In which, Andrew and Dude (who has finally learned his name) nerd out hardcore discussing all the Star Trek series finales. They discuss the Next Generation team of the future, agreeing that “old Picard” is the best part of the DS9 finale; Andrew delves into his own distant past for relevant stories. They take a brief detour into a conversation about Gene Roddenberry’s vision for Star Trek. The ultimate takeaway from this episode is that Romulans always suck.
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At its simplest, a dramatic foil is someone or something in a piece of literature that serves as a contrast to another. As with many literary techniques, while the idea behind a foil is simple, the execution can be anything but. Writers from Shakespeare to Mary Shelley have used the concept to help define their protagonists by comparing them to other characters that surround them. Harry Potter is filled with them, for crying out loud.
What about Star Trek? The entire franchise consists of 726 episodes, spread across thirty seasons and six series. That’s a lot of writing, so surely there must be the use of a dramatic foil in there somewhere. Of course there is. Given that the dramatic foil is a commonly used device by franchise writers, watching just a few episodes of any of the Star Trek series reveals several of them. There is one pair that stands out in my mind: Captain Sisko and Gul Dukat. Continue reading
Of all the television shows I have watched throughout my life—and there have been many—the one that has had the most impact on me is Star Trek. I have watched nearly every episode of every series (still working on the Original and Animated series) and they have profoundly shaped my view of the world. So starting with today, I’d like to periodically talk about my favorite episodes and what I think makes them special.
One of the really great things about Star Trek is the fact that it is episodic. This allowed creators to dedicate entire episodes to specific issues that may have only gotten a few lines, or subtext in feature films. The last two seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine featured an ongoing plot line of the Dominion War, which allowed the show to tackle themes rarely broached in other Trek series. “In the Pale Moonlight” is one such episode, and is one of my absolute favorites.