Friday, September 28, 2012

Deep Space Nine, Season 1: Captive Pursuit

Deep Space Nine, Season 1
"Captive Pursuit"
Airdate: January 31, 1993
5 of 173 produced
5 of 173 aired


The station receives its first visitor from the Gamma Quadrant, an alien that only identifies himself as "Tosk." His ship was damaged, but he won't tell them why. He won't tell them much of anything in fact. Chief O'Brien discovers Tosk's ship was damaged by weapons fire, but Tosk refuses to tell them more. Chief O'Brien has been introducing Tosk to life around the station, and has grown to like him, and wants to give him the benefit of the doubt. Matters are complicated are when aliens calling themselves Hunters follow Tosk through the wormhole. They say Tosk is hunted for sport on their world, and they will not stop at violence to get him back. The Prime Directive seems to bind Sisko's hands, but what about Chief O'Brien's?

Thanks for your offer, friend, but I'm just not into that sort of thing.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Deep Space Nine, Season One: Babel

Deep Space Nine, Season 1
Airdate: January 24, 1993
4 of 173 produced
4 of 173 aired


After a long week of repairs on the station, Chief O'Brien inadvertently trips a long forgotten sabotage device which releases a deadly virus on the station. Now, he and his crew mates must race to cure it before they become completely incoherent, and then die.

You want me to put this WHERE?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Deep Space Nine, Season 1: A Man Alone

Deep Space Nine, Season 1
"A Man Alone"
Airdate: January 17, 1993
2 of 173 produced
3 of 173 aired


Odo spots a criminal he arrested during the Occupation back on the station. He attempts to remove him, but without evidence of some new crime, Sisko will not allow it. That man is found dead in a holosuite shortly thereafter. The computer records that no one else entered or exited the room, leaving the only suspect the one person on the station who could get in and out undetected: Odo himself.

Looks like Miles lost the "compromise."

Monday, September 17, 2012

Deep Space Nine, Season 1: Past Prologue

Deep Space Nine, Season 1
"Past Prologue"
Airdate: January 10, 1993
3 of 173 produced
2 of 173 aired


Major Kira is visited by Tahna Los, a man from her past in the Bajoran resistance. He plays upon her trust in him to arrange a deadly plot to destroy the wormhole that has opened up so many opportunities for Bajor. Now, her loyalties are tested as she must decide between her own past and the future of all Bajorans.

Pop. Six. Squish. Uh-Uh. Cicero. LIPSCHITZ!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bloody Cardies...

Unbeknownst to all of faithful listeners, our attempt to podcast the series premier of DS9 has been marked by no less that four discrete failures of various pieces of technology required to create and post the podcast. However, it is now done. I am updating the original post, but wanted to draw attention to the actual podcast, so here it is...


Monday, September 10, 2012

Deep Space Nine, Season 1: Emissary

Deep Space Nine, Season 1
Airdate: January 3, 1993
1 of 173 produced
1 of 173 aired


The Cardassians have at long last withdrawn from Bajor. The newly formed provisional government has asked for Starfleet's assistance in rebuilding their ravaged world. The Cardassian mining station in orbit has been rechristened Deep Space Nine and command has been given to Command Benjamin Sisko.  Tasked with helping Bajor rebuild, ideally one day joining the Federation, he must also contend with the Cardassians who may view their own withdrawal as temporary, raising a son in his own after his wife was killed in the Battle of Wolf 359, and a volatile, divided society trying to fill the power vaccuum left by the Cardassians. Can he? What will the consequences for Bajor and the Federation be if he cannot?

Holy overexposure, Batman! This must really be annoying the home audience!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Star Trek Generations

Star Trek Generations
Released November 18, 1994


Coming hot off the heels of the TNG series finale, writing team Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga are handed a tough task - meld the two franchises in a coherent manner so that the movie franchise can be handed over to the new crew. How in the heck do you achieve this when it is firmly established that these iterations are 80 years apart? Well, the Nexus. How well did Moore And Braga implement the concept in a short amount of time?

Let the word go forth: We'd rather wear these uniforms than ill-fitting DS9 duds.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Top 5 Trek: Geordi Episodes

Ah, Geordi. Unlucky at love, luckier with warp plasma manifolds. LeVar Burton was the closest thing to an A-list actor that TNG started out with, but he really didn't get a ton to do. Moving to engineering certainly helped his character's fortunes, but he was also saddled with lots of treknobabble and expository scenes. Burton did a great job with both thankless tasks, if you ask us.

But every once in a while, the writers threw him a bone. Here are my picks for his best outings in Trek.

Honorable Mention:

Timeless (VOY Season 5)

This alternate future episode features Geordi as captain of the USS Challenger. It was really cool to see LeVar Burton without any eye covering, in full captain's uniform, at he helm of a Galaxy Class starship. It's also cool that Burton got to direct the episode.