Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I'm Back!- The way of the warrior, the visitor, Hippocratic Oath & Indiscretion

Hello Everyone I am back!!!!!! It has been quite some time since my last post on this blog. In that time I ran a marathon, a half marathon, a 5k and a 10k. But I will be completely honest since the marathon I have had somewhat of a “I can eat whatever I want I just ran a Marathon” attitude. So the number on the scale is looking a little less than pretty right now. I am starting to train for a triathlon next year which scares and excites me a ton. I am more than confident in my ability to run and my ability to bike but swimming, now that is a beast of another name. I’ve started small but I have worked my way up to swimming a number of laps. 

Weight: 212
Exercise: Ran 2 Miles & Swam 15 lengths of the pool

I’ve missed a few episodes so I am going to give a quick summary of the ones I’ve missed. 

The Way of the Warrior
This should  be subtitled “ratings aren't that great lets bring someone everyone loves”. That is how Worf ended up on Deep Space Nine. Basically the Klingons start to cause a fuss over the dominion crisis so they plan to go to war which means that they get into a near battle with the Federation at DS9. A good episode but a very clear ratings ploy. 

The Visitor
An accident happens and Sisko is lost and his son Jake goes a little crazy spending the rest of his life searching for his father. It turns out that Sisko got trapped in some parallel universe or something and in the end the all is returned. I literally hate this episode and think it is among the worst every produced in this series. 

Hippocratic Oath
Bashir and O’Brien land on a planet and are captured by the Jem’Hadar. These Jem’Hadar are not part of the main army and it turns out they are trying to break the addiction cycle to the drug “white” that the Founders have engineered them for. In the end it can’t be done


Kira is given information on a ship that was lost during the occupation. It was carrying a number of hostages to a prison colony. Dukat gets wind of this and wants to join in the search. As it turns out Dukat’s Bajoran mistress and daughter were on board the ship. He initially wants to kill her because she may interfere with his political aspirations but Kira convinces him otherwise. In the end the family is united and she returns to Cardassia with Dukat. Meanwhile Sisko’s romance with Cassidy is cooking right along, if he doesn’t fuck it up. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Explorers, Family Business, Shakaar, Facets, The Adversary

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! I celebrated this important weekend by running a half-marathon relay! I ran a really strong 6.5 miles and could not be happier with my performance in this race. The 4th of July is all about family, friends, celebrating freedom and fireworks. I am very Happy to report that I was able to take all of those things in this weekend.

I am learning so much as I go through this crazy journey that is marathon training. Today I had a brutal 10-mile run, well I ran 8.5 of the miles and had to walk 1.5 of them throughout the race. The run was greatly impacted by the heat, humidity, wind and hills. These are excuses I know but they are big factors. I also learned from a friend that eating Asian food and heavy cream sauces the night before a run are bad things and well I did both of them. LOL.  For a time during the run today I was starting to be a little doubtful on my ability to run a marathon but I have banished those thoughts from my brain because I WILL RUN THIS THING!

Benjamin and Jake Sisko decide to test an old Bajoran legend of two men who travel from Bajor to Cardassia in a small stellar sailing ship. The journey has its bumps and hazards but eventually they make it to Cardassia and prove the legend as possible. Meanwhile Dr. Bashir meets up with an old school rival. 

Family Business
Quark and Rom are paid a visit from the Ferengi Commerece Association (FCA) regarding their mother who has apparently broken a major Ferengi law; she has earned a profit. During their visit the three struggle through family issues but eventually all is reconciled. Meanwhile back on the station everyone is a buzz about Sisko meeting Cassidy Yates, a freighter Captain and by the end of the episode romance is in the air.

The Bajoran government has lent the people of a small remote province soil reclamators designed to improve the soil once ruined by the Cardassians. The problem becomes Kira’s when Kai Winn asks her to talk to the leader Shakaar about getting the devices so that Bajor can improve soil and improve interstellar trade. Kai Winn, the newly appointed first minister, nearly instigates a civil war with her antics. In the end Shakaar announces his run for the office of first minister to oppose the Kai. 

Dax has finally had to schedule the Zhian'tara, a rite where she meets her previous host’s personalities through sharing bodies with her current friends. All goes well as she meets each host until Curzon inhabits Oda and refuses to leave. All is finally put right and Dax is glad for the experience. Also Nog is trying to pass the Starfleet entrance exam and makes it one step closer to fulfilling his dream.

The Advesary
Sisko has finally been awarded the rank of Captain! During the ceremony an ambassador informs him of a threatening situation in the Tzenkethi sector. The Defiant heads there to make Starfleet’s presence known and it turns out the Ambassador was a changeling and this was once again a plot by the Founders to breed distrust and paranoia in the Alpha Quadrant. The changeling also reveals to Odo the following message “You are too late. We are everywhere.”

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Visionary, Distant Voices, Through the Looking Glass, Improbable Cause, The Die is Cast

Summer continues to march on here in Minnesota and that my friends is a truly sad thing for me to admit! As a school employee I really do cherish my summer’s off, even though I don’t take the whole summer off.  I have been working at the school in the Early Childhood Special Education program and at my second job the speech/language clinic.

