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on August 5, 2003
It's a good thing that The Next Generation's Q is in this episode, because he single-handedly saves it from sinking. Which is not to say that it's wonderful, or that it would have been utterly awful without him. It's just that the whole story manages to balance out completely, making this what I would describe as a completely average episode.
In any case, the plot revolves around the omnipotent and all-powerful Q getting dumped by his human girlfriend because she's fed up with him. In my (albeit limited) experience, there are only two kinds of Q episodes, and from the description, you can already see that this is a Goofy Q episode rather than a Q Threatens To Destroy All Of Humankind On An Idle Whim episode. Once the crew realize that Q is on board, they prepare themselves for the worst, and although trouble does arrive, it isn't from the direction they were expecting.
There are too many parts of this episode where Important People spout Important Technobabble. So, it's quite amusing to see Q blatantly taking the mickey out of this Star Trek cliché (in fact, many of Q's jokes are meta-textual; presumably an omnipotent entity would realize that he's just a fictional character on a late twentieth century TV show). The station is put in danger, and there's a race against time to save everyone's life. There's even a countdown at the end, although it isn't terribly exciting. There are some good jokes and sharp dialog in this one, which do make it more interesting than the average Stop The Station From Exploding episode.
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on October 2, 2000
This is a typical first season DS9 plot. The series is in its infancy, so they need to tie it back to some other Trek-ism or Trek characters to build some plot. Try again. And next time keep Vash out of it...
Vash, the evil archaeologist chick from Picard's (TNG) past, shows up on DS9 with Q. Which of course means mayhem and mischief. Yes yes. We've seen it all before. Yes yes. We know you are omnipotent and everywhere, Q, but enough of the cameos... You were cute up until your 50th appearance.
So, Vash and Q come aboard. Vash has a whole bunch of artifacts plundered from the Gamma quadrant. Great. The artifacts become the object of Quark's desires. One of the artifacts is dangerous and going to destroy the station. How original. You know, it's funny. I don't understand how, in the Trek universe, artifacts never seem to corrode or rust. Like Data, they always seem to be fully functional...
Then, when the Daystrom institute invites Vash to give a lecture about the artifacts, I threw something at the tv screen. Honestly! I always thought the most important scientists in the Federation would know the difference between a scientific archaeological survey and looting. I guess not.
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on July 5, 2000
The omnipotent Q and Captain Picard's former (?) lover Vash take a trip to DS9. Q is as good as he always is and Vash is sarcastic and brash -- a good foil to Q's sassiness and irreverence. They had been partners as Q helped Vash search the galaxy for valuable artifacts and such. But, as Picard and crew already know, Q can be annoying and Vash quickly tired of him and his antics. So, to make this synopsis succinct, Vash is trying to rid herself of Q and Q is trying to woo Vash. And the crew of DS9 are the victims in this intergalactic spat.
Good episode and Q even lends a hand in saving the station from a mysterious threat (gee, another one of those). But what I want to know is this: Why didn't Q ever return to DS9? I guess Picard's Enterprise and Janeway's Voyager are more fun to visit. Who knew?
I'm giving this episode five stars even though I think it only warrants four. Why? Because the other person who reviewed this episode clearly meant to give "Q-less" more than one star (read it and you'll see what I mean) so I'm giving my fellow reviewer a star. Ain't I nice?
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on August 19, 2000
In a desperate attempt to draw audiences similar to that of The Next Generation Q was drafted into this poor episode that does nothing for the series, or the ratings. The intelligent, witty and irritating Q of Next Gen fame is no where to be seen, instead we have a guy who can appear and re-appear at will each time giving some clues to help the failing plot move along. Terrible. A wonderful scene takes place with Sisko and Q boxing, but is it worth the 43 minutes of rubbish? Q works in the Next Gen and Voyager, but not on DS9.
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on June 10, 2001
The thing about Deep Space Nine is that the characters and direction carries the series. Even when the story line is not the greatest, it is still interesting and never boring. One of the best science fictions lines ever.
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on September 6, 1999
If you follow trek then you already know the cleverness of the Q,now get ready as Q takes on a new crew at deep space nine.Definetly one of the best shows for the first season!
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