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Tue
Mar 24 2015 3:00pm

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “Mudd’s Women”

Star Trek, Mudd's Women“Mudd’s Women”
Written by Gene Roddenberry and Stephen Kandel
Directed by Harvey Hart
Season 1, Episode 3
Production episode 6149-04
Original air date: October 13, 1966
Stardate: 1329.8

Captain’s log: The Enterprise is pursuing an unidentified Class-J cargo ship. The cargo ship is pushing its engines to the limit in its running-away strategy, and refusing to communicate. When the ship’s engines finally overheat, it’s adrift in an asteroid field. Kirk orders Lieutenant John Farrell to extend the deflectors around the cargo ship, but that starts to mess with the Enterprise’s engines. Scotty and Spock try to beam the crew aboard by locking onto their distress signal—but by the time they complete the transport, the Enterprise has burned out all its lithium crystals but one, and the last one has a hairline fracture.

Scotty beams aboard the shipmaster, a piratical looking chap—seriously, he’s got the floppy hat, the handlebar mustache, the poofy shirt, big belt, earring—who speaks with a comedy Irish accent and identifies himself as Leo Walsh. The only other crew on board are three hot babes—two blondes and a brunette—whose very presence turns Scotty and McCoy into drooling idiots, and also turns the camera settings to soft-focus.

[Take it! It’s not a cheat!]

Fri
Mar 20 2015 3:00pm

The Stargate Rewatch: Stargate (1994)

Stargate Stargate
Written by Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Original release date: October 28, 1994

Mission briefing. We open in the north African desert in 8000 B.C. A giant pyramid-shaped spaceship lands, scaring the crap out of the loincloth-dressed humans—except for one who approaches the ship.

Cut to a dig in the same region in 1928. The head of the dig, Dr. Langford, arrives with his daughter Catherine to make an amazing discovery: a giant ring. They find some kind of fossil under it.

Cut to the present day. Dr. Daniel Jackson is giving a lecture on the subject of the pyramids. He theorizes that the pyramids were built long before they were believed to have been erected. His theory is considered laughable, and everyone walks out on him after deriding his theory.

[So you think you’ve solved in fourteen days what they couldn’t solve in two years]

Thu
Mar 19 2015 3:00pm

Introducing the Stargate Seasonal Rewatch!

Stargate Rewatch

Back in 1994, a science fiction movie from the team of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich called Stargate was released. Starring Kurt Russell, well settled into his post-Escape from New York action-hero phase, James Spader, a hip young actor who blew the world away in sex, lies, and videotape, and Jaye Davidson, fresh off his OMG, SPOILERS! turn in The Crying Game, the movie was something less than a howling success. Devlin and Emmerich reworked their planned sequel into a separate film (Independence Day), and were so unconcerned with this particular property that they sold the rights to do a TV show and didn’t even require that the series credit them or their movie as the basis of the series.

In 1997, Stargate SG-1 debuted on Showtime. Spinning out of the movie, it recast with a post-MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson as O’Neill and Canadian actor Michael Shanks as Jackson, and added Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, and Don S. Davis. The show lasted five seasons on Showtime, and then was picked up by SyFy (then called the Sci-Fi Channel), for which it was a huge hit, prompting two spinoffs, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe. When SG-1 ended after ten seasons, it prompted two direct-to-DVD movies.

Not bad for a spinoff of a failed movie, huh?

[Unscheduled offworld activation.]

Tue
Mar 17 2015 3:00pm

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “The Corbomite Maneuver”

Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver“The Corbomite Maneuver”
Written by Jerry Sohl
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Season 1, Episode 2
Production episode 6149-03
Original air date: November 10, 1966
Stardate: 1512.2

Captain’s log: The Enterprise is off mapping an uncharted sector of space. They’ve been at it for three days, and the navigator, Lieutenant Bailey, seems frustrated. Then the helm console alarm goes off, and Sulu reports an object heading toward them. When Sulu takes evasive maneuvers, the object also changes course to remain on an intercept course. Lieutenant Nyota Uhura detects no signal from communications.

