Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Quickening, Body Parts, Broken Link, Apocalypse Rising, The Ship, Looking for par'Mach in all the Wrong Places, ...Nor the Battle to the Strong

What a busy weekend but somehow I have managed to watch 7 episodes of Star Trek but only worked out to 2 of them. That is ok thought I have needed a little bit of Star Trek time in my life these days.

In Elk River, a town close to where I live there has been some crazy shit going down. Well ok one crazy thing but it has me pissed of beyond belief. There is a billboard on the highway with a contact for "reparative therapy" also known as anti-gay therapy. The advertisement suggests  that just because you have gay feelings doesn't mean you were "born gay." Reparative therapy has been banned in several states and formally discouraged by nearly every psychiatric and counseling agency in the world. This form of "therapy" is hateful and hurtful and has a history of destroying people. I am always appalled by this level of hatred and it makes me worry for the children that I work with at school each day. I found the hasthag today and it is perfect so lets all share it!


The Quickening
Bashir and Dax have beamed down to a planet with a distress signal for a medical emergency. The people of this planet have been suffering from "the blight" a disease that was given to the planet by the Dominion. Bashir sets himself to the task of curing this disease but finds road blocks in a society and culture that has started welcoming death and can't change their ways. In the end Bashir finds a way to inoculate but it only helps to make the newborn children healthy. The episode ends with Bashir on the station still working on a cure.

Body Parts
Quark finds out that he is about to die and in order to make some money he agrees to sell his dried remains on the open market. Brunt shows up and lets Quark know that he is not dying but that he has also bought Quark's remains and expects them to be delivered. Quark now must get himself out of the deal with Brunt before he gets killed. Luckily Quark survives the ordeal to swindle another day. The only problem is that now Quark is broke and exiled from the Ferengi Empire. 

Broken Link
Odo has taken ill and the only way to cure him is to take him home to the Founders. Once in the Gamma Quadrant the Founders find Odo and take him back to the great link to be judged. He is being judged because he killed a fellow changeling. He is taken into the link and judged; the verdict, guilty. His punishment is not death but that he is transformed into a solid person. While in the great link Odo did learn that Gowron the leader of the Klingon Empire is really a changeling. 

Season 5
Apocalypse Rising
Now that Starfleet knows that Gowron is a changeling, Odo, O'Brien, Worf and Sisko are off to the Klingon Empire to kill him. They are disguised as Klingons and set to the task of being initiated as special warriors but first must endure a party designed to weed out the weak ones. Through a series of events it turns out the General Martok is the changeling and he is killed. Relations with the Klingons are starting to get better by the end of the episode but it is not perfect yet. 

The Ship
Worf, Sisko, O'Brien, Dax and Muniz(a random officer) are on a remote Gamma Quadrant planet to survey the mining potential. A Jem'Hadar ship crashes and they decide to salvage it for intelligence research. Another ships shows up and the 5 are stranded in the ship under attack. The tensions raise and the Jem'Hadar and Vorta try to mess with the crew to get them out of the ship. Sisko figures that there is something special in the ship but they cannot locate it, eventually the find out that it is a Founder. The Founder dies and the Vorta appears to collect the remains of the dead "god". In the end Sisko struggles to weight the cost and benefit of the situation. 

Looking for par'Mach in all the Wrong Places
Quark's old wife of convenience Grilka shows up on the station and Worf is in love, but so is Quark. Worf spends the whole episode trying to help Quark bed this Klingon beatuy, with a little help from Dax too. In Addition Kira and O'Brien are feeling shall we say a little romantically heated and confused but nothing comes of this. In the end Quark and Grilka end up together and so do Worf and Dax. 

...Nor the Battle to the Strong
Jake Sisko is with Bashir on a mission while he is supposed to be writing an article. The two get a distress call from a near by planet that is under attack by the Klingons. Jake pursuades Bashir to go the planet to help out. He does this for selfish reasons because he wants a good story. While on the planet Jake works the hospital to help with patients. He becomes traumatized by a number of situations and in the end everything works out but he is very shaken and needs time to recover. 

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