[DS9] Season 2, Episode 15 (Netflix: S2 E15): Paradise
This episode deals with clashing philosophies, which is right up our alley. It has a very classic Star Trek-type of story, which isn’t usually the case in Deep Space Nine. I really like how Sisko reacts to their manipulative leader, and it’s a good episode for both him and O’Brien. However, there are some frustrating aspects of the episode, mostly to do with the ending, which we’ll discuss below.
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Sisko and O’Brien beam to a planet and none of their stuff works
They meet a group of humans that crashed there 10 years ago. They’re pretty happy though
They find out that their leader was a bit of a philosopher and she feels the lack of technology is necessary for being in touch with their core identity
Seems like a reasonable enough philosophy until you get to the area of medicine. “You serious with these leaves taped to her arm?” -Sisko (paraphrasing)
Oh also they keep people in little torture boxes
It turned out their leader had her philosophy a long time before getting to this planet
The sick lady died, but they’re more upset about O’Brien trying to get his technology working so he could get the medical equipment out of the runabout. Their leader is good at manipulating people into thinking the only way to survive is to forget about trying to fix the technology.
She makes Sisko endure the punishment instead of O’Brien because Sisko is the ranking officer. She gives Sisko the chance to get out if he’ll take off his uniform and be like the others, but Sisko just climbs back in, ’cause he’s SISKO.
O’Brien finds the source of what’s making the technology not work. It was intentionally put there. He turns it off
O’Brien comes back and says he’s running the show now
It’s exposed that their leader planned them being stranded there in advance, and let people die to maintain the secret. This is met with a startling lack anger from her people, which makes for a pretty frustrating ending, since she’s such an obnoxious character.
The community seems okay with the technology-for-hotbox swap they made. Everyone except one kid. I think he wants to play video games.
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