Station log: stardate unknown
Rene Echevarria pens this O’Brien (Colm Meaney) episode from a story by Philip Kim. It first aired on 25 February, 1998.
O’Brien is recruited by Starfleet Intelligence to infiltrate an Orion Syndicate one of the largest criminal organizations in the Alpha Quadrant, and is required to befriend the man he is going to betray, Liam Bilby (played by Nick Tate, who played one of my fave characters on Space: 1999!).
It seems over the past year five of Intelligence’s men have ended up dead, there’s an informer in Starfleet and that’s part of O’Brien’s mission, to get a name. Things get even more complicated when O’Brien discovers that the Syndicate has an alliance with the Dominion.
Back on the station, there’s a fun b-story that sees lots of glitches going on, apparently that happens every time the chief leaves the station. And that lasts for all of one sequence, everything else is O’Brien, and Meaney is more than up to the task.
This is a great O’Brien episode, and I love seeing Meaney and Tate working together, there’s a nice chemistry there and you get a real sense of a relationship there that causes O’Brien some grief as the story comes to its conclusion.
This is something that will no doubt stay with the chief for quite some time, and he will be constantly reminded it by his new ward, Chester the cat.
I loved this episode. Honestly, this season is turning into one of my favorites.
Station log: stardate 51597.2
Ronald D. Moore pens this episode that first debuted on 4 March, 1998.
Worf (Micheal Dorn) is seemingly trapped by an impossible decision, during a mission with his wife, Dax (Terry Farrell), they travel to the badlands to get information about the Dominion.
However, when Dax is injured, the klingon must decide between saving his wife, or completing the mission.
Back on the station, Bashir (Alexander Siddig) wants O’Brien to join him in his latest spy holo, but the chief would rather work on his tongo game in an attempt to beat Quark (Armin Shimerman) with the doctor’s help.
This ends up being a great episode for both Dorn and Farrell, as their character have come a long way, and it also allows for some nice arcs to come. Having said that both the a and b story have some great character moments and development. These characters have come so far, and Moore has a fantastic way with his scripts. It’s a great story, and shows how much Dax has come to mean to Worf. It’s a defining moment for a character that, previously, seemed solely interested in his career.
The Human Adventure continues next week as I explore Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Complete Series on DVD, available now from Paramount Canada.