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The Rewatch 211: Passenger

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.09 Passenger (02/22/1993)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1 (There are some dubious stunning’s but I like to think everyone lived)

Notable Guest Stars:
Caitlin Brown (Ty Kajada)- She appeared in Babylon Five, which is often compared to DS9. She also appeared in TNG, starred the horror film All about Evil.

James Lashly (Lt. George Primmin)- Lashly appears in so many of the shows I watched growing up yet I really never noticed him which I now need to fix.  He appeared on Gilmore Girls, Bones, Charmed, Judging Amy, Wild Wild West, ER, Pretender, and also TNG (3 years prior).

Christopher Colins (Durg) – Colins has a long voice acting filmography, including being the Cobra Commander on GI Joe, and the original Mr. Burns (exxxxelllant).  Unfortunately, he died from a hemorrhage in 1994, a little over a year after this episode aired.

James Harper (The Original Rao Vantika)- He was in the 1998 hit film Armageddon and has been known for being the voice of Arcturus Mengsk on StarCraft video games.  He also did a spin on General Hospital in the late 2000s.

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The Rewatch 210: Tapestry

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.15 Tapestry (2/15/1993)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0/3/38 

Notable Guest Stars:
Ned Vaughn (Cortin Zweller) – Those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile know that Apollo 13 has been my favorite movie since it came out in 1994.  Ned Vaughn appears in the movie as CapCom 2.

J.C Brandy (Marta Batanides)- J.C. Brandy has appeared in various tv series over the years, including a couple soap operas.  She also made an appearance in the Halloween film franchise.  She was 17 years old when she filmed this episode.

Clive Church (Maurice Picard) – This appears to be his first -and only – known credit.  Which was notable enough for me to include him in this section.

Rae Norman (Penny Muroc)- Rae Norman was appearing on Guiding Light around the same time she was on Star Trek.

Review:

I have to admit this is not one of my favorite episodes of TNG.  Every show has their “It’s a Wonderful Life” episode, it seems, and this was TNG’s.  Picard, having received a near-fatal wound, finds himself in a space with Q.  Q uses his powers to show Picard what might have happened if he hadn’t been stabbed by the Nausiccaans, a story mentioned earlier in the show.

My problem was most IAWL like episodes show the effect someone has on other people, not just their own life. And Picard had a deep impact on the other characters.  For example, there is a scene where Altered Picard talks with Will Riker.  Will is still the executive officer even though its been pretty much implied that the main reason he hasn’t taken a ship of his own is because he wanted ot learn more from Picard. I find it hard to believe that Will would still be on Enterprise and not on his own ship.  And, what does this mean for Jack Crusher? 

Of course, this could all be explained away as being part of Q’s made-up world.

There is also the weirdness of the Marta romance.  For one, they never really made Picard out to have been a lothario till this episode.  And the actress for Marta was 17 years old. While neither actor seemed to find anything amiss, the fact that the crew thought she needed to be aged up by make-up makes me wonder why they didn’t hire an older actress.

This episode did launch a thousand memes of Picard waking up to Q in his bed. 

This episode is usually critically accepted as good, and while I may not particularly feel driven to watch it, I don’t think it’s the worst episode ever. (You have seen me skip episodes so you know that). 

Interesting Notes:

  • Written by Ronald D. Moore
  • Directed by Les Landau
  • This episode was inspired by “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.
  • The brainstorming team liked this episode as a comparison to Picard’s wild child youth and studious adulthood while Kirk was a studious young man and only earned his reputation as a risk taker as an adult (and as a Captain).
  • First appearance of the Nausicaans

Pros

  • I wonder if they realize that they made Q appear pansexual at this point. I mean it would make sense for an energy being such as the Q continuum not to limit their interests by gender.

Cons:

  • I feel the story seems a little farfetched as far as it not effecting other people that where Jean-Luc was in life was different.  Our lives are ripples, not stagnant dots no matter what Q believes.

Screencap via CygnusX1.net

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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 216: Aquiel

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.12 Aquiel (2/1/1993)
Rating: 3/5
Redshirt Status: 0/3/38

Notable Guest Stars:
Renee Jones (Aquiel Uhnari)- I know her best as Lexie Carter on Days of Our Lives. She played the role from 1993 to 2012, and it appears to be her last credit. She has no credits after 2012.
Wayne Grace (Torak) – Grace has done both live action and voice work, including several Star Wars and Star Trek games. He played roles in DS9 and Enterprise.
Reg. E. Cathey (Morag)-
He played Franklin Storm in the more recent reboot of Fantastic Four. Which I still need to see. He also appeared in House of Cards, for which he has received several Emmy nominations. He unfortunately passed away in 2018, with his final performance being the voice of Captain Quaid in Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.

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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 214: Ship in a Bottle

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.12 Ship in a Bottle (1/24/1993)
Rating: 5/5
Redshirt Status: 0/3/38

Notable Guest Stars:
Dwight Schultz (Barclay) Does Barclay really count as a guest star at this point?  He’s become more of a recurring character.
Daniel Davis (Moriarty)-
Davis is reappearing as the character from the episode “Elementary, My Dear Data”.  You may recognize him from The Nanny where he played the butler, Niles.
Stephanie Beacham (Countess) – She has a range of credits in British television as well as American, and stared in The Colbys, a spinoff of Dynasty.  She also is an advocate for elderly care.

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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.

Review:

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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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