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Star Trek (the original series)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- "Let He Who Is Without Sin...": So people who don't believe in free love are Always Chaotic Evil? Or, since Fullerton is lousy at being evil, always jerkasses?
- Worse, Worf causes millions of credits in damage, throws his lot in with these punks, and goes along with this crap because he's in a jealous snit over a relationship his then-new girlfriend's past life had with another woman. Jadzia, seriously? Would have thought you'd have better taste than that.
- The second large but often overlooked wallbanger of the episode? Curzon Dax; best friend to the future Emissary of the Prophets, mentor to Jadzia, ambassador who represented the Federation at the Khitomer Peace Conference and highly respected friend and ally of three of the greatest warriors the Klingon empire has ever produced? Died during some obscure sex act. Way to ruin the death of such an accomplished man, guys.
- "Profit and Lace." Quark gets a sex change operation, which in the 24th century apparently involves brain surgery to make the patient start behaving like Betty Crocker.
- "Sons of Mogh": An atypically Jerk Ass Captain Sisko meddles in Worf and Kurn's private affairs by saying Kurn is not allowed to commit assisted suicide, which is perfectly lawful (and, if you've been dishonored, recommended) under Klingon law. This despite both Captain Picard and Captain Janeway having allowed people the choice in the past. That's right, there is canonically an issue about which Sisko is less understanding than Janeway...
- The difference is The Sisko is administering a Bajoran station under Bajoran law, not a Federation ship under Federation law like Picard and Janeway. If Bajor has a prohibition against suicide (or sees assisted suicide as murder) then as long as Kurn is on the station no killing self! Although this could be gotten around by The Sisko just putting Worf and Kurn on board the Defiant and sending them out of the system.
- The episode's solution to this problem is arguably worse. Without Kurn's knowledge or consent they give him plastic surgery, alter his DNA and wipe his memory so he thinks he's the son of one of their family friends who takes him in as his own son. Moral of the story; suicide is wrong but brainwashing people is A-OK as long as it's for what you think is their own good. Plus in later seasons Worf regains his honor and becomes a hero in the Klingon Empire while for all we know Kurn is still brainwashed.
- They establish that the brainwashing is irreversable, and Kurn's old personality is gone forever. Which means that they avoided killing Kurn by... killing him. Babylon5 spent two whole episodes dealing with the morality and consequences of "death of personality" but here it's done in 1 minute and everyone is somehow happy because Kurn's not dead... even though he is, and a stranger now wears his face. *BANG*
- Season seven: We have the wormhole closed at the end of season six... and apparently this leads to things going south for the Alpha Quadrant forces even though the Dominion are based mostly on the OTHER side of the wormhole AND had an entire fleet of reinforcements disappeared by the Prophets in mid-season six. Apparently, Sisko opening the wormhole again INEXPLICABLY turns the tides of battle (shown gratuitously), thus showing that superbeings were helping the good guys win. Which likely was the point, but the Skepticism Failure is painful.
- And the season seven finale... which had considerable clip content... sigh.
- Sisko once let Jadzia Dax go out and fulfill a Klingon Blood Oath. StarFleet might be Mildly Military, but letting an important officer go out and kill people for no reason but revenge (Jadzia wasn't bound to the Oath in the beginning — it was made by the previous Dax host — and she wasn't even a Klingon) is simply insane.
- The sad thing is, her keeping that oath for Curzon Dax proves critical for the plotline of the rest of the series. Because she does it, she becomes an honorary Klingon; because of this, Worf gets another chance to be a legal Klingon, and the Klingons remain allied to the Federation (with Jadzia as liaison)... Her running off to do something that should, by Federation standards, be outright immoral, which is in itself nothing more than vengeance, is critical to the resolution of the Dominion War!
- The entire command staff had a tendency to leave at the same time, and no one ever thought this was a bad idea. When the station commander (a major religious figure), the security chief, the chief medical officer, the first officer (the liaison with Bajor) and the chief of engineering all leave at once, who is running the station? Nog? Morn?
- That's a problem with nearly every show like this. TNG had this less, in part because Riker liked to remind Picard that captains aren't supposed to go on away missions. But generally, the cast are the ranking officers, and the scripts have the cast in the thick of things. And Deep Space Nine is worse than TOS or TNG when it does this because there's so little redundancy — it is possible that the main cast contains everyone on Deep Space Nine proper with any rank in Starfleet.
