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Part XIX: A Bitter-Sweet Good Bye to DS9.

Why even Bajoran DuKat is all smiles

Let’s just leave Voyager aside for right now. Plenty of time for that in the S6 and S7 post. Which I guarantee you will come across as more of a belligerent rant than anything. I’ll be focusing instead on something I have nice things to say about; the final season of the very wonderful Deep Space 9. (DS9)

DS9 is phenomenal when all is said and done. It’s a predecessor to all of the excellent television which we’ve been blessed with over the last decade. (Lost, Breaking Bad, etc…) It’s true! Not just because of the dark undertones which television has leaned towards lately, but in turns of style, character development, and attention to story. DS9 was ahead of it’s time, and should really be as appreciated as The Original Series (TOS) was after its production run had ended. Continue reading

PART XVIII: YOU KNOW WHAT STAR TREK’S PROBLEM IS

I know how you feel Odo.

My romantic stage with Star Trek is long since over, I can tell you that much. I’ve fallen into a dark period with this series. No longer is there joy when tuning in to the next episode, oh no. Some crude mixture between sense of duty and a desire to just get it over with lead me to just press play at this point. It’s not that I don’t like the series, I do. But I can tell you what Star Trek’s problem is. Star Trek’s problem is that there are twenty-five hour-long episodes per season. Star Trek’s problem is that three separate series have seven seasons a piece. Star Trek’s problem is that it tries to be simple and accessible to new viewers, yet wants to be much deeper. Star Trek’s problem is it’s too simple. Star Trek’s problem is there is simply too much Star Trek. Continue reading

PART XVI: ONE FOR THE LADIES

These girls are wearing the most conservative outfits in all of TOS

What’s interesting in watching through all of Star Trek is you actually get to see how women are thought of in society change before your eyes. I had read that during The Original Series (TOS) Nichelle Nichols had thought of leaving the show, citing she felt she had too small of role. She was convinced to stay aboard, as Lt. Uhura was more important to the civil rights and women’s rights movement than she was a character on the show. Being that she is after all a Lieutenant, and to have a woman of color in a leadership role on television was unheard of in the sixties. Truth be told as communications officer, she was little more than Kirk’s secretary. Yet still, this was seen as a great moment for women. If any woman, even a woman of color were to be given the role of Uhura today it wouldn’t be thought of as anything, let alone revolutionary. Sure, if it weren’t Uhura it would have been someone else, but in the end it was Uhura. The rest of the TOS universe shows just how women were portrayed on television; as objects of desire. Lately, as I watch through what is quickly becoming my favorite in the Star Trek series, Voyager (VOY), I find myself marveling at how much society can change its view of 51% of the population in just a few decades. Continue reading

PART XV: PLEDGE WEEK AT ALPHA GAMMA DELTA

Cool from this angle, but from underneath it looks like a toilet seat.

Going into Star Trek Voyager (VOY) I was a bit nervous. The final few seasons of The Next Generation (TNG) along with Deep Space 9 (DS9) so far have been so wrapped up in the Cardassian threat. I wasn’t sure what to expect with VOY. More of the same? Some sort of low-cost replacement for my friends aboard NCC 1701-D? Well the pilot begins with words scrolling on the screen explaining Maquis and Cardassians private little war which has been raging throughout the previous couple of seasons of both TNG and DS9, in the demilitarized zone. Uh oh, here we go. Then we’re introduced to the crew of a Maquis ship. Oh boy… seven additional seasons of this? To make things even rougher on me I’m introduced to a human Captain, human helmsman, ops, doctor, human, human, human. Did Michael Westmore just pack up the make up department and leave or what’s happening here? Then it happens…  the twist. Lets just say that by the end of the pilot I had to check to make sure my room mates weren’t home so I could cheer as loudly as I liked over how pumped I was for VOY. Turns out one of my room mates was in his room with the door shut, very embarrassing for me.

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PART XIII: CEEPING UP WITH THE CARDASSIANS

I’m not entirely sure why half of the cast is smiling and the other half is sad.

Deep Space 9 (DS9) S2 continues along with its own blend of highly political dreariness. Following directly behind the footsteps of S1, the season primarily focuses on Bajor and their struggles to find itself. While S1 contained little more than whispers of who these characters truly are, and what the truth is in all aspects of the series, S2 begins to open up the saga. In some cases we find those we’ve known to be darker than we thought them to be. With others, particularly the Cardassians, we are led down a lighter path of understanding. The series is darker than the others, not just the sets I mean, but in terms of tone. And though the real darkness from S1 begins to turn a lighter shade of grey in S2, this is an aversion. Through a series of concerned looks the characters give one another whenever the word “Dominion” is mentioned we are consistently reminded of a huge unknown which grows more ominous with each mention. It’s good, and if the finale is any indication it’s about to get real good! I mention all of this at the beginning primarily to get it out of the way. This is not really a blog about DS9, no, this is a blog about the seventh and final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Continue reading

PART XII: WHERE HAVE ALL THE WRITERS GONE? OH, THERE THEY ARE

If you can believe it, the easy part of this multi-part, science-fiction series which takes place at specific parts of our own future, where the human race has joined in a highly political union of planets which we see from the perspective of one ship traveling around a small section of our own galaxy; is over. No, creating multiple shows of the same name was not quite enough for these guys. They had to go ahead and make these series take place at the exact same time. So did I get to simply sit back and leisurely click that “play next episode” button with season 6 of The Next Generation (TNG) as I had done with every other season of Star Trek? Absolutely not! Along comes Deep Space 9 (DS9), and below you will find an example of what I have to do in order to continue watching Star Trek in the correct order: Continue reading