[“Has it occurred to you that there’s a certain...inefficiency in constantly questioning me on things you’ve already made up your mind about?” “It gives me emotional security.”]

Wed
Mar 11 2015 3:00pm

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

Star Trek, Where No Man Has Gone Before“Where No Man Has Gone Before”
Written by Samuel A. Peeples
Directed by James Goldstone
Season 1, Episode 1
Production episode 6149-02
Original air date: September 22, 1966
Stardate: 1312.4

Captain’s log: The Enterprise, en route to the edge of the galaxy, encounters a distress call from the S.S. Valiant, which has been missing for two hundred years. Captain James Kirk and Lieutenant Commander Spock are playing a game of three-dimensional chess, which is interrupted by a call from the bridge. They’ve found the source of the distress call: a small object, only a meter in diameter, which they beam aboard to discover that it’s an old-style beacon that could be ejected when the ship was in trouble. Given how damaged it is when Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott beams it aboard, Spock hypothesizes that the ship was destroyed.

[Terrible, having bad blood like that...]

Wed
Mar 4 2015 3:00pm

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “The Cage”

Star Trek, The Cage“The Cage”
Written by Gene Roddenberry
Directed by Robert Butler
Season 0, Episode 1 (unaired pilot)
Production episode 6149-01
Original air date: October 4, 1988
Stardate: unknown

Captain’s log: We see the Enterprise flying through space, and the camera goes into the bridge, where Captain Christopher Pike sits in the command chair, Number One and Jose Tyler at the navigation console in front of him, and some dude in a blue shirt standing to his right not doing anything in particular. Folks are also at the rear consoles, and Spock walks up to stand beside Pike. They’ve detected something, but they’re not sure what it is, heading straight for them. It turns out to be a radio wave—an old-style distress signal that was designed to cause the type of interference they detected to get attention.

[We aren’t going to go?]

Fri
Feb 27 2015 5:30pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: Seventh Season Overview

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 7

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Seventh Season
Original air dates: September 1998 – June 1999
Executive Producer: Rick Berman
Executive Producer: Ira Steven Behr

Station log: Just as with TNG, DS9 went into its seventh season knowing it would be the last. Even more than the show it spun off of, though, DS9 went even further with it, knowing that they would have to end the war, and also with a much bigger cast of characters to deal with.

And one of those characters was new, as in addition to closing out the series, they had to introduce a new Dax, with Nicole de Boer joining the cast as Ezri, the newest host of the Dax symbiont, following Terry Farrell’s departure.

[A part of us, a very important part, will always remain here on Deep Space 9.]

Thu
Feb 26 2015 11:00am

Introducing the Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch

Star Trek Original Series Rewatch

Having spent the last four years of my life doing rewatches of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I am now turning my attention back to the show that started it all back in 1966: Star Trek. The original, as it were.

“But wasn’t there already one of those?” I hear you cry. And yes, Eugene Myers and Torie Atkinson did an excellent rewatch of the first two seasons, followed by my good buddies Dayton Ward and David Mack doing the third season (as well as “The Cage”). But that was five years ago now (yes, really) and that’s an eternity in Internet time.

[To seek out new life and new civilizations...]

Tue
Feb 24 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “What You Leave Behind”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: What You Leave Behind“What You Leave Behind”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 7, Episode 25
Production episode 40510-575
Original air date: June 2, 1999
Stardate: unknown

Station log: It’s the eve of the big push into Dominion territory. Bashir wakes up with Dax, the pair having spent the night together, with the inevitable reference to how far down her spots go. O’Brien is nervously making sure Keiko has everything under control with the family (which of course she does), and we find out that he’s received an offer to teach at Starfleet Academy when the war’s over, which he’s going to accept (though Molly is dubious about whether or not he’s really accepted given that he hasn’t actually told Bashir about it). Sisko ministers to his pregnant wife, promising to come home to her, and then Jake walks him to the Defiant. Odo walks with Worf to the Defiant, both expressing the hope that they find Kira on Cardassia.

