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27th Apr '16 5:05:23 PM LentilSandEater
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* ArtisticLicenseEngineering: Well, it *is* Star Trek, but even so, the fact that the airlocks on the station are designed to have both doors open at once is just ridiculous.
** Of course, the station ''was'' built by the Cardassians, and it is established throughout the show that they have lower engineering standards than the Federation. And given how many times the warp cores nearly blow up for what seems like no reason on the various ships of Starfleet, that's saying something.

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* ArtisticLicenseEngineering: ArtisticLicenseEngineering:
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Well, it *is* Star Trek, but even so, the fact that the airlocks on the station are designed to have both doors open at once is just ridiculous.
** Of course, the station ''was'' built by the Cardassians, and it is established throughout the show that they have lower engineering standards than the Federation. And given how many times the warp cores nearly blow up for what seems like no reason on the various ships of Starfleet, that's saying something.
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** Damar - from Dukat's unremarkable [[TheDragon Dragon]] to one of the most crucial components of the later seasons.
*** WordOfGod says that the writers always had "big plans" for Damar, which is how the producers managed to convince Casey Biggs to play such an apparently unremarkable character. In "Return to Grace" (his first appearance) the director shot Damar as if he were a major character.

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** Damar - from Dukat's unremarkable [[TheDragon Dragon]] to one of the most crucial components of the later seasons.
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seasons. WordOfGod says that the writers always had "big plans" for Damar, which is how the producers managed to convince Casey Biggs to play such an apparently unremarkable character. In "Return to Grace" (his first appearance) the director shot Damar as if he were a major character.



*** If you thought Rom rose a long way, his son Nog was an even bigger example. By the last few episodes, Rom was a regularly recurring supporting character, but Nog (who'd risen from a petty young thief to the first Ferengi in Starfleet and a respected young officer) was effectively ''one of the main cast,'' and even had an episode devoted ''entirely'' to him ('It's Only a Paper Moon', which didn't even have a B-plot, focusing entirely on Nog [[spoiler:dealing with his PTSD after he lost his leg at AR-558]]).

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*** ** If you thought Rom rose a long way, his son Nog was an even bigger example. By the last few episodes, Rom was a regularly recurring supporting character, but Nog (who'd risen from a petty young thief to the first Ferengi in Starfleet and a respected young officer) was effectively ''one of the main cast,'' and even had an episode devoted ''entirely'' to him ('It's Only a Paper Moon', which didn't even have a B-plot, focusing entirely on Nog [[spoiler:dealing with his PTSD after he lost his leg at AR-558]]).
27th Apr '16 5:01:29 PM LentilSandEater
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** Mirror Universe Kira. Gay doesn't seem adequate to describe her; nor does bisexual. She seems to consider every man, woman, and object to be a sexual plaything.
*** Nana Visitor indicated that she didn't really agree with the writers about her character's sexuality; the way she saw it, the only woman for whom Intendant Kira really had any attraction was her counterpart, because she loves herself... [[ScrewYourself really,]] ''[[ScrewYourself really]]'' [[ScrewYourself loves herself.]] As for the men, they're all there to service her massive ego as well.
*** Mirror-Ezri and the Intendant seemed to be lovers, though, which would therefore disprove Visitor's theory.
27th Apr '16 4:59:09 PM LentilSandEater
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** It's possibly deliberate--since Odo has always expressed an inability to mimic complex humanoid features, but has no such problem with small animals or complex objects--that this "default" form was somehow instinctive to him, or that the Founders even blocked him from looking too "normal," [[spoiler: since part of the point of sending him and the others like him out was to learn about alien species by seeing how they would treat a "changeling."]]
*** Though one episode, where we meet an Odo that's about 200 years older, shows us that he eventually learns how to mimic human faces perfectly.
14th Apr '16 11:09:19 AM case
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* ComicallySmallBribe: Quark, thinking he's about to die, sells his own remains in advance for 500 latinum bars. It turns out he's not dying, and the anonymous buyer of his remains is his rival Brunt, who wants to [[MortonsFork collect Quark's remains or force Quark to break his contract]] (which a true Ferengi would never do). Quark tries to bribe his way out of this by offering a refund, plus five bars.
11th Apr '16 2:31:43 PM BetasigX20
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* BlackSpeech: The Breen. They even get an exemption from Star Trek's usual TranslationConvention; their allies can understand them thanks to universal translators [[note]] Except for Damar when they first join up because the language wasn't programmed into his personal translator yet [[/note]] but the audience never hears them speaking anything but their own language.

