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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.

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  1. Froborr
    December 31, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

    So, I rewatched this yesterday, and I have to say, I don't read there being a sexual or romantic element to Kira's recruitment of Dax at all. It doesn't read like flirting to me, but rather recruitment–a non-ironic echo of Odo's "recruitment" of Bashir later in the episode.

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  2. Daru
    January 11, 2016 @ 10:22 pm

    I really enjoyed the basic idea of this episode as I love a story generally that explores the ideas around performativity. Yeah for me too I think there was an "evil bisexual seduction scene" and I don't have any time for that kind of othering either. I think that there are some more episodes coming up that made me groan even worse if I remember right. Anyways. loved the basic premise and the rest of the characters tho.

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  3. Dustin
    February 17, 2016 @ 3:51 am

    I failed to notice a few episodes earlier, but Kira's uniform has changed. They've ditched that nice flared jacket and stuck her in a jumpsuit. One step down the road toward the catsuit they'll eventually stuff her into. Star Trek is about to become overwhelmed with catsuits (the ghost of William Ware Theiss' revenge?)

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  4. Josh Marsfelder
    February 17, 2016 @ 8:13 am

    Yeah, Kira's uniform does change midway through the first season. But the original look wasn't entirely a stylistic choice either, it was there to disguise the fact Nana Visitor had given birth just weeks prior to filming on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine beginning.

    I actually don't mind this uniform for her. I think it looks trim and professional. And even Nana Visitor said herself it was supposed to look military.

    Now, once you get into 1995 and beyond, that's a far different story. Yeesh.

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