DS9 4X17 “Accession”
When I realized “Accession” was written by the super-talented and amazing Jane Espenson, I was really excited to re-watch and review.
But while I thought the episode was solid, I definitely have stuff to critique. “Accession“‘s A-story has a good concept but is a little heavy-handed. And the B-story is so full of gendered clichés that I don’t think it really does the characters justice.
That starts right away in the very first scene, as we see Miles and Bashir having to clean up Miles’ quarters, which has become a dump since Keiko has been away.
Apparently Colm Meaney objected to this scene, saying:
It was expedient to have some sort of what’s considered humor in the script, but I object to saying this man is incapable of keeping his apartment tidy when his wife’s away. That’s a cliché.
Couldn’t agree with you more, Chief. Next, Miles goes to meet Keiko and Molly at the airlock. When Molly lets slip that Keiko is pregnant, Miles’ reaction is mixed to say the least.
Keiko expresses surprise that Miles isn’t happier and he says
But your last visit, you were only here the one night. I thought it’d take a couple of nights. To be honest, a lot more nights.
Oh noes! No more sex for Miles! Miles has the sadz.
If you want to find these scenes funny, you have to at least subconsciously buy into the following stereotypes and myths:
- Men think about sex a lot
- Women, on the other hand, have less need for sex
- Pregnant women automatically can’t have sex (false!)
- For a man, being married takes away from other fun things they want to be doing
And it’s that fourth stereotype that drives the rest of the plot for Miles, Keiko and Julian this episode, as Miles reluctantly and passive-aggressively stays home with Keiko out of a sense of duty rather than heading off for darts or holosuite adventures with Julian.