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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Rewatching Deep Space Nine: Family Matters

We’ve been re-watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine recently.

The first seasons we mostly listened to while we played on our computers, but we’ve reached the point where things are getting very interesting. And complicated

We’ve already watched several of my favorite episodes, and they’ve reminded me precisely why I love this show so very much.

Let’s start with what is, hands down, my favorite episode, The Visitor. (Chances are I’ll start crying as I write this, since I always cry when watching it.)

In the story we discover that after Sisko disappears in an accident, Jake has spent his life trying to figure out how to bring his father back. The entire story is based upon the love a son feels for his father, but what makes it so good is that you believe it. The episodes building up to this episode have all shown how close the two are, how much they mean to each other, but most importantly, how vital this relationship is to both of them.

Whenever we see the two of them together, Sisko is hugging Jake or kissing him on the head or generally treating Jake as a beloved child. We also see them bickering over typical misunderstandings. We see Jake rolling his eyes when his father tells him something Jake believes he’s outgrown. We see Jake choosing to spend time with his friend(s) over his father. And we see Jake getting into trouble and Sisko making sure he deals with the consequences of his actions.

All of which is why this episode works so well: because these are two people who very clear care about each other. I’ve read multiple reports that Avery Brooks became a father figure to Cirroc Lofton, and love that comes through clearly whenever you see the two together on the screen.

But more importantly, they are written as a father and son. One of the things that irritated me most about ST:TNG is that I never believed the parent-child relationship between Dr Crusher and Wesley. I don’t blame that on the acting of the two, but upon the writing of the scenes. It’s like they made an idealized parent-child relationship that had no bearing on any reality ever.

However, in DS9 not only do you have a strong relationship between Jake and his father, but we also see O’Brien doting on Molly (I love the scene where she throws up on him (Fascination)) and Keiko and Miles having the typical arguments you see in strong marriages—and how they work past those problems.

The show has multiple families that behave like families: they bicker and nag and whine yet very obviously care for each other.

We get the same feeling when we see other family members of other characters: when Sisko visits earth, his relationship with his father (Brock Peters) is very similar to his relationship with Jake. He nags his father about his health. His father gripes about the nagging, yet we still see the affection.

Even more complex is an episode we haven’t re-watched yet, which is Bashir’s interactions with his parents. That’s another favorite episode, because that relationship is so very complicated, yet it still feels completely real—that actual parents would behave as Bashir’s parents did, sacrificing to give their son the best they could. And what is even more interesting is that complexity is glimpsed long before we meet those characters are learn about Bashir’s past. We see it in a throw-away line in season 4’s Homefront: O’Brien asks Odo to check on his parents, and when Odo asks Bashir if he would like him to check up on anyone, Bashir looks extremely uncomfortable and declines politely.

Even the relationship between Nog, Quark, and Rom matures as the show progresses and Rom steps out from his brother’s shadow, and although the initial episode with their mother is not one I particularly like, we still see complicated relationships between the three. And I adore the scene where Rom realizes Quark has sabotaged Nog’s Academy entrance exam. As well as the scene where Nog breaks down while explaining to Sisko why he wants to go to the Academy.

These are all characters who have depth and pasts and wants and needs and even if you don’t always see them on the surface, you still know they’re there. As flat as someone of these characters were in the first season, they all develop and grow and become far more than they first seem.

All of which means I ended up caring very much what happened to these characters, feeling their hurts and also feeling their joys.

It’s also one of the reasons why so many years later this show is still as relevant and touching as it was when it first came out.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012


The Ultimate Science Fiction And Fantasy Showdown

1. Malcom Reynolds (Sorry Han)
2. Scooby Gang
3. Doctor Who (duh)
4. No opinion
5. Sherlock Holmes
6. Marvin the Paranoid Android (I’m so depressed)
7. No opinion
8. Sarah Connor (I love kick-ass chicks)
9. Starbuck
10. Luke (I can’t help it. Sorry.)
11. Daleks
12. Arthur Dent (How is that even a contest?)
13. As much as I want to say MULTI-PASS, I have to go with River Tam
14. Hermoine (that one was closer)
15. No opinion
16. Uhhh… Avengers?

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Women Fighters in Reasonable Armour

If you haven’t seen this site yet, you really need to check it out.

