Progress, If Wishes were Horses, The Forsaken

The Bajorans want to mine one of their inhabited moons. But a few people don’t want to leave. This story feels out of date. I don’t mean from 1993 to 2013, I mean that even for 1993 this episode feels out of date. It’s not subtle enough to have any meaning – it’s just preachy. There are no layer to this story.

However, the subplot is way more interesting – way more unpredictable. Jake and Nog wind up with a ton of free Yamok sauce to sell because it’s a Cardassian condiment and there are no Cardassians around anymore. So they trade it for something. But the thing they trade it for, self-sealing stem bolts – Jake and Nog have no idea what it’s used for.

The story somehow manages to both veer off-course and be repetitive from this point on. If they were trying to accomplish that oxy-moron – I will say ‘job well done!’

Considering the innumerable cultures and species on Star Trek, I think it would be neat if this came up more often. Unknown technology that could be dangerous, could be useless. It think that would be a fun story to experience through the eyes of two teenagers as they try to get sensitive information from the main characters that we, the audience, take for granted.

Instead, they make a deal to trade the self-sealing stem bolts for some land and… I think they ran out of time. The story only vaguely wraps up. Wow. Horrible execution.

NEXT!

I like the word Holosuite. That’s a nice play on Holodeck; it adds a hint of commerce to it. I hate Holonovel as a term, it sounds like a step behind a Holodeck, not a step beyond.

Other than that… this episode is 90% crap followed by 5% decent and logical ending. The other 5% were just credits.

Lastly… The Forsaken… that title is way too dramatic for this story…

So Lwaxana Troi walks into a bar. She accuses a Ferengi of stealing her hair brush. Then Odo helps her figure out who done it.

When this episode started I kinda rolled my eyes at seeing Lwaxana Troi. Not because I dislike the character but rather because it felt like a desperate move by the producers of DS9 to recapture the magic of TNG.

Once Troi and Odo wind up on the elevator together I got pretty bored. They were stuck there forever. Each scene made me more and more annoyed – the story wasn’t moving anywhere. Although, I got a genuine thrill out of Troi admitting she actually slept with DaiMon Tog three years earlier.

Meanwhile, some probe has dumped a virus or something into DS9’s computer core and Bashir is escorting diplomats around. These are both some of the weakest filler I’ve ever come across on any TV show. Bashir’s story never even wraps up. He gets increasingly annoyed by them but then there’s a fire so he never has to actually deal with the problem.

Anyway, back to Troi and Odo. I’ll give credit where it’s due, great ending to this little story. Troi removes her wig and Odo liquefies. It gave us a lot of insight into the character of Odo without letting him look vulnerable in front of the rest of the regular cast. Lwaxana Troi let us see inside Odo  – a very effective and organic use of a woman whom any Trek fan sees as a mother.

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