, Worf, Dax, and Odo. Two weeks ago, the Cardassian’s civilian government requested industrial replicators from the Federation Council, and they’ve granted the request. However, this is being done in secret because the Maquis may try to seize the replicators—or at the very least stop the shipment. Since the Klingon invasion, the Maquis has had a pretty free rein over the Demilitarized Zone. The shipment will pass through DS9 in three days.

[Why is the Federation so obsessed with the Maquis?]

Apr 4 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Muse”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on The Muse“The Muse”
Written by Rene Echevarria & Majel Barrett Roddenberry
Directed by David Livingston
Season 4, Episode 20
Production episode 40514-493
Original air date: April 29, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Jake makes character notes based on people disembarking from a transport, some based in reality, some more fanciful. (The Bolian with a toupee is my favorite.) One woman, traveling alone, catches his eye. Later, she introduces herself in the replimat when Jake is writing on a padd. Her name is Onaya, and she name-drops a Cardassian architect, which impresses Jake. She also takes credit for helping him get out of his shell and making him known and remembered. Jake says he mostly writes because he likes to tell stories, but he admits to Onaya that he wants to be remembered as well. He mentions his goal of going to the Pennington School, and she promises to teach him techniques for bringing out his storytelling.

Meanwhile, Odo finds Lwaxana in his office crying—and pregnant. Turns out she married a Tavnian named Jeyal, but Tavnians raise children along gender lines: boys raised by men, girls raised by women. They aren’t even told the other sex exists until they’re teenagers. Jeyal had told her that, because she’s a Betazoid, they wouldn’t have a typical Tavnian relationship, but after they married, she practically became a prisoner in her own house, and he informed her that he would take their son away from her when he was born.

[“Goodbye, husband.” “Goodbye, wife.”]

Apr 1 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Shattered Mirror”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Shattered Mirror“Shattered Mirror”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by James L. Conway
Season 4, Episode 19
Production episode 40514-492
Original air date: April 22, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Jake is standing in his and Nog’s old spot overlooking the Promenade, attracting the attention of both Odo and Quark, thus once again giving Rene Auberjonois and Armin Shimerman a scene since their MU counterparts were killed back in “Crossover.”

When Jake goes back to his quarters, Jake is stunned to see his mother. It’s the Jennifer Sisko from the Mirror Universe. She’s come to give Sisko some good news. The Terran rebels have driven the Alliance off of Terok Nor and now control it. Sisko has to go meet with a Bajoran minister, so Jennifer visits with Jake for a while. The meeting is both joyous and devastating for Jake—as he says at one point, he never expected to hold those hands again.

[Perhaps the moment has arrived for you to remove your august personage from the field of battle.]

Mar 28 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Hard Time”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Hard Time“Hard Time”
Written by Daniel Keys Moran & Lynn Barker and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Alexander Singer
Season 4, Episode 18
Production episode 40514-491
Original air date: April 15, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: O’Brien—with wild gray hair and a thick beard—sits in a prison cell, drawing an elaborate design in the sand that covers the floor. A decontamination procedure wipes out the design, and so he starts again.

But then two people walk in and tell him that, after twenty cycles in prison for espionage, he’s free to go. They toss him out of the cell—

—and then he awakens, looking just like he normally does, in uniform, with a device attached to his head. The same woman is there, along with Kira. O’Brien’s confused, as it’s been twenty years, yet Kira looks the same. It turns out that Agrathi prisoners are punished by implanting memories of being imprisoned rather than actually maintaining a prison system. So O’Brien only thinks twenty years have passed—it’s actually only been a couple hours. But even though none of what he remembers really happened, it was real to him.

[I’m not your friend! The O’Brien that was your friend died in that cell!]

Mar 25 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Rules of Engagement”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Rules of Engagement“Rules of Engagement”
Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle and Ronald D. Moore
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 4, Episode 17
Production episode 40514-490
Original air date: April 8, 1996
Stardate: 49665.3

Station log: Worf has a nightmare in which he’s walking the corridors of the Defiant surrounded by corpses—of both Starfleet personnel and Klingon children—while wielding a bat’leth. He also sees several Klingons cheering and holding their bat’leths aloft.

