epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

1998 Tape Tale

Cleared out a tape from 1998. It had six TV show episodes on it. Two ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, two ‘The Pretender’ and one each of ‘Babylon 5’ and ‘Quantum Leap’.

First up was a season 1 ‘The Pretender’ ep called 'Unhappy Landings' in which Jarod pretended to be a US Marshal as he looks into the mystery of a fugitive. This was dull and displayed the show’s low budget in all its glory. Also the ‘mystery’ was nothing of the sort and the sap was on overload.

Next up was a season 4 ‘Babylon 5’ called ‘Rumors, Bargains and Lies’ in which Sheridan acted nuts and manipulated the League of Non-Aligned Worlds for their own good. Or so he said. Delenn and her badly done make up had angst over the Minbari civil war she caused. Ivanova reads the news and the Non-aligned Worlds are stupid and childish and need to be told what to do by god emperor Sheridan. This was dull and offensive.

Then there was a season 5 ‘Quantum Leap’ entitled ‘Trilogy Part III’ where Sam again leapt into the life of Abigail Fuller. Sam’s obsessed with Abigail for some reason as Donna’s existence is ignored. Abigail is yet again suspected of murder as corpses just stack up in her wake. No-one seems to care about Violet’s body which was down a well for 25 years. Various characters sport bad old age make up. It’s not explained why Abigail’s fiancée ran off or why when Abigail was a child she thought beating up Violet over a locket was the right thing to do.

Sam meets Abigail’s daughter Sammy Jo and learns that she’s his daughter from his previous leap into Abigail’s life. No-one sees anything icky about that whatsoever. Al looks at his handlink which really was a precursor to the iphone. Also Al’s wardrobe actually looks subdued. Sam solves the case due to the help of Abigail’s mental mother Laura. Sammy Jo now works at Project Quantum Leap, I’m sure Donna loves that. This was dull. So due to his leaping Sam got himself a wife, a daughter, a bit on the side and saved his brother yet screwed Al over twice before atoning for that in the series finale. Watching this show again in retrospect makes you wonder why Al put up with Sam as he was hateful.

Then came another season 1 ‘The Pretender’ ep, this one entitled ‘Jarod’s Honor’ which Jarod pretended to be a hitman and kept a dead man in a shower stall full of ice. Also Miss Parker annoyed. This was dull.

Next was a ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ ep called ‘The Magnificent Ferengi’ in which Quark and Rom’s mother is captured by the Dominion. So the Grand Nagus orders them to save her. The brothers put together a team of Ferengi to negotiate her freedom. Naturally things go awry. The Ferengi have a Vorta POW to trade, then the Vorta is accidentally shot and the Vorta negotiator (Iggy Pop) who shows up is not in a good mood. This was okay and very funny. DS9 never did much with the revelation that the Dominion basically took the Vorta race, remade them physically and mentally and turned them into servants.

Best Lines:
You couldn’t ambush a Bolian if he was blindfolded and tied to a tree.”

“This isn’t a ship, it’s a closet.”

“Family, you understand.”
“Not really. I was cloned.”

“And I thought the Breen were annoying.”

Finally there was the ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ ep ‘Business as Usual’ in which Quark becomes an arms dealer and yet again gets away with pulling crap because he’s in the opening credits. There is bad acting, a bad dream sequence and O’Brien gets a useless sub-plot.
Tags: babylon 5, quantum leap, star trek, tape tales

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