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Jul 19 2013 3:45pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Invasive Procedures”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Invasive Procedures“Invasive Procedures”
Written by John Shelpley and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Les Landau
Season 2, Episode 4
Production episode 40512-424
Original air date: October 17, 1993
Stardate: 47182.1

Station log: The station has been evacuated due to a plasma storm. Only Sisko, Kira, Dax, Bashir, Odo, and O’Brien have remained behind to make sure the station stays safe until the storm passes. Quark also volunteered to stay behind, but was confined to the bar. So Odo and O’Brien are a bit surprised to find Quark in an airlock, supposedly saying goodbye to Rom. In truth, Quark was leaving behind a device to neutralize the security scanners on the docking ring.

A ship sends out a weak distress signal, and Odo and O’Brien go unseal one of the airlocks to let them dock, at which point two Klingons (T’Kar and Yeto), a Trill (Verad), and a native of Khefka IV (Mareel) all hold them at phaserpoint. The Trill activates a containment unit into which they force Odo. T’Kar seems to be the leader, and Verad is meek and stammering and doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the group.

They first take the infirmary, forcing Bashir to put the containment unit in a stasis chamber, then go to ops, where they disable the primary and secondary systems. Yeto then takes Quark—who thought they were coming to the station to purchase some liquid data crystals—to ops. Kira’s pissed at Quark and Sisko’s pissed at the whole thing. He asks T’Kar what’s going on, at which point everyone’s surprised to learn that the boss is actually Verad. He’s a Trill who wants the Dax symbiont, which he claims is rightfully his.

Verad spent his whole life trying to qualify for the joining, sacrificing everything. And in the end he was rejected. So he’s going to steal one. Dax is a perfect match, partly because Verad’s research says they’re compatible, but mainly because Jadzia’s stationed by the wormhole, and Verad and Mareel can go to the Gamma Quadrant and start a new life after it’s done.

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Bashir refuses to perform the surgery. Verad then shoots O’Brien—and he seems quite thrilled that he was able to work up the courage to do it. And his point is made: Bashir agrees to do the surgery (after treating O’Brien’s shoulder wound).

Yeto takes Verad, Dax, and Bashir to the infirmary. Verad refuses to be put under, and insists on watching the operation and advising if necessary. Bashir does put Dax to sleep and then removes the symbiont from Jadzia and implants it into Verad.

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In ops, after Sisko and Kira make an attempt to escape (Sisko is more successful against T’Kar than Kira is against Mareel), Mareel explains that Verad saw her at the “accommodation house” (read whorehouse) when he was posted to Khefka IV, and invited her to come with him when he was recalled to Trill. She’ll do anything for him after rescuing her from that life.

Verad arrives at ops—or, more accurately, Verad Dax. There’s a noticeable change in personality, in confidence, and, to Mareel’s dismay, in his interest in being affectionate with her. He also refers to Sisko as “Benjamin,” and they reminisce about old times. Sisko deliberately goes all nostalgic to show Mareel what’s happened here—and also, apparently, proving that “bros before hos” is a universal truism. The last thing he mentions is discovering the wormhole, which Verad remembers as one of Jadzia’s fondest memories—prompting Sisko to remind him that she’s now dying in the infirmary. When Mareel asks why he’s wasting time talking to him, Verad snaps back that he’s his friend, and then dismisses her to watch the others. However, Verad’s unwillingness to put the symbiont back where it belongs leads Sisko to declare their friendship to be over.

In the infirmary, Bashir treats Jadzia, after bullying Yeto into serving as his nurse. Jadzia awakens, but she’s devastated and scared without the symbiont.

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Verad sits alone in Sisko’s office. Sisko tries to convince Mareel that Verad isn’t the same person, which she obviously knows but refuses to admit. Quark makes a particularly pathetic attempt to attack T’Kar, who fares much better against the Ferengi than he did Sisko. Verad orders Mareel to take the whimpering Quark to the infirmary.

The plan is for Verad to go ahead in their ship, with Mareel and the Klingons following an hour later in the last remaining runabout, making sure that no one can follow. Verad pays lip service to being grateful to Mareel, but he’s colder and completely unaffectionate toward her. He also tells her to wait for him at the rendezvous.

Quark has been faking the injury, and he and Bashir are able to distract Yeto enough so that Bashir is able to hit him with a hypo filled with sedative. They then remove the containment unit, and Quark is able to use his mad thief skillz to break it open and free Odo.

Verad realizes that Yeto isn’t responding, so he tasks T’Kar with getting him to the runabout. Mareel suggests a hostage, and Sisko volunteers, but Verad takes Kira instead. Kira’s fine with that. “If Odo’s free, there’s no way you’re getting off this station.”

