"American Gods" episode 1.05. Finally the story takes up some pace! And I just LOVE Gillian Anderson in this weird role! I like this show more and more...
And: "Twin Peaks" episode 2.13.
"The Fall" episode 2.04.
Just finished this episode. Not a terrible one, but rather slow. This episode was, to be fair, a focus on character development. Odo's, Jake's, Kira's. In that regard - it did succeed.
For Kira - her (to me) uninteresting relationship with Bareil. An aspect I find interesting is .... the Bajoran religious order seems to be loosely based off of the Roman Catholic Church. I wonder if Bareil being in a relationship is "scandalous" or the vedeks can marry and have relationships? I don't know. We don't really get much in that regard. This episode was just for them to share a kiss. I do love Quark's nefarious plot to distract her. Seems like him working with his cousin (Gaila?) would have been the better focus. I also love that when Odo is away - Kira makes sure to be on Quark's ass. Haha. I wonder if Odo asked her to do that?
For Jake - I really enjoyed this subplot. One thing DS9 was so good at was showing the average life of civilians. It is interesting to see not all humans want to join Starfleet. And it was a really nice father/son moment when Sisko did not explode in anger but rather understood Jake's desire to carve his own path in life. Rather than simply being Ben Sisko part 2. Plus, this episode started the path for Jake to become a writer.
Odo/Dax - The plot here was interesting. It was good for character growth with Odo. Having been rewatching the old seasons of DS9 - it's clear why Odo starts off so strict and stand-offish. No one was ever really his friend in the old days. They either used him for entertainment (Cardassian neck trick), used him for his ability to be intuitive (Dukat), or saw him as a fascinating specimen (Mora). Kira was probably his first true friend and that relationship was strained when she admitted she lied to him in the past about that murder. When he meets the little girl and she genuinely likes Odo - you could tell he was moved by it. His final moment of shape-shifting for her was nice because you can tell it's a big deal for him to do that for someone.
We get another mention of the ominous "Dominion". Which I obviously loved. The fact that their world is under brutal occupation made me think of how the little girl told Odo they have "scary stories" of Changelings. I wonder if their superstition and mythology was largely influenced by the presence of the Founders. Seems like this quiet, agrarian species may have gotten a visit from the Founders and not just a Vorta supervisor?
I did notice a minor plot hole (maybe not one?) - but the "protector" (their equivalent to a sheriff I guess) reacted in shock when Odo showed him transporters. He beams from the building and returns to show him that he could leave anytime he wanted to. The "protector" reacts in shock and is like "where did he go!?" as if he never saw a transporter before. Than, literally moments later, Jadzia and Odo ask if he tried searching for the missing villagers by scanning for transport signatures. He then replies that it was the first thing he tried.... So if he knew of transporters - why did he react in such confusion and shock when Odo beamed away?
I chalk that up to his program malfunctioning.
All in all - this was a nice episode and I loved how Odo actually saw the holograms as real people. When the village leader resigned himself to them being gone. Odo gave a rather impassioned plea not to give up on them and how they are just real as anyone else. The poor EMH on VOY could have used Odo during his trial for sentience.
And here we have a first reaction from Sir Patrick.
His VOICE is failing from all the screaming that he did listen to this excited and happy and proud cinnamon roll, you can HEAR how wonderful this is for him I WANT TO HUG HIM