It is 12 years since the ‘TNG’ ep ‘Conspiracy’. Now the mind-controlling bugs are back and this was a wasted storyline. Taran’atar lurks, another useless wasted storyline. Kira’s religious issues drag on. Keiko and O’Brien continue their apparent reluctance to be happy, Ezri is tolerable before her disconcerting personality change turned her into a misleading, false, deceptive tool. Nog and Jake are comically reductive. Bashir has moral sensibility. It is upsetting and frustrating to see how everyone garlands themselves with praise in this novel yet in later novels Bashir’s ‘friends and co-workers’ would treat him with distaste, culpable neglect and make incorrect conclusions about him.
This dull novel has no subtleties of reflection or organic anticipation or escalating tension. One feels despairing anger for the limitations TPTB put on the relaunch which they’ve made clear isn’t their prerogative. This was far from exemplary, it just disappointed. TPTB seem uninterested in the ‘DS9’ relaunch.
“Even after what’s happened, even now.”
“He was unnecessary.”
“Conspiracy equalled paranoia,”
“A lot of people knew about Curzon, and a lot of what they knew wasn’t exactly flattering.”
“Well past the possibility of salvation.”
“Stealing the future they had all imagined.”
“They didn’t seem all that fond of anyone else, either.”
“I assure you, Quark’s is vermin-free unless it’s on the menu.”
“My guilt is my own. She can’t have it.”