Mareel admits to Sisko that she now knows that Verad has no intention of going away with her. The plan was for him to wait for her, yet he asked her to wait for him. He’s never lied to her before. Sisko urges her to help him save both Verad and Jadzia. Verad was obviously never meant to be joined. Reluctantly, she agrees, giving Sisko his combadge and phaser back.

Verad, T’Kar, and Kira arrive at the airlock, but the ship is gone—because Odo released the clamps. He and Kira take T’Kar down, while Verad heads for the ruanbout—to find Sisko waiting for him. Verad is convinced that Sisko won’t shoot him, which he believes right up until Sisko shoots him.

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When Verad wakes up, the symbiont has been removed. He can’t remember any of it—the blending didn’t have a chance to complete, which means that Verad will survive, but he’ll be emptier. Jadzia, however, has been reintegrated with Dax—and she remembers everything.

The Sisko is of Bajor: It’s fun seeing Sisko play Mareel like a two-dollar banjo, but also manage to get the better physically of T’Kar—whom it later takes both Kira and Odo to subdue (and whom Quark utterly fails at subduing).

Don’t ask my opinion next time: Apparently being a prostitute on Khefka IV gives you the skills to beat the crap out of a lifelong terrorist. Right. (Sorry, didn’t buy for a second that Mareel could even hold her own in a fistfight with Kira, much less win one.)

Rules of Acquisition: Quark is informed by Kira that he’s finished on the station after he deactivated the security systems on the docking ring to allow Yeto and T’Kar to board the station armed. Yet if he thought they were there just to buy liquid data crystals, why would they need the security systems deactivated? In any case, Quark’s heroism at the end, helping Bashir subdue Yeto and breaking Odo free, is obviously an attempt to make up for it.

The slug in your belly: It’s established that Sisko met Curzon for the first time at Pelios Station, and they took a trip to the cliffs of Bole and served together on the Livingston. In the end, the Dax symbiont now has Verad to add to Jadzia, Curzon, Tobin, and the other hosts.

 

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Preservation of mass and energy is for wimps: Odo disguises himself as a cart in the airlock, enabling him to surprise Verad and T’Kar.

No sex, please, we’re Starfleet: Mareel worked in an “accommodation house” on Khefka IV. Gotta love those euphemisms....

Keep your ears open: “I know, I know. He couldn’t find a cup of water if you dropped him in a lake. But even if he is an idiot, he’s still my brother.”

“And you’d betray him in a second if it suited your interests.”

“But that doesn’t mean I don’t love him!”

Quark and Odo on the subject of the former’s affection for Rom.

Welcome aboard: Megan Gallagher makes the first of two appearances on DS9 as Mareel; she’ll be back in “Little Green Men” as Faith Garland and in Voyager’s “Body and Soul” as Jarytn. Future Voyager star Tim Russ appears as one of the Klingons, while Steve Rankin plays the other one, having played a dying Romulan in TNG’s “The Enemy” and a Cardassian in “Emissary,” and he’ll return as the infamous Colonel Green in Enterprise’s “Demons.”

But the big guest here is John Glover, one of the greats, playing Verad (and also Verad Dax).

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Trivial matters: While “Dax” established the training and study that goes into being a candidate to be joined, this episode makes it clear just how difficult it is, and how many people don’t make the cut. (This will be turned on its ear a bit in “Equilibrium” in the third season.)

In your humble rewatcher’s Mirror Universe novel The Mirror-Scaled Serpent in Obsidian Alliances, it’s established that mirror-Tuvok was once a slave owned by a Klingon named T’Kar—both characters played by Tim Russ.

The first meeting between Sisko and Curzon at Pelios Station, and the woman named Anastasia, are seen in the short story “The Music Between the Notes” by Steven Barnes in The Lives of Dax.

Verad will be seen again in the TNG/DS9 comic book miniseries Divided We Fall, written by David Mack & John J. Ordover.

Walk with the Prophets: “Don’t call me Benjamin.” There’s a lot to like about this episode, but also a lot to dislike. We just did the station being evacuated last time, and to have an empty station again just feels repetitive. Also the fact that it’s just the opening-credits regulars who stay behind is tiresomely convenient.

Verad’s plan depends on the station being empty—there was no way they were going to pull this off if the station was fully occupied—and that plasma storm was defined from jump as unpredictable. So what would Verad have done if that storm hadn’t happened to come along? And how did he know he’d have enough time?

Quark’s role in this is also problematic. If he thought he was selling something, there’s no reason for him to deactivate the security systems. Kira baldly states that he’s finished on the station, and while he is instrumental in Odo’s rescue, I don’t think that’s really enough to justify his allowing four people to come in and take over the station, wounding O’Brien and almost killing Jadzia. The utter lack of consequences for Quark is especially glaring on a show that has already proven itself to be better than most about such things. Plus Kira losing a fistfight to a prostitute? Really?

