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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 7.02b - Take me out to the holosuite

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Episode propaganda

When an old sparring partner of Sisko's (Avery Brooks) arrives on DS9 and challenges the Captain and his crew to a game of skill and sacrifice, the most unlikely baseball team in the Alpha Quadrant is born. The crew have two weeks to transform from uncoordinated no-hopers into a team capable of beating the super-efficient Vulcan challengers...

Persons of interest

  • Avery Brooks .... Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
  • René Auberjonois .... Constable Odo
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Nicole de Boer .... Lieutenant Ezri Dax
  • Cirroc Lofton .... Jake Sisko
  • Colm Meaney .... Chief O'Brien
  • Armin Shimerman .... Quark
  • Alexander Siddig .... Doctor Julian Bashir
  • Nana Visitor .... Colonel Kira Nerys
  • Majel Barrett .... Starfleet computer voice
  • Gregory Wagrowski .... Captain Solok
  • Max Grodénchik .... Rom
  • Aron Eisenberg .... Ensign Nog
  • Chase Masterson .... Leeta
  • Penny Johnson .... Kasidy Yates
  • Ronald D Moore .... Screenwriter
  • Chip Chalmers .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Uh-oh, baseball and a holosuite.

In a decidedly speciesist episode, Captain Solok of the USS T'Kumbra, a UFP ship crewed entirely by Vulcans, attempts to prove Vulcan superiority by challenging Sisko to play baseball. The Vulcans (being 3 times stronger, 2 or 3 times faster, with greater endurance, better hand/eye co-ordination, more practice and more familiarity with the game) are portrayed as arrogant for even thinking of playing against a collection of inferior races (ie Human, genetically altered Human, Bajoran and Ferengi). I do not take kindly to this. I am on record for being a Vulcophile. Such slurs against the pointy-eared ones will not be tolerated.

On the plus side, this episode does take the piss out of all those dumb sport movies where the no-hopers go through trials and tribulations and bonding and that, and end up winning, or at least acquitting themselves so well that they win even though they lose. To put you out of your misery, Sisko's team, the Niners, loses. Unfortunately, they do score a run (thanks to Rom, the most unco-ordinated biped in the quadrant) which makes them feel as if they have acquitted themselves so well that they feel like winners even though they're losers.

I am not sure quite how that works (being a born winner) but it does allow the non-Vulcans to provoke Solok (who twice received the Christopher Pike Medal for valour, as opposed to Sisko, who has only received it once - and that very recently) to emotion. Obviously, Solok is not as logical as he would like to believe. (I don't mind the denigration of individual pointy-eared persons as long as they deserve it.)

I am rambling.

Holosuites and baseball aside (although I am secretly delighted that a British team (the London Kings) won the final baseball World [sic] Series) the best thing about this episode is the Vulcans, but that's always the way, isn't it?

FYI: The title is from a fun baseball musical film called Take me out to the ball game.

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

15 February 1999

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