|The Bajoran villagers squeal in terror.|
Some of this episode was great. The rest was worse than really awkward oo-mox.
I will, however, give it points for comedy. So, a doctor and an engineer go down to a really well-known modern planet which has all this technology and a wormhole to provide help during a "medical emergency" reported by a magistrate, and inexplicably discover an unknown society with strange mental powers under attack by a creature called a Dal'Rok, a smoke monster which looks suspiciously like many other smoke monsters. Smokey has been attacking the village long enough for them to have a tradition about it; the assistant has studied for nine years, apparently (some emergency!) One of these people leads the villagers, who are helplessly terrified, in repelling the Dal'Rok, but soon he dies after he tells O'Brien he, too, has mental powers. Bad comes. O'Brien first repels, then fails to repel. Actual man from society does it. Mental powers repel inexplicable evil. O'Brien and Bashir, who has been smiling with mystical appreciation of O'Brien's sudden, then disappearing, powers, hightail it out of there to their... perpetual orbit nearby Bajor. AND NOBODY SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THIS?!?!!? Can Kira do this? Can they repel the Borg?
|The Bajoran villagers use what can only be described as Care Bear powers to repel the enemy.|
|The boys tell Varis about the sights on DS9.|
This episode is great for hokey. Amongst the fun:
-The beginning shows Julian being cardboard annoying and O'Brien being cardboard stoic in response. Schtick-ey, but they do almost pull it off.
-The Bajoran villagers. Major Kira needs to visit this part of Bajor, which apparently escaped the Bajoran occupation (maybe the Dal-Rok SAVED them? Huh? HUH?) Something is wrong with these people, whose strange Dal-Rok Repelling Powers clearly make them sort of feeble and easily responsive to even the least convincing forms of entertainment. O'Brien certainly wouldn't inspire ME…
-The smoke monster. This unnamed actor first appeared on The Neverending Story, then had a role in Trek before it joined the cast of Lost.
-The oatmeal scene! It almost made up for the costumes.
|Jake realizes he'll never have to wear this lime green jumpsuit again.|
O'Brien: "I didn't say it made sense."
Crowd: "The Dal'Rok. The Dal'Rok."
Sirah: "But we are ready. In the shadow of the night, he hungers. With a hatred of the ancients, he rages. From the twisted pit of chaos, he approaches."
Bashir: "Is it alive?"
O'Brien: "The tricorder's still not picking up anything."
Bashir: "Could it be some kind of holographic image?"
O'Brien: "No, I'm not picking up any power source."
Sirah: "The Dal'Rok's anger is like a wave crashing down on the village. The weight of its fury threatens to crush us all. The Dal'Rok thinks the village is powerless to defend itself."
Scary lightning. SMOKE MONSTER a-coming.
Sirah: "But the Dal'Rok is mistaken. The village is strong, much stronger than the Dal'Rok can ever imagine."
Crowd: "We can do it. The village is strong. The village is strong."
At this point, beams of happy light come from confident villagers. SMOKE MONSTER is defeated by Care Bears.
Not even humor can save this episode. One out of Four Stereotypical Angry Smoke Monsters.