Completely New Joke No One on the Blogosphere Has Ever Made
Were the A’s so desperate for rotation help that they went out and traded for Adam Dunn?
McNulty crosses his sevens (capture taken from “Ebb Tide”)! So in fact, he’s the perfect candidate to masquerade as an English gentleman. Spot on it, innit?
And you know what else is spot on it? That I’ve started rewatching the second season of The Wire over Labor Day weekend.
Not much to say about this — the plotting is far from tight — but I thought this episode’s depiction of organized labor to be a nice anachronism. I don’t think unions were seen so noxiously in 1996 (when “Bar Association” originally aired) as they are now. Imagine someone today boasting about being a direct descendant of a union leader (not to mention an Irish King). Keep that in mind as you celebrate Labor Day today.
I have two / two-and-a-half things to say about “Return to Grace.”
First, it’s the most boring episode to date. Even if DS9 has other episodes that are worse, they at least elicit an emotional response from me. But “Return to Grace” is a lot of bland talk, which is all the more impressive (in a bad way) since it’s a Dukat episode.
Second, I’m disappointed to read that the writers and producers see Dukat as an unambiguously evil character. They eventually write him into a cartoonishly evil corner, which flattens any of the complexity they’ve built up beforehand. Second-and-a-halfly, I have further reservations about characterizing anyone, real or fictional, as evil, because in labeling someone a monster, we attempt to expel them from the human fraternity, an exile which implicitly suggests that what makes them so monstrous is incompatible with being human. In fact, the uglier truth is that, under the right circumstances, every one of us is capable of evil as well.
As an aside: the first Damar episode! Inauspicious, but you don’t get to choose when you’re introduced.
"Sons of Mogh" completes the season 4 Tony Todd Tearjerker dyad, though it was less affecting this time around than the first time I watched it. I’m bothered a lot now by the ethics of wiping Kurn’s memory and giving him a new identity — he’s in no condition to give consent, the intercession of Federation ethics in a Klingon cultural space flies against the Prime Directive, why would another Klingon house in good standing be OK with going along with this charade, why would Kurn leak his own government’s military intelligence to another galactic power, etc. — but the larger themes get swallowed up in the novelty of seeing someone in the grips of Klingon depression. The episode is almost perverse in stripping Kurn of his dignity, and seeing him unmoored from everything that gave his life meaning is heart-breaking.
However, on the subject of perversity, wouldn’t it have been a grand cosmic joke if the transformative surgery turned him into a middle-aged human novelist who for reasons unknown to the public stopped writing?