Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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thoughts regarding "The Visitor"

Today's DS9 Rewatch will go up on, and it will be for "The Visitor," which is rightfully regarded as one of the best Star Trek stories ever. Seriously, it's always right up there on the list of the best of Trek with "The Trouble with Tribbles," "City on the Edge of Forever," "The Inner Light," "Yesterday's Enterprise," "In the Pale Moonlight," and, er, uh, whatever token Voyager and Enterprise episodes they decide to throw on the list to make it look good.

One of the things I've been doing with the rewatches is also reading the reviews that are being posted by Zack Handlen on the AV Club (he just started the seventh season, so he's well ahead of me) and the reviews that were done by Jamahal "Jammer" Epsicockhan when the show first aired, both of which are excellent.

However, I'm careful to make sure I don't read Zack's or Jammer's reviews until after I've written mine. It's fun to see the different approaches the three of us take, some of which is due to differences in how we approach the reviews. Zack's watching the show for the first time, albeit twenty years after it originally aired, Jammer reviewed the series when it came out twenty years ago, and I'm someone who watched it the first time (and many times since) and is rewatching it now.

What I found especially entertaining about the reviews of "The Visitor" is that we all said to some degree or other the same thing: it's impossible to do this episode justice in a review and/or plot description. You describe it, it sounds cheesy and stupid, but holy crap is it not, and that's on the back of so many different elements that came together perfectly: the acting, the writing, the directing, all of it.

Anyhow, I'm amused that we all felt the need to mention that, though we all discussed it in different ways.

The rewatch will go up around 3pm today.

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