Having said that, the episode has its good parts: Sisko and Kira both trying to get Mareel to talk to find out more that they can use, Sisko manipulating the joined Verad via his long association with the Dax symbiont, the sheer glee with which Tim Russ plays T’Kar (“Let’s go, ally”), and Megan Gallagher’s excellent use of facial expressions to show Mareel’s emotional anguish.

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But the episode is owned by John Glover, who gives two great performances here, first as the meek, insecure, unstable Verad—seriously, you have no trouble understanding why he was rejected for joining the moment you meet him—and then a magnificent combination of his own earlier performance and that of what Terry Farrell’s been doing for a season-plus when he’s Verad Dax. It’s a tour de force, and makes the episode worth watching even for all its logical flaws.

 

Warp factor rating: 6


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41 comments
Bookworm1398
1. Bookworm1398
When I saw this episode I missed the first couple of minutes and assumed the station was still empty while waiting for the evacuated people to come back. What is a plasma storm anyway?
it is interesting learning more about the whole trill training program though.
Mike Kelmachter
2. MikeKelm
This reminds me of "Rascals" and "Starship Mine" from TNG. An outside force that never should be able to take over the Station comes and takes over the station- as you said, it's just too convenient. The unpredictable Plasma Storm and the less than bare bones skeleton crew just happen to work out in the invaders favor (there is no way they could have predicted either of those) to get some object and is thwarted becuase the crew, w hich only 15 minutes before was stupid enough to let themselves be taken over can pull it together to save the day.

Also, I don't like the Quark can commit what is actually a pretty serious crime and goes unpunished and apparently entirely forgiven. I get that he is the schemer on the station, but it ends up just making Odo and the rest look bad that they can neither control him nor do they punish him.

I did however like the way Terry Farrell portrayed Jadzia, sans Dax. You get a great impression of just how weak and scared she is when she doesn't have 7 lifetimes of experiences and the realization that she is about to die at age 28.
This would have worked a lot better had Quark told someone that Jadzia and Bashir would be off the station doing a survey mission and they were kidnapped and the rest of the crew (including Quark who feels guilty) try to rescue her before the 39 hour window expires. But unfortunately that's not what this episode is...
George Salt
3. GeorgeSalt
I'm fond of stories that focus on the Trill because I think the idea of two sentient, joined species is pretty cool. It's nice to get back to something that resembles sci-fi. This episode builds on some aspects of Trill society that were revealed in the season one episode "Dax." In that earlier episode we learned that only a small minority of Trill are joined with symbionts and here we see how that affects Trill society. It is clear that Verad is mentally unbalanced; yet, one can infer that there are many non-joined Trill who are envious of the Trill who are. I've often wondered if the joined Trill dominate that society.

I really like Tim Russ and Steven Rankin and the way they portray a pair of Klingon mercenaries. Those two are just dripping with contempt for non-Klingons. I love it when T'Kar easily fends off Quark's attack and then sneers "pathetic." Klingons and Ferengi appear to be utterly incompatible species. DS9 will explore Klingon-Ferengi relations throughout the series.

It is strange and a bit unrealistic that Quark gets away with a serious act of betrayal but overall, it's not a bad episode.
Christopher Bennett
4. ChristopherLBennett
Yes, John Glover = awesome. At this point I knew him as Daniel Clamp from Gremlins 2: The New Batch and as the voice of the Riddler on Batman: The Animated Series. He did a great job here, and pulled off playing meek and timid with less caricature than Dwight Schultz managed as Barclay. I was also rather fond of Megan Gallagher, though she's played stronger characters.

Speaking of which, "prostitute" is a job a person does, not their entire identity. Mareel said she grew up on the streets of Khefka IV, which she implied was a rather rough place to live. It's reasonable to conclude that she learned how to fight for survival well before she was old enough for sex work. And she may have needed to fight off aggressive johns or people who tried to assault her in the street.

Besides, she's the only Khefkan we've ever met. There are a lot of humanoids in Trek with superhuman strength, such as Vulcans and Klingons. Maybe Khefkans are just naturally stronger than Bajorans.

I recall being troubled by the lack of consequences for Quark too, but he did kind of redeem himself. I think there's at least one other episode, I forget which, where he does something just as bad and there's not even a mention of how he evades the consequences.

As for why Quark needed to shut down security to sell liquid data chains (not crystals), presumably they're illegal liquid data chains, some form of contraband or outlawed substance. Maybe the data on them is stolen or sensitive, something that could be used by criminals or terrorists. Maybe the technology itself has harmful applications, or is extremely rare and precious.

@1: While a "plasma storm" is really just an excuse to evacuate the station, the name suggests it's pretty much the same thing as an "ion storm," which would basically just be a stellar flare or coronal mass