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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 4 (1993)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Science Fiction , Sci-Fi TV, Sci-Fi TV, Space Opera
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
26 episodes on 7 discs: The Way of the Warrior Parts I and II, The Visitor, Hippocratic Oath, Indiscretion, Rejoined, Starship Down, Little Green Men, The Sword of Kahless, Our Man Bashir, Homefront, Paradise Lost, Crossfire, Return to Grace, Sons of Mogh, Bar Association, Accession, Rules of Engagement, Hard Time, Shattered Mirror, The Muse, For the Cause, To the Death, The Quickening, Body Parts, Broken Link

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 4 (Disc 1 of 7) (1993)
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 4 (Disc 2 of 7) (1993)
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 4 (Disc 4 of 7) (1993)
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Unrequited love, politics, culture clashes, and labor strife -- DS9 has it all! by oldkingcole December 26, 2003 - 12:19 AM PST
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"Crossfire"

Ah, the misery of unrequited love; of watching the girl who doesn't know you exist fall for someone else. That's pretty much all there is to this episode, but it's rather well-done even so, to the point where it's a little bit painful to watch at times. Nice moments between Quark and Odo. When Worf starts taking over Odo's job, we really get the sense that Odo sees his life spiraling out of control. And, yes, this is another DS9 episode where the dramatic conflict is almost entirely internal. Rene Aberjonois, as Odo, communicates the emotional distress very clearly, even through the featureless mask of "shapeshifter" makeup that covers his face. A nice, if quiet, episode.

"Return to Grace"

This episode's political underpinnings are a bit opaque, but the episode is saved by Marc Alaimo's bravura performance as Gul Dukat, and by the ever more complex relationship between Dukat and Kira.

Alaimo plays Dukat as manipulative, arrogant, charming, ruthless, eloquent, annoying, and utterly self-confident. It is a bewildering mix that emphasizes the twisted complexity of his character. One really gets the sense that he is capable of many surprises and is therefore formidible and dangerous.

Added to this interesting characterization is the outrageous dynamic between Dukat and Kira -- he, a high ranking officer in the recently-ended Cardassian occupation of Bajor; she, one of the most renowned terrorists in the Bajoran resistance who fought against him. Now demoted in rank due to the indescretion related in "Indescretion" (see Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 4 -- Disc 2), he commands a Cardassian freighter while Kira provides combat-training to Dukat's half-Bajoran daughter. Between Dukat's flirtatious advances to Kira, Kira's instinctive distrust and dislike of Dukat, and their mutual concern for Dukat' daughter, well, the character interrelationships are byzantine enough to fill several episodes of Dynasty.

The lighting is particularly effective in the second half of this episode, casting Dukat in deep shadows which add even more mystery to his already enigmatic character.

There are some battles with the Klingons, but that's not really what the episode is about. It's about the peculiar and highly disfunctional "family" dynamic brewing between Kira, Dukat, and Dukat's daughter Ziyal.

"The Sons of Mogh"

Dax continues to pursue a romantic relationship with Worf, though one suspects he hasn't figured that out yet. Her flirtatious spar with him in the teaser is a great hint, though. Later in the episode, when she has to interrupt a Klingon ritual in which Worf must kill his brother in order to restore his brother's honor, her deep understanding of Klingon culture, her concern for Worf's well-being, and her willingness to act against the object of her affection in order to save him, all demonstrate why she'd be a fine catch for Worf, if only he weren't so clueless about her advances. When she comes to him later to apologize, he asserts "You did what you thought was right. That is an honorable motive." "Not for a Klingon," she replies. He responds "You are not a Klingon." He means it as "I understand and forgive you," but given that Dax's advances have been largely predicated on demonstrating to Worf her understanding of his culture, this reply also carries a bit of a barb. It's a good scene. As is Sisko's lecture to them both about the limits he's willing to go in the name of "cultural diversity."

Overall, it's a good episode which tackles several interesting ideas.

However, at least on my system, THIS EPISODE'S DVD TRANSFER SUFFERS FROM AN ANNOYING LIP-SYNC PROBLEM! The sound is out of sych with the picture, which can be very, very distracting. It's also extremely disappointing, given that one can't simply replace this disc because it is part of a 7-disc boxed set. :-(

"Bar Association"

Quark's brother, Rom, violates Ferengi law and tradition by forming a union with his fellow workers at Quark's Bar in order to bargain for basic labor rights like sick leave and paid vacation. The episode is middle-of-the-road quality-wise, with some of the comedy working well and some of it falling flat. It ends well, though, with Quark finding a way to end the strike, and Rom finding a way for he and Quark to be brothers again.

