When Aron Eisenberg passed away a few months ago, I meant to write an article celebrating Nog, similar to my recently published one on Odo. However, life intervened and it’s taken this long to get around to starting it. Nonetheless, the time has finally come to acknowledge Eisenberg’s work as Starfleet’s very first Ferengi.
Originally introduced to be TNG’s equivalent of the Klingons in TOS, the Ferengi didn’t quite work out as planned. At best their onscreen appearances were cringeworthy, at worst, they touched on antisemitic tropes. However, on occasion, the Ferengi could rise above all of that. Nowhere was this more evident than with Nog, a character who started off as a stereotypical irritating troublemaker. Continue reading
We’ve lost a few big Star Trek names this year, and sadly a few days Rene Auberjonois became one of those names. To celebrate his life and work, I’ve put together a list of some of his essential moments as DS9’s shapeshifting head of security, Constable Odo. Continue reading
Parts one and two.
The Trill: TNG vs DS9
TNG episode The Host introduces the Trill, a conjoined species of humanoid host and vermiform symbiont. In this single episode, a number of facts were established about the Trill:
– The host’s personality is completely subsumed by the symbiont.
– The transporter is deadly to symbionts.
– The average Starfleet officer and Federation member doesn’t know that the symbiont exists and is a sentient being living inside a humanoid host.
– Symbionts can survive for limited times inside humans.
When DS9 started, Jadzia Dax – a joined Trill – was introduced as a regular character. Not only was her physical appearance different to that of the TNG Trills, but various other aspects of her species had been altered. Continue reading
No show goes seven seasons without putting out some duds along the way, and DS9 is no exception. Whilst I may have spoken about its generally consistent standard in my top ten post, even I can’t deny that sometimes DS9 did scrape around at the bottom of the barrel. So, without further ado, let me present ten episodes of DS9 that left me feel distinctly underwhelmed. Continue reading
Ah, Deep Space Nine. The so-called ‘red-headed stepchild’ of the Star Trek franchise. DS9 was different in various ways. It never had a time when it was the only Star Trek series airing on TV. It was set on a space station instead of a starship travelling at high warp. It was the first Star Trek series to try having non-Starfleet personnel as part of the main cast. It even had a black single father as the commanding officer, which was a big deal back in the day (and probably even now is a bigger deal than it ought to be).
For me, choosing a DS9 top ten was difficult. I feel like it doesn’t have as many stand out episodes as TNG and Voyager. And yet, in its favour, it doesn’t have such long stretches of mediocrity as either of its contemporaries. Anyway, after much thought, I present to you, in no particular order, my DS9 top ten. Continue reading
When Miles O’Brien left the Enterprise-D for a new job as chief engineer on DS9, he knew it wasn’t going to easy. After all, he’d just swapped the Federation’s top of the range flagship for a rusty Cardassian space station infested with voles and held together with spit and 24th century baling twine. What he didn’t know was that the writers of his fictional world also had it out for him, and devised ever crueller ways to torture DS9’s resident blue collar everyman. Continue reading
The time has come for the final attack on the Dominion forces in the Alpha Quadrant. As Sisko and the new Defiant join the onslaught in space, on Cardassia, Damar, Kira and Garak prepare for a direct offensive against the Dominion compound. Meanwhile, on Bajor, Kai Winn and Dukat prepare to release the Pah-wraiths from their imprisonment in the Fire Caves. Continue reading
Whilst Sisko and his senior crew celebrate the arrival of a replacement USS Defiant, Kira and Damar are having a much tougher time of it. A betrayal leads to the destruction of the Cardassian resistance, leaving Damar, Kira and Garak hiding in a basement, uncertain of their next move. Meanwhile, Quark is delighted to hear that the Nagus is coming to DS9 to crown his successor. Continue reading
When Bashir realises he is running out of time to find a cure for Odo, he and O’Brien are forced to devise an alternative plan. Having discovered that Section 31 is likely responsible for the Changeling disease, they lure Sloan to the station, in the hopes that a Romulan memory probe will be able to extract knowledge of a cure. But when Sloan attempts to commit suicide, Bashir and O’Brien have a mere 43 minutes to enter his mind and extract the information they need. Continue reading
Kira, Garak and Odo have been teaching Damar’s resistance how to fight back against the Dominion, and now the time has come for their most daring mission yet – to steal one of the Breen’s energy dampening weapons. But Odo has begun suffering from the symptoms of the morphogenic disease, and the last thing he wants is to either jeopardise the mission – or have Kira find out. Meanwhile, Worf agonises over what he can do to stop Gowron from endangering more lives in the pursuit of glory. Continue reading