July 28, 2012
Blog Space Nine #7: "Second Sight"
The awesome run of Deep Space Nine episodes had to end sooner or later, and it ends with a clunk. I'm straining to think of a decent romantic episode produced in any of the Star Treks, and I can only come up with "Lessons", the Next Generation episode where Picard bonds with a visiting astronomer over a mutual love of music. "Second Sight" doesn't join it. It's an all-round weak episode, eminently missable and regularly just that little bit irritating.
One of the biggest drawbacks of this episode is the B-plot, in which Federation scientest and terraforming legend Dr Seyetik (Richard Kiley) prepares to kickstart a dead star. The character is broadly drawn as a loud, brash, egotist, and Kiley plays the role in a very theatrical fashion. The result is a character that makes me cringe every time he's on screen.
Nine episodes into Season 2, and there have been seven good episodes so far, or 78%. (Ha! Seven of Nine! Wait, wrong series.)