Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Classics: DS9 7:7 - Once More Unto the Breach

Overall: 7.5

This is a decent story, but the execution is a bit slow.

Plot Synopsis:

Memory Alpha has a summary here.

The Skinny:

There's a sneaky message in here that's kind of interesting. In essence, Ron Moore seems to be arguing that legends - whether they be about Davey Crockett at the Alamo or Kor, the Dahar Master - have an enormous and valuable power to elevate the spirit. And personally, I find it hard to disagree. The tale of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree and then fessing up to his mistake, for example, is almost certainly apocryphal -- but how many early Americans were inspired to do the right thing because of it? While I care about historical accuracy as much as the next person, relentless "de-mythologizing" - the tearing down of harmless fictions - can make us overly cynical and petty.

There are also some nice character moments to be found here. For instance, I love Quark's speech to Ezri regarding what she deserves as a Dax. It is sweet -- and also utterly sincere. And the dignified way in which Kor responds to Martok's mean-spirited taunts is also quite impressive. But as I said above, the overall presentation drags a bit. To be honest, I check my watch a few times, especially when the episode gets bogged down in Martok's back-story with Kor. I understand what Moore was going for there, but that particular scene feels a little too "talky" for my taste.

Writing: 7.0

Moore's basic idea is good, but there's too much telling and not enough showing.

Acting: 7.5

John Colicos and J.G. Hertzler are awesome, of course, but some of the other Klingon performances fall flat.

Message: 8.0

Yes -- legends do uplift individuals and larger societies.

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