“He wanted to protect the innocent and separate the darkness from the light. But he didn’t realize the light only shines in the dark. And, sometimes, innocence is just an excuse for the guilty.”
-- Major Kira Nerys
As much as DS9 was, if not directly influential, certainly a harbinger for what television would become over the following decade, there is one thing it did that would never be done today: one of the main characters, the defining heroine, is a terrorist. While a show anchored by a terrorist is a natural fit in the era of the conflicted anti-hero, it’s pretty much impossible to imagine one getting such sympathetic treatment, and one being a woman. With very few exceptions (such as with the transcendent ‘80s spy show The Americans), morally questionable behavior is confined to male characters.
Friday sees the release of the highly anticipated Zack Snyder-directed film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Notably, the film will introduce Wonder Woman to DC's cinematic universe as portrayed by Gal Gadot.
“I knew we were headed for trouble the minute he allowed the Bajorans to call him Emissary.”
-- Admiral Whatley
You can’t fire Jesus, no matter how many shenanigans he pulls. That’s the take home message for Starfleet at the end of this week’s episode. If Bajor is going to join the Federation, they’ll only do so because they believe the local Starfleet representative, Captain Ben Sisko, has a direct line to the Prophets. All the available evidence says this is pretty much true. Sisko is the one who explained linear time to the aliens who live in the wormhole (using baseball as a metaphor, which helps make it the most versatile of sports) and since then he’s enjoyed a special bond with them.
Welcome, Wonder Warriors! We have a special treat this week. Christos and Ruth Fletcher Gage, writers of the Netflix hit series, Daredevil, and fresh off their fill-in on Wonder Woman '77, graciously agreed to answer a few questions for Wonder Woman Wednesday.
“My brother will get the bar. My nephew will be completely corrupted by the Federation and become a Starfleet captain. And, my bones will lie here and freeze, unsold, and unmourned.”
Back in the ‘90s, we didn’t have the word “frenemy,” but if we did, we might have known how to describe Quark and Odo. That might not even be accurate, as “frenemy” implies an outward friendship masking a deeply passive aggressive rivalry, while Quark and Odo have the exact opposite dynamic. It’s strange to say it, but those two might be the closest thing either one of them has to actual friends.
“Anyone who lived through the Occupation had to get a little dirty.”
-- Major Kira Nerys
Odo was DS9’s first breakout character. Following the patterns of previous outsiders Spock and Data, Odo was a keen observer of human nature, but as often baffled by it. Unlike them, he had a mysterious backstory that abruptly turned tragic, and a deeper connection to his emotions than the other two. The writers smartly modified Odo so that while he fit a broad type in the Trek canon, he didn’t feel like he had emerged from a replicator. The only problem was, he had a massive inconsistency baked right into the character.
Who runs the world?! We all know the answer to that question is "girls" by now, and DC Comics' new Superhero Girls does well to further illustrate that point.
“Do not hug me.”
-- Lt. Commander Worf
In the old days, when I wanted to get a friend interested in DS9, I would write up a viewing guide. Most people, when faced with a series this long, will understandably give up in the doldrums of the first season. Generally speaking, I advised them to skip vast swaths of Season 1, decent chunks of Season 2, and worst episode ever “Meridian” from Season 3. After that, I would tell them, is smooth sailing.