Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 23

Blaze of Glory

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM May 12, 1997 on Syndicado

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  • Solid Eddington episode

    It's the old "enemies having to work together" story with Sisko and Eddington in a sequel (or coda) to "For the Uniform". Like "Indiscretion", which features Kira and Dukat teaming up in a similar way, the nature of the plot lends itself to dialogue, with much of the action near the end. That's good for the budget (in fact, sets from Children of Time are reused, albeit with different lighting) but leads to an underwhelming Sisko episode, being more talky than exciting.

    Still, there's something compelling about Eddington, which is probably why he keeps returning. Part of the reason by might be that Kenneth Marshall is like him in many ways: he's talented and dependable, but he just doesn't have the look a leading man. Yet through Eddington, he's able to turn his everyman qualities into assets that shine in a way they otherwise wouldn't. We believe that this short old, bald guy can be a charismatic leader, or at least wants to be.

    Is it enough to make "Blaze of Glory" a standout episode? No. Though it includes a humorous B story where Nog tries to win the klingons' respect, it lacks an element to make it special. (Personally I would have introduced a whole Eddington family: a wife, two daughters, and a son in hiding. They almost go there, but they don't go far enough, and it's a shame because it would redefine the character, forcing us to reassess his life, and make the ending all the more In the end, Marshall's last appearance is much like himself: solid but unremarkable.
  • A farewell to Eddington.

    DS9 was known for featuring complex, multidimensional villains - Dukat and Wynn among the most noteworty. Michael Eddington was an entirely different animal - the noble adversary, a guy who was fundamentally good but whose goals put him in conflict with the series' protagonists.

    This episode matches him against Sisko for the last time and gives him a fitting farewell. The two continue their mental chess match in the first half of the episode, continuing the thread launched in "For the Cause" and "For the Uniform" - and then reconcile in the conclusion. The conclusion - where Sisko (who was less than honest about his enmity toward Eddington) abandons his obsessive dislike of Eddington and acknowledges the latter's nobility - is an nice epilogue.
  • Sisko uses Eddington to stop a swarm of cloaked missles heading to cardassia.

    Sisko takes eddington out of prison to the badlands .
    He hopes to find the launch base of a series of cloaked missles speeding towards caedassia prime.
    They find the base but the jem hadar have boarded it and Commander Michael Eddington outfoxes him again.

    What the hell was that little conversation about at the end?
    Sisko muses wistfully that he hopes there are more of those heroic marquis out there.
    What ??He hated the marquis and eddington especaily.
    didnt he disobey orders to bring eddington in?
    didnt he start a program of poisoning marquis colonies until eddington surrendered?
    This was lazy writting coupled with yet more terrible acting from avery brooks.
    Ken Marshall the guest star outclases him terribley as do most of the guest stars
    and Colm meaney ,both daxes,marc alimo etc
  • The Swan Song of Michael Eddington

    The Klingons intercept a message from the remnants of the Maquis--apparently, a bunch of missiles are on their way to Cardassia, cloaked, and unstoppable. The Maquis have been totally wiped out by the Dominion, and this last gasp appears to be a vindictive push into war. Sisko has to stop them, but he is going to need the help of one person: Michael Eddington, the former Starfleet officer he helped put away by zapping Maquis planets with deadly toxins. There is no love lost between the men, but Eddington eventually comes around to help. When the two finally reach the launch site from where the missiles can be deactivated, it is crawling with Jem'Hadar, and we are introduced to a few last Maquis, including a woman who just so happens to be Eddington's wife.

    This episode more or less fills in Eddington's motivation for the Maquis, and fleshes out his character a great deal. However, it is also the final goodbye to Eddington, whose death is fitting. It's a pretty good episode, with some touches of mordant humor ("It could be me holding the pipe") that fit in quite well. One of the better efforts in a pretty good season.
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