- In the finale of the third season of Deep Space Nine, Sisko initiates the self-destruct system on his ship because an alien has co-opted the controls and may cause a war with some other aliens. (Long story) But WHY does Kira have the self-destruct code to confirm this? She doesn't belong to the Federation — her authority shouldn't extend past Deep Space 9 itself. For that matter, why are Odo and Kira on this ship? They're not in Star Fleet! They have authority on Deep Space Nine because it's a Bajoran station (Kira chose to grandfather Odo in); but they have no reason to be on a Federation ship In-Universe. It's just to keep the ensemble together for the episode — and the problem with that is noted above. (To rephrase: Who's running the station?)
- Kira is attached to the Federation and her authority extends to being a 'loan' officer, much like that episode where Riker became a Klingon Officer. They give her fully rank and privilege because that's the entire point, that she is shown to be an equal partner in the Starfleet Mission for Bajor.
- "Q-Less": To sum up, Vash, one of Picard's love interests from a previous episode of ST: TNG ("Q-Pid") is found on a planet in the Gamma Quadrant. From that point on to about 20 minutes into the episode, the two big questions are "how did this woman get to the Gamma Quadrant without the wormhole?" and "why is this completely intact runabout nonfunctional?" Now, keep in mind O'Brien from TNG, who happened to be present for the events of Q-Pid, is on the station. Sisko asks him directly about Vash; he tells Sisko about her history with Picard and nothing else. Sisko continues to worry about this possible security breach, and O'Brien continues to have problems with the runabout and soon, other power drains on the station. This state of affairs continues until O'Brien sees Q at the cafe. He then immediately tells Sisko and adds that the last time they met, it was with Vash in Sherwood Forest ON THE ENTERPRISE. Can we put two and two together? As soon as the ship came in with the unexplained power drain and the woman who just magically appeared in the next quadrant over, who by the way was involved with a Q, O'Brien should have realized what was going on and told Sisko, who should have then either told Q to show himself and state his business (just like Picard would), or put Vash on the next shuttlecraft or runabout back to the Gamma Quadrant. Starfleet should not have to defend humans who willingly make deals with Q from the Q Continnum (especially after Picard told her You'll Be Sorry).
- But then we (probably) wouldn't have the awesome scene of Sisko PUNCHING Q.
- "Chimera": In this single episode, another lost Changeling demonstrates that Odo's race are capable of shapeshifting into gaseous forms, expanding to fill large areas of the station, transforming into FIRE, and becoming an organism capable of traveling unprotected through space at Warp speed. Now, Odo's race is powerful, and the one in "Chimera" is unusually powerful, but this violates Willing Suspension of Disbelief.
- "The Darkness and the Light": Imagine a story where some poor schmoe is minding his own business, not hurting anybody, and then some terrorists plant a bomb that explodes and horribly wounds him and scars him for life, as well as killing a lot of other innocent civilians. Now imagine that the victim recovers and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against his attackers. We're supposed to be rooting for him, right? WRONG! Because, you see, the person who planted that bomb happened to be Kira Nerys, and therefore this Cardassian is a bad, bad man because Kira is one of the good guys. And when he tells her about all the pain and death she caused to Cardassians who never lifted a finger against her or any other Bajoran, she loses her temper and screams at him that he was guilty just for being there. According to Memory Alpha, Ronald D. Moore said "You can't say whether it's right or wrong – it's the stance of a terrorist." Fuck that shit! You absolutely CAN say whether it's right or wrong, and it's so wrong it's off the fucking charts! After seeing this episode, if they had killed off Kira later in the series I would have cheered myself hoarse.
- Except for that whole "brutal enslavement and occupation" thing. If she had done it on Cardassia, it'd be outright wrong. On her own planet, currently under occupation by a foreign power exploiting it for resources while being as close to a Nazi allegory as you can get, not so much.
