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Tue
Nov 25 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Shadows and Symbols”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Shadows and Symbols“Shadows and Symbols”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 7, Episode 2
Production episode 40510-552
Original air date: October 7, 1998
Stardate: 52152.6

Station log: After a summary of “Tears of the Prophets” and “Image in the Sand,” we pick up with Ensign Ezri Dax entering the restaurant and babbling a mile a minute. She was on board the ship the Dax symbiont was being transported on and was forced to be implanted to save Dax’s life—but she wasn’t prepared for joining and she’s having trouble adjusting. She’s taken a leave of absence from her post as assistant counselor on the Destiny and came to Sisko’s hoping her old friend Benjamin can help out. So she joins the planned expedition to Tyree.

[But I haven’t finished my story yet. Captain Sisko has found the Orb of the Emissary, but he hasn’t opened it yet.]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Image in the Sand”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Image in the Sand“Image in the Sand”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Les Landau
Season 7, Episode 1
Production episode 40510-551
Original air date: September 30, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: After a summary of “Tears of the Prophets,” we jump ahead three months. Kira has been promoted to colonel, and is apprehensive about her upcoming meeting with Ross, as the admiral has been unusually nice and polite. Turns out he’s there to tell Kira that a Romulan senator, Cretak, will have a presence on the station, along with staff, guards, and a few ships. Kira isn’t happy, but isn’t given a choice.

[“Imagine what it must be like—hordes of rampaging Klingons, fighting and singing, sweating and belching.” “Sounds like this place on a Saturday night.” “Would you want to spend eternity here?”]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 2:50pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: Sixth Season Overview

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Sixth Season
Original air dates: September 1997 – June 1998
Executive Producer: Rick Berman
Executive Producer: Ira Steven Behr

Station log: DS9 had already dedicated itself to serialized storytelling by the time the sixth season rolled around, but at the end of the fifth they committed themselves to something more significant: a war. The Dominion War commenced at the end of season 5 and did not stop until the show did at the end of the seventh. To show that this was serious business, they didn’t even resolve the Federation losing control of Deep Space 9/Terok Nor until the sixth episode of the season, and the Federation didn’t even manage to make a strike in Dominion territory until the season finale.

[The Prophets don’t see me as a Starfleet captain, they see me as their Emissary.]

Fri
Nov 14 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Tears of the Prophets”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Tears of the Prophets“Tears of the Prophets”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 6, Episode 26
Production episode 40510-550
Original air date: June 17, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Another Gratitude Festival has come to an end. Sisko insisted that the festival go on despite the war. And after the festival, Ross presents him with the Christopher Pike Medal of Honor, and then tells him that Starfleet has agreed (finally) to go on the offensive, and has ordered Sisko to come up with a plan to invade Cardassian space.

Worf and Dax leave the holodeck carrying weapons, but are neither sweaty nor bruised. Turns out they were talking about having a baby. Bashir and Quark are stunned and depressed, though they cover it with medical concerns over a Trill and a Klingon procreating (Bashir) and just generally being snotty (Quark).

[“It is a private matter.” “We’re thinking about having a baby.” “It was a private matter.”]

Tue
Nov 11 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Sound of Her Voice”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Sound of Her Voice“The Sound of Her Voice”
Written by Pam Pietroforte and Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Season 6, Episode 25
Production episode 40510-549
Original air date: June 10, 1998
Stardate: 51948.3

Station log: Odo is dinging Quark with tons of minor regulations violations—and then is interrupted by Kira, who wants to have lunch. Without even pausing, Odo drops his harassment of Quark and leaves with the first officer. Quark sees Odo’s being so easily distracted as a great opportunity for him.

The Defiant has just finished escorting a supply run. Yates is on board as well, as she agreed to be supply liaison officer—but that was before she found out how much paperwork was involved. Bashir wanders into the mess hall and tersely agrees with Yates’s feelings on paperwork, prompting Yates to say she misses when Bashir was talkative; Sisko says that he likes him better this way, and Yates calls him on the fact that he isn’t joking and what he said was really mean.

[It’s called an Irish wake.]

Fri
Nov 7 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Time’s Orphan”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Time’s Orphan“Time’s Orphan”
Written by Joe Menosky and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 6, Episode 24
Production episode 40510-548
Original air date: May 20, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Keiko, Molly, and Yoshi have returned to DS9. To celebrate, the entire O’Brien family is taking a trip to the Bajoran colony of Golana for a picnic. They were last there when Keiko was pregnant with Yoshi. While there, Molly announces (while Keiko brushes her hair) that she’s going to be an “exobologist” when she grows up. O’Brien also makes it clear that, war notwithstanding, he’s not sending his wife and kids away again. If the station is ever in danger again, he’ll put in for a transfer.