In other more fun news I am one month into my marathon-training schedule. I am constantly amazed at how the body can adapt to new and more physically demanding tasks. I have not run anything over 6 miles since April but last weekend I ran a 9-mile course and finished strong all in all. I love running but I’m currently struggling with forgetting about the elapsed time and thinking only about the distance. Truly the only goal for the 26.2 miles is to finish and run every step of the way. Ok so that said I would like to finish in less than 4 hours and 20 minutes.

Once again it was PRIDE season in Minneapolis and I was there to celebrate festivities. Pride is a very unique “holiday” as it is a celebration of our struggles and successes as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals, which is a very noble thing to celebrate. On the other hand for some it takes on the guise of drinking heavily and random sex with as many people as possible. The community is wide and really I think there is room for all types of people and all types of celebrations.

This weeks binge watching includes the following:

O’Brien is somehow infected with a random strain of radiation that is causing him to move back and forth in the near future. He is seeing events of people’s deaths; the destruction of the station and even his own death, the problem though is solved through some clever work by O’Brien and the good doctor. Meanwhile the Romulans are on board the station learning about the Federation’s encounter with the Founders.

Distant Voices
Dr. Bashir is attacked by a telepathic alien and placed in a coma. The rest of the episode he ages and ages while encountering strange versions of the DS9 crew. In the end he figures out that he must defeat the alien in his mind before he can come out of the coma.

Through the Looking Glass
Sisko is kidnapped and brought to the mirror universe by Smiley O’Brien. The humans in the parallel universe are looking to step up their rebellion against the Klingon/Cardassian alliance and need to capture Jennifer Sisko. It seems Jennifer is working for the Cardassians but Sisko is able to convince her to join the rest of the humans so that he can return home.

Improbable Cause
Garak’s shop is destroyed and it looks like it was the Romulans who are responsible for the assassination attempt. Through an investigation Odo finds that there were other Cardassians who were murdered at the same time and Garak reveals that they were all members of the Obsidian Order. Garak and Odo travel to find Tain, the former head of the organization. The cliffhanger ends with Garak rejoining Tain.

The Die is Cast
The Obsidian Order and Romulan Tal Shiar have joined forces to make a preemptive strike against the Dominion. The Federation meanwhile does nothing to stop the fleet hoping that maybe the Cardassiansand Romulans succeed. The Federation begins to prep for an attack in the Alpha Quadrant. The Domion ambushes that fleet and attacks them as they attempt to destroy the Founders planet. Garak and Odo are rescued by the Defiant crew. It is also revealed that the Founders are in the Alpha Quadrant as spies. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Defiant, Fascination, Past Tense, Life Support, Heart of Stone, Destiny, Prophet Motive

Hello Everyone! I am back after a very long absence. My return to the blog has been prompted by the need to tone back down the weight just a little bit. I have put on a few pounds the last month or so, nothing major but I'm over 200 so that needs to change. The second and more important reason is that I have signed up for the Twin Cities Marathon and need just that little bit of extra encouragement. So long story short here I am my fabulous readers.

I am a runner these days and I can't believe that I love it as much as I do. I cannot picture my life without being able to run these days. I am currently a month into the training schedule and I just found out that there are 100 days before the race as of today. This post is a little short on the details about me but I have started watching Star Trek again and picked up where I left off with just a few episodes.

Will Riker's pesky transporter clone, Thomas Riker shows up on DS9 where he tricks Kira into showing him the Defiant. He steals the ship and intends to use it as part of a Maquis plan to attack the Cardassians. 

Lwaxana Troi shows up once again to hit on Odo and participate in the Bajoran gratitude festival. The crew and civilians on the station start acting very romantic but towards all of the wrong people. This is all apparently because she developed a fever that impacts other people because she is a telepath.

Past Tense
The crew of the Defiant end up traveling back in time and get caught up in some pretty important events in 21st century Earth, the Bell Riots. They must participate in the events but not change anything so that everything can be set right for the future.

Life Support
Vedek Bariel has been injured right as he is to begin working on a peace treaty with the Cardassians and Bajor. He is held on major life support measures until he finally succumbs to his injuries after the treaty is signed, of which Kai Winn takes all of the credit.

Heart of Stone
Odo and Kira are tracking a Maquis terrorist while they end up on a planet Kira's life is threatened, but it turns out to be a simple experiment by the Founders to see Odo's alliance. Meanwhile Nog wants to join Starfleet and pursues Sisko for a recommendation.

Bajor, the Federation and the Cardassians are working together to place a communication relay on the far side of the wormhole. The Bajoran people are freaked out because of a centuries old prophet the ends up coming true but not as everyone thinks it will.

Prophet Motive
The Nagus shows up and is acting quite weird, rewriting all the Rules of Acquisition and so forth. Turns out that he was "changed" by the creatures who live in the wormhole as they found him to be aggressive and dangerous.