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DS9: Melora - abates
Brilliant but slightly odd but very nice

Alden Bates
Date: 2007-06-10 11:19
Subject: DS9: Melora
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Tags:deep space 9
Melora: A gravitationally-challenged ensign visits the station.

A new cartographer, Melora, is coming to DS9. She's Elaysian and comes from a planet with very low gravity, and therefore needs mechanical aid to get around. She's also played by Daphne "Dr Grace Holloway" Ashbrook. Melora is... curt and unpleasant.

Quark is making deals as usual when someone Quark knows turns up and announces hes come to kill the Ferengi. It was only a matter of time, I guess.

Melora turns up to a meeting and complains about how everyone regards her as having a disability. Bashir later pays Melora a visit and starts checking out whether she's married or what, and calls her on her aggressive behaviour.

Quark attempts to mollify his assassin with dinner and Dabo girls, but this doesn't go very well.

Bashir takes Melora to a Klingon resteraunt, and she yells at the waiter in Klingon because the Rak'h is half-dead. Yeah.

Next morning, Dax finds Melora collapsed in a corridor having fallen on her exoskeleton controls. After Bashir treats her, they co back to her quarters for some low-G action. Which is somewhat obviously done using cables.

Dax and Melora head through the wormhole and listen to Vulcan music (AKA New Age), and discuss relationships.

Quark goes to Odo and the latter is highly amused by the news of Quark's assassin. Sadly, Quark's impending demise is only the B plot, so back to the A plot where Bashir has come up with a plan to liberate Melora from her exoskeleton and wheelchair.

Odo talks to Quark's assassin, who claims he's not intending to kill Quark. What a shocker. Odo gives Quark a com badge, just in case.

Bashir gives Melora a treatment which gives her some muscle strength and she's able to move her leg unaided. She's able to walk into ops unaided, but is unable to keep doing it for long.

Quark's assassin ambushes the Ferengi in his quarters, but Quark attempts the patented Ferengi bribe manouvre.

This episode is very dull so far, despite the promise of Quark's death (Which is obviously never going to happen).

Melora undergoes another treatment, but is having second-thoughts about the whole thing. Bashir says that they can reverse the treatment at any time in the next few days. She goes off on another go through the wormhole with Dax.

Quark's deal with his assassin and another alien goes sour when the assassin takes Quark as hostage, and boards Dax and Melora's runabout. Sisko sets a tractor beam on the runabout, and the assassin shoots Melora. Kira beams Sisko, Bashir and O'Brien to another runabout so they can set off in pursuit, and releases the first runabout.

Melora, which is actually not dead, turns the gravity off in the shuttle and beats up the assassin. Back on the station, she tells Bashir she's not going ahead with the treatments. And then there's Klingon singing.
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Acetal: Oxygen
User: acetal
Date: 2007-06-10 04:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I had several thoughts during this episode.

1) Why hasn't her heart exploded yet? A higher gravity than she could cope with would have effects on more than just her external muscles.

2) She's meant to be an ensign? Doesn't that mean she's not allowed to talk to higher-ranking officers like that?

3) Starfleet medical ethics strikes again! Let's try a completely untested procedure on someone, shall we?

4) Why didn't Odo shapeshift into Quark and set up a sting? If you've got a shapeshifter, use him! As it is, Odo was responsible for the death of the alien because he didn't actually do anything and practically told the bad guy he didn't care what happened to Quark. "I'll do my job" indeed. I'm sure he had a very successful murder investigation.

5) How does the bad guy manage to eat with that prosthetic? I realise Trek has a long and proud history of adding prosthetics to people's faces and calling them aliens, but that one was just silly.

6) Treknobabble, yes, but at least make it believable. Increasing the output of her motor neurons won't make her muscles any stronger. Not to mention that her bone density would still be very low. Etc. etc.

7) The crew on the station can't beam out crew from a ship they've got in a tractor beam lock?
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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2007-06-10 05:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, if she really did evolve on a low-grav world, shouldn't she also be a lot taller?
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