126. Sons and Daughters (6.03)

Synopsis: Alexander Rozhenko joins the crew of the Rotarran, much to the disappointment of Worf. On Terok Nor, Tora Ziyal returns to the station where Dukat intends to use her to get closer to Major Kira.

Memory Alpha Summary: Torpedoing Worf one more time for good measure

Review: Unfortunately an episode with relationships I’ve never much cared for, those between Dukat and Nerys and between Worf and his son Alexander.

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127. The Emperor’s New Cloak (7.12)

Synopsis: When Grand Nagus Zek is kidnapped by the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance while on a business trip into the “mirror universe”, Quark and Rom follow him there.

Memory Alpha Summary: Who’s the least fairest of them all?

Review: The final mirror universe episode is pretty disappointing, and not just because it focuses on a bunch of Ferengi. I just felt like they could have done something more grandiose, with some finality, rather than leaving it open-ended.  

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128. Wrongs Darker Than Death Or Night (6.17)

Synopsis: Kira uses the Orb of Time to travel into the past after Dukat claims that her mother was once his lover during the Occupation.

Memory Alpha SummaryThis is heavy, Doc

Review: On one hand I enjoy time travel episodes that involve Terrok Nor and it was nice to see “old Dukat” again. On the other hand, way too much Kira. I just never buy her feelings for her mother, positive or negative, and per usual with this character/actor, the emotional swings are fast and furious.  

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Author: Ian Finley
Year: 2000
Development System: TADS
Cruelty Rating: Polite (can’t get stuck if you save reasonably)
Length Of Play: 2-4 hours

My Rating: 7

Awards: 1st Place — 6th Annual IF Comp

With a Kafkaesque dystopia the author must be very careful that while the world is constantly spinning around the protagonist that the viewer in addition to being misdirected doesn’t feel cheated. For the most part Finley does his job here.

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129. Blood Oath (2.19)

Synopsis: Three old Klingon warriors reunite on Deep Space 9, seeking Curzon Dax, with whom they entered into a blood oath to one day exact revenge on an enemy for killing the warriors’ firstborn sons. Finding Jadzia as worthy a warrior as they felt Curzon to be, she joins the Klingons in completing their vendetta.

Memory Alpha Summary: Rapid evolution

Review: While it’s cool that they brought back the three actors from TOS to reprise their roles, this time as elderly Klingon (complete with new forehead ridges!), I have a hard time caring about the blood oath itself.

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Hollywood Squares

Developer: GameTek
Year: 1989
Genre: Game Show
Platform: DOS, Commodore 64, Apple II, NES

My Rating: 2

I love game shows, even the stupid ones, but it’s really hard to get on board with Hollywood Squares. Much like Match Game, the contestants are irrelevant and it’s all about watching celebrities make jokes. At least when I would catch this show, the celebrities were not near drunk enough to make it work. Not to mention that basing a game show around Tic-Tac-Toe is so basic it makes Deal or No Deal seem high concept.

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130. Shakaar (3.24)

Synopsis: Kira’s old Resistance leader’s refusal to return some farming equipment to the Bajoran Government nearly starts a civil war.

Memory Alpha SummarySame thing happened to me on Farmville

Review: An episode that had issues with rewrites and problems shooting due to weather and it shows. Not only that, we have a silly B-plot regarding O’Brien being great at darts that rudely interrupts on more than one occasion a somewhat tense A-plot about Kai Winn’s attempt to rise to political power. Just an awkward mess.

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Family Feud

Developer: Softie
Year: 1987
Genre: Game Show
Platform: DOS, Apple II, Coleco Adam, Commodore 64

My Rating: 8

A very simple game show to translate to the computer and they did a very nice job here. You don’t need a whole lot to make this one work: a ton of boards and good sound effects are about all that’s needed. This version succeeds in both ways. One can play the game for days and not see the same category twice and the sound effects when you get an answer right are brief and rewarding. About as good as one can expect from the internal sound board.

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