[FOR CARDASSIA!]

Tue
Feb 17 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Dogs of War”

Star Trek Deep Space Nine Rewatch The Dogs of War Cardassia Prime“The Dogs of War”
Written by Peter Allan Fields and Rene Echevarria & Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Avery Brooks
Season 7, Episode 24
Production episode 40510-574
Original air date: May 26, 1999
Stardate: 52861.3

Station log: Ross delivers DS9’s new ship: another Defiant-class ship, the U.S.S. Sao Paulo. After the change-of-command ceremony, Ross hands Sisko his orders, which includes a special dispensation to rename the ship Defiant, which makes everyone happy. The ship’s been outfitted with shields that make it resistant to the Breen energy-dampening weapon, as well. O’Brien and Worf check out the shields, Bashir checks out sickbay, and Dax leaves Sisko alone on the bridge to sit and get acquainted.

Damar, Kira, Garak, and Seskal take their stolen Jem’Hadar ship to Cardassia Prime. Damar has been promised two, possibly three fleets who will pledge their loyalty to the resistance, and that’s worth the risk of going to Cardassia. Leaving Seskal in charge, Kira, Garak, and Damar beam down to rendezvous with Gul Revok—only to find the Jem’Hadar massacreing the Cardassians in the caves. Standing alongside a Vorta is Revok, saying how he promised he could lure them here.

[FREEEEEEEEEDOM!]

Fri
Feb 13 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Extreme Measures”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Extreme Measures“Extreme Measures”
Written by David Weddle & Bradley Thompson
Directed by Steve Posey
Season 7, Episode 23
Production episode 40510-573
Original air date: May 19, 1999
Stardate: 52645.7

Station log: Kira has brought the Jem’Hadar ship with the Breen weapon, along with an incredibly dry and flaky Odo, back to the station. Bashir is still looking for a cure, and he has some therapies that help Odo deal with the pain. Odo refuses to let Kira stay and watch him die, especially given how important her assignment is. After one last kiss, she goes off.

O’Brien has forwarded the Breen weapon to Starfleet Command, and Kira and Garak go off to rejoin Damar. Bashir and O’Brien then confide in Sisko their plan: to lure a Section 31 operative to the station with a false report of a cure. To hedge their bets, they don’t actually tell Sisko this until after Bashir has sent the false message.

[“You’re in a restricted area.” “I thought we were in the cerebellum.”]

Tue
Feb 10 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Tacking Into the Wind”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Tacking Into the Wind“Tacking Into the Wind”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Mike Vejar
Season 7, Episode 22
Production episode 40510-572
Original air date: May 12, 1999
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Kira goes over the footage of an act of sabotage Damar’s resistance committed on a Jem’Hadar ship. They put the bomb in the wrong place. It worked anyhow, because the Jem’Hadar security missed it, but Kira rebukes Rusot for his people not following instructions as to where to place the bomb. When Rusot complains, he names one of the people in the cell, which prompts another rebuke from Kira and Garak on the subject of not providing names for security purposes. If Kira is captured, she shouldn’t be able to tell the Dominion the names of anybody in any of the other cells. When Rusot says he’s heard it before, Kira tartly points out that she shouldn’t have to repeat it, then.

Rusot leaves in a huff, and Damar gives him his support, which doesn’t fill Kira or Garak with warm fuzzies. Odo then returns from a sabotage mission of his own, which went off without a hitch, and he goes to the bunk room to rest—at which point he lets himself show how badly the disease has ravaged him. He’s been shapeshifting a lot the past few weeks that they’ve been helping Damar, and it’s accelerated the progression of the disease. Garak walks in on him, and Odo makes him promise not to tell Kira. She has too much on her plate, and he doesn’t want her pity.

[If you were a true Klingon I would kill you where you stand!]

