DS9: “Favor the Bold” and “Sacrifice of Angels”

Date: August 12, 2020

Season 6, Episodes 5 and 6

Musical Accompaniment: It’s been a while since I’ve done some good cello covers.

Interstellar News: My brain stopped working around 4 pm, but a nap helped. We also had to watch the second episode tonight on DVD because our internet dipped and Netflix wasn’t working for a bit.

Favorite Quote from “Favor the Bold”:

Ziyal: I am telling you the truth. The question is, have you been telling me the truth.

Dukat: About what?

Ziyal: That the Bajorans are wrong about you. That you regret the horrible things you had to do during the occupation.

Dukat: I do regret them, Ziyal. Deeply.

Ziyal: Then this is your chance to prove it to everyone, including me. Show us that you’re capable of mercy.

Ziyal hitting her father where it hurts.

So what had happened in “Favor the Bold” was…: Sisko comes up with a plan to retake DS9 while Martok and Worf go to get Gowron on board. Sisko dreams of building a house on Bajor, Nog is promoted to Ensign, and Sisko is back in charge of the Defiant as a Dominion fleet approaches. On the station, Rom is still in a holding cell and Odo has been knocking changeling boots for three days unaware of the passage of time. Weyoun is preparing to execute Rom but Rom only cares about stopping the deflector array. They use Morn to send a message to Starfleet, Kira kicks Damar’s ass, Dukat moves to protect Terok Nor, and Odo tries to apologize to Kira.

“Gods don’t make mistakes.”: Sisko has really drunk the Bajoran Kool Aid and it shows in his presentation to the other admirals as well as during his conversation with Ross. What started as an assignment to him, he has really taken to heart and he is of Bajor. He continually has to remind the higher ups that DS9 is super important because of the wormhole, because they’re all worried about their own planets. To be fair, Gowron is worried too though he’s always been like that. Martok continues to be awesome and he’s one of the best things that could have happened to Worf, well Martok and Dax that is.

Morn
Morn’s face is spectacular when he’s surrounded by Quark, Jake, and Kira.

On the station there were so many bits that I loved. Weyoun trying to understand art, Ziyal playing to Dukat’s ego, Rom worrying about the entire AQ, Leeta and Quark haggling over how long she’ll work for free if he can get Rom out of jail, and Damar confiding in Quark over drinks were all just little bits of awesome. Jake figuring out how to smuggle a message out of Terok Nor and the “adults” finally realizing how enterprising Jake can be was a great moment for his character. We also finally see Odo snapping out of his “Great Link high” but it’s too little too late and Kira needs actions not words. This is a great set up for what’s to come, but it’s mostly setup so there’s no real sense of finality. 6 gifts for Morn’s mother.

Favorite Quote from “Sacrifice of Angels”:

Weyoun: The Captain is a very clever man.

Dukat: You do see it, don’t you?

Weyoun: Of course I do.

Dukat: Well then, perhaps you’d like to explain Captain Sisko’s strategy to the Founder yourself.

Weyoun: I could never hope to match your eloquence.

Weyoun buttering up Dukat so he doesn’t embarrass himself.

So what had happened in “Sacrifice of Angels” was…: The Defiant leads a big ass fleet to try to take back DS9 and they are met by an even bigger Dominion force. Dukat is overconfident and is relying on the minefield being taken down in a matter of hours while he also has Damar arrest Kira, Leeta, and Jake. Quark and Ziyal break them out of jail so Rom can turn off power to the station, or at least the weapons. Odo, who finally realized what an ass he was being, comes to the rescue with the Bajoran security force but Rom is just a few seconds too slow and the minefield comes down. The Defiant, having been the only ship to make it to DS9, heads into the wormhole to sacrifice themselves by blowing it up (or something) when the wormhole aliens ask Sisko why he is there. He gets them to try to see reason and eventually they make the incoming Dominion ships disappear. As the Defiant exits the wormhole, the Dominion evacuates but Dukat looks for Ziyal. He finds her though she wants to stay and admits she helped Kira escape jail. Out of nowhere Damar shoots her and she dies, much to the sadness of Kira and Garak. As Starfleet returns to DS9, Sisko reunites with Jake, Bashir and O’Brien are stoked about the holosuites, Rom is a proud dad, and Dukat has remained on the station in a catatonic state over the loss of his daughter.

Mad-eye Moody: "CONSTANT VIGILANCE"
“We haven’t defeated it yet. And even if we do, it’s only the beginning. Holding on to a prize as vast as the Federation isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to require an enormous number of ships, a massive occupation army and constant vigilance.”

