Friday, April 19, 2013

Blink of an Eye

**** (4 stars out of 5)
Gotana-Retz is having one weird day. He's a brave astronaut on a mission to discover the answer to the millenia-old riddle of the Sky Ship. You know the one. It's been in the sky throughout history, inspiring religions, arias, and so-so television shows. Retz (title character from the song Puttin' On The Retz by Irving Berlin and Taco) will be the first man from his world to set foot on the ship of everyone's dreams- and discover the exceedingly slow-moving people who live there. And no, that's not a dig.

Retz's world moves faster than the rest of the universe: a day there passes in just over a second.

Only the EMH could usefully visit the place and return. In the 18 minutes it took to recover him he fathered a boy named Jason. It's never explained. The Doc may have modified his form to include a sex organ but I'm baffled by the implication of holo-sperm. I'm going to have to assume Jason was adopted.

Don't be disturbed by the notion that Retz is the spitting image of Wolfram and Hart's despicable lawyer Gavin Park. It's probably not an unspeakable evil spell or anything.

"Blink of an Eye" is a great improvement over the Original Series episode it resembles ("Wink of an Eye") But at least it strives for logical consistency. Well, except that Tuvok thinks quasars rotate. (He's drunk and he probably meant pulsars.) Cut the man some slack. He's a tactical officer, not a scientist. How many times has a quasar attacked the ship? None. So there.

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