Day: February 16, 2018

The Simpsons – Star Trek – Deep Space Nine – tape 2208

First on this tape, The Simpsons, and A Fish Called Selma. Washed up actor Troy McClure meets Selma at the DMV, and because she validates his eyesight, he takes her out on a date.

Pretty soon, his career, in the doldrums after a rumour about his sordid sex life, starts improving, egged on by his actor, voiced by Jeff Goldblum.

This episode features the musical version of Planet of the Apes. “I hate every ape from Chimpan A to Chimpan Z”

These episodes always make me slightly sad, as Troy McClure was voiced by Phil Hartman, who died tragically young.

After this, an episode of Deep Space Nine called Indiscretion. Kira goes on a mission to trace a lost Cardassian ship that was transporting Bajoran prisoners during the occupation. Unfortunately for her, Gul Dukat decides to accompany her.

Meanwhile, Sisko is getting romantically involved with Penny Johnson Jerald.

Dukat is looking for the ship because his Bajoran mistress and her child were on it. He intended to kill the child, because his position on Cardassia would have been damaged by the revelation, but on meeting her again, he can’t, and he takes her back to Cardassia.

Next, more Simpsons, and The Day The Violence Died. Lisa and Bart are watching the Diamond Jubilee of Itchy and Scratchy.

This confused me, as I thought the Diamond Jubilee is 60 years, but Wikipedia tells me that it’s 60 years for an event related to a person, and 75 years otherwise. I never knew that.

Bart meets the man who really created Itchy and Scratchy.

Bart and Lisa almost destroy Itchy and Scratchy, after the studio have to may the creator billions, but the day is saved by two plucky youngsters, Lester and Eliza.

After this, another Deep Space Nine. In Rejoined, A Trill scientist visits the station to do some research. Awkward for Dax, because the scientist used to be her wife.

It’s taboo for Trill to re-ignite romance from previous hosts, but the two of them rather hit it off. Jadzia invites Bashir to a dinner as cover, and he’s not enjoying it.

Ultimately, this is yet another example of Star Trek trying to have its cake and eat it. They want to do a gay storyline, but jump through hoops to make it not gay at all. Like the TNG episode where Riker falls in love with a member of an ‘androgynous’ race, but they cast a woman opposite him to undercut the gayness. This, at least, has two women in the roles, which is a step forward. They’re even allowed to kiss.

Ultimately, this is a fairly typical Issue episode. They invent an arbitrary set of rules, then have a character in a position where they want to break the rules. Seems like this template has been done dozens of times before.

After this, there’s the start of an episode of a series I never watched. A man is visiting some kind of secure facility to visit an inmate. It’s deliberately filmed to evoke The Silence of the Lambs. The inmate is a woman, who rips the sink from the wall of the cell and hurls it through the glass cell door, before attacking him with a shard of glass, at which point he wakes up from his nightmare. The Outer LimitsThe X Files?

Nope, it’s Melrose Place, the ‘grown up’ spin-off from Beverly Hills 90210. Strange.

The tape ends after fifteen minute of this episode.

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