Star Trek (DS9): The Changing Face of Evil – SF Debris

Opinionated DS9 Episode Guide looks at the latest chapter in the closing saga of the series. The Breen launch a successful attack on Earth, but there is dissent in the Dominion ranks, something they’re not used to when you have an army of indoctrinated warrior clones.

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  1. Yes, Kai Winn — there is no secret ingredient. It’s just you.

  2. TragicGuineaPig

    We’re going to need that fellow with the chainsaw arm and the boomstick, aren’t we?

  3. I scratch my head every time there’s a plot in film based around “we have this ancient scroll/book/spell that must never ever be opened or read or it will destroy the world” and they keep it on the bookshelf rather than destroy it. The opening narration in The Mummy just screams this: “we punished a guy so severely that if he ever breaks out of his prison the powers our punishment gives him would allow him to destroy the world.” Yeah, that makes sense. Let’s do that.

    • What if the book in question is indestructible for some reason? Or is able to use its powers to defend itself?

      In the case of the Necronomicon of the Mad Arab, it might be that the knowledge, while evil and madness-inducing, might actually be necessary. In the case of The Dunwich Horror, for example, the Whateleys were using it to summon Yog Sothoth, but the Miskatonic professors used it to destroy the Whateley monster and stop Yog Sothoth. My point: the evil text may be necessary to stop the very evil it contains, and that might be why evil texts are sometimes kept.

      Then again, this is Star Trek; there really shouldn’t be a Necronomicon in this universe.

  4. I really enjoyed in these episodes of Damar’s downward spiral they focused in and acknowledged he had a drinking problem. In a lot of shows, characters are shown with a drink like it’s a prop and nobody thinks anything of it. Weyoun flat out says “you’re drinking on the job, womanizing, and you’re turning into a walking train wreck.”

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