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The Ensigns of Command

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Title : The Ensigns of Command Rating : 3
First Aired : 2 Oct 1989 Stardate : 43133.3
Director : Cliff Bole Year : 2366
Writers : Melinda M. Snodgrass Season : 3
Rating : 3.5000 for 2 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 3
Review : Decent episode. It's good to see something that looks genuinely alien for once, and the Sheliak was as near as we could get on a TV budget, so a good effort there. Data's light show on the planet certainly had a lot of dramatic impact, and his various scenes beforehand worked well. Picard's solution within the treaty was certainly typical of him, being able to win without firing a shot. They also offered a technobabble solution, then very neatly put it away again, and it's also good to see that NOT everything can be solved by remodulating the Heisingberg compensators (or whatever). Overall, a good effort.
Reviewer : I6RGt73kBb Rating : 4
Review : , God seems like a genie in a bottle, the ulmitate wish-fulfillment. I understand where you are coming from, but I'd like to point out a couple of things.One, in reality, we do tend to see God as randomly and capriciously granting some request, but not others. Sometimes He comes across as the ulmitate wish-fulfillment person. So much so, we have whole theologies built around the idea that if you simply have enough faith, God will do whatever you ask. I'm not saying I agree with that, but rather it is more the fact that we aren't privy to God's reasons why He does things as He does. Why did Jesus heal the paralytic at the Sheep's Pool, and not all the other people with problems who were also waiting there? We can guess, but the fact of the matter is, He chose to heal that one person, but not everyone else.Why did Jesus raise the widow of Nain's son from the dead and not all He encountered? We don't know. Again, we can speculate, but theologically, there isn't a good reason why He randomly chose some, but not others to heal or raise from the dead.And what Elisha did with his prophet power, to call on bears to kill some young people who were calling him names, doesn't sound like something God would do, and certainly comes across as God being a wish-fulfillment person.So, one, I think that to a certain extent represents our reality, as most of the time the story is in first person. So I don't have the omniscient perspective to delve into why or why not God is allowing certain things.Two, there are rules that their power operates by. God gives them the power, and they either use it well, or abuse it (which some might say Elisha did with his). And the abuse comes at a cost to the user, which is made clear, and is allegorical of any talent or ability we are given by God (see parable of the talents). Misuse of what God gives us can corrupt us. So, for example, the case you cite where Gabrielle brings Sisko back from Paradise to be with her for a couple of days God gave her the power of the steam house, which is to reveal reality. As she was thinking about the fact that Josh and Sisko had that link, it dawned on her that one of the reasons Josh was having such an attraction to her in his mentally damaged condition was because of that link, and that he was exhibiting signs of Sisko's feelings love for her through Josh. So, to find out if it were true, she spoke the statement that he was really Sisko, and Sisko appeared. If it weren't true, nothing would have happened. What happened in that instance is purely because she received the power of the steam house to reveal reality, and the reality was that Sisko was present in Josh at that moment. Within the rules of that world and how that power operated in Gabrielle, it makes perfect sense. God would have had to intervene in that instance to stop what was happening from happening. But the presumed reason He didn't (actually, the reason, but the characters themselves can only guess, but the all-knowing author does't have to) is because in book two, they didn't have opportunity to say their goodbyes properly. Most all the incidents that happen in the books related to the ring or other miracles and wizards, operate by a set of rules. They are given a power, and how they use that power is the issue, more than God granting wishes. One of the main themes through these stories is the fact that we are given resources to use, and we either use them in alignment with God's will or we don't. And when we don't, it has consequences on our spiritual life and eternal destination.And it is that last part that is the true tension through the stories. We know Sisko can heal the person he is praying for (usually), but what we don't know is how he will fare in relation to defeating pride and keeping his relationship with God in good standing.Hope that makes better sense of it. I know, some might like that more spelled out than I did. I do put in enough hints without going into info dump mode that would be out of place in the story. But that goes back to the point of this article. Some like long passages of description and backstory and don't mind info dumps to get all the cultural detail of a world. Others find it boring. In most YA books, you work that into the story line with hints and such, and anywhere it would naturally fit, without slowing the story down to explain things.How well I did that is, of course, another story.
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