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Deep Space Nine: For the Fans

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Chris, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. Sam Favate

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    I have TOS and TAS on DVD, and have been through them (in some cases more than once). I'm an original series fan -- discovered the show when I was about 8. Looking forward to the next movie very much. I followed TOS to the big screen in Dec. '79, and through the 80s, watched TNG and DS9 without fail.
    I watched Enterprise when it was on, but felt that the first three seasons were missed opportunities, but absolutely loved the fourth season (which I have on DVD). I'd put Enterprise's fourth season up against the best years of TNG or DS9.
    I watched Voyager when it was on TV. I just didn't like it, but stuck with it for 7 years, hoping it would get better. I thought the cast was good and the show had a lot of production value, but the writing was, IMO, so bad that it killed the show for me. I won't buy the DVDs, or even rent them. Voyager, IMO, is the nadir of 40+ years of Star Trek (which is a shame, because I think the concept could have been good, and I like folks like Mulgrew, Russ, Ryan, et. al.). My dislike of the show and the disappointment I felt in the first three years of Enterprise are largely, I think, attributable to writers and producers Brannon Braga and Rick Berman (I know, I know, beating a dead horse; but there's a reason so many fans dislike their work).
    Give me writers like Gene Coon, DC Fontana, Michael Piller, Peter Allan Fields, Ronald D Moore, Rene Echevarria, Ira Steven Behr, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Manny Coto, the Reeves-Stevenses and so on. DS9 had the best stable of writers on any of the series, and the show was consistently good, more so than any other of the franchise.
     
  2. Greg_S_H

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    I started watching Voyager the night it premiered and stuck with it for a while. I actually liked it, but I really was not one to watch series television every week, so I drifted away from it. When it started playing in reruns on a local channel, I watched it from beginning to near the end (it was still in production at the time, so I was getting caught up), and I did like it. In fact, it was the first Trek season set announced by Paramount, and I was excited to hear it was coming. As it turned out, plans changed, and TNG and then DS9 came out first. By the time I had purchased all of those, I didn't bother with Voyager anymore. Part of it was not wanting to spend the money, but another part was knowing I would be let down after finishing DS9. I think I will eventually get it, but I'll probably wait and see what Paramount does with Trek spinoffs on Blu-Ray. I know the quality can't get much better, since it was all on video to begin with, but it still seems to make more sense to get it in the latest format with fewer discs. I don't even have a Blu-Ray player yet, so I'm just taking a wait-and-see for now. That might change if the price of the current sets drops some more. I understand they're about $30 cheaper now already. If they drop far enough, I'll consider the SD discs.
    I'm different on Enterprise in that I actually liked the first three seasons and have little use for the fourth. I don't know that I'd own the series.
     
  3. Ockeghem

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    Sam,
    Thanks. Those are interesting comments, and they are shared by a number of Trek fans. I tend to like all of Trek, even with the various shortcomings one can find in [insert whichever series you wish]. I will be getting the remaining seasons of VOY as I am able to (the U.K. sets for reasons I've stated previously).
     
  4. Greg_S_H

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    Last night was Emperor's Cloak. I'm not a huge fan of the mirror episodes--it's a lot to swallow that the same characters would be in the same place even under the mirror conditions--so I was expecting to not like it. It was better than I thought, though still not a total favorite. Merging it with a Ferengi episode was pretty inspired and made it better than it might have been. And, I think I find Lezri sexier than Ezri because of her confidence.
     
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    Changing Face of Evil. Things have really gotten interesting since they went back to the war. Damar, Damar, Damar. I'd forgotten all about his turn. It was believably executed. I think they've been building up to it since last season. It's kind of like Darth looking from Luke to the Emperor over and over before making up his mind, but over several episodes. [​IMG]
    What TNG episode was it where the Enterprise encountered the Breen? The stage I'm at in DS9 makes me want to watch that one again. I was thinking I might watch TNG from the beginning as soon as I'm done, but it's so stale after DS9. Still, that's what? $700+ I'll never see again? Might as well make use of the discs.
     
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    I don't know. But we hear about them in The Loss, Hero Worship, and in Interface (TNG).
    This link may have additional info. which may be useful.
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    We never saw the Breen in TNG. Their first appearance was in DS9's fourth season (Indiscretion). The Breen were mentioned in TNG, but we didn't see them until DS9. One of my favorite moments with a Breen was in the great season 5 two-parter "In Purgatory's Shadow/By Inferno's Light" - the famous "never turn your back on a Breen" moment.
    We watched It's Only a Paper Moon last night, which is a really good episode. How refreshing to see a whole show dedicated to secondary characters like Nog and Vic (reminded me of TNG's Lower Decks in a way, although we never really knew any of those characters before that show).
    I say go ahead and watch TNG again. It was a great show, even if it didn't have the complexity and depth of DS9.
     
