The Simpsons – Deep Space Nine – Star Trekkers – tape 2385

This tape opens with a special Simpsons episode, Springfield’s Most Wanted. It’s presented by John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted, and sets up for the season opener, the second part of the Who Shot Mr Burns story.

Not that Sky plays that immediately after. Instead they have an episode of Deep Space Nine. Bashir and O’Brien return to O’Brien’s quarters from a holosuite session, both wearing WW2 airman’s jackets. “We should have left the holosuite hours ago.” “What? And let the Jerries cross the channel? Never!”

O'Brien and Bashir

This episode is Accession. A Bajoran comes through the wormhole in a 300 year old ship. When he arrives on the station, he announces he is the Emissary. He thinks he has only been away for a few days, but it has actually been over 200 years. Sisko seems happy that someone else has appeared who can be the Bajorans’ Emissary so he can step aside.

However, when the new Emissary announces that Bajor would return to its strict caste system – an idea that horrifies Sisko – and Nerys, who would  have to relinquish her military career and become an artist. She’s not very good at it.

I didn’t really follow DS9 enough to really keep track of the whole Prophets thing, but this was a nice episode, and the B plot concerning Keiko O’Brien returning home after a year away breaking up the budding bromance between O’Brien and Bashir is quite sweet.

Credit Note: This episode was written by Buffy’s own Jane Espenson.

After this episode, recording switches to BBC2 for a short programme, Star Trekkers, one of a series of short pieces where people talk about why Star Trek is important to them. In this episode, David Soul talks about the episode he appeared in, The Apple. BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 26 August 1996 0.00

Then, we have more Deep Space Nine with a great teaser. An old O’Brien is released from prison after twenty years of incarceration.

Old Man O'Brien

But then he wakes up his regular age, his alien captors (with Major Kira) explain that on this planet, punishment is effected by implanting the memory of a long incarceration. A very creepy idea.

This is a really good episode, concentrating solely on O’Brien coping with his memories of what happened during his twenty years of prison, and the programme shows us flashbacks, hinting right from the beginning of a dark secret he doesn’t want to share. It’s a really good episode for Colm Meany, and one of the best DS9 episodes I’ve seen.

After this, there’s a Movie Channel behind the scenes on the movie Quiz Show. Then, recording continues with an episode of The X Files. It’s the first episode of the second series, Little Green Men.

Recording continues on, with the start of Peter Benchley’s The Beast, starring William Peterson. From the trails, it doesn’t look like Jaws is in any danger of being surpassed.

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