Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 7, Episode 4

Take Me Out to the Holosuite (21 Oct. 1998)

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A Vulcan captain challenges Sisko to a game of baseball.

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Rom: I got it! I got it! I got it!
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Pretty bad, sadly
19 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I like baseball, I really can't stand this episode.

Like most things, the comedy can be kind of hit or miss. Worf's parts are often funny, but the rest of it is pretty bland.

In terms of structure, the episode seems a little bit confused, and the plot itself is rather contrived. While Vulcans can certainly be annoying, the one in this episode pushes it farther than the usual Vulcan arrogance into very odd illogical, having apparently trained his crew to play a sport that's no longer even played by humans, just so he can rub it in Sisko's face when they win. While that seems like a pretty illogical waste of time for one Vulcan, how he convinced an entire team of Vulcans to do this, when they could be doing just about anything else, is totally beyond me.

Also, while I can't really be nitpicky enough to hold it against the episode, it is kind of funny to watch Odo try to make second base calls from behind home plate. The camera doesn't very well hide the fact that he's way too far away, and Jake is between him and the base. Although Rene's dancing about to try and get a good look doesn't even try to hide it, so maybe it's an intentional, if subtle joke.

Also, props to many of the actors for their attempts to look like they don't know how to swing a baseball bat. No one quite stands up to Nana Vistor, who apparently is genuinely quite bad at baseball, but it's a hard thing to fake, and they put a good effort into it.

**Spoilers for the Ending**

Ultimately the episode would just be a bit dull, unless you really, really like baseball, or the jokes hit home. What drags it down is the ending. After the DS9 crew has lost the game fairly badly (I would say pathetically, but, as a long time Royals fan, I've seen worse), they all meet up at Quark's bar for a round of drinks, when the Vulcan manager walks in. Rather than actually showing the team as being happy, having had fun in spite of losing, they all seem rather bitter instead. What actually looked like the crew having a good laugh suddenly turns into mocking the Vulcan manager, but without any undertones of good humor behind it. Instead of actually showing they can be cheerful in defeat, the whole thing seems to be a bitter, angry show of "happiness" and forced laughter, all done out of pure spite. Certainly the Vulcan deserves it, but instead of the episode showing us how humans aren't inferior to Vulcans because they can have fun even without winning, we see how humans aren't inferior to Vulcans because they can be bitter, spiteful, and pissy in the face of losing.


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