Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997) – A Simple Investigation, and Business as Usual

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Rene Echevarria pens this Odo (Rene Auberjonois) episode that sees the security officer falling for a beautiful woman, Arissa (Dey Young) who is working with the Orion Syndicate, and has been targeted for murder. It debuted on 31 March, 1997.

The episode explores the loneliness that Odo feels, but also the fact that he keeps himself from a distance even from his fellow crew members (much to their chagrin, since they have a new holo-program they want him to take part in).

When he meets Arissa, there is a definite chemistry to the pair, and it’s nice to see Odo in a bit of a film noir kind of story. It’s also very enjoyable to see Odo in a relationship. He’s overdue, and now that he’s over Kira (Nana Visitor) – at least for the time being – it’s nice to see it happen.

And it’s a joy to see Bashir (Alexander Siddig) enjoying the secret agent holo-program, and offering some advice to Odo about Arissa. And there is some nice gossip between Kira and Dax (Terry Farrell) while Worf (Micheal Dorn) glares.

This is a gentle episode, a long overdue episode, and although you know it won’t end well for the constable, it’s a journey that is enjoyable in the taking (and wonderfully romantic for the changeling), and Auberjonois and Young are great together.

And while it makes for a quick break from The Dominion story arc, I can’t wait to get back to it, as I am really enjoying this story.


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Quark (Armin Shimerman) takes center stage in this episode written by Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. It first aired on 7 April, 1997. This episode marked the directorial debut of Alexander Siddig.

The Ferengi barkeep has to suffer with a moral quandary when his cousin, Gaila (Josh Pais) comes to him with an opportunity… to be an arms dealer.

It seems Quark is in a tough position financially, he’s debt-ridden, and the bar is up for collateral. So when Gaila, whom he despises, comes along with a deal to sell arms, he debates on whether or not he can do it, and if it will be worth it, financially… he is a Ferengi after all.

It’s a great episode for Quark, as it shows how far he is willing to go, and where the line is drawn for him. It also gives us a look at his friendship with Dax.

The guest cast also includes Steven Berkhoff as Hagath, the dealer Gaila is working with. Berkhoff has been eternally cast as the baddie through the 80s and 90s.

There’s a fun b-story with Miles (Colm Meaney) trying to keep his new son, Kirayoshi, quiet. He’s unable to put him down. As soon as he does, the baby begins to cry. He’s been carrying him around for a week.

The Human Adventure continues as I explore The Complete Series set on DVD next week.

Boldy go…



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