epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

1997 tape tale of horror

Cleared out a videotape from circa 1997. Again I have to wonder, why did I watch some of this stuff? There were 4 eps on the tape. One each of ‘Babylon 5’, ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’, ‘The Pretender’ and ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’.

The ‘Babylon 5’ ep was a season 4 missive entitled ‘Moments of Transition’. In it Garibaldi works for William Edgars. The boring Minbari civil war concludes in a cheap looking fashion. Bester (Walter Koening) shows up. There are exposition dumps and horrible acting. No one not even Zack wonders at Garibaldi’s odd behaviour and personality change. Lyta is abandoned and evicted, forcing her to make a deal with Bester. People yell, why is everyone yelling? This was not good.

Best Line: “It’s good to see they’re continuing the fine tradition of hiring from the shallow end of the gene pool.”

The ‘Xena’ ep was the season one missive ‘Mortal Beloved’. Xena swims to the Underworld to find it in chaos. Hades (the gorgeous Erik Thomson) has lost control of his realm, again. For a god who was brothers with Zeus and Poseidon, he was a bit of a slacker. Charon is rude. The guest villains can’t act and wears too much make up. Hades lives in a taste free palace. There’s not enough Hades in this ep, he is depressed and grim for most of it. He only shows up in his fine looking black leather outfit for about 30 seconds. Most of the characters should wear more clothes. There is terrible CGI. This was boring save for Hades and his leather.

The Pretender’ ep was the season ep ’Baby Love’. As Jarod (Michael T. Weiss of ‘Dark Shadows’) runs from the horrible Miss Parker he finds a baby. Also he sends Miss Parker, Sidney and Broots on a quest to uncover more secrets in The Centre. The terrible trio venture into sub-level 27 and uncover more sins of The Centre, yet for some reason they kept working there. Sidney in particular has no regrets about Jarod being stolen from his parents. They are all amoral jerks. Angelo acts up. There is evil debris. This was dull.

Best Lines:
“What died down here?”
“What didn’t?”

Finally there was a ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ ep called ‘Blaze of Glory’. It was a sequel to earlier eps entitled ‘For The Cause’ and ‘For The Uniform’. Nog has authority issues. The Maquis arc is wrapped up; the Dominion wiped most of them out. The holcommunicators haven’t been seen or mentioned since ‘For The Uniform’. This ep was about as subtle as a concussion as Sisko and his arch enemy Eddington exchange moody, sullen snarls. Eddington turns out to have played Sisko yet not once, not twice but thrice. Then he dies. Sisko smirks with self adoration. This was okay.

Best Lines:
Look where you lead them. Right into their graves.”

“You still there captain?”
“Just checking.”

“Attacking two Jem’Hadar soldiers with a pipe? That’s a brilliant plan.”

“I just waited to see which of you was knocked down first and then I shot the one still standing.”
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