Sunday, December 30, 2012


What a wonderful day spent relaxing on the couch and watching TV. I really didn’t do a whole lot today except workout and each Chinese food this afternoon. It was actually a nice day looking after my little kitten that was just neutered and declawed on Friday. The young man is a bit calmer than he was before hand and I hope that trend continues forever. I have made one New Year’s resolution already and that is to attend a Star Trek convention this year and I think my destination will be the Convention in Chicago this summer. I have not been to a convention in 20 years and that was with my grandmother, I was ten at the time.

Elliptical Machine: Miles- 3.91, Calories- 629

A freighter has contacted DS9 because they have a passenger on board who needs medical assistance because he has Kalla-Nohra. Kira goes to the infirmary to visit this passenger because Kalla-Nohra is an illness that only people who were at the Gallitep Labor Camp have contracted. She goes assuming that she will be talking to a Bajoran survivor of the camp but is shocked to find a Cardassian in the infirmary. She immediately calls for security to arrest this man and he is taken into a holding cell. She charges him with committing atrocities against the Bajoran people at the forced labor camp.  The man claims to be Aamin Marritza, a file clerk at the Gallitep facility who doesn’t seem to have any real idea of what happened at the camp. Kira is very upset as she was hoping to have captured a real criminal and she begins dealing with feelings of revenge and hatred all over again. Kira, it is revealed, has a very personal connection to Gallitep as she was one of the Bajoran resistance fighters who helped to liberate the camp about 12 years prior. The Cardassians send a picture of Gallitep and this man does not look like Aamin Marritza but instead is the spitting image of Gul Darhe’el. Darhe’el was the administrator of the camp and know as “The Butcher of Gallitep”. Communication is set up with Cardassia again and it is discovered that Darhe’el died nearly six years ago so this cannot be him. During her interrogations with Marritza, Kira develops a strange connection of hatred but understanding of some sort. When she revealed that it was confirmed he was not Darhe’el he breaks down and confesses that he is Marritza but that he felt some justice needed to be paid to restore Cardassia to glory. He was trying to do the right thing and felt bad about his small part in occupation of Bajor. In the end while being escorted to a shuttle a stray drunk Bajoran kills him with a knife. The show ends with Kira holding this Cardassian man in tears.

This show is a very solid and engrossing hour of television anchored by extremely strong performances from Nana Visitor and Harris Yulin (marritza). It is a real shame that neither received any recognition from the TV academy for their performances, just another example of Sci-Fi not getting any credit with voters. The show also confirms the Bajoran Occupation as an allegory for the genocide and internment of Jews during Nazi Germany in the 30’s and 40’s. Of additional not e is that the interrogation scenes between Marritza and Kira are very similar to the interrogation scenes between Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. This episode helped to give hope that Deep Space Nine really had a lot to say and was a unique voice within the Star Trek world. 

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