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Arguably the best Star Trek episode ever

  • Jun 15, 2008
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The episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" is one of the best episodes of the original series and it was the initial existence proof that Star Trek could have an aspect of comedy. In an act of sheer genius, some of the footage of that episode is incorporated into this one.
Darvin, the Klingon surgically altered to pass as a human that poisoned the grain in "The Trouble With Tribbles" has created a scheme to place himself in a position of honor in the Klingon Empire. The Defiant has been given the mission to retrieve a Bajoran Orb of Time from Cardassia Prime and while there, they also pick up a passenger. On the return voyage, that passenger activates the Orb and takes the Defiant back in time to the exact point where "The Trouble With Tribbles" episode occurred.
Sisko and his crew must then search out Darvin, and when they do, discover that he has planted a bomb in one of the tribbles destined to go off and kill James Kirk. This sends them into a search frenzy as the tribbles have started to multiply. Moments before the explosion, Sisko locates the bomb and beam it into space where it explodes harmlessly.
This episode is the best in the entire Deep Space Nine series, there is humor operating on many levels, some of which are:

*) Worf's response to the question as to why Klingon's have changed so much in appearance from Kirk's time to Sisko's.
*) The gags about Worf smelling like lilacs.
*) Worf's hatred of the tribbles.
*) Dax's hints that a previous host of her symbiont was romantically involved with a young Dr. McCoy.
*) O'Brien's ineptitude at using the technology of the original Enterprise.
*) The hero worship of James Kirk.
*) Dax's obvious lust for Mr. Spock
*) The female crewman of the original Enterprise making a play for Dr. Bashir
*) The two officers from the Department of Temporal Investigations whose names are Lucsly and Dulmer, anagrams of Scully and Mulder of "The X-Files" Their demeanor and response to jokes is classic deadpan humor.
*) O'Brien and Bashir getting involved in the fight between the humans and Klingons in the bar and being in the lineup being interrogated by Kirk.
*) Odo's obvious love for the tribbles.

Put simply, this is certainly the best episode in the Deep Space Nine series, even though the overall theme is serious, the humor is everywhere, sometimes more subtle than others.

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A rousing tribute to the originalStar Trek's most popular episode, "Trials and Tribble-ations" is a triumph of clever plotting, technical achievement, and pure, unadulterated fun. Like "The Trouble with Tribbles" from 29 years earlier, this fifth-season episode is an instant classic, beginning when a surgically altered Klingon (Charlie Brill, reprising his role from "Tribbles") uses a Bajoran Orb of Time to travel back over 100 years to prevent his past-tense capture by Capt. James T. Kirk. Undercover time travelers Sisko, Dax, Odo, Worf, O'Brien, and Bashir track the Klingon's scheme on theEnterprise-Aand the Tribble-infested space stationK-7, turning this two-series hybrid into a nostalgic valentine, withDS9characters digitally inserted into original "Tribbles" footage. With re-created sets, ships, and costumes, "T & T" mines hilarious gold from itsTrek-savvy premise, including the mysteries of Klingon physiognomy, Starfleet snoops whose names are anagrams of "Mulder and Scully," and enough in-jokes to delight vigilant Trekkers everywhere.--Jeff Shannon
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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Paramount

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