When he wakes up, we see that he’s in one of Odo’s cells, awaiting a hearing. The Klingon Empire has requested that Worf be extradited on the charge of murder. He is accused of firing on a civilian ship and murdering the 441 people on board, and an advocate named Ch’Pok is making the empire’s request before a Vulcan admiral named T’Lara. Sisko is defending Worf, pointing out that it was a combat situation. The ship decloaked right in front of the Defiant while it was fighting two other Klingon ships.

[You live with humans because you’re afraid to live with Klingons.]

Mar 21 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Accession”

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Accession“Accession”
Written by Jane Espenson
Directed by Les Landau
Season 4, Episode 16
Production episode 40514-489
Original air date: February 24, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Keiko’s project on Bajor has ended, and she and Molly return to the station to announce that Keiko is pregnant. O’Brien is surprised—she was only there the one night the last time she came back to the station, and he thought they’d need to make more attempts—but happy.

Vedek Porta brings a couple who just got married to Sisko so they can get the Emissary’s blessing, which Sisko awkwardly provides. (Porta tells Sisko his accent is getting much better.)

An old Bajoran sailing ship comes tumbling out of the wormhole. Remote sensors indicate that nobody entered the wormhole. There’s one passenger, who is beamed to the infirmary. His name is Akorem Laan, and he claims to be the Emissary. He found the wormhole two hundred years ago after his ship suffered through an ion storm in the Denorios Belt. His description of his encounter with the wormhole aliens, or the Prophets, is very similar to Sisko’s in “Emissary,” but he only just left Bajor a few days earlier—yet two centuries have passed. Akorem is shocked to learn that his poetry has survived two centuries. He’s equally shocked to learn that Bajorans no longer use the d’jarras—the strict caste system that was abandoned during the Cardassian occupation.

[“We should have left the holosuite hours ago.” “And let the jerries cross the river? Never!”]

Mar 18 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Bar Association”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Bar Association“Bar Association”
Written by Barbara J. Lee & Jenifer A. Lee and Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 4, Episode 15
Production episode 40514-488
Original air date: February 19, 1996
Stardate: 49565

Station log: The Defiant returns from a five-day trip to the Gamma Quadrant, having encountered no Jem’Hadar ships. Worf and Dax discuss some technical issues with the Defiant, and Dax notices how much Worf loves being in charge of Starfleet’s only warship.

It’s the Bajoran Time of Cleansing, a month in which Bajorans give up all earthly pleasures. As a result, business is poor in Quark’s, so the proprietor is in a pissy mood. When Rom collapses from an ear infection, Quark’s only response is to dismissively say he’s going to dock Rom’s pay for sleeping on the job and instructing another waiter to clean up the mess he made when he fell down.

[Oh you can’t scare me, I’m working for the union, I’m working for the union, I’m working for the union. Oh you can’t scare me, I’m working for the union, I’m working for the union till the day I die...]

Mar 14 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Sons of Mogh”

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Sons of Mogh“Sons of Mogh”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by David Livingston
Season 4, Episode 14
Production episode 40514-487
Original air date: February 12, 1996
Stardate: 49556.2

Station log: Worf and Dax are working out in a holosuite and flirting outrageously when they’re interrupted by Odo. Worf’s brother Kurn has arrived on the station, exceedingly drunk, and wants Worf to perform the Mauk-to’Vor ceremony on him. It’s a Klingonish form of seppuku, whereby a Klingon warrior regains his honor by being ritually killed by a family member. Worf’s being cast out of the empire by Gowron has resulted in all the House of Mogh’s lands being seized, Kurn’s seat on the High Council lost.

Kurn is, of course, livid, as he had to stand around and watch Gowron take the House of Mogh apart. He’s lost everything, and only Worf can give him his honor back. Worf agrees, acquires some adanji (a type of incense) from Quark, and uses a mevak dagger to stab Kurn.

[There’s an intoxicated Klingon here who’s demanding to see you.]