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* BlackSpeech: The Breen. They Book of the Kosst Amojan. The text of the book is so forbidden, attempting to translate it even get an exemption from Star Trek's usual TranslationConvention; their allies can understand them thanks causes [[spoiler:Dukat]] to universal translators [[note]] Except go blind for Damar when they first join up because the language wasn't programmed into his personal translator yet [[/note]] but the audience never hears them speaking anything but their own language.several episodes.
6th Feb '16 6:45:59 AM Wyldchyld
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* CruelMercy:
** ''The Wire''. Garak mysteriously collapses, leading Bashir on a quest to the Cardassion Union to meet the one man capable of saving Garak's life, Enabran Tain. The problem is that Tain is the man who exiled Garak from Cardassia and now hates his former protege with a passion. When he quickly offers Bashir all the information Bashir needs to save Garak's life, Bashir is surprised and thankful. Tain chastises Bashir's gratitude telling him - to Bashir's growing horror - that he's not doing Garak a favour by saving his life. He wants Garak to live a very long life in exile, surrounded by people who hate him for being a Cardassian and knowing he will never, ever be able to return to his beloved homeland again.
** ''Sons of Mogh''. Cultural differences resulted in Cruel Mercy to Worf's brother Kurn. With their family dishonored in the eyes of the Empire, Kurn seeks Worf out to give him his honor back... by killing Kurn in a specific ritual. When Dax puts the pieces together (the identity of the Klingon that recently arrived; Worf's belligerence toward Quark over acquiring a specific type of Klingon incense), she arrives just after Worf has struck with the ritual blade, but is in time to have Kurn transported to the infirmary and save him. Denied the restoration of his honor (especially since Sisko threatened Worf not to try it again), Kurn suffers a Fate Worse Than Death for a Klingon, and slips into a deeper depression, turning suicidal... until Worf decides to provide him with a new identity, and have Kurn's memory wiped, so that he can start his life as a Klingon anew.
16th Jan '16 4:16:37 AM Anddrix
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* DittoAliens: When Odo finally meets other Changelings, and they take a humanoid form, their faces are similar to Odo's. This doesn't make much sense, since Odo's face looks like that because he didn't have the skill to properly imitate humanoid facial structure, and other Changelings are shown to have that skill. It seems the Changelings were made to look like Odo just so the viewer would know they are part of the same race, even though this should be totally obvious anyway, as [[ViewersAreMorons both Odo and the other Changelings explicitly state that Odo is one of them]].

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* DittoAliens: When Odo finally meets other Changelings, and they take a humanoid form, their faces are similar to Odo's. This doesn't make much sense, since Odo's face looks like that because he didn't have the skill to properly imitate humanoid facial structure, and other Changelings are shown to have that skill. It seems the Changelings were made to look like Odo just so the viewer would know they are part of the same race, even though this should be totally obvious anyway, as [[ViewersAreMorons both Odo and the other Changelings explicitly state that Odo is one of them]].them.
9th Jan '16 3:30:52 AM TinMan
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* CommanderContrarian:
** The Romulans served as this once they joined the Federation-Klingon alliance in fighting the Dominion. Every Romulan commander or senator who showed up did nothing but nitpick any plan put forward by Sisko.
** Admiral Ross bounced back and forth between being this and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, all depending on how much internal conflict was needed in an episode.



* ConsummateProfessional: In "Trials and Tribble-ations," while Dax is fangirling over the thought of meeting Kirk and Spock, Sisko calmly reminds her that this is not a good idea and doesn't seem the least bit excited at the prospect. He's here to accomplish the mission, and that's all he cares about.

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* ConsummateProfessional: In "Trials and Tribble-ations," while Dax is fangirling over the thought of meeting Kirk and Spock, Sisko calmly reminds her that this is not a good idea and doesn't seem the least bit excited at the prospect. He's here to accomplish the mission, and that's all he cares about. Once the mission is over, however, he promptly lets his inner fanboy out by personally meeting with Kirk and telling him what an honor it was to briefly serve with him.
6th Jan '16 2:18:54 PM Durison
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* AlternateUniverse: See also the entry for MirrorUniverse.

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* AlternateUniverse: See also The MirrorUniverse makes its first appearance in official canon since the entry for MirrorUniverse.Original Series.
3rd Jan '16 8:39:12 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* BlackSpeech: The Breen.

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* BlackSpeech: The Breen. They even get an exemption from Star Trek's usual TranslationConvention; their allies can understand them thanks to universal translators [[note]] Except for Damar when they first join up because the language wasn't programmed into his personal translator yet [[/note]] but the audience never hears them speaking anything but their own language.
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