July 17th, 2013

ds9 rewatch

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "The Siege"

Dax and Kira fly by the seat of their pants, Quark gets outsmarted by Rom (really!), Sisko goes all Die Hard on the Bajoran Militia, plus bonus Steven Weber! The DS9 Rewatch concludes the Circle trilogy with "The Siege."

An excerpt:
There are plenty of excellent set pieces here. The colloquy on combat rations is hilarious, Sisko’s speech at the top of the episode is strong yet understated, Nog and Jake’s scene is excellent, Rom selling Quark’s seat is classic (particularly Bashir’s delivery of the news to Sisko and Quark, and Sisko’s tiny smile after, “I guess he sold your seat”), and every scene with Kira and Dax just sparkles (also the aerial combat scene is superbly written and directed). Li’s speech to the Bajorans wanting to evacuate is powerful (“Where are you running to? This is Bajor!” is goosebump-inducing), and Stephen Macht’s Krim is a worthy adversary for Sisko.
  • Current Music
    "One Good Christian Man" by Michael McCloud

my OSFest 6 schedule

I will be one of the two Author Guests of Honor at OSFest 6 in Omaha, Nebraska from 26-28 July (that's a week from Friday). Here's what my schedule is most likely to be....

4-5.30pm: autographing (Author's Alley)
6-7.30pm: "Fannish Match Game"
7.30-9pm: opening ceremonies

9-10.30am: autographing (Author's Alley)
10.30-11.30am: "Klingon Culture" (Omaha F)
12-1pm: "How to Construct Scenes" (Colorado D)
1.30-2.30pm: "How Writers Write" (Colorado D)
3-4pm: reading

10.30-11.30am: "Philosophy of Star Trek" (Omaha B)
11.30am-12.30pm: autographing (Author's Alley)
  • Current Music
    "Teacher" by Jethro Tull

midweek music: "What's the Matter Here?"

So I was digging around for some CDs to take with me on my drive to Doylestown and back last night for the short story class that I'm co-teaching with Jonathan Maberry and Don Lafferty, and I discovered my copy of 10,000 Maniacs's MTV Unplugged CD. (Ah, the good old days when MTV actually showed music....) For those that don't know, 10,000 Maniacs was one of those "college band" types in the late 1980s (when I went to college, basically) that managed some mainstream notice. The song below, "What's the Matter Here?" a colloquy on child abuse, was one of their hits. Here's a performance of it from a 1987 concert.

  • Current Music
    "Beggar's Farm" by Jethro Tull