“His pagh will follow another path.”: So much to unpack here. I’m not surprised that the Defiant was the only ship to make it through, because well that’s what happens in a TV show. The attack patterns reminded me of when I played football in high school and we had our own patterns for different plays. I still remember a 4 was a button hook and a 7 was sharp turn a few yards up, but I never was able to really jump high so I couldn’t ever run an 8. I absolutely loved when Quark shot the two Jem’Hadar soldiers, it totally reminded me of when Smecker shoots the guy in Boondock Saints, and then Quark just stands there totally in shock. I was shocked that Ziyal was shot and that Sisko didn’t go purposefully into the wormhole to talk with the wormhole aliens. Seriously, only my husband was around to see my shocked HOLY SHIT DAMAR KILLED ZIYAL face… I gasped quite audibly. I wasn’t thrilled with the ending because it seemed all swish-and-flick the Dominion reinforcements are gone, but I am interested to see what consequences arrive for Sisko in the future. 6 cheers for getting the band back together again and a few more minutes of silence for Ziyal.

TA Out!

DS9: “Sons and Daughters” and “Behind the Lines”

Date: August 11, 2020

Season 6, Episodes 3 and 4

Musical Accompaniment: I am now on the Nemesis soundtrack, hope it doesn’t have any spoilers.

Interstellar News: Yesterday was not a good day. Today was slightly better but I am still a mess. Please… wear your fucking masks and wash your damn hands.

Favorite Quote from “Sons and Daughters”:

Worf: I can see our lives together will not be easy.

Dax: True. But they’ll be fun.

I use a similar line: “I can’t promise life with me will be perfect, but it will never be boring.”

So what had happened in “Sons and Daughters” was…: New Klingons are arriving on the Rotarran and one of them is Alexander who is totally mad at Worf. The crew finds out Alexander is part human and gives him a hard time but eventually come to accept him, even when he forgets to take out a simulation. Worf tries but is a terrible teacher and Martok goes to transfer Alexander. Alexander finally tells Worf he felt abandoned and, after a battle with the Jem’Hadar, they both agree to be better to one another and Alexander joins the House of Martok.

Alexander, son of Worf.
“You never accepted me. You abandoned me.”

On DS9, Jake wants to join the new resistance and Ziyal comes back on the station. She wants to make amends with her father and she also wants to show Dukat and Kira her art, which is very good. Dukat wants to throw a party for Ziyal and sends Kira a dress. Kira likes it for 2.6 seconds and then is utterly disgusted with herself and explains to Dukat that she wants nothing to do with him, even if it means distancing herself from Ziyal.

“All right, I’ll be here. But I won’t guarantee it’s going to be any fun.”: Alexander is klutzy for a Klingon, poor Alexander. He had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Worf is a terrible father in many ways, which is disappointing in the long list of excellent fathers on DS9. The one awesome thing Worf did was when he promised to stand by Alexander’s choice of not becoming a Klingon warrior, and then he goes right back to treating Alexander as a young child. We get the Klingon Hallmark moment at the end but I’m not sure why because Alexander is still a klutz and super green and is a terrible warrior. On the station Dukat turns the creep factor up to 12 and then to 15 all in the same episode. There are fleeting moments when you forget what a complete ass he is, and then he gives Kira’s dress to Ziyal which is disgusting and gross and creepy as fuck. Kira again uses the mirror to her advantage when she sees herself doing something unthinkable. 5 blue dresses for Ziyal, all made by Garak of course.

Favorite Quote from “Behind the Lines”:

Female changeling: You love her.

Odo: I wish I didn’t. I’m so vulnerable to her. All she has to do is smile at me and I’m happy beyond reason. A minor disagreement between us and I’m devastated. It’s absurd. Sometimes I wish I could reach inside myself and tear out my feelings for her. But I can’t.

Love and vulnerability are awful and I know exactly how Odo feels.

So what had happened in “Behind the Lines” was…: The crew of the Defiant has a new ritual with power cells when Admiral Ross comes to ask Sisko for a plan to attack a GQ array. Sisko then gets promoted to be the Admiral’s adjutant, leaving Dax in command of the Defiant and the mission. Dax and crew are successful, Bashir is still trying to get with Ensign Kirby, and Dax is now in charge of the power cell ritual.

from MOONSTRUCK. "do you love him Loretta?" "ma, I love him awful." "oh god, that's too bad."
How I heard the Odo/female changeling exchange about Odo’s feelings for Kira as I used in the quote above.

On DS9 Rom and Quark narrate what’s happening to Damar down below as Damar and some Cardassians get into a fight with the Jem’Hadar, something they plotted. Odo and Kira get into a fight because Odo thought it was a bad idea, when the female changeling comes aboard to spend time and link with Odo. Now it’s Kira’s turn to be made but Odo promises he won’t link again. Quark gets Damar drunk and Damar lets slip his plan for de-mining the wormhole, so the resistance comes up with a plan. Odo, however, links again and fails to start the diagnostic leaving Rom in jail.

