Monday, December 31, 2012

In the Hands of the Prophets

Well goodbye 2012 and hello 2013! Another year has come and gone but I’m still here, albeit less of me than there was in January. The year as a whole was pretty good and I honestly can’t complain about where things are at right now.  I very much look forward to what the new year has to offer and bring my way. I am pledging that I will be open to whatever the universe brings my way.

In The Hands Of The Prophets
In the middle of a lesson on the wormhole Mrs. O’Brien’s classroom is paid a visit by Vedek Winn, a high level Bajoran spiritual leader. Winn has a major problem with Mrs. O’Brien not teaching the religious beliefs that surround the wormhole and celestial temple and basically lays down a pretty big religious threat against the school. Meanwhile an officer has gone missing and was found dead in a Jeffries tube. Tensions on the station continue to mount as the school is causing a rift between the Bajorans and Federation staff and civilian populations. Winn continues to preach about the prophets and even Kira professes to agree with her on the school. Sisko goes to Bajor to seek help from a less orthodox Vedek, Vedek Bareil. Bareil claims that he can’t help because he is trying to vai for the position of Kai and doesn’t want to alienate any of the religious orders on Bajor. Soon after he returns to the station Sisko must rush to the school because there has been an explosion. Luckily no one was hurt in the process but this heightens the tensions. There is another mysterious finding in the murder case where a runabout has been tampered with to be used as a getaway vehicle. We learn that Winn and a bajoran technician named Neela are working together on a plot. Bareil makes a surprise visit to the station to help comfort and calm the tensions. During this talk O’Brien, Sisko and Dax foil an assassination attempt on Bareil. Kira confronts Winn, knowing that she is behind the attempt as a way to secure her position as Kai. In the end tensions settle and Kira and Sisko get back to work.

This show features the first appearance of Louise Fletcher, the Oscar winning actress from One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as Vedek Winn. Fletcher is a powerhouse actress who never really got a ton of respect or a mainstream job even after her Oscar win. She was type cast in the evil villain role which led to her taking a lot of science fiction parts. She is wonderful and makes a total of 14 appearances over the next six seasons. The show deals with a heavy issue… religion in the classroom and it is handled beautifully. 

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