This episode also has some great lines. I especially liked Rule of Acquisition 211: "Employees are the rungs on the ladder of success... don't hesitate to step on them." Ken Lay would be proud.

Building an Empire by oldkingcole October 22, 2003 - 2:44 AM PDT
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All of the episodes on this disc feature some sort of "take over" plot.

The Sword of Kahless

This is a fair, middle of the road episode. Neither unusually good nor unusually bad. John Colicos is, as usual, a fun actor to watch.

The thing that struck me most while rewatching this was how it is yet another example of a DS9 episode where the personal politics of the characters forms the central basis for dramatic conflict. I maintain that this is quite rare in other series in the Star Trek franchise, while for DS9, it is true even in unexceptional episodes like "The Sword of Kahless."

Our Man Bashir

I remember really enjoying this episode when it first aired. Upon rewatching it, I still liked it, but not as much. It is a nice riff on the James Bond/1960s Spy genre ("Bashir. Julian Bashir"). Involving Garak, who has a background (or does he?) as a real spy for the Cardassian Obsidian Order, was clever and worked pretty well. Overall, an average, enjoyable episode.

Homefront and Paradise Lost

I'm reviewing these together because they form a single two-part story. Post-9/11, this story has been given a bit of added relevance, though it's a timeless tale which doesn't require the events of 9/11 for justification. Brock Peters is terrific as Capt. Sisko's father.

This is another story that only DS9 would have the courage to air: an invasion-of-earth story which doesn't focus on phaser battles or armed conflict. Instead, and to its credit, it focuses on the conflict between the political philosophies of the Hawks and Doves within Starfleet and amongst the citizens of Earth. It is occassionally preachy, but even so, it is good to be reminded that a repressive regime of "security" checkpoints and random searches are as much a threat to our way of life as invasion from outside forces. Perhaps John Ashcroft should rent this disc.

Two good ones out of four by oldkingcole October 19, 2003 - 12:29 AM PDT
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Indescretion

DS9 riffs on The Searchers and does it well. The relationship between Dukat and Kira is nicely complicated in this episode. They surprise each other several times, and us as well.

In the "B" story, which follows an awkward phase of the relationship between Sisko and Cassidy Yates, there is some nice humor-writing. Quark, whose advice has just been rebuffed with "I don't remember asking your opinion" responds "Maybe you should. After all, who knows more about women than me?".

The rejoinder from Dr. Bashir is delivered with near-perfect comic timing.

A good, solid episode.

Rejoined

Terry Farrell gives a performance which is frequently nuanced and effective, despite the sometimes heavy-handedness of the plot. But this is one of the few times when an idea's been explored in both a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode (4th season's "The Host") and in a DS9 episode where I actually prefer the ST:TNG episode.

On the other hand, this is not a bad episode. But neither is it in the upper-echelon of DS9 episodes.

Starship Down

Ugh. Even a generally terrific show like DS9 has its substandard episodes, and unfortunately, this is one of them. Producer Ira Behr named this episode "My least favorite of the season."

It's not unwatchable, but if you're not a completist, you could easily do yourself a favor by skipping it.

Little Green Men

Great fun. Just really great fun. Quark is taking his brother Rom and his brother's son Nog, to Starfleet Academy. Unfortunately, Quark's new space ship is not in tip-top condition, and the three Ferengi find themselves thrust back in time to the late 1940s. They crashland in New Mexico, where they become the Roswell aliens!

Perhaps because I'm currently persuing a degree in Instructional Technologies, I'm viewing this episode through a peculiar lens. But when I rewatched it recently, I couldn't help noticing that it is an excellent example of the instructional storytelling formula that I call "The Genius and The Fool." That's where you have two characters, one who knows a lot about a subject, and the other -- the stand-in for the audience -- who knows nothing at all about it. By having the knowledgeable character ("The Genius") explain things to "The Fool," you can more entertainingly deliver the instructional message than if you just had an expert lecture to the audience directly. This episode has some particularly fun sequences where Nog plays the "The Genius" to Quark's "Fool."

A very enjoyable episode.

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