The Rewatch 219: Dax

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.08 Dax (0215/1993)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1

Notable Guest Stars:
Gregory Itzin (Illon Tandro) – He is known for his role in 24, appearances on Friends, and several episodes of Star Trek over the years including DS9, Voyager and Enterprise.
Fionnula Flanagan (Enina Tandro) – Flanagan played several roles on Trek over the years, including that of Juliana Soong, Data’s “mom”. Some of her other notable roles include Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Transamerica,
Anne Haney (Judge Renora) – She previously played Rishon on TNG.  She is also known for her roles in Mrs Doubtfire and Mama’s Family.
Richard Lineback (Selin Peers) – Another Star Trek alum, he played roles on DS9, TNG and Enterprise.  He also plays the father in Twister, one of my favorite childhood films.
Spice Williams (Klaestron Kidnapper) – Spice Williams is a reoccuring face among Star trek, having guest starred as several characters over the years as well as working on stunts. In this episode she gets to beat up Julian Bashir. She is also the sister-in-law of Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar)

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The Rewatch 217: Q-Less

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.07 (02/8/1993)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1

Notable Guest Stars:
 John de Lancie (Q) – This is John de Lancie’s second series with Trek (out of four he will appear in to my knowledge)
Jennifer Hetrick (Vash) – This will be Hetrick’s third appearance as Vash, Picard’s love interest and archeological thief.

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The Rewatch 215: Captive Pursuit

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.06 Captive Persuit (02/1/1994)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1

Notable Guest Stars:
 Scott MacDonald (Tosk) MacDonald is a reoccurring Trek actor, and he will continue to show up in various series, including Enterprise.
Gerrit Graham (Hunter)- Graham, like MacDonald is a reoccuring actor in the franchise, appearing first as The Hunter on DS9 before joining the Q continuum as Quinn on Voyager.  He also was an option to play Odo before Rene Auberjonois was chosen.
Kelly Curtis (Miss Sarda)- Curtis is the older sister of Jamie Lee Curtis, but unlike her sister and parents, her career tends to be behind the scenes more these days than in front of the camera.

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The Rewatch 213: Babel

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.05 Babel (01/11/1994)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1

Notable Guest Stars:
Jack Kehler (Captain Jaheel)– Kehler is a member of the Actor’s Studio.  A recent credit for him includes the Amazon hit series The Man in the High Castle.  He has appeared in smaller roles across a spectrum of popular tv shows.
Ann Gillespie (Jabara)-
Gillespie has appeared in several hit tv shows, including Gilmore Girls, 90210, and Ryan’s Hope.  She currently works as an Episcopal Priest.

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The Rewatch 212: A Man Alone

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.04 A Man Alone (01/11/1994)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1

Notable Guest Stars:
 Max Grodenchick (Rom) – This is Grodenchik’s first appearance as his most reoccuring character Rom.  Since he and Nog are both Regular characters on the show, I probably will not be mentioning them as notable Guest stars.  Grodenchik has played several characters over the course of Star Trek, including a Ferengi in TNG the year prior to DS9.
Aron Eisenberg (Nog)  This is his second appearance but he will appear several more times over the course of the entire series.  As  such after this I consider him a regular character and no longer a “guest” character.
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O’Brien)  Kieko finally appears on the show!  Like the previous two, she appears enough on the show to make her a regular and no longer a guest star.
Mark Allen Shephard (Morn) – One day I need to figure out how often Morn, Quark’s most frequent customer, appears on the show. He is also an artist whose work has been used on the sets of DS9.
Stephen James Carver (Ibudan 1,2,3) He has appeared on several episodes of TNG, and in the film Liar Liar as a police officer.
Edward Albert (Zaya) – He has an extensive credit list, but I do recognize Dr. Quinn.  He also is an advocate of Native American Rights. Unfortunately he died in 2006 of lung cancer.

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The Rewatch 211: Past Prologue

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.03 Past Prologue (01/11/1994)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1

Notable Guest Stars:
Jeffery Nordling (Tahna Los)- He is probably best known for his role on Once & Again. He also can be seein in D3:The Mighty Ducks
Andrew Robinson (Garak) – He works primarily as a character actor, but notable has appeared in Dirty Harry, Hellraiser, and of course DS9 where he appears as a regular character after season 2. He also was the director of the Fine Arts program at University of Southern California focused on acting.
Vaughn Armstrong( Gul Danar) Vaughn Armstrong has played a record 12 characters over the course of Star Trek.  This is his second appearance and second character.  His longest running character is that of Admiral Forrest in Enterprise.
Gwynyth Walsh (B’Etor) Walsh appears several times on TNG, and this particular episode of DS9 as B’Etor.  She also will appear in Voyager, but as a different character.
Barbara March(Lursa)- While known for her role in TNG, she also has written several plays that have been published in other languages.  She sadly passed away in 2019.
Susan Bay (Admiral Rollman) – Her part was fairly minor in this scene, but she will return in a later episode as the same character.  Star Trek has been in her life a long time as she is the wife of Star Trek Alum Leonard Nimoy.

