ext_2512: ([ds9] kira)
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Three months after finishing watching DS9 S1, look who's finally made some icons!

Preview:



96 icons )

As always, take at will, but please comment!
ext_2512: ([scrubs] no one understands relationship)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: I have the perfect icon for this, omg. )

Overall Reaction: I love shit like this! Julian being all awkward and hapless and having fantasies about SAVING Jadzia's LIFE during the middle of a crisis! Baseball! DREAMS MADE MANIFEST IN HILARIOUS AND UNCOMFORTABLE WAYS. The only thing that kept pulling me up short was the thought, "But what if you imagine something awful?" because, speaking as someone with a really fantastic imagination, a good 1/8th of my imagining goes to picturing things that would totally fracture my life, like getting a call that one of my siblings was dead. And then the show answered it by (a bit predictably) making the entire plot a horrible imagining! (Though luckily no one's siblings ended up dead.)

Anyway, this was some good old school Trek crack, with a bonus Message About Humanity (our imaginations? are awesome!). What fun.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"I enjoy the time we spend together!"
"Stop, you're putting a stake through my heart!" (Dax, nice, and Bashir, delightfully melodramatic)
ext_2512: ([sku] amour)
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Episode Notes: The cut and the text are symbiotes. )

Overall Reaction: I must say that DS9 has done a very good job of turning attention to each of its main characters in turn in its first eight episodes -- the first episode was very Sisko-centric and emotional, and since then we've had rollicking adventures with Miles O'Brien, a mystery with Odo, a look at Kira's revolutionary past, plus a visit from our old friend Q, and most of the episodes have been consistently solid. The show has made a much surer start that TNG did, perhaps learning from its predecessor's missteps.

This episode was far from Star Trek's most compelling courtroom episodes (it's no "Measure of a Man" or "Menagerie" -- or even, really, "Court Martial," which I'm personally quite fond of) but it does serve as an interesting introduction to the peculiar almost-new species, the Trill, especially for viewers who may have missed their introduction in "The Host" (a.k.a. Star Trek wimps out on homosexuality again). The tension that had already been building as Sisko struggled to reconcile his friendship with Curzon Dax with this new, same-but-not-same host comes to a fore here as Sisko is forced to defend and comes to term with the notion that Jadzia is a different person from his old friend. I especially liked that it was established that to become a host is a great privilege in Trill culture, that Jadzia was selected for her unique achievements -- there's a squirmy feeling with species such as this that the host might be nothing more than a body, a sort of slave race to the superior intelligence of the symbionts.

The courtroom drama -- was resolved as satisfactorily as it could be, I suppose, but it wasn't the focus of the episode.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"Which not only compromises Bajoran security, but also... annoys us." (Kira is such a badass, whatever)
ext_2512: ([b&b] she started it)
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Episode Notes: Restraining orders sadly don't work against Q. )

Overall Reaction: Not one of the stronger Q episodes in my mind -- the plot was relatively predictable given that he was involved, and he spent half of it stalking someone who wasn't Picard. She had just, you know, slept with Picard. (Maybe they just made out or something, I forget the details of their relationship.)

Vash is undeniably fun, though, and it was nice to have her back. I like to pretend that she's the great-great-great-etc.-granddaughter of Indiana Jones and Marion. We know they spawned; it's totally possible.

Star Rating: ** 1/2

Quote of the Episode:
"What did they call you? The god of lies?"
"They meant it affectionately." (Vash and Q, being awesome)

AND

"You hit me? Picard never hit me!" (Q, missing his boyfriend)
ext_2512: ([x-men] his superpower is GAY)
[identity profile] tafadhali.livejournal.com
Episode Notes: Yesssssssssssssssssssss. )

Overall Reaction: Apparently there was some sort of plot, here? Something about the sacrifice of revolutionary ideals and working from within the system? Some sort of spy intrigue?

Well, normally I would eat that stuff up with a spoon, but I must have been distracted by all the GAY.

Gaaaaaaaaaay.

That Garak, aside from being one heckuva character -- I can see why he was ultimately brought in as a pivotal figure, and I enjoy his repeated assertions that he is just a "simple" tailor -- could not have been hitting on Julian more and it was DELIGHTFUL. Especially Julian's utter obliviousness to it (because he's obviously going to be the butt of every single joke in DS9). Everyone around him is all, "Wow, sweetie, you got asked out on a date. How are you so dumb?" And he's all like, "Spiiiiiies!" And just by sheer coincidence, he was almost right.

Basically, I nearly split my face grinning while watching this. There were sort of jazz hands! For serious! If he straightens up in the future I do NOT WANT TO KNOW.

Star Rating: ***, but ONE MILLION for Garak

Quote of the Episode: Okay, so I go to a college where people will frequently say, "Um, we should watch that movie sometime, for class" and shuffle off and trick you into what they consider a date with their social awkwardness. This, however, combined with shoulder-touching and a tone of frank appreciation, is not doing that:

"You may also know, I have a clothing shop nearby, so if you should require any apparel or simply wish, as I do, for a bit of enjoyable company now and then, I'm at your disposal, Doctor." (Garak, who's a fucking spy)

Dear lord, Julian, not everyone has to hump the leg of their prospective dates like you do. ♥
ext_2512: ([sn] the giants win the pennant?)
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Episode Notes: Through the wormhole! )

Overall Reaction: As obvious from my intro to the series and my reactions to the characters, I was pretty won over by this first episode. The characters were likable and well-sketched for an introductory episode, and I really got caught up in Sisko's personal drama (or, perhaps, just in the novelty of a Starfleet captain with actual family drama) and catharsis. And his crazy manic mood swings. JENNIFER HAVE LEMONADE. JEAN-LUC I HATE YOU.

Anyway, it got me interested and that's what you want with a pilot.

Star Rating: ***

Quote of the Episode:
"It is not linear." (Those non-corporeal aliens Sisko met in the wormhole, breaking my heart)

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