Tonight, on an all-new episode: a friend of Garibaldi's comes to the station looking for a fight, and Ivanova has to deal with her father's death.
(season 1, episode 14)
airdate: May 25, 1994
written by: Lawrence G. DiTillio
directed by: John C. Flinn, III
Bryant's rating: 1/2 * / *****
Christ, do I have to actually write something?!?
I've got little inclination to talk about this episode, which is (unless I've forgotten something -- and no, I haven't forgotten "Grey 17 Is Missing") the worst hour of the entire series. I'm grading it a half a star because there are a scattered handful of small moments that I do like. Otherwise, I'd give it a flat zero stars.
In case you're unfamiliar, here's what happens:
Walker Smith, a friend of Garibaldi's (and a disgraced boxer who was cheated right out of the sport), comes onto the station in the hopes of entering a brutal fighting competition so as to help rehab his reputation. Also coming on the station -- conveniently, he walks off the same shuttle as Walker -- is Rabbi Yosel Koslov, a friend of the Ivanov family, who has come to deliver a legacy left to Ivanova by her deceased father. He discovers that she has not sat shiva, and tries to persuade her to do so.
It's not much of an episode, especially the Walker Smith plot.
Nevertheless, I took a few screencaps, so let's have a look and call it a morning.
|Your eyes do not deceive you; that IS a Zima sign hanging in the background. I almost gave another half a star just for that.|
|Not an actual book. Kind of a weird joke, considering Ellison worked on the series; that sort of fourth-wall-breaking seems ill-advised to me. Granted, I just thumbs-upped a Zima sign.|
|Rabbi Koslov is played by Theodore Bikel, who is good throughout. Bikel formerly appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Worf's adoptive father.|
|His scene with Michael O'Hare brings out an interesting side to Sinclair; respectful, almost deferential. Kind of interesting given the larger scope of Sinclair's story; not much, but something.|
|More thanks due to IMDb for informing me that another Bond vet -- Don Stroud, who played Heller in Licence to Kill -- plays Caliban, the trainer who agrees to take Walker under his wing. Why "Caliban"? This screenplay is atrocious.|
|Claudia Christian has a few good scenes, but the emotions of Ivanova's shiva scenes prove mostly to be beyond her.|
|The Mutai champion, Gyor, is played by James Jude Courtney, who played Michael Myers in the 2018 Halloween. The fighting scenes are fairly good, considering how lousy much of the rest of the episode is.|
|There's a terrific (by which I mean AWFUL) brief shot as Walker takes the ring in which an extra appears 100% confused as to where he is and what is happening around him.|
|I think he may have wandered in off the street.|
|Gyor is an alien, so his blood isn't red. It's white. Which makes it appear as if Gyor has just gone a round with Peter North, if you know what I'm sayin'...|
And that's all I have to say about that. I'd say we're in for better times next episode, but ... we're kind of not.