Fri
Feb 6 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “When It Rains...”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: When It Rains...“When It Rains...”
Written by Rene Echevarria & Spike Steingasser
Directed by Michael Dorn
Season 7, Episode 21
Production episode 40510-571
Original air date: May 5, 1999
Stardate: 52684.3

Station log: O’Brien meets with Sisko, Ross, Martok, and Sub-commander Velal of the Romulans, going over the battle at Chin’toka. One Klingon ship, the Ki’tang, made an adjustment to the engines that made it immune to the Breen energy-dampening weapon. All Klingon Defense Force vessels are being similarly modified, but like modifications won’t work on Starfleet or Romulan vessels, though O’Brien assures everyone that they’re working on it. Meanwhile, the Klingons are the only ones who can effectively fight the Dominion for now.

Unfortunately, just the Klingons against the Cardassians, Breen, and Jem’Hadar is pretty long odds. Martok plans to make quick attack runs with small groups of ships to keep the Dominion off balance and prevent them from launching a major offensive.

[You want to knock over some supplies, be my guest!]

Tue
Feb 3 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Changing Face of Evil”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Changing Face of Evil“The Changing Face of Evil”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Mike Vejar
Season 7, Episode 20
Production episode 40510-570
Original air date: April 28, 1999
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Worf and Dax return to DS9, greeted by a very happy Bashir and O’Brien. (Apparently Morn won the betting pool as to when they’d come back.) Sisko arrives soon thereafter, foregoing reprimanding Dax for stealing a runabout and disobeying orders because he wants to hear more about the Breen alliance with the Dominion, which they only know about because Worf and Dax reported it. They also discuss Damar’s dissatisfaction with Cardassia’s place in the Dominion.

[Poor Captain Sisko. I believe he was fond of that ship.]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Strange Bedfellows”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Strange Bedfellows“Strange Bedfellows”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 7, Episode 19
Production episode 40510-569
Original air date: April 21, 1999
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Oddly, the only scenes we get in the “last time” bit are the ones that establish that a) Worf and Dax were captured by the Breen and b) the Breen have allied with the Dominion. Worf and Dax are then taken away to a cell, and Damar is introduced to the Breen commander, Thot Gor, who is dismissive of the legate. The female changeling manages to make herself look not-flaky long enough to meet Thot Gor. Damar is very not happy at being kept out of the loop and even less happy that the treaty calls for territorial concessions to be made by Cardassia to the Breen, but doesn’t specify what those concessions are to be. Damar’s also peevish because the Klingons are attacking Septimus III and the Cardassian forces there need reinforcements. Weyoun says he’ll handle it, which he says with all the sincerity of a used-car salesman, and all the specifics of the treaty with the Breen.

[I hate to admit it, but this is doing wonders for my back.]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “’Til Death Do Us Part”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Til Death Do Us Part“’Til Death Do Us Part”
Written by David Weddle & Bradley Thompson
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Season 7, Episode 18
Production episode 40510-568
Original air date: April 14, 1999
Stardate: unknown

Station log: After a summary of the high points of “Penumbra,” we see Sisko telling Jake about his vision from the Prophets, which is interrupted by the arrival of Winn, along with two ranjens. The kai has come to assist in the preparations for the Emissary’s wedding. Sisko confides in Winn that the Prophets have warned him about a great trial ahead. (He doesn’t mention about them wanting him not to get married.)

As Winn enters Ops, she has a vision of her own. She is told that Emissary is faltering and that she must guide Bajor in the Restoration. A guide will come to her—she’ll know him because he will be a man of the land. Winn recovers, and waxes rhapsodic about the Prophets finally speaking to her after all her years of service and dedication.

[“Didn’t think you were going to make it.” “I just heard about it twenty minutes ago.” “Me too, and I’m the caterer! I can’t work under these conditions...”]

