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When the future sucks, fix it!

  • Oct 3, 2010
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The story?

In general I don't like time travel stories.  They are against my religion.  Traveling backwards in time just isn't acceptable in my opinion.  But there are so many in science fiction they are almost unavoidable.

How much did you see your favorite character?

No Garak didn't turn up in Visionary and I don't have a fave character in TNG.

Was the antagonist strong? Good argument? Evil?

The Romulans were the antagonists in DS9 and they are always strong.  Weakness is unRomulan.  The Universe itself was the antagonist in Cause and Effect.  Rather like The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin.

I put these two stories, DS9: Visionary and TNG: Cause and Effect, together because of their underlying similarity.  Time travel and using knowledge of the future to change the future.

In Visionary Miles O'Brien has an occupational accident which gives him a dose of some peculiar radiation.  This causes him to have what he thinks are visions and then pass out.  But then it seems they are not really visions.  He is jumping into the future and seeing what happens and coming back.  The cool thing about this story is that it becomes rather creepy because O'Brien "dies" three times.  It was really confusing to watch the first time.  But it is an enjoyable story.  And of course the entire Deep Space Nine station blows up one time.

But who did it?  Was it the Romulans or the Klingons?

Cause and Effect is a bit shocking too.  At the very start of the show you see the Enterprise blow up and then everybody is sitting around playing poker and you go, "What the Hell?"  This story mostly follows Dr. Beverly Crusher as she notices weird things and collects data for Data to analyze.  But we see the Enterprise go through 3 time loops and get blown up each time.  For some reason this story does not come across as creepy like Visionary.  I guess the death of one well known character has more of an impact than massive fictional death.

But finally Data figures out how to avoid the problem.  But there is one thing kind of phony about this problem.  One would think Picard would have ordered the use of the tractor beam a lot sooner instead of asking for suggestions.  That quicker use of the beam might have avoided the entire time loop business.  But then there wouldn't be a story.  It is bit annoying when the situation looks too contrived.

Live long and don't time travel!

When the future sucks, fix it!

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October 05, 2010
Interesting double review on this one. I still have yet to see Visonary and I had a friend whoes dad loved Cause and Effect cause of the Enterprise continually exploding, once even before the credits.
 
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A Romulan delegation arrives to study reports on the Dominion, a privilege granted in exchange for the use of a cloaking device aboard the Defiant. Meanwhile, O'Brien, at Quark's riding out a mild case of radiation poisoning from an accident, is suddenly transported to another part of the bar, where he sees himself having a conversation with Quark. He just as suddenly returns to where he was, then falls over in pain. Bashir blames the radiation and assures O'Brien that hallucinations are a normal side effect. But when O'Brien returns to the bar five hours later, he has the same conversation with Quark that he "hallucinated." Dax theorizes that O'Brien's exposure to radiation could have caused him to temporarily shift five hours forward in time. Then, O'Brien experiences another timeshift - into the middle of a brawl in Quark's between the Romulans and some Klingons.

Bashir examines O'Brien in the present and determines that the timeshifts pose a serious threat to his life. Five hours later, O'Brien returns to Quark's to wait for the brawl, and the Klingons soon arrive and exchange blows with the Romulans. O'Brien timeshifts again, and this time sees himself in a corridor. He watches as his future self opens a wall panel and is killed by a blast from a hidden phaser.

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