Date: September 2, 2020
Season 7, Episodes 21 and 22
Musical Accompaniment:Some beautiful flute music
Interstellar News: I watched a wonderful panel on anthologies today, but I’m sad I’m not heading to Atlanta for Dragon Con this weekend. Normally I would leave Wednesday evening after teaching, sigh. Also, you may have noticed that I’ve temporarily removed the ratings. I’ll rate the eight parter all as one tomorrow, once I’ve seen the conclusion.
So what had happened in “When It Rains…” was…: On the station the Federation and Romulan ships are sidelined because of the Breen weapon, but the Klingons have found a fix. Bashir wants to study Odo’s “goo” to help with organ replacement, but finds that Odo has the same disease as the Founders. He also runs into an issue with Starfleet Medical not giving him information he needs because they don’t want a cure to be found. He later realizes Odo was infected by Starfleet, likely Section 31, back when he visited Earth.
Martok is being inducted into the Order of Kahless by Gowron, who then decides to take over the army himself because he’s threatened by Martok’s popularity. Kira (in a Starfleet uniform), Garak, and Odo go to Damar to teach the Cardassians how to be resistance fighters. Odo starts showing signs of the disease but keeps it from Kira. On Bajor Winn is still playing the role of the Kai and is “concerned” about the “disappearance” of Solbor. Dukat tries to read the Kosst Amojan but is instead blinded by the Pah-wraiths. Winn kicks him out to teach him humility and wants him to earn his sight back from the Pah-wraiths before she’ll see him again.
So what had happened in “Tacking Into the Wind” was…: Kira, Garak, and Odo continue to help the Cardassians and Odo’s condition continues to worsen. The Dominion kills Damar’s wife and son so they decide to steal a ship that has a Breen weapon so the Federation can study it. Odo impersonates a Founder but they have to wait until the weapon is finished being installed. Odo collapses, Rusot holds a gun on Kira, Garak holds a gun on Rusot, Damar aims at both Garak and Rusot and then kills Rusot because he cannot be trusted.
Sisko and Gowron have an argument because Gowron is being a petty, political bitch. Martok’s ship arrives and he’s going to need some time to heal. Worf asks Martok to challenge Gowron and become Chancellor, but Martok won’t do it. Ezri and Worf discuss the situation and she makes some damn good points, so Worf challenges Gowron. WORF KILLS GOWRON and hands leadership over to Martok. Meanwhile, Bashir and O’Brien concoct a plan to lure someone from Section 31 to the station.
Damar: We’re in no position to turn down help, no matter where it comes from.
Rusot: Taking help from the Federation is bad enough, but having to take it from that Bajoran terrorist.
Damar: Kira Nerys has certain skills she’s willing to teach us. Skills we need if we’re going to defeat the Dominion.
Rusot: I can’t believe what I’m hearing. When we were stationed on Terok Nor, you used spent hours telling me how much you despised her.
Damar: I did hate her. But that’s a luxury I can no longer afford and neither can you. I need your support in this, my friend.Damar is an absolute pragmatist here and it’s good that he sees the bigger picture. The real enemy is the Dominion.
Ezri: I think that the situation with Gowron is a symptom of a bigger problem. The Klingon Empire is dying. And I think it deserves to die.
Worf: You are right. I do not like it.
Ezri: Don’t get me wrong, I’m very touched that you still consider me to be a member of the House of Martok, but I tend to look at the Empire with a little more skepticism than Curzon or Jadzia did. I see a society that is in deep denial about itself. We’re talking about a warrior culture that prides itself on maintaining centuries old traditions of honor and integrity, but in reality it’s willing to accept corruption at the highest levels.
Worf: You are overstating your case.
