when is it going to be the other way round
does this count
What are your qualifications ?
[Eeewww to the people who wish Dukat and Nerys had sex. He’s basically her creepy stepfather. Gross.]
ALSO… Only a handful of years prior to every single one of their interactions, had Dukat ordered Kira to his bed, SHE WOULD HAVE HAD NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER. Dukat is (and I apologize for invoking Godwin’s Law, but it’s an explicit parallel used by the staff) Hitler for the Bajoran people.
The fact that people fall for his performance despite knowing what he is underneath really concerns me…
Actually that’s a reason why we got “Waltz” and why this episode was so direct about making it clear that Dukat is evil:
"I’m always a strong proponent of giving characters’ personalities multidimensional aspects, and portraying someone in shades of gray rather than black and white," (Ira) Behr explains. "But you know, being human, I can’t help but sometimes react to the feedback we get. And the fact that Dukat has become such a popular character, and I’ve read things on the Internet where people actually talk about the fact that ‘only five million Bajorans were killed during the Occupation - that’s not such a big deal.’ It’s just so…” Behr sighs. “Anyway, I make an exception in Dukat’s case. Evil may be an unclear concept in this day and age. But Dukat certainly has done evil things. And since he refuses to admit to them, we then have to simplify things, deconstruct things, until we get to the most simplistic level. Which is: ‘He does evil things, therefore he is evil.’ “
[Star Trek Deep Space Ninen Companion]
I feel like post-waltz Dukat was horribly mishandled. The series had done a MAGNIFICENT job of showing his dimension beforehand, and to quote SFdebris, “I don’t believe the Dukat we saw from Emissary to Sacrifice of Angels was at any point a different man.” It showed not even that he wasn’t ALL bad, but how nuanced and complex people are
Post Waltz he became evil rape anti-jesus. I think it would have been far better to do episodes focusing on the personal impact of his regime. While he was no Gul Dar’heel, and he was BETTER than his predecessor, people could’ve done with a reminder that he was still bad.
I would’ve added more scenes throughout the series of Occupation survivors giving personal grievances with Dukat. Given us a sort of ground-level look at what this person had DONE to these people for years. Because the Occupation had just ended around the time the Federation got involved, so it was always a distant abstract thing. Bring it back to us like in Duet and reattach Dukat to that. Because as it stands he was already egotistical(to put it mildly), power-hungry, a bigot, and self-deluded, so I already feel like he was enough of a villain without making him cartoonishly, OOC ridiculously Snidely Whiplash evil.
I’m posting this on 4 hrs sleep btw, so forgive me if this is rambly
"Usagi, I named you after the bravest person I know. Me."
- Usagi to Chibi Usagi probably
That was the great thing about TNG. Even random background characters seemed like the cool people your real coworkers never are.