Molly goes wandering off—and then screams. O’Brien finds her in a cave, where she’s hanging over a cliff (ahem). She slips, falls into a pool of water with a strange accompanying special effect—and then the water disappears.

[By the way, what does “gung-gung-gung” mean?]

Tue
Nov 4 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Profit and Lace”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Profit and Lace“Profit and Lace”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Alexander Siddig
Season 6, Episode 23
Production episode 40510-547
Original air date: May 13, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Under the cover of a good employee evaluation, Quark indulges in some significant sexual harassment of his newest dabo girl, Aluura, trying to convince her to give him oo-mox in exchange for not getting fired. He’s interrupted by Rom, who tried to contact Ishka, and can’t get through. Nor can he get through to anyone on Ferenginar: not the Tower of Commerce, not Gaila, not Leck—nobody. They’re convinced that the Dominion has invaded Ferenginar, but there’s no evidence to support it.

[“He’s the first Ferengi to join starfleet!” “I’ll try not to hold that against you.”]

Fri
Oct 31 2014 2:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Valiant

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: ValiantValiant
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Michael Vejar
Season 6, Episode 22
Production episode 40510-546
Original air date: May 6, 1998
Stardate: 51825.4

Station log: Quark’s is overwhelmed because the drinks replicator is down. Quark submitted an emergency report to O’Brien, who passed it on to Rom, who passed it on to Nog. However, it isn’t Nog who shows up to fix it, it’s Dax, who owes Nog a favor and so is covering for him while he takes a trip to Ferenginar by way of Starbase 257 on the runabout Shenandoah. Nog is delivering a diplomatic pouch from the Federation Council to the Grand Nagus. Jake is along for the ride—allegedly to see Ferenginar, but he soon reveals that he’s angling for an exclusive interview with Zek.

[We’re Red Squad, and we can do anything!]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 2:00pm

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

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Reckoning“The Reckoning”
Written by Harry Werksman & Gabrielle G. Stanton and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño
Season 6, Episode 21
Production episode 40510-545
Original air date: April 29, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Sisko holds a meeting to discuss how the war is going, ending it by saying that he, Kira, and Jake are taking a trip to Bajor. They’ve excavated something cool in B’Hala and they want the Emissary to see it.

Ranjen Koral leads the three of them to a cavern that’s beneath the city—apparently there was another settlement 10,000 years prior to B’Hala. After it was abandoned, it was buried by sediment, and B’Hala built over it. They found a tablet that is in a very old form of Bajoran, but Koral, Sisko, and Kira do recognize one phrase: “Welcome, Emissary.”

[“I just had this uncontrollable urge to smash the tablet.” “Oh, I get those urges all the time.”]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 1:00pm
Excerpt

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution (Excerpt)

Keith DeCandido

Sleepy Hollow Children of the Revolution excerpt Keith R.A. Candido When Ichabod Crane, a soldier from the Colonial Army, is resurrected from his grave more than two centuries after he was killed in battle, he partners with Lieutenant Abbie Mills of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department to fight the evil forces that have taken hold of the town.

It’s a cold day in January, and Ichabod visits Patriots Park for a moment of peace. Instead, he receives a disturbing vision from his wife, Katrina, in which she delivers a cryptic but urgent message: he must retrieve the Congressional Cross that he was awarded by the Second Continental Congress for bravery in action. There’s just one problem: Ichabod was killed before he ever received the medal, and he is unsure where it might be. Together Ichabod and Abbie set out to uncover the mystery of the cross and its connection to George Washington and his secret war against the demon hordes. They soon learn that a coven of witches is also seeking the cross in order to resurrect their leader, Serilda, who was burned at the stake during the Revolutionary War. Now they must locate the cross before the coven can bring back Serilda to exact her fatal revenge on Sleepy Hollow.

Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, the first tie-in novel for the Fox television series, is available now from Crown Publishing.

[Read an excerpt]

Tue
Oct 21 2014 2:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “His Way”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: His Way“His Way”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 6, Episode 20
Production episode 40510-544
Original air date: April 22, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Bashir’s latest holosuite program from Felix—the guy who put together his secret agent program—is Las Vegas, 1962, and he invites Kira, Odo, Worf, Dax, and O’Brien to join him in watching Vic Fontaine perform. Fontaine is a self-aware hologram; he knows full well that he’s a “light bulb.” (“If you’re gonna work Vegas in the 60s, you’re gonna have to know the score. Otherwise you’re gonna look like a Clyde.”) He also immediately picks up on the fact that Worf and Dax are married, can tell that O’Brien is also married and misses his wife, and cops to the romantic tension between Kira and Odo, but decides to remain discreet in terms of mentioning it.

[Cool!]

