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Original air date: October 21, Stardate: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on thebluetones.info: Take Me Out to . The holosuite program puts them on a college baseball field complete with crowds, pennants, flags, and the. Nov 21, - [GAM] Win a STAR TREK ONLINE Discovery Tardigrade! Nov 19, - [DSC] 7x04 - Take Me Out to the Holosuite. Title + · - • File Name + · -. What a great episode, it really made my day. Odo as the umpire made me laugh louder than anything else in Trek. How do you feel about this.
Theories abound as to why baseball, more so than any other sport, lends itself so readily to literature. Baseball crosses age, race, class, time and even gender lines.
Is it too far-fetched to suggest that the paraphernalia and trappings of the game itself—bats, balls, bases, dirt infield, green outfield, bleachers—evokes something close to a national pastoral memory? There is something very elegant in the notion of baseball, in the way that a simple game involving a very simple set of actions throw a ball, hit a ball with a stick, run in a set of straight lines, catch a ball can come to capture so much of the human experience.
This is perhaps the paradox of baseball. Much like cricket, a sport with which it has a lot in commonbaseball is once incredibly straightforward and incredibly complicated. While baseball is very much an American pastime, internal audiences will empathise with the early scenes of Take Me Out to the Holosuite, in which the alien characters all struggle to wrap their heads around the complicated system of bylaws and regulations governing such a simple game.
This is why Sisko could use baseball as a metaphor to explain the concept of linear time in Emissarysuggesting that the baseball game could serve as a metaphor for life itself; at once elegant in its simplicity and awe-inspiring in its complexity. Baseball is a sport than can be extrapolated to a complex series of statistics and economicsor expanded to a meditation upon the very nature of human existence.
It is poetic and practical, something that can resonate with the most lyrical mind and the most practical. Although the sport has extended its reach in an era of globalisationand while there might be debates about the origin of the gamethere a very strong connection between baseball and the United States.
As Gerald Early explained his own passion for the sport in the opening episode of Baseball: It makes me feel connected to this culture, and I think there are only three things that America will be known for 2, years from now when they study this civilisation — the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball.
In some ways, Deep Space Nine reinforces this notion, suggesting from the very first episode that baseball has somehow managed to outlast the United States itself. We could be playing cricket. The series has a long history with the sport. Sisko used baseball as a way to communicate with the Prophets in Emissary, bonded with an alien recreation of a historical baseball player in If Wishes Were Horses…routinely took his senior staff to games in episodes like Starship Downand even forged a romantic relationship with Kasidy Yates in Family Business primarily rooted in their shared love of the sport.
In terms of plot, it played a crucial role at the climaxes of stories like Call to Arms and Tears of the Prophets. However, it also reflects the series itself. Sisko is a team sport. Baseball was just as important to Deep Space Nine behind the scenes. Its inclusion in the series was largely down to Michael Piller, an avowed fan who had even worked a baseball analogy into Evolutionhis first teleplay for the franchise. As Sandra Piller recalls of her late husband: Michael absolutely wanted Sisko to be a baseball fan.
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Michael collected baseball cards. Piller reportedly had a collection including thousands of baseball cards. Ira Steven Behr recalls that Piller recruited him to work on Deep Space Nine while they were both attending baseball games together. It feels like a logical episode for the final season, a casual indulgence that makes sense within the larger context of the series.
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It would almost be disappointing if Deep Space Nine wrapped up without getting a chance to see Sisko on the baseball field once again, without seeing the entire crew come together to celebrate a sport that he had shared with most of them on an individual basis. The timing of the episode also seemed fortuitous. Baseball would always hold a special place in the hearts of Americans, but was a great year for the sport.
More than thirteen million people watched the All-Star Game. Although the sport had had a rough few years heading into that season, it seemed like the national pastime had turned things around over the course of the year: By the end ofbaseball had bolstered its attendance. Fox television ratings were up 11 percent. One book, The Persistence of Medievalism, contains the passage: Baseball had a cultural currency that had been lacking or at least diminished in previous seasons. Of course, the season would be retroactively tainted by revelations and allegations.
This came after years of rumours and speculation; McGwire had decline to deny using steroids at hearings conducted inand Sammy Sosa, who competed against McGwire for the record, was rumoured to have tested positive in While there were commentators concerned about how widespread doping might have been within the sport, that dark cloud had yet to settle over the season. To audiences and fans watching the baseball season, it genuinely seemed that the sport was going through a renaissance.
Take Me Out to the Holosuite arrived at exactly the right time. The episode aired two days before the end of the six-month season, right in the middle of the World Series.
McGwire had already broken his recordbut the season had not yet ended. According to Ronald D. Moore, this synchronicity was something of a happy accident: The entire writing staff was poised to go to Game 5 — which left Ira, Rene, and I in the odd position of rooting against the Yanks in Game 4. Still, it is a nice example of Deep Space Nine feeling at once perfectly in step with its cultural moment and also quite timeless.
