“The line between courage and cowardice is a lot thinner than most people believe.”
-- Jake Sisko
What is courage? Ask most people, and you’re likely to get the same answer, whether they’re five years old or fifty. It will have something to do with not being afraid in the face of danger. Sounds right, but it’s not. Courage is about facing one’s fears, whatever those might be, and doing what needs to be done anyway. Without fear, there is nothing to overcome, and thus courage could not exist. Unless one feels fear, or understands danger, they will never truly be brave.
Last week saw the return of one of my favorite DC Comics digital-first titles with Wonder Woman '77 #14. The title featured the Lynda Carter incarnation of Wonder Woman, in case you didn't know.
“I am a fool.”
“You’re in love. Which I suppose is the same thing.”
-- Worf and Dax
The introduction of Worf was also intended as an introduction for a bunch of new viewers that Paramount’s brass thought would follow their favorite Klingon to our favorite space station. As such, DS9 can be approached through the Worf lens, starting your viewing experience with season four’s premiere, and skipping over the sometimes very rocky first three years when the show was still finding its voice. While this does miss out on some truly classic episodes, it would be a fun way to come to this particular hour.
Hot on the heels of last week's column, where I talked about the possibility and importance of Lynda Carter making a cameo in the Wonder Woman film, reports immediately sprang up that Carter's publicist confirmed she would NOT be appearing in the film. It was a slap in the face.
“We will both keep the predators away.”
-- Lt. Commander Worf
Let’s get the review part out of the way right up front: This is an excellent hour of television. It came as something of a shock to me that the creators of the show weren’t as big fans as I was. They saw the potential for a perfect ten, and when the episode turned out to be an eight, or an eight and a half, they were disappointed. They wanted the claustrophobia heightened, the emotions deeper. It’s nearly impossible to view your own work subjectively. Like Behr, I tend to see only the flaws in my own stuff. While it’s true there are things that could have been done better, each of them would have been difficult, if not impossible, in the era of television in which DS9 existed.
Not just the name of a 2000 Sylvester Stallone flick! This was also the battle cry of Lynda Carter fans not long after the announcement of the first silver screen film version of Wonder Woman (coming in 2017). The prospect of a Wonder Woman film, coupled with the fact that the actress most associated with the titular role (Lynda Carter) was still alive, still acting, and still looking like a beautiful Amazon warrior had fans wishing, hoping, and begging that filmmakers would give Carter a role in the new movie. Or at very least a cameo appearance. It seemed like a no-brainer and an obvious choice to cast Carter as Hippolya, Wonder Woman's mother, and Queen of the Amazons. Now that she was a little older, it would seem fairly easy to fit into that role.
You don’t have to go to Takodana to get the latest in trending cantina cocktails. Garlic, My Soul, Fanboy Comics, and I are back on the trail of the hottest fan foods and have traveled across galaxies for this installment. From Mos Eisley Cantina to Maz Kanata’s castle, here are two signature drinks that stuck with us.
“So, let me get this straight: Al we have to do is get past an enemy fleet, avoid a tachyon detection grid, beam into the middle of Klingon headquarters, and avoid the Brotherhood of the Sword long enough to set these things up and activate them in front of Gowron?”
-- Chief Miles O’Brien
Let’s get something out of the way right up front. Starfleet makes no sense as a military organization. I know, this isn’t exactly a revelation. I’m not talking about the mayfly-level lifespan of the red shirts, or their insistence at beaming down to new planets without first checking for breathable atmosphere. I’m talking about the trope that exists in nearly every show which insists the main characters do everything.
As Wonder Fever continues to heat up in anticipation of her big screen debut in Batman V Superman and the character's 75th anniversary, Wonder Woman is perfectly poised to become an even bigger pop culture phenomenon in 2016.
“I’ve spent most of my life bringing people to justice. Now that it’s my turn, how can I run away?”
-- Constable Odo
When viewed as a whole, season four is a definite oddball in the tapestry of DS9. The reason for this is as simple as it is dreaded: executive meddling. Stressed over poor ratings and their flagship program going off the air, the brass at Paramount made some demands of the DS9 writing staff. While Behr and company wanted to bridge seasons three and four with the story of the Dominion coming to Earth (what became the two-parter nestled in the middle of season four's “Homefront” and “Paradise Lost”), executives didn’t want a cliffhanger. They also wanted something big to “shake things up.”