Yes, yes, it’s a year and a half late. But I’m searching through the archives and I don’t see a single thing about it. Now, either I’m just not doing a good enough search (which would be my guess) or all the Trekkers out here on the boards just missed the boat.
So let’s talk about the series finale to Deep Space 9.
OK, I have to say I was extrememly dissappointed in the resolution to all the story arcs. Lets take a few of them to start off with.
Ezri Dax. What were they trying to accomplish with this character? Was she to be used to help Worf sort through Jadzia’s death? Hey, he could do that on his own. Was she supposed to be comic relief in a bumbling “I was never trained to be a trill host,” sort of way? You can only stretch that premise so far before we expect a bit more depth to the character.
The fact is that she came in at the worst possible time and, instead of fighting the uphill battle, just gave up and rolled the rest of the way down. As much as I disliked Nicole De Boer as an actress, that was nothing compared to the unneccesary time suck her character and story took from the whole arc.
Gul Dukat and Kai Winn
OK, I like Gul Dukat. He’s a great character and the actor, Marc Alaimo, plays him well. Kai Winn is fine too. She’s been set up as someone who would turn to the “darkside” if the opportunity presented itself. The problem is how they went about it. She learns about Dukat being Dukat, and not a prophet from a farm area, and then does a 180 on her conscience in a single episode. Prolong it a bit! Let us see her struggle through two, maybe three episodes. Oh, you don’t think there’s time? May I direct your attention to…
** Captain Sisko**
When you became one of those prophets at the end, that was cool. But did you ever think about maybe saying “Goodbye” to your son? You managed to squeeze in a few seconds for your wife. What about the person who has loved you and been with you your entire life? What about the person who you promised you would never abandon. Oh yeah, guess that slipped your mind.
those faceless aliens whose name eludes me
What is under their mask? Maybe a few of the missing plot points. Like why they were brought in, in the first place? They didn’t do anything. They brought no military strategy with them, just more ships to get blown up. They had zero character development. They were just faceless aliens who are supposed to remain an enigma to us. Got news for you writers, mysteries only become mysteries if we’re interested in solving them. Why don’t I remember their name? Because it was never important for me to remember. They weren’t really an alien race, they were Generic Scary Plotpoint ™.
the story as a whole
DS9. Listen to me. Please believe me. If your episodes weren’t interesting, I wouldn’t have bothered tuning in. Look at Voyager for example. But you threw away so many opportunities in this last year. You wasted so much time on irrelevant side plots. I’m not asking for every episode to deal with the war, but it sickened me to see the war plot get rushed through when so much time was spent on crap episodes that had nothing to do with it. I loved the secret agency and Bashir even though it had nothing to do with the war. But most of the distractions were crap. Utter complete piles of feces.
The ending, with Sisko and Dukat above the Pit of Despair (or whatever it was called), was about as cliche as it comes.
There were so many things I liked. The founders. The Gem Hadar and Weyoun. But overall they could have done better. They should have done better.