Fri
Oct 17 2014 2:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “In the Pale Moonlight”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: In the Pale Moonlight“In the Pale Moonlight”
Written by Peter Allan Fields and Michael Taylor
Directed by Victor Lobl
Season 6, Episode 19
Production episode 40510-543
Original air date: April 15, 1998
Stardate: 51721.3

Station log: Sisko is dictating a personal log. It’s been two weeks since something happened that he needs to justify to himself, and that he can’t talk to anyone about it, not even Dax—but maybe he can work it through if he spells it out in his log.

Every Friday morning for the past three months, Sisko has posted a casualty list. On one particular Friday, Dax sees one of her Academy instructors, Leslie Wong, now captain of the Cairo, on the list. The Cairo went missing near the Romulan Neutral Zone, the latest in a series of attacks that have happened because the Jem’Hadar has brazenly gone through Romulan space to attack, thanks to the non-aggression pact Romulus has with the Dominion. Bashir mentions how useful it would be to get the Romulans into the war, but Dax points out that they have no reason. They’re not being threatened, and their two biggest rivals—the Klingons and the Federation—are getting their asses kicked.

[“You would have made a decent Romulan.” “I prefer the spots to the pointed ears.”]

Tue
Oct 14 2014 2:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Inquisition”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Inquisition“Inquisition”
Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Directed by Michael Dorn
Season 6, Episode 18
Production episode 40510-542
Original air date: April 8, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Bashir is running around getting himself together before heading out in the morning to present a paper at a medical conference, pausing to heal O’Brien’s latest kayak-induced dislocated shoulder.

The computer wakes Bashir at 0700, though Bashir doesn’t feel as if he’s been asleep that long, and his trip is postponed by a summons to Ops. Starfleet Internal Affairs has shown up, in the person of Deputy Director Luther Sloan, who announces that IA believes there’s a leak on DS9: someone among the senior staff is passing intelligence to the Dominion. The senior staff has all been relieved of duty, and they’re to be confined to quarters until Sloan can interview them. Sloan informs Bashir that Starfleet Medical has already been informed that Bashir won’t be going to Casperia Prime.

[I hope you’re enjoying my scones, Worf.]

Tue
Oct 7 2014 2:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Wrongs Darker than Death or Night”

Rewatcher’s note: There will be no rewatch on Friday the 10th of October because your humble rewatcher will be at New York Comic-Con (find him at Booth #1157!). We’ll be back on Tuesday the 14th with “Inquisition.”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Wrongs Darker than Death or Night“Wrongs Darker than Death or Night”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Jonathan West
Season 6, Episode 17
Production episode 40510-541
Original air date: March 28, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Kira has ordered flowers for herself: Bajoran lilacs. Today would’ve been her mother Kira Meru’s 60th birthday, and Kira’s father Taban always said lilacs were her favorite. Kira didn’t know Meru, as she died when Kira was three, but Taban always said she was the bravest woman Taban had ever known.

That night, Kira receives a comuniqué from Dukat, who says that Sisko helped Dukat achieve clarity, to see the truth of his life. He reveals that he knew Meru, that they were in fact lovers until the day she died, that her father lied about her dying at the Singha Refugee Camp because he couldn’t bear the notion that she left him for Dukat. Kira is convinced that it’s a lie, but Dukat knows a lot about her. So she investigates, searching Meru’s file in the Singha records, and is also generally snappish and irritable. Finally, she goes to Sisko, who is sure that Dukat was lying to get under Kira’s skin, but Kira needs to know for sure. She wants to use the Orb of Time to find out for sure, and she needs Sisko’s blessing as the Emissary, which he cautiously and reluctantly grants.

[I only hope you won’t condemn us all for the boorish behavior of one man.]

Fri
Oct 3 2014 2:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Change of Heart”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Change of Heart“Change of Heart”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by David Livingston
Season 6, Episode 16
Production episode 40510-540
Original air date: February 28, 1998
Stardate: 51597.2

Station log: Worf and O’Brien are watching Quark, Dax, and some other Ferengi play tongo. They bet a bottle of booze (bloodwine versus Scotch) over whether or not Dax or Quark will win. Quark winds up winning (his 207th game in a row), but Worf tells Dax that he’d rather lose on her than win on someone else, which is very goopy, and leads to a night of happy fun times for the two of them.

[“Are you trying to be funny?” “Not at all, he’s the funny one.”]