Ezri: Am I? Who was the last leader of the High Council that you respected? Has there even been one? And how many times have you had to cover up the crimes of Klingon leaders because you were told it was for the good of the Empire? I know this sounds harsh, but the truth is, you have been willing to accept a government that you know is corrupt. Gowron’s just the latest example. Worf, you are the most honorable and decent man I’ve ever met, and if you’re willing to tolerate men like Gowron, then what hope is there for the Empire?Ezri who makes a damn good point about the U.S. government… ahem, I mean Klingon High Council
Part 5 – “I don’t need to be reminded of who my enemies are.”: Every time Winn takes one step forward, she takes two steps back. To her credit she won’t let Dukat touch her now that she knows who he really is, she can’t forgive what he’s done, but then she’s no better than he is. She’ll be wiping out Bajorans who aren’t worthy of the Pah-wraiths, which is likely every other person since the Prophets are the dominant religion on Bajor. How does that make any sense? Her hands will be just as stained and it’s against her own people! She also enjoyed kicking Dukat out a little too much, but I don’t feel sorry – she did warn him.
I don’t understand why Bashir doesn’t have his own comparison file on Odo, but maybe they ran some different tests that he just didn’t have the equipment for. Bashir and O’Brien also make the jump that Section 31 has the cure, but just because you create a virus doesn’t mean you’re going to create the cure. If a cure exists, someone might find it. If they did create one, wouldn’t they be trying to use it as a bargaining chip to end the war sooner? I mean if it’s intended to only effect changelings, it likely won’t mutate to effect solids. I also loved that Quark brought them coffee to help them help Odo, just as long as Odo doesn’t ever find out about it. There’s also a bit about Ezri trying to tell Bashir something important, which made me think of all the times Crusher tried to tell Picard.
Rusot is an idiot and Damar isn’t really seeing the whole picture, though he sees most of it. If you choose places with Cardassian troops you can get them to be on your side and turn on the Dominion or at least maybe give them a chance to not get in your way. Rusot argues with Kira at every turn and is just a pompous ass, while Damar actually listens and shows true leadership by doing what he thinks is best for Cardassia, not just himself. Speaking of true leaders, Martok is totally trying to do what he does best… serve the Empire. I mean even Admiral Ross bleeds for the Klingon Empire, sheesh. Gowron, as usual, turns it into a political thing. Someone needs to give Gowron a Gibbs Head Slap.
Part 6 – “Yeah, Damar, what kind of people give those orders?”: Welp, there’s A LOT to unpack here… and it’s virtually all good. Odo tries to hid his condition from Kira, but she already knows and lets him pretend because she loves him so much. He also impersonates a person for the very first time, even if it’s another shapeshifter who’s falling apart. Garak tries to be a good friend and sides with Kira on more than one occasion, lurking in the hall with a phaser and telling her about Odo being at least two. Kira shows Rusot just how much of a bad ass she is and I think she also proves to Damar that she knows damn well what she’s doing, she makes a damn fine terrorist. The Mexican standoff at the end is a wonderful display of how far the Bajoran and Cardassians have come since Season 1.
O’Brien and Bashir have a bit of an argument, as they do, but in the end they both agree that they’ll do a lot to help Odo. There’s not much of an advancement on the Section 31 stuff, but it’s the beginning of a plan that is likely to end in spectacular failure or triumph, I’m sure I’ll find out tomorrow or Friday. The Klingon plot, however, is fantastic in every way. Gowron is being a punk, though I will say he’s still better than Duras, he’s purposefully selling out his own people and resources because he wants to stay in charge. Ezri, who finally does something counselor-worthy, does some fine psychoanalysis of the Klingon political system. She has the wisdom of Curzon and Jadzia, who totally drank the Klingon Kool Aid, but also her own training as a psychologist and the other six or so lifetimes. All of this allows her to help Worf understand how lost his people have become and how he could fix things that have been wrong since TNG. The bat’leth fight scene was fantastic and I was completely fucking shocked that Gowron died. Not that I didn’t think Worf would do it, or that Worf would lose, but I didn’t except him to get double knifed in the stomach. I was not shocked that Worf gave the Chancellorship to Martok, however, because the people would have never accepted Worf as their leader. Truly an outstanding episode.