“Cadet, by the time you took command, there’d be nobody left to call you anything.”: Sisko’s story shows us the passing of the Defiant torch and how, when you do a good job, you get promoted to administration. There’s also the third not-so-terrible Admiral in Ross and, so far, I’ve liked him the best. This episode the station had the most compelling part of the story. Kira, Rom, Jake, and Odo are a four person resistance but there are already cracks when the female changeling shows up and busts it wide open. With respect to the female changeling, Weyoun is reverant, Dukat is an ass, and Odo is uncomfortable until after the first linking… then it’s like he’s high and doesn’t give one iota of anything. We end with Kira being livid and betrayed, Odo not caring as he’s drunk deep of the changeling Kool Aid, and Rom is in jail. So much cliffhanger, so little time. 8 shots of kanar for Quark because drunk Quark is fantastic.

TA Out!

A Brief Hiatus

Date: August 10, 2010

I am halfway through “A Time to Stand” and “Rocks and Shoals” but I need to take a few days to process some recent events.

I hope to be back soon.

In the meantime I leave you with two items.

  1. Wash your hands, drink plenty of water, and get some rest. Also, don’t forget to shower.
  2. A peanut is neither a pea nor a nut, discuss among yourselves.

TA Out.

DS9: “A Time to Stand” and “Rocks and Shoals”

Date: August 9, 2020

Season 6, Episodes 1 and 2

Musical Accompaniment: Back to Trek movie soundtracks with the Generations soundtrack.

Interstellar News: This weekend I did four loads of laundry, watched The Hunt for Red October (with so many TNG folks and Tim Curry!) with a dear friend for our Sunday morning movie date, and have continued to be amazed at how well the Kickstarter is doing. Also, only two more seasons until I’m onto Voyager!

Favorite Quote from “A Time to Stand”:

Bashir: Don’t take it so personally, Garak. It’s strictly a matter of mathematics.

Garak: No, it’s strictly a matter of our lives. You’re not genetically engineered. You’re a Vulcan.

Bashir: If I’m a Vulcan, then how do you explain my boyish smile?

Garak: Not so boyish anymore, Doctor.

Garak giving Bashir shit about being genetically enhanced and Bashir trying to be glib about it.

So what had happened in “A Time to Stand” was…: It’s three months into the Dominion War and everyone is on edge. Worf and Martok rendezvous with the Defiant followed by bad news regarding the 7th Fleet. Sisko and crew, plus Garak, are taken off the Defiant and given a very familiar Jem’Hadar ship to take out a ketracel-white supply station. They encounter a Starfleet ship that fires on them but is soon chased off by other Dominion ships and they make it to the facility. They make the exchange but are unable to leave right away and the bomb they deploy damages their ship as well, the worst being no warp drive.

Garak with the viewscreen and Dax in the background
“It’s like having a viewscreen inside your brain.”

On DS9 Kira shares that Bajorans will begin returning to the station but she also wants them reinstated at Security, which Dukat nixes much to the chagrin of Weyoun. Dukat also still hasn’t figured out how to de-mine the wormhole. Kira and Odo are sick of doing nothing but know they have to stay put and Quark reminds them both it could be worse, because it was during the Cardassian occupation. Jake tries to interview Weyoun but Weyoun won’t allow any transmissions until Jake reports more balanced without leaning one way or another. Kira talks Odo into using Weyoun’s obsession with him, so Odo gets the Bajorans back on security in exchange for being part of the big three to run the station (Odo, Weyoun, and Dukat).

“Okay, have it your way. First we’ll shed blood and then we’ll feast.”: The Dominion ship has no replicators (poor O’Brien), no infirmary (poor Bashir), no chairs (poor Nog), and no view screen (poor Dax) leaving each member of the team to wish it had at least one of those. It’s interesting to see Bashir show off a little more and give Dax a run for her money as the smartypants on the bridge. Sisko has to tell his dad about Jake and I absolutely love their relationship, you don’t often see or hear men tell each other that they love and care for each other… it’s so damn refreshing. I also love that Worf has been all atwitter about his wedding plans and that he’s making sure everything is done just so, it’s so damn adorable. The whole scene from Dax jumping into his arms, their discussion of the wedding, and them heading off to clearly have sex was just wonderful and clearly what was needed to add some light into the discussion.

“All right, my mind is open. Now can we do the interview?”