- Agreed. When you remember that the Bajorans had "never lifted a finger" against the Cardassians before they started being annihilated, the ambiguity of this issue is validated. Besides, DS9 was always MEANT to have darker storylines and characters with messier moralities. Kira is not a Starfleet officer. She is a freedom fighter who has been trained to hate and kill for her entire life. She can't just apologize for helping to liberate her planet, much less so at the drop of a hat, and ESPECIALLY not when the person who thinks she should be apologizing has just killed her closest friends and is about to rip her unborn child right out of her.
- Doesn't that pretty much throw away the point of Duet?
- It would have if it happened after but the whole bombing affair happened years before Duet. During this episode, Kira is just high on revenge and didn't want to justify her actions to the murderer who killed several of her friends. Besides, it's shown she thought he was right to some extent, considering the behaviour she adopts afterwards.
- Also, the point of Duet was that redemption should be an option for anyone, even your most hated enemy, if redemption is truly what they seek. Marritza was consumed with guilt after, and during the occupation, and had become a Death Seeker who believed he was beyond redemption. The figure hunting down Kira and her friends for revenge was completely unrepentant of the entire occupation, all because he did not personally kill any Bajorans, and saw his noncombatant status as a shield of innocence that the Bajorans violated; reasoning which Kira hotly rejected.
Kira: None of you belonged on Bajor. It wasn't your world. For fifty years you raped our planet, and you killed our people. You lived on our land, and you took the food out of our mouths, and I don't care whether you held a phaser in your hand or you ironed shirts for a living; you were all guilty, and you were all legitimate targets!
- "Sons and Daughters": Despite ever showing any interest in becoming a Klingon Warrior, having no combat experience, training, minimal knowledge of Klingon culture AND a personality that could make Hinata Hyuga feel pity for him, Worf's son Alexander not only manages to get a job in the Klingon defence force but also manages to get a job on General Martok's Bird of prey; which is the real world equivalent of a convenience store clerk getting a job with the Marines Corps. If he had been on any other Klingon ship, Alexander would have been dead within a week.
- Well, despite how much they go on about honour, Klingon society is rife with corruption. He probably got posted there due to nepotism. IIRC, Worf was on the ship at the time.
- It's actually quite easy to picture the recruiting officer telling himself this sorry excuse of a Klingon will get himself killed in a week if he doesn't have his father behind him to watch over his shoulder.
- Is there any reason why Alexander has never even talked about going the Starfleet Academy, nor had any other character recommend this to him? It was made clear that his joining the Klingon Military was an attempt to live up to his father's legacy and be seen as a true Klingon in his father's eyes, but once this fails miserably, shouldn't someone have said "Look, Alex, your dad's a Starfleet officer. You were raised on a starship. You're a wimp, for a Klingon, anyway, but you're not an idiot. Go apply at the Academy. Follow in your father's footsteps that way."
- Any time there is a shipwide/stationwide issue with transporters, where someone's life depends on having one, and everyone forgets about the transporters on the shuttles/runabouts. Most of the time when this happens, the issue is needing to beam someone off the surface of a planet from orbit, something we know shuttles and the like can do. Oftentimes in this situation, conflict and tension are produced by having the ship experience some shipwide failure or damage that is keeping the transporter system from working, usually something like battle damage, or less commonly, a computer malfunction. In these situations, no one thinks to run down to the shuttle bay and use the shuttle's transporters? While this wouldn't help in situations where there was an honest to god force field or something blocking the transporters, it would solve situations where the transporter was simply offline immediately. In fact, that this can be pointed out at all suggests that maybe they should have an emergency transporter that isn't physically connected to the ship in any way, just like one can have a generator that isn't connected to a building's power supply.
- The Changing Face of Evil: Kai Winn's most trusted advisor discovers that her lover is in fact Gul Dukat, disguised as a Bajoran who died years ago in a labor camp. Dukat, besides being a mass murdering megalomaniac who is responsible for countless deaths on Bajor, has convinced Winn to obtain a number of books that are considered to be so evil that even looking at them is banned. Armed with this infomation, what does this advisor do? Does he a) bust in with 50 members of Bajor's finest and most heavily armed soldiers, to arrest this war criminal and put an end to any demonic plotting he may be up to, or b) go up to Kai Winn's room alone, and tell Dukat and Winn that he knows what is going on and who Dukat is? Well, if the advisor had done a), the series finale would have been an hour shorter, so...