Mar 11 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Return to Grace”

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Return to Grace“Return to Grace”
Written by Tom Benko and Hans Beimler
Directed by Jonathan West
Season 4, Episode 13
Production episode 40514-486
Original air date: February 5, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Kira has been assigned by Bajor’s First Minister (who’s also her new boyfriend) to represent Bajor at a conference on a Cardassian outpost to discuss their intelligence on the Klingons. Because of the Klingon invasion, Cardassian healthcare is at an all-time low, so Bashir has to give an annoyed Kira more than a dozen inoculations. Her escort is the Groumall, a crappy ship that is now captained by Dukat. After bringing Ziyal home, his mother disowned him, his wife took their children and left, and he was demoted from legate back to gul and assigned to a not-very-glorified freighter.

On the Groumall, Kira is visited by Ziyal, who didn’t last long on Cardassia, as too many Cardassians couldn’t see past the Bajoran ridges on her nose, so she’s living on the freighter with her father.

[Why is it when you smile, I want to leave the room?]

Mar 7 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Crossfire”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Crossfire“Crossfire”
Written by Rene Echevarria
Directed by Les Landau
Season 4, Episode 12
Production episode 40514-485
Original air date: January 29, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Odo sets everything just so for his Tuesday morning security meeting with Kira, complete with a raktajino for her. One of the items on their agenda is a political agitator who objects to First Minister Shakaar’s upcoming visit to the station. They’re interrupted by Quark, who has a complaint about the noise made by Odo when he shapeshifts around his quarters.

Sisko, Kira, Dax, Bashir, and O’Brien are in their dress uniforms to greet Shakaar on his arrival. (O’Brien wonders why he’s there, since he’s not an officer, and Bashir says the dress uniform shows off his figure, thus sending slash fans into a frenzy. It’s also the only scene for those two and Dax, and I was just waiting for one of them to wail, “But it’s my only line!”) They escort him to the big-ass crowd on the Promenade, and as he goes to make his big speech (Sarish, his aide, reminding him to enunciate), Odo informs Sisko that he’s received intelligence of a planned assassination attempt on Shakaar by the True Way. Odo insists on cancelling his meeting with Federation delegates, but both Sarish and Kira say Shakaar won’t go along with that. He won’t capitulate to threats. Sisko therefore orders security levels to be raised significantly, and Odo asks to use Starfleet security as well as his own Bajoran Militia personnel. Eddington is on leave, so Sisko assigns Worf to head up Starfleet security.

[“Do you have to stare like that? I think it’s making people nervous.” “Good.”]

Mar 4 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Paradise Lost”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Paradise Lost“Paradise Lost”
Written by Ronald D. Moore and Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Reza Badiyi
Season 4, Episode 11
Production episode 40514-484
Original air date: January 8, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: After a summary of “Homefront,” we see Sisko and Odo going over the reports on the sabotage of the power grid. Odo notes that Red Squad was sent back to the Academy after the blackout. Since they’re cadets, it makes sense that they’d be sent home for protection—but then Sisko notes an order to mobilize all cadets as part of the effort to secure Earth.

Joseph reopens the restaurant after four days. There’s been no sign of attack by the Dominion, and he’s tired of sitting around. Besides, the Starfleet security guards on the streets probably haven’t had a good meal in four days, and Joseph is just the man to feed them...

[“Is he always such a mother hen?” “He means well.”]

Feb 28 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Homefront”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Homefront“Homefront”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by David Livingston
Season 4, Episode 10
Production episode 40514-483
Original air date: January 1, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Dax and Sisko observe the wormhole opening and closing at random. No one has any idea why, though many Bajorans think it a message from the Prophets. (Sisko dryly notes that the Prophets didn’t tell him, and Dax jokes that maybe they don’t recognize him with the beard.)

Worf summons Sisko to Ops, who then summons Odo. Starfleet Security forwarded footage from a secret conference at Antwerp on Earth between the Federation and the Romulans (there was also a Tholian observer), which was destroyed by a bomb, killing 27 people. The footage they sent DS9 includes indications of a changeling disguised as a piece of pottery in the conference room—but the examination of the debris indicated no trace of changeling biological matter, so it likely escaped.

[We’re not looking to destroy paradise, Mr. President, we’re looking to save it.]