Tue
Sep 30 2014 2:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Honor Among Thieves”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Honor Among Thieves“Honor Among Thieves”
Written by Philip Kim and Rene Echevarria
Directed by Allan Eastman
Season 6, Episode 15
Production episode 40510-539
Original air date: February 21, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: O’Brien is sitting in a bar on Farius Prime, in shabby civilian clothes. He’s been there for several weeks, under the name “Connolly,” eavesdropping on three members of the Orion Syndicate: Liam Bilby, Flith, and Krole. Today, they’re discussing how Raimus is going to be disappointed about the faulty merchandise. They get hungry and decide to order food via a com-booth. Krole hacks into the booth so they can charge the food to someone else, but before he can finish the transaction, O’Brien touches a control on a device, which immediately hits Krole with a nasty electric charge. O’Brien then runs up to “save” Krole from being “spiked.” It also fuses Krole’s implant that he used. O’Brien offers to fix the implant. He professes ignorance as to who Bilby and the others are, but Bilby has seen him tinkering with junk for weeks, so he’s obviously down on his luck.

O’Brien then meets with his handler, Chadwick. Five Starfleet Intelligence operatives have been killed by the Syndicate, so there’s obviously a mole in SI. O’Brien’s job is to find the mole, and he got the gig because he’s not in SI.

[Back home, wherever that is, do you have a family?]

Fri
Sep 26 2014 2:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “One Little Ship”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: One Little Ship“One Little Ship”
Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 6, Episode 14
Production episode 40510-537
Original air date: February 14, 1998
Stardate: 51474.2

Station log: The Defiant is investigating a subspace compression phenomenon. Dax, O’Brien, and Bashir take the Rubicon into the phenomenon, tethered to the Defiant via a tractor beam. The runabout shrinks when it hits the accretion disc, which makes O’Brien more than a little nervous.

A Jem’Hadar ship attacks the Defiant, using the phenomenon to mask their arrival. They trash the Defiant and board it, while the Rubicon goes hurtling into the phenomenon once the tractor beam is lost in battle.

[Mr. Worf, I think your wife is here.]

Tue
Sep 23 2014 2:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Far Beyond the Stars”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Far Beyond the Stars“Far Beyond the Stars”
Written by Marc Scott Zicree and Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Avery Brooks
Season 6, Episode 13
Production episode 40510-538
Original air date: February 11, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Kira reports to Sisko that the Defiant has found no sign of the Cortez, lost while patrolling the Cardassian border. The captain was an old friend of Sisko’s, which makes him less than enthusiastic about his father Joseph visiting the station. Sisko doesn’t know how much more he can take, how many more friends he can lose. Joseph tries to comfort him, then goes off for a dinner date with Jake. Sisko talks with Yates, failing to convince her to cut back on her cargo runs for fear of Jem’Hadar attack.

Sisko also sees a man in a suit and hat and glasses (who looks a lot like Odo), as well as a man in a New York Giants baseball uniform (who looks a lot like Worf), but nobody else sees them. He follows the latter into a cabin, only to find himself on a street in 1953 New York City, where he promptly is hit by a cab. He wakes up in the infirmary, surrounded by Yates, Joseph, and Jake. Bashir says he’s got odd synaptic patterns, similar to what he experienced when the wormhole aliens gave him visions of Bajor.

[Did you hear the game last night?]

Fri
Sep 19 2014 2:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Who Mourns for Morn?”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Who Mourns for Morn?“Who Mourns for Morn?”
Written by Mark Gehred-O’Connell
Directed by Victor Lobl
Season 6, Episode 12
Production episode 40510-536
Original air date: February 4, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Morn has gone away on business for two weeks, and so Quark has replaced him with a hologram. It’s better for business if customers see Morn in his usual place at the bar, and the last time he was away from the station for an extended time, profits were down 5%. The hologram isn’t interactive, as that would be more expensive—besides, Quark prefers this version, as the real Morn just never shuts up.

Sisko and Dax enter the bar, taken aback by the sight of Morn, and relieved when told it’s not really him, as they just got a report that his transport was caught in an ion storm, and Morn was killed.

[“What is that smell?” “Your inheritance: Livanian beets. Very ripe.”]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 2:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Waltz”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Waltz“Waltz”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 6, Episode 11
Production number 40510-535
Original air date: January 3, 1998
Stardate: 51408.6

Station log: The U.S.S. Honshu is transporting Dukat to a Federation special jury at Starbase 621, and Sisko is aboard as well to testify to that jury. Dukat has recovered from the madness that gripped him after the Federation retook DS9. Sisko visits Dukat in the brig. He won’t tell Dukat what he intends to say on the stand but he does offer his condolences for death of Ziyal. Dukat also is now referring to Sisko as “Benjamin.”

The Honshu is attacked by Cardassian ships and destroyed. A few escape pods and one shuttle do manage to escape and send out distress calls. Starfleet can only spare two ships for the search, one of which is the Defiant—but Worf can only take 52 hours for the search, as the Defiant is needed to protect a troop convoy as it comes out of the Badlands.

[The Emissary has spoken!]