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The Rewatch 210: Emissary

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.01/02 Emissary (01/04/1994)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 1/1

Notable Guest Stars:
 Patrick Stewart (Picard) – Odd seeing him as a Guest star, but technically he is. 
Camille Saviola (Kai Opaka)-
Saviola plays the part of Kai Opaka for four episodes, and is referenced in several more.  She had a long Broadway career.  She recently passed away in October 2021.
Felcia M. Bell (Jennifer Sisko) –
Bell is known for her soap opera credits on Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  She has since focused her career on holistic health.
Aron Eisenberg (Nog)- E
isenberg will play Quark’s nephew for all seven seasons of the series. The actor was 25 when the pilot was aired, making him slightly older than the character he plays.  Unfortunately he died in 2019 due to lifelong medical issues.
Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat)-
Alaimo played several characters over the past few years, but Gul Dukat is his most notable role.  He’ll appear on this series at least 34 more times.
Max Grodenchik (Rom/Pit Boss)-
Grodenchik has played various Ferengi over the years, but Rom will be his most known role.  He is actually credited as “Ferengi Pitt Boss” in this episode, though he would eventually be Rom.
J.G. Hertzler (Vulcan Captain) –
He is more known as Martok, Worf’s mentor later in the series.

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The Rewatch 103: Neutral Zone

Series: Star Trek The Next Generation
Episode: 1.26 Neutral Zone (05-16-88) (SEASON FINALE)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0 /3

Notable Guest Stars:
 Marc Alaimo – Tebok. Alaimo would return as several characters over the course of the series, but he is probably best known as Gul Dukot. Who I will probably rant about when we get to DS9
Anthony James– Thei. He was a character actor on several TV shows.
Leon Rippy – L.Q. “Sonny” Clemonds. He appeared along with Jonathan Frakes on the miniseries North and South. (Never seen it, you should. Just make sure you get the one about the civil war and not industrial England (although also good))
Grace Harrison – Clare Raymond. She doesn’t have an extensive list of credits but she appeared as Bitty Stonecipher on Designing Women and Susan Slater on the TV series Melba from 1986.
Peter Mark Richman– Ralph Offenhouse. He voiced “old” Spiderman in the animated series from 1996.

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The Rewatch 101: We’ll Always Have Paris

*Note: This was posted in reverse order with the next episode. This aired before Conspiracy*

Series: Star Trek The Next Generation
Episode: 1.24 We’ll Always Have Paris. (05-2-88)
Rating: 3.7/5
Redshirt Status: 0/4

Notable Guest Stars:
Michelle Phillips – Jenice Manheim. You may know her more for her music career then her acting career.
Rod Loomis – Paul Manheim. He appeared in Bill & Ted as Sigmund Freud. Which I find easier to notice now because I recently watched Bill & Ted to celebrate the third film coming out.

Review:

This episode has two plot lines. The main plot line is that Paul Manheim has found evidence of time manipulation. The Enterprise crew of course has to figure out what is going on, only to find out that Manheim’s team has been killed, and he is the last survivor other then his wife.

Plot two, the lighter of the two plots, is that Jenice Manheim is a former girlfriend of Picard. I kept seeing Imzadi parallels thanks to the book Imzadi (Peter David), which isn’t canon anymore by a long shot but still. Two lovers were meant to meet somewhere, and the dashing Starfleet officer leaves his love behind to ship out. Only this one ends differently with Jenice staying with her husband who she loves, and Picard staying with his ship.They share a fond farewell, but both know they are better for it.

I honestly don’t have much to say about this episode. I like the inclusion of the holodeck, and the backstory for Picard. I also like the fact that they point out that no one sees Data as just a machine (like the alien from the previous episode). Data thinks he is disposable, but that is not Picard’s thoughts at all. Overall it was neutral though. Its not an episode that leaves an impression unless you are there specifically for character moments for Picard and Data. So I’m going to give it a 3.7.

With the influence of the Imzadi backstory, I have to wonder if Picard and Riker talked about what was going on and Riker felt his own story playing out in a way.

Interesting Notes:

  • Written by Deborah Dean Davis and Hanna Louise Shearer.
  • Directed by Robert Becker
  • Title references Casablanca (as does the Blue Parrot Café). A classic film I still have yet to see.

Pros:

  • Data getting to save the day

Cons:

  • Not really a amazing episode. Kind of dull.

The Rewatch 102: Conspiracy

Series: Star Trek The Next Generation
Episode: 1.25 Conspiracy (05-08-88)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0 /3

Notable Guest Stars:
 Henry Darrow – Admiral Savar. He was the second person to play Don Alejandro de la Vega in the 90s television version of the epic story. He also founded a ethnic minority committee within SAG with fellow Star Trek actor Ricardo Montalban (as well as Edith Diaz and Carmen Zapata).
Ward Costello – Admiral Quinn. He appeared earlier in the season.
Robert Schenkkan – Lt. Commander Dexter Remmick. He appeared earlier in the season as well. He also has won various awards for his plays, including a Pulitzer.
Jonathan Farwell – Captain Walker Keel. He appeared on the The Young and the Restless.
Michael Berryman – Captain RIxx. He had a part in the 1975 movie One flew over the Cookoo’s Nest. Which is considered a classic, but not on my list of favorite movies by far.
Ursaline Bryant – Captain Tryla Scott. She did many tv roles, including a guest spot on Golden Girls.

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