Fri
Jan 23 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Penumbra”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Penumbra“Penumbra”
Written by Rene Echevarria
Directed by Steve Posey
Season 7, Episode 17
Production episode 40510-567
Original air date: April 7, 1999
Stardate: 52576.2

Station log: Sisko has purchased land in the Kendra Valley on Bajor and he intends to build a house on it as soon as the war is over. Yates likes the idea very much, and Sisko thinks that he was meant to come here. Yates points out that the circumstances of his birth—that his conception was manipulated by the Prophets—makes “destiny” more than a concept.

Dax, Bashir, and O’Brien’s conversation in the replimat is interrupted by Kira, who reports that the Rotarran and the Koraga were ambushed near the Badlands. Worf was in command of the Koraga, and it was destroyed, and of the six lifepods the Rotarran recovered, Worf wasn’t in any of them. The Defiant is aiding in the search, but three days of looking turn up nothing, and a Dominion patrol forces them to cut the search short.

[Cut it out, old man, I don’t buy it!]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges”

Star Trek Deep Space 9, inter arma enim silent leges“Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by David Livingston
Season 7, Episode 16
Production episode 40510-565
Original air date: March 3, 1999
Stardate: unknown

Station log. Kira is running a meeting that includes Cretak, Worf, Odo, and O’Brien, discussing repair schedules and shore leave requirements and other such fun stuff, which includes a great deal of snarking back and forth between Worf and Cretak on the subject of their respective nations’ prosecution of the war and need for shore leave.

Cretak is off to a conference on Romulus, which Bashir is also attending. Garak and Bashir discuss the conference—Garak was less than impressed with Romulus when he was assigned there as an agent of the Obsidian Order—and then Bashir is awakened in the middle of the night by Sloan, who says that Section 31 has an assignment for him: to gather data about the Romulan leadership, to take the pulse of the Romulan government. Bashir doesn’t like the idea of working for 31, nor does he like the idea of spying on an ally. Sloan points out that they’re a temporary ally at best, and he’s just there to gather information. Sloan predicts that, when the war ends and the Dominion retreats to the Gamma Quadrant, the Federation and the Romulans will be the only significant powers left, as the Klingons will take a decade to recover from the war and the Cardassians will be an occupied nation.

[Like most human expressions, completely devoid of meaning.]

Fri
Jan 16 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang“Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Mike Vejar
Season 7, Episode 15
Production episode 40510-566
Original air date: February 24, 1999
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Bashir and O’Brien are at Vic’s Place inviting Fontaine to join them in the Alamo program. (Why he gets invited and poor Lieutenant Ilario doesn’t is an exercise left to the viewer.) Fontaine starts singing “Alamo,” but in mid-song the décor changes and a bunch of female dancers come slinking on the stage. A gentleman named Frank “Frankie Eyes” Chalmers, an old acquaintance of Fontaine’s from their childhood in Philadelphia, has bought the hotel and fired Fontaine. His bodyguard, Tony “Cheech” Cicci is happy to physically throw Fontaine out if he won’t leave on his own. O’Brien’s attempt to delete Frankie and Cheech and to freeze the program both fail.

[The best is yet to come, come the day you’re mine.]

Tue
Jan 13 2015 4:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Chimera”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Chimera“Chimera”
Written by Rene Echevarria
Directed by Steve Posey
Season 7, Episode 14
Production episode 40510-564
Original air date: February 17, 1999
Stardate: unknown

Station log: O’Brien and Odo are returning from a conference in a runabout when they’re approached by a changeling disguised as a space-based lifeform. The changeling then enters the runabout through the vent and adapts a human form. He refers to himself (and Odo) as a metamorph, and O’Brien as a monoform.

His name is Laas, and Odo believes he’s one of the hundred infant changelings who were sent out into the galaxy. He’s willing to be taken prisoner in Odo’s custody until his identity is verified. Odo vouches for him to Sisko—especially after Bashir examines him and confirms that he doesn’t have the disease the Founders have—and the captain is willing to release him as long as he remains Odo’s responsibility.

[I, who can be anything, choose to be like you.]