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    I was thinking of Hero Worship. The Enterprise investigates a ship that is adrift, and the Breen are suspected of being the ones to disable it. If I remember right, the crew was on edge when they thought it might be the Breen.
     
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    Greg S H said:
     
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    I love DS9 but, unfortunately, I got rid of all seven DVD sets to help pay for HD DVDs and BDs when I got my High Def players a few years ago. I so regret that move now because on quite a few occasions I have wanted to re-watch the series. I don't have the spare money to rebuy the series at this point but, maybe some day I will (maybe when the Blu-Ray version comes out).
    Does DS9 air in syndication anywhere still? I know Spike TV use to play it at something like 3 am. I always hated that because they would play 2 TNG and 2 VOY episodes a day in the afternoon but only 1 DS9 and that would be in the wee hours of the morning.
     
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    I've watched TNG all the way through a couple of times, so I do like it. There are just certain shows that I like, but the *idea* of watching them is not always appealing. Anyone else like that? I'll sometimes say, "Man, I don't feel like watching Sanford and Son," but if I sit down and watch it, I enjoy it. TNG is kind of like that for me.
    Actually, I kind of feel like watching Voyager right now. I haven't seen it since it ended. But, I don't own the discs, and I don't want to spend the money right now. Actually, Amazon's complete packaging of the series isn't too bad, but I'd like to see what Paramount is going to do about Trek on Blu-Ray. I'd hate to buy now and find out they're going to do something cool in that format.
     
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    Ahh Voyager. Three seasons of a great show followed by four more seasons that made washing dishes look more appealing.
    I loved those first three seasons of it. Really. I think the Borg and Holodeck episodes that made up most of the remaining seasons just ruined it for me completely. I just watched it to see how the rest would play out but was such a chore to do. Like washing dishes: You don't want to do it, but it's got to be done so you suck it up and get through it. Seasons four through seven felt like that.
     
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    Finished Dogs of War, so the next one is it. It's always bittersweet to come to the end of a great series. The finale is double-length, right? I don't want to start it before bedtime and find out I'm too tired to enjoy it.
    Why does the female shapeshifter look the way she does? Is it just to keep the connection to Odo fresh in the audiences' minds? They explained that Laas had the same difficulties that Odo did with mimicking humanoid faces, but I seem to remember that Odo's face caused the female a bit of frustration that he hadn't learned better away from the Link. I figure it's mainly to help the audience, but it could also be seen as the deep affection she feels for Odo that she takes on his appearance.
    It's also a bit strange that they basically dropped the shapeshifting abilities of the Founders somewhere along the line. It was a huge concern, with the cliffhanger about them already having invaded the Federation, and the thing with Martok and Bashir, but it never seemed to be an issue once the war started. I don't know if this was done so the audience wouldn't ever wonder "is this really our character, or is it a Founder?" or if the practical reason is that with the war on, the Founders were cut off from the ability to use this tactic.
    It's also a shame how little Jake was used towards the end. Long stretches without him anywhere. I know he comes back for the last one, though.
     
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    I've wondered this sometimes. I'm also curious why we rarely saw the powers of the shapeshifters (e.g., like Odo's in To the Death). Maybe those sequences were too expensive to shoot?
     
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    I thought the virus they were infected with affected their abilities to shape-shift.
     
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    Good point. I hadn't even thought of that. It would stand to reason, though. But I don't think we saw it too often before they were infected either. I can't think of more than three or four times in the first five or six seasons. I must be missing some of the times it occurred. (Incidentally, I'm speaking of times that Odo used his abilities as a weapon, not simply shifting himself into a table. Sorry if I wasn't clear on that.)
     
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    In Odo's case, shapeshifting accelerates the disease, but he can still do it.
     
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    We watched "Bada Bing, Bada Bang" last night and I was struck by two things: This aired around the same time The Sopranos premiered on HBO, and this was 2 years before Oceans 11 (the George Clooney version) hit theaters. So this episode was way ahead of the curve. A great, great episode that was a lot of fun. My wife was riveted by it (first time she saw it).

    I've told her that from here on, it's one long story to the end (with Inter Armin... being the prequel to the 10-part finale). What a way to go out!
     
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    We just watched that one (Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang) last weekend. My wife and kids love the scene where the gang is all dressed up and they're walking down the corridor (past Quark's) just before they go into the holosuite. That's a great shot. [​IMG]
     
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    Yes, great shot. My wife laughed out loud at it. I found myself laughing out loud a few times during the show, even though I've seen it at least 3 or 4 times now.
     

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