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18 November 2008 @ 09:10 am
brilliant sci-fi screenwriter Michael Taylor  
I've been slowly re-watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine lately and this weekend got to what is probably my second favorite episode, The Visitor (Season 4, Episode 2). The basic premise is that after losing his father (Commander Sisko) at the age of 18, Jake Sisko spends the rest of his life haunted by the incident and trying to bring him back. Maybe I'm just a big cry baby (especially about father-son stories), but even after multiple viewings I still find it to be one of the most emotionally-affecting stories ever. I couldn't even tell K. about the story without getting all choked up again.

I was so impressed by it that I had to IMDB the writer, Michael Taylor. As it turns out, he also wrote my other favorite episode of the series, In The Pale Moonlight, a brilliant political intrigue story that really ripped Trek's shiny utopian vision a new one.

After DS9, he followed Michael and Shawn Piller to their new Stephen King-inspired show The Dead Zone, which I've watched a little of here and there. I've tracked down all the episodes he wrote of that show and am putting that next on my viewing slate.

But I couldn't stop there. Because for its third season, DS9 alum Ronald Moore recruited Taylor to write for his Battlestar Galactica remake. I'm not sure why I've avoided Battlestar for so long, but it's up there with The Wire for sheer number of brushed away personal endorsements from friends. So, after the Dead Zone episodes, I'm finally going to dive into that little epic.

Listening to: The Flaming Lips - "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Part I"
xterminal on November 18th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
I can guarantee I'd draw at least one pistol quicker than she would...
...wyndebreaker on November 18th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
The Visitor
The only time I've ever cried during a Star Trek episode.

There, I said it.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on November 18th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Re: The Visitor
I'm right there with you, passing the tissues.
...: Chong Liwyndebreaker on November 18th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: The Visitor
It's usually when Sisko hugs Jake and says, "My sweet boy."

Damn, it's dusty in here. I just got some in my eye.

...wyndebreaker on November 18th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: The Visitor

Professor Mortis: Dr.Timprofessormortis on November 18th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Note to self: DO NOT watch that episode of Deep Space 9 unless I want to be reduced to blubbering (every since Pops Mortis died these sorts of stories tend to hit me pretty hard).

On a less depressing note, all I can say for today's pic is: GOD DAMN!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: icegrafskaffsassmonkeydiary on November 19th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, unless you're looking to induce some sort of catharsis someday, it would probably be best to avoid that one.
Professor Mortis: Mortisprofessormortis on November 19th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Well, every once in a while, I actually do want that. Usually I watch Rushmore or Breaking Away. So I'll keep the episode in mind.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: sculpting yellowassmonkeydiary on November 19th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Aw, man, I love me some Breaking Away.

Professor Mortis: LibrarianTimprofessormortis on November 19th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
I do too. Really it should be on some top lists; it's probably my favorite coming-of-age movie. Pops loved it as well, so I get the double whammy of remembering watching it with him and of the fact that Paul Dooley's character reminds me of him powerfully.
Uniquely Marredbuddhamonkey on November 18th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
Deep Space 9:
I love it soooo much.
Kegboy: art1kegboy on November 19th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
"Bang! Bang! She shot me down.
Bang! Bang! What an aweful sound.
Bang! Bang! My baby shot me down..."

Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: scott morse skirtassmonkeydiary on November 19th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Music played, people sang,
just for me those churchbells rang...
zantimisfit on November 19th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
The tire track completely destroy the "Old West" feeling of this pic.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: comics: cowboy monkeyassmonkeydiary on November 19th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Haha... I didn't even notice those!
(Anonymous) on November 20th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Favorite recent show on TV tied with Dexter. Last 10 episodes start in January I think.