Women Fighters in Reasonable Armour

And this one too!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sunshine & Rain (Part II)

And since I wrote that post, I can’t get this out of my head.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

PAD: Geek Alert

Michelle: Wait a second, does that say what I think it does?
Michael; Yes, it does.


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Saturday, October 9, 2010

In Other Good News…

Michigan State 34 Michigan 17

This is turning out to be a very good football day.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Preview of Tomorrow?

And as an added bonus:

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WWA: Amused Edition

Sorry about last week, but with company and all, I completely neglected you.

Today’s word is in honor of all the time I wasted watching these videos. I love it when people are silly. It makes me very happy.

Today’s word is: baritone

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Geeks Are Awesome

Expect nothing from me this week.

Instead, I give you awesome geeks.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Just a Reminder

Here’s the sound that plays when I get a new mail message at work.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Pretty Cunning Don’t You Think?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Since Jim is suffering from a humor fail:


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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I Love Trash


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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Movies! Movies! Movies!

Can Michelle even name 26 movies?

1. Pick one film to represent each letter of the alphabet.

2. The letter “A” and the word “The” do not count as the beginning of a film’s title, unless the film is simply titled A or The, and I don’t know of any films with those titles.

3. Return of the Jedi belongs under “R,” not “S” as in Star Wars Episode IV: Return of the Jedi. This rule applies to all films in the original Star Wars trilogy; all that followed start with “S.” Similarly, Raiders of the Lost Ark belongs under “R,” not “I” as in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Conversely, all films in the Lord of the Rings series belong under “L” and all films in the Chronicles of Narnia series belong under “C,” as that’s what those filmmakers called their films from the start. In other words, movies are stuck with the titles their owners gave them at the time of their theatrical release. Use your better judgment to apply the above rule to any series/films not mentioned.

4. Films that start with a number are filed under the first letter of their number’s word. 12 Monkeys would be filed under “T.”

5. Link back to Blog Cabins in your post so that I can eventually type “alphabet meme” into Google and come up #1, then make a post where I declare that I am the King of Google.

NOTE: Movies in parenthesis I have not seen, but couldn’t think of a movie I had seen starting with that letter.

Arsenic & Old Lace
Boondock Saints
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Ed Wood
Fifth Element
Good Night & Good Luck
Iron Monkey
Johnny Dangerously
Kingdom of Heaven
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Matrix, The
Nightmare Before Christmas, The
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Princess Bride, The
Q – (Queen, The)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
U Untouchables
V – (V for Vendetta) Victor, Victoria
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Y – (You Can’t Take It with You)
Z – (Zorro)

(via Nathan and Eric and Ilya…)

ADDENDUM the First:
Janiece‘s List reminded me I had, in fact, seen and enjoyed a ‘V’ movie.!

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Comments Are Endless

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Today’s Random Humor

I’m listening to Morning Edition, and Will Shortz wasn’t calling from his home again.

Where was he calling from?


If you’re confused, imagine Michael Dorn in a very serious tone saying, “Minsk.”

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Monday, October 20, 2008

At the Movies

One of the nursing professors and I share a love for comic book movies, and so when I see him he usually tells me about what movies he’s seen–including the movies his wife takes him to.

Dan: Hey, did you see the new movie Ghost town?
Michelle: No.
Dan: It’s… wait, do you like nice movies?
Michelle: Nope. I like movies with lots of explosions.
Dan: Well, don’t see it.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dear Hollywood

We don’t need your help.


We don’t need some script writer to completely lie about the state just because they think it will make a better story.

I mean, when everyone who was there–including the Syracuse players–say events didn’t happen as depicted in your film, and when you couldn’t even bother to get the year of the game right, you’re really not making a movie, “based on a true story,” anymore are you?

Dick Easterly, 69, of Tampa, Fla. was the Syracuse quarterback that day, when Davis rushed 14 times for 125 yards before a sparse crowd of 20,000.

Easterly saw “The Express” at a critics’ preview last week in Tampa.

“I apologize to the people West Virginia because that did not happen,” Easterly said. “I don’t blame people in West Virginia for being disturbed. The scene is completely fictitious.”

My thanks to Dick Easterly, even though he has nothing for which to apologize.

Too bad the individuals who insulted WVU and West Virginia–the script writers and film makers who saw nothing wrong with making out West Virginians as a bunch of ignorant, violent, racist hicks–will never say a word to us.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

RIP Paul Newman

My he be remembered for being a good and decent human being, as well as an actor.

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Friday, September 26, 2008



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