[DS9] Paradise

[DS9] Season 2, Episode 15 (Netflix: S2 E15): Paradise

Paradise

Rating: 3

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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Notes:

Sisko and O'Brien beam to a planet and none of their stuff works

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 like it there though

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 feels the lack of technology is necessary for being in touch with their core identity

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

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)

They also keep people in boxes sometimes

Oh also they keep people in little torture boxes

I turned out their leader had her philosophy a long time before getting to this planet where the technology didn't work

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. She's good at manipulating people into thinking the only way to survive is to forget about trying to fix the technology.

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

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

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

O’Brien comes back and says he’s running the show now

It's exposed that their leader plan them being stranded there in advanced, and let people die to maintain the secret. Such just wanted to build a strong community

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 continuing to live their lives without technology. Everyone except one kid. I think he wants to play video games

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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  • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

    “The community seems okay with the technology-for-hotbox swap they made. Everyone except one kid. I think he wants to play video games.”

    lol.

    But yeah. Everyone was pretty pissed at first. But then ex-engineer dude suddenly speaks for everyone saying they are staying and NO ONE leaves? Very odd little ending.

  • MongrelScribe

    This one bothers me, if only because the leader character is the next worst thing to a murderer and none of the people she victimized seem to care.

  • David

    Damn I hated that leader. She obligated everyone to throw away the progress humanity had worked for thousands of years to achieve. That kid at the end just symbolizes the victimization of the whole situation, maybe that kid doesn’t want to be a farmer all of his life? Did someone ask him if he wanted to leave? no. and taking into account a decade’s worth of brainwashing it’s obvious nobody was ready to make the transition back into society on a moments notice. A very grey ending indeed.