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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 4 (Disc 2 of 7) back to product details

Two good ones out of four
written by oldkingcole October 19, 2003 - 12:29 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful


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.


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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