More like the World Serious, am I right? Even in hindsight, Take Me Out to the Holosuite feels like an appropriate counterpoint to the baseball season. The entire plot is spurred into motion when an old classmate from Starfleet Academy shows up on Deep Space Nine. There is a catch. Moore declines to depict Solok challenge to Sisko. Sisko just arrives from his office, calls a meeting, and lays down the challenge to his senior staff.
It is even possible that Solok mentioned baseball knowing Sisko would make the challenge. The decision to stage the baseball game against a team of Vulcans is interesting in a number of respects. He held a grudge as long as Sisko did, which may be illogical but is not racist. Granted, we sometimes use the tensions between aliens as a metaphor for our own contemporary problems, but that metaphor only goes so far.
Some aliens are definitely and quantitatively superior to others in the Trek galaxy and the observation of that point is not analogous to racial hatred as we experience it today.
Vulcans are superior to Humans in many ways. That is a fact, not a racial slur. To be fair, the characterisation of Solok is at least internally consistent. Similar, Solok is not the only antagonistic Vulcan to appear in the seventh season as a whole, with Field of Fire featuring a Vulcan serial killer. Deep Space Nine has never been particularly flattering in its portrayal of the Vulcans. Then again, while Deep Space Nine might really commit to the idea of Vulcans as jerks, it is hardly an outlier in the larger context of the Star Trek franchise.
On the original series, Spock could often seem condescending and arrogant, even if he was also heroic and virtuous. The Search for Spock. This is to say nothing of their attitudes towards their own minorities in episodes like Stigma or their refusal to help Earth in episodes like The Expanse.
The problem became a fixation for a fandom that had learned to worship Spock. It is an interesting example of how fickle continuity actually is, how often expectations of later iterations of stories are more heavily shaped by the memory of earlier stories than their material reality.
However controversial this portrayal of the Vulcans might be, Take Me Out to the Holosuite really commits to the idea. The episode is surprisingly candid about the challenge that Sisko and his team face as they come up against the Logicians.
Vulcans are physically stronger than humans, as a result of evolving on a planet with higher gravity. Vulcans are more physically resilient than humans, having grown up on a desert world under a harsh sun. This is something that the franchise has long taken for granted, most notably in stories like Amok Time or Star Trek. Take Me Out to the Holosuite acknowledges that it is all but impossible for the Niners to beat the Logicians.
As Larry Granillo concedes in his analysis of the team, the episode feels like a fairly accurate account of how a game like that would play out: The Logicians completely destroy the Niners over the course of the game, inflicting a humiliating defeat upon Sisko and his crew.
Even Worf and Bashir are little help in the face of overwhelming odds. Logic is one thing.
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Friendship is a whole different ball game. Act One Edit Deep Space 9's senior staff is skeptical, especially since none of them has ever played the game before, but they accept the challenge and promptly start learning all they can about the game.
As they learn the basics and quite a lot of terminology Bashir is convinced "Fancy Dan" is a phrase Dax invented on the spot until he reads it for himselfthe excitement spreads to others aboard the station.
Leeta and Rom are both interested in trying out for the team as a way to get closer to Nog. Even Quark begrudgingly agrees to try out after some harsh "encouragement" from Leeta. After an inspirational speech from Coach Sisko, the players pair off for some easy throw-and-catch to get started. Nog, Worf, O'Brien, and Bashir get off to a good start, but everyone else clearly needs more than a little practice.
Quite a few balls go sailing past the target catcher, while others seem to be aimed right for someone's head. Rom has more trouble than anyone, missing balls even as they fly right past him. Sisko tells his son that he does not care how hard it will be to train everyone, he will not lose to Solok in a baseball game.
Act Two Edit Niners in the dugout By the end of the first practice most of the team is in the infirmary with various injuries.
Quark had some bones in the back of his skull repaired after an incident involving Rom and an errant bat. Ezri is just generally in pain after thinking she could do all the things Emony Dax once did as an Olympic gymnast. O'Brien, worst of all, has torn his rotator cuff once again and won't be able to play.
Disappointed, Benjamin recruits him as the batting, pitching, and first base coach. He also recruits Odo as the umpire — the only person he trusts to be impartial. Unfortunately, that still leaves a hole to fill, so Sisko "pulls a few strings" and brings in Kasidy Yatesa fellow die-hard baseball fan.
With her next few cargo runs mysteriously reassigned, she has just enough free time to join the team as third base coach. With the addition of Yates and plenty of practice the team improves a little, though Rom still hasn't actually hit a ball, and isn't especially good at catching either. Nog and Leeta keep encouraging him, but Sisko eventually gets so discouraged by Rom's terrible playing that he kicks him off the team completely.