When We All Stopped Watching Deep Space Nine


Before I get into this, a couple days ago my mathematics blog had another group of comic strips to talk about. I like that sort of talk and I hope you’ll at least give it a read and see whether you like it too. That done, remember like 1992 when we tried out watching Deep Space Nine? Remember that we stopped, but not why? Here’s why. It’s an episode called “Move Along Home”, when a flock of tabletop gamers from the Gamma Quadrant invaded the station. Anyway, here’s what you missed from that episode, if you didn’t watch it in the first place:

In a foggy room Deep Space Nine's Commander Sisko takes a swig of a vaguely orange drink.
They’re from a different quadrant, that’s why they buy their party glasses from the dollar store.

A daring choice at the Stardate 46600 Sommelier Competition as Commander Sisko decides to pair a Denebian coq au vin with a tall glass of Strawberry Fanta Zero.

Deep Space Nine's Major Kira stares into the wide-open mouth of some guy with different face markings from the usual.
Crow: Uvula?
Tom Servo: No, I went to William and Mary, actually.

“The little dangly thing at the back of your throat has a smiley face on it.”

The Deep Space Nine crew bangs at one of those diamond-shaped space doors while a kid plays hopscotch without them.
If you’re not sure whether you remember the episode, see if this is still in your head: “Allamaraine, count to four, allamaraine, then three more, allamaraine, if you can see, allamaraine, you’ll come with me,” and then repeat that for thirty-five minutes before the characters catch on.

“Oh, please open up, Family Feud door, that we may compete against the stars of the hit CBS sitcom Dave’s World!

And that’s about it, except that the episode was — really! — nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series. Which is an actual thing, which is kind of wonderful.

Oh, also, just yesterday I had another bunch of mathematically-themed comic strips so if you wanted to read about those too I’d be glad. Thank you.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

3 thoughts on “When We All Stopped Watching Deep Space Nine”

  1. #1 That was a goofy episode indeed. I knew it at the time.
    #2 I haven’t seen it in again inthe.. what, twenty years since?
    #3 Ellemeraine, count to four, Ellemeraine, then three more, Ellermeraine, if you can see, Ellemeraine, you’ll follow me.

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    1. I hadn’t seen it in decades, but I did rematch because TrekBBS had an argument being made for its reappraisal. As I see it these days, yeah, it’s not horrible exactly, and goodness knows Star Trek needs to embrace a bit more goofiness. But the episode is ponderous, admittedly another common failing for the franchise. Plus, they were trying to be whimsical, and every attempt to do whimsy on Star Trek results in a sad, thunderous face-plant.

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