Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997) – The Darkness and the Light, and The Begotten

Station log; stardate 50416.2

Ronald D. Moore pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Bryan Fuller. It first aired on 6 January, 1997.

Someone has Kira (Nana Visitor) in their crosshairs, and not just Kira, someone is systematically assassinating all the members of her Bajoran resistance cell.

Playing as a bit of a mystery thriller, this episode marks Bryan Fuller’s first story submission to get made into Trek, and pairing the story with a script by Moore, means that this one is an all out thriller, dark, engaging, and incredibly well put together.

It’s been awhile since Kira has been at the center of a story, usually we just check in on her, to see how the O’Brien pregnancy (that she is carrying) is going.

We also get to see the continuing relationship between Dax (Terry Farrell) and Worf (Micheal Dorn), and it’s fun to see them together, even if they get caught up in the circumstances of the events surrounding Kira and her cell.

The entire crew gets involved as they try to figure out what is going on, and keep Kira out of jeopardy, but in the end, it will come down to her, and the reveal of the real threat.

This is not only solid Trek, this is just solid story-telling, and it’s a fantastic episode. In fact it after Trials and Tribble-ations it may be my favorite episode of the season so far. And William Lucking returns as Kira’s old war comrade, Furel.

I’m quite enjoying the level of continuity in this series.


Station log: stardate unknown

Rene Echevarria penned his Odo (Rene Auberjonois) story that first aired on 27 January, 1997.

The security officer discovers an infant changeling, and sees a chance to raise a child as well as correct some of the the ways he was brought up. He attempts to teach the youngling how to shapeshift without being invasive, but soon problems will arise, and he may have to seek aid from the man who raised him… Dr. Mora (James Sloyan).

This of course brings some wonderful conflict into Odo’s life because of his own experience with Mora (and lets them deal with some of the issues that arose), and despite the way that the episode finishes for the young changeling, Odo’s own abilities are returned to him at the end of the episode.

Meanwhile, Kira delivers the O’Brien baby!!

This is a great episode, and lets Auberjonois really sign in this story. He’s great in this episode.

The human adventure continues later this week with more journeys with Voyager, and next week as I continue to explore Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Complete Series on DVD available now from Paramount Pictures.

Boldly go…


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