Thursday, May 21, 2015

Weird Star Trek Episodes – Move Along Home aka “ALAMARAINE... meh!"

It looks like they really want out of this episode, eh?

Well, it’s time to head to Season 1 of DS9. While I do think that DS9’s first season isn’t that bad when compared to most first seasons in the franchise, it’s definitely my least favorite season of the seven. It does have some good episodes though. Unfortunately, it also has some “meh” episodes in there as well. Guess where “Move Along Home” falls into.

The episode starts off as the crew does first contact with the Wadi, a race from the Gamma Quadrant. Instead of sitting down and negotiating stuff, the Wadi want to know where the games are. They end up heading to Quark’s bar and gamble a bit. When Quark gets caught cheating the new aliens out of winning, the main Wadi decides to play a game of his own with Quark. What Quark doesn’t know is that this ends up transporting Sisko, Bashir, Dax, and Kira to some playing field. While Quark plays the game, they have to figure out a few tricks set up for them to solve.
I bet these guys have some extreme version of "Pick-up Sticks" on their world.

Odo (who really puts Starfleet’s security to shame) finds out from Jake that his father’s gone. It takes a while, but he and Quark find out that Sisko and the others are part of the game. It also turns out that their lives may be in danger. Things go bad when the four almost end up dying in the game. Luckily, it is a game after all as the four end up in Quark’s bar unharmed. The Wadi leave and never actually return. Yay.

So, this was a pretty "bleh" episode. While it has a couple of okay moments, it’s not good and pretty forgettable. The Wadi themselves are pretty lackluster. I can see why they were never brought back to the show in any capacity (far as I know). The crew doesn’t really get to do much other than be bewildered and act a little silly. I zoned out towards the end on my re-watch especially since I knew that nothing was really going to happen.
Don't worry. I won't link this to YouTube. I don't want to hurt you that bad.

I did think Quark and Odo themselves make the episode a little better by having some funny moments. Other than those two having a couple of funny moments, the episode’s a dud. I’d say skip it since nothing really comes from it. Still, if you want to see it, go on ahead. Well, it’s time for me to “move along home.” Peace and God Bless.

1 comment:

  1. This is obviously when the show was still trying to be TNG rather than its own thing. And failing.