On the station, Dukat has turned the creep factor up to 11 and I am disgusted. I know men like him in real life, the ones who get a little power and think they are untouchable. I’m sure there are women like that out there too, but I have had unfortunate dealings with powerful men who didn’t want to be told know and wanted things I did not want to give them. In this situation I would totally bet on Kira kicking his ass, that is once she gets her head out of hers. In my situation, let’s just say I know how to deescalate a situation quite nicely. It’s wonderful to know that Dukat is inept at the one thing he promised, de-mining the wormhole, and that it was Rom of all people who came up with the idea. I hate to admit it, but I do side with Weyoun about the notion of Jake just sticking to reporting the news and not adding any spin. Words have meanings for a reason and knowing what context a word is used makes all the difference… just ask George Carlin. 8 orders of Sisko’s jambalaya for this episode.

Favorite Quote from “Rocks and Shoals”:

O’Brien: I tore my pants.

Sisko: You tore your pants?

laughing uncontrolably

O’Brien: Yeah, I tore my pants. I guess, I guess I’m really in trouble now, huh?

Such a good moment, you had to be there.

So what had happened in “Rocks and Shoals” was…: The ship is still down, is followed into a nebula by two other Jem’Hadar ships, and they crash land on a planet with Dax being injured in the process. A group of 10 Jem’Hadar are also stranded on the planet and their Vorta, Keevan, is dying. Keevan has to ration the ketracel-white and orders his soldiers to observe and report on the Starfleet group. One of the soldiers fires and they all realize they can no longer shroud because they are weak. Sisko agrees to exchange himself and Bashir for Garak and Nog, who were captured, in order to talk with Keevan who sells out the Jem’Hadar so he can be held as a P.O.W. and Sisko can have their comm system. Sisko tries to talk the lead Jem’Hadar our of this but they attack anyway and all are killed, as is one of the Starfleet crew.

Keevan the Vorta
“It’s not important that you understand, only that you carry out my instructions precisely.”

On DS9 Kira wakes up to go to work in Ops. Jake tries to interview Kira and Odo and he seems to know a lot, it doesn’t go well. Kira talks to Vedek Yassim about stopping the protest and this occupation is totally not like the Cardassian one. Yassim decides to protest by hanging herself on the Promenade. Kira, devastated, wakes up the next morning and realizes she’s the only Bajoran in Ops and walks out. She admits to Odo she feels like a collaborator and is now resolved to fight back.

“Do you really want to give up your life for the order of things?”: Okay so I loved the part where O’Brien is going “damned this and damned that” and then Nog says “damned” once and O’Brien tells him to “watch your mouth”, it was so pure and good. The whole Starfleet/Jem’Hadar story line is fascinating. You get a good look at a different side of the Jem’Hadar and their feelings, thoughts, and interactions with their particular Vorta. You have the hope that the Jem’Hadar will be swayed by Sisko’s arguments but in the end there’s nothing that can be done. Sisko still has to play the good guy and arrest Keevan even though he’s a dick and sold out those he was supposed to protect. Nog and Garak were adorable because they both did what they do best, but Garak can read the room better.

Captain America "language"
I understood that reference.

All of the bits back on DS9 are familiar ones as Kira is trying to settle into her new routine. Everything’s fine until she has the horrifying realization she has no idea who she is anymore. She knows she has to protect Bajor but the cost of a vedek and countless others is too high, so she retreats to what she knows best. Jake is there to keep everyone on their toes and it’s funny to hear him constantly quote “his sources”. I wonder if we’ll ever find out who they are. It’s a very good episode despite how dark it winds up ending, a tale of good things to come I am sure. 8 days a week I realize I’ve become the thing I hate most, says Kira.

TA Out!

Failure

Date: August 8, 2020

Musical Accompaniment:

Pocket Full of Kryptonite is fantastic and you should listen to the whole album

Interstellar News: I did watch two episodes of Deep Space Nine today, but it’s 11:30 pm and I need to get some sleep. I promise I will write about them tomorrow.

Two months ago I challenged myself to read 26 novels in order to get ready for the 27th Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novel, Sucker Punch. Today I am writing to tell you I failed miserably. I got barely got through the first three books which are some of the shortest in the series and I can easily read in under three hours a piece.

Work got crazy and I just haven’t had much interest in reading, which pains me because I’ve been an avid reader my entire life. Every year I’ve loved reading the novels in anticipation for the new one, but this year it looks like another thing Coronavirus has taken from me.

I write this post for a two reasons. The first reason is to keep you updated, I don’t want you thinking I just write a thing and forget about it. I always try my best to communicate with others, even if it’s people I’ve never met. The second reason is to let you know it’s okay to fail. I’ve read all of the books at least once, some of them several times at this point. I know what happens in them and it’s not as important this time for me to finish what I started because I know how much time I really have. Sometimes you need to say “no”, even if it’s to yourself. Anyway, I will leave you with a picture of the bright, shiny cover… though I’m totally jealous of the UK version.

the cover for Laurell K. Hamilton's novel, Sucker Punch.
I will read at least the first chapter before bed.

TA Out!