DVD Review HTF Review: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Complete Fourth Season

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  1. Ric Easton

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    The new DS9 covers are right Here!

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    If I spread out these final episodes, I could get it down to less than one month to go. [​IMG]
     
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    Just for the record, I, also, have noticed the audio sync problems described in this thread with the "Sons of Mogh" episode.

    It's really odd in that in the scene where Sisko is tearing into Worf, Dax's lines don't seem to be as badly out of sync as Sisko's and Worf's.

    My player is a Panny S35 and it's the first time that it has ever exhibited any kind of sync problems.

     
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    It may be a player-specific problem. It seems everyone experiencing the problem has had a Panasonic (though, I'm not sure if Scott has mentioned his player). I just watched the episode and did not experience any out-of-sync dialog on my Pioneer. The best test would seem to be Dax's comm-badge, and it was fine for me. It was hard to tell with Sisko in the "chewing out" scene since his mouth was moving a mile a minute there. I certainly wouldn't have noticed anything there at all if I hadn't been looking for it.

    If anyone with a Panny who is experiencing the problem could screen it on a different brand player, I'd be interested to hear your results.
     
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    I experienced the same lip synch problem on my Sony Playstation2. So, the problem can't strictly be limited to Panasonic.
     
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    I don't know much about the technical side of DVD players, but maybe it's something like a layer change, where it can be seamless on one player and noticeable on another. That really doesn't sound like it makes sense for an synching glitch like this, but it does seem there is a problem with the episode that some players can overcome.
     
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    I may be alone in this.. my video doesn't miss lip sync, but the overall quality looks horrible; it looks like badly done MPEGs with compression artifacts. I've tried three different players (my PC, on a Pioneer A05; a Panasonic changer, A Toshiba changer) BAH!

    It's not "horrible" VCD like, but skin tones look obviously compressed with a sort of bathroom towel kind of matte over them [​IMG]

    But maybe it's just me.
     
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    I just watched Sons of Mogh on my RP91 last night, and the lip sync problem is HORRIBLE - it occurs sporadically throughout the program. Doesn't happen on any other episodes that I've seen.

    On my player, at least this episode is nearly unwatchable; and I think Paramount should replace it (not holding my breath)
     
  14. Greg_S_H

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    As I've said before, I'm watching this series for the first time on DVD and enjoying it. That said, I'm approaching the last five episodes of season 4, and I still don't see how it has "hit its stride" this season. It still feels like the same show it has been all along. Not that that's a bad thing, but I'm still waiting for the serialization I've been hearing about. The Dominion has pretty much been put on the back burner so far this season. Upcoming episode titles seem to suggest that will change here at the end, but so far I'm lumping this in with what has come before.

    In fact, I have found three things very annoying this season. Maybe they will be addressed in the future, but I doubt it:

    Sons of Mogh:

    I just don't like the resolution of the Kurn character. It hardly seems honorable to turn him into someone new (even though he wouldn't know), but forgetting the way the characters feel about it, I just don't like it. No more Tony Todd. No more Kurn. I guess if Worf had made things right again with the Klingons, it would be a rehash of the big TNG season 4 Worf storyline, but this just didn't satisfy me.

    Return to Grace:

    I liked Gul Dukat's daughter. She seemed like an interesting character, and I was pleased to hear she was going to be staying on the station for a while. A lot of potential there. But, a check on the IMDb shows that that actress never again appears. There has been no mention of her so far. I suppose the next time Dukat shows up, maybe a line of dialog will explain it. But, it smacks of what people hated about Voyager: introducing concepts for the sake of a single episode, and then ignoring it. The same thing can be said about my next complaint.

    Hard Time:

    O'Brien should be changed forever after this episode. I don't think one little exchange with Bashir would turn him completely around. But, it looks like it's going to be a one-episode affair, soon forgotten. I'm actually glad in this case, as I don't really want to see O'Brien haunted by a twenty year incarceration that never happened. But, once something's introduced, you ought to have to live with it. I can't really fairly judge whether they wimp out on this one, as O'Brien has only had one small scene (as O'Brien) in the episodes I've watched since then.

    If these issues are addressed in the future, please let me know in a delicate fashion. I still want to remain spoiler-free for the remaining trio of seasons. [​IMG]
     
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    Greg_S_H, Ziyal does return as one of the recurring characters that DS9 is famous for and plays a significant role. As a matter of fact, she was portrayed by 3 different actresses over the course of the series. I don't the other issues you discussed coming up again.
     
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    Greg,

    As a fellow Trek fan viewing these seasons for the first time in their entirety, I think I'm in a similar position.

    Sons of Mogh:


     
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    Greg_S_H wrote (post #94):

     
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    Andrew Bunk wrote (post #96):

     
  19. Greg_S_H

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    Thanks for clearing up the Ziyal issue. I made the mistake of searcing on the actress instead of the character. :b

    As for the rest, I'll just sit tight and see what happens. From what you're saying, Rex, it sounds like I might have made the same mistake with Sons of Mogh that I did with Ziyal. I guess I'll find out soon enough.

    Andrew, it's good to know someone else is discovering the series on DVD. It's been a lot of fun, and it will be kind of sad when it's over.
     

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