Feb 25 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Our Man Bashir”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Our Man Bashir“Our Man Bashir”
Written by Bob Gillan and Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Season 4, Episode 9
Production episode 40514-482
Original air date: November 27, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log: A man with an eyepatch, who is called Falcon, goes flying through a plate glass window. The man who threw him through it is Bashir, wearing a tuxedo. He is handed a glass of champagne by a grateful woman in a red dress. Bashir sees Falcon get up in the reflection of the bottle, and pops the champagne cork right at his forehead, knocking him unconscious. “A lot of kick for a ’45 Dom,” he says before kissing the woman.

The smooching is interrupted by Garak, who is also wearing a tux, and who is intrigued by this program of Bashir’s. Since he got it, he’s spent all his spare time in the holosuite, and he won’t tell anyone about it. Garak convinces Bashir to let him stick around and observe his fantasy.

[You’ve destroyed the vorld!]

Feb 21 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Sword of Kahless”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on The Sword of Kahless“The Sword of Kahless”
Written by Richard Danus and Hans Beimler
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 4, Episode 8
Production episode 40514-481
Original air date: November 20, 1995
Stardate: 49263

Station log: Kor is captivating Quark’s Bar with the story of the Battle of Korma Pass where he, Kang, and Koloth defeated T’nag’s army and feasted on his heart together. (“Big heart,” Dax adds at the end.) Most of the bar is enthralled, even the skeptical Odo, Bashir, and Kira (O’Brien chides them, saying who cares if it’s realistic, he tells it well). Worf is sitting off to the side, equally enthralled, but keeping his distance because he feels his presence would dishonor Kor. Dax doesn’t have any of that and insists on introducing him.

At first Kor seems to justify Worf’s fear, calling Worf a traitor, a pariah, the lowest of the low—and then smiles and says it’s a pleasure to meet him. Any enemy of Gowron and the High Council is a friend of his. Worf fangoobers him a bit, and then Kor announces that he’s on a quest that will put his past glory to shame: he seeks the Sword of Kahless, the first bat’leth ever forged. It’s been lost for a thousand years, but Kor was given a shroud by a Vulcan archaeologist who found it on a survey in the Gamma Quadrant. (Kor was Klingon ambassador to Vulcan at the time.) It has Hur’q markings—the Hur’q invaded Qo’noS over a millennium ago, and one of the things they pillaged was the Sword of Kahless.

[You’d better hope that I exaggerate, or when they start singing songs about this quest and come to your verse, it will be, “and Worf came along.”]

Feb 18 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Little Green Men”

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Little Green Men“Little Green Men”
Written by Toni Marberry & Jack Treviño and Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by James L. Conway
Season 4, Episode 7
Production episode 40514-480
Original air date: November 15, 1995
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Nog is engaging in a ritual whereby a Ferengi boy leaves home for the first time and raises capital by selling his boyhood possessions. In this case, he’s off to attend Starfleet Academy. Quark drags Rom away from this flea market because their cousin Gaila has finally, after ten years, made good on the promise the latter made when Quark loaned him the money to start up his munitions consortium: he gave Quark a ship. Since Quark doesn’t trust his cousin, he wants Rom to give it a once-over.

But to Rom’s shock and Quark’s glee, the ship is perfect. No flaws whatsoever. Quark wants to take it for a test flight, so he decides to bring Nog to Earth to report to the Academy.

[I know everything about you people: baseball, root beer, darts, atom bombs...]

Feb 14 2014 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Starship Down”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Starship Down“Starship Down”
Written by David Mack & John J. Ordover
Directed by Alexander Singer
Season 4, Episode 6
Production episode 40514-479
Original air date: November 13, 1995
Stardate: 49263.5

Station log: The Defiant is meeting with the Karemma in the Gamma Quadrant to discuss problems with the trade agreements made between the Federation and the Karemma—which are quickly revealed in a meeting among Sisko, Quark, and the Karemma representative Hanok to be all due to fees and taxes and tariffs levied by the Ferengi, who are serving as intermediaries.

On the bridge, Worf is cranky about slow response times in weapons drills, and Kira expresses disappointment to Dax that they’re missing Ha’mara, the anniversary of the Emissary’s arrival. Kira suspects that Sisko scheduled the negotiations so he could avoid the festival, since he’s still uncomfortable with his role as Emissary.

[“It’s very important that you listen to me because there’s going to be a test later...”]