[DS9] Melora

[DS9] Season 2, Episode 6 (Netflix: S2 E6): Melora

Melora
Rating: 2

Bashir spends an episode romancing a visiting starfleet officer. It’s not a great episode, but given the premise I suppose it could’ve been a lot worse.

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Notes:

They get a visit from a cartography officer that's going to chart parts of the Gamma Quadrant. Her species is used to lower gravity

They get a visit from a cartography officer that’s going to chart parts of the Gamma Quadrant. Her species is used to lower gravity

This guy wants to kill Quark. He has a handle on his face

This guy wants to kill Quark. He has a handle on his face

Bashir breaks through Melora's attacking nature and gets her to go on a date. It may be the first time where Bashir actually seemed to know what he was doing while flirting

Bashir breaks through Melora’s attacking nature and gets her to go on a date. It may be the first time where Bashir actually seemed to know what he was doing while flirting.

Melora falls and can't get up, but doesn't tell anyone, because she didn't want anyone to see her like that

Melora falls and can’t get up, but doesn’t tell anyone, because she didn’t want anyone to see her like that

In her quarters Melora turns down the gravity and can fly around

In her quarters Melora turns down the gravity so she can fly around romantically.

Bashir thinks he found a cure

This inspires Bashir to find a cure for her being an alien.

The two plots meet when handle face commandeers the runabout and shoot Melora

The two plots meet when Handle-Face commandeers the runabout and shoots Melora

Melora survives, turns the gravity off, and hits him

Melora survives, turns the gravity off, and hits him

Melora decides not to go with the treatment because she wouldn't be herself anymore, or one of her own people. And a klingon sings, which probably didn't need to happen

Melora decides not to go with the treatment because she wouldn’t be herself anymore, or one of her own people. And a klingon sings, which probably didn’t need to happen.

 

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  • also ashamed

    You are not going to comment on the topic of disabilities? You are going to ignore the main theme?

    • http://www.letswatchstartrek.com/ Lets Watch Star Trek

      Oof, you’re right we totally dropped the ball on that. Thanks for the comment!
      As far as our thoughts on how the episode handles the theme, we think it’s pretty mixed. Melora is headstrong and doesn’t want to depend on others, learning over the course of the episode that it’s ok to ask for help, coming to accept her ‘disability’ and therefore herself before the episode draws to a close. It’s a good sentiment, but it’s also one of the most obvious statements to make on the subject. It would’ve been nice to see a more nuanced and full characterization of someone with a disability. That kind of well developed guest appearance is kind of rare for Star Trek.
      Additionally, there’s an underlying weirdness because Melora isn’t actually disabled by our contemporary standards. She’s an alien living in an environment her body isn’t accustomed to. That could be taken as a (clunky, we’d say) metaphor for being disabled, but it falls short because Melora chooses to enter that alien environment.

  • anon

    You take a lot of flak for it, but I appreciate that your ratings are based on the content of the episodes rather than the message that the writers tried to convey. We can understand and appreciate that the message is good, even when the episode isn’t.