DS9 Season 2, Ep9: “Second Sight”

Synopsis: We open with a Sisko voice-over in which he laments that it’s been four years today since his angelic wife got blown up to death, and he almost let the day pass without even noticing. He’s up in the middle of the night staring at his 3D chessboard when Jake stumbles out of his room, bleary-eyed and wearing what I presume to be footie pajamas.

Jake can’t get back to sleep after a weird dream, and Sisko eagerly encourages him to talk about it over a mug of hot chocolate. Jake eschews the drink, but Sisko coaxes him to reveal his dream. Turns out Jake dreamed he was on the station, trying to get home to their quarters, but he kept getting lost, and when he got scared and tried to find Sisko he couldn’t find him anywhere, and also the floor kept sloping and making him fall on his ass.

He tells his dad that he loves him, and then brusquely says that he has to get to bed before his calc test tomorrow. As he leaves, he simply says, “Dad, I miss her,” and Sisko says that he does too, and then he returns to sleeplessly pondering his chess set. But I guess that doesn’t keep him occupied for long, because soon he’s out roaming the promenade. I really hope Jake doesn’t wake up again, it has to be alarming to have a dream about not being able to find your dad and then wake up to him not being where he’s supposed to be.

Anyway, Sisko is looking aimlessly out one of the observation windows when a small woman who looks like a pixie sneaks up on him out of nowhere and HOLY SHIT IT IS YOUNG ALLISON BLAKE FROM EUREKA. More precisely it is Salli Richardson-Whitfield, who plays the character of Allison Blake on Eureka, but this is weird because I was just saying the other day that Sisko and Allison Blake would be an amazing couple. Maybe I just like the idea of Jake and Kevin trying to share a room.

Anyway, Sisko and Space Allison Blake talk about constellations, including one the Bajorans call “the runners,” and she says something about “how good it feels to run,” which I can guarantee you would sound pretty much anti-sexy if I said it, but when she says it sounds quite alluring. She engages Sisko in talk about his job, saying that it must be super exciting to have so much going on all the time. Sisko says he prefers quiet moments like these.

They chat for a while longer, and then she goes all mysterious and says, “I like it here, I wish I could stay longer,” and Sisko is all, “where are you going?” and she goes, “I’m not really sure. I guess I’ll just keep going, like the runners,” and all I can think about is Kristen Whiig sexily breathing “red flag.”

Sisko offers to show her around the station, and when he makes the mistake of looking away for a moment, she disappears. Literally. Into thin air. That’s a major red flag. Continue reading

DS9 Season 1, Ep18: “Dramatis Personae”

Synopsis: We open on Sisko in his office, reviewing some specs, when who should storm in pre-outraged for your convenience but Kira. This morning she woke up and found out that some Valerians (val-ARYANS) are planning to dock at the station. CAN YOU IMAGINE?

Apparently the Valerians were weapons suppliers to the Cardassians during the occupation, and Kira believes that the two races still have a friendly weapons-based relationship; therefore, by her holocaust-survivor-refusing-to-buy-a-Volkswagen logic, if the Cardassians attack Bajor again at some point in the future it will be all the Valerians’ fault. 

Sisko says that there’s nothing they can do about any of that without proof. Apparently there aren’t any reasonable search and seizure laws on Bajor, because Kira’s solution to “no proof” is to immediately request permission to search their ship for weapons-grade dolomite on the authority of a search warrant signed by her gut.

Sisko points out that dolomite is used for about a hundred things other than weapons, and, besides, you can’t just board someone’s ship and start going through all their shit just ’cause. Kira wants to know what they’re going to do about it, then, and Sisko says she needs to bring him evidence of weapons-grade dolomite and then the Federation will apply diplomatic pressure to the Valerians to make them stop running it. I’m not sure one should ever be so inexact with Kira as to say “bring me some evidence.” She seems like the type that might trump some up if it were important enough.

“But, if we don’t punch them…anything could happen!”

Kira seems suspicious of Sisko’s non-punching-approach, but agrees to try it his way. I think this is the first time in the series we see Sisko honestly talking Kira down, and Kira listening because she trusts him and respects his authority. It’s an important and well-handled moment, especially given the tone of the rest of the episode, as we’ll see. Kira reluctantly goes to let the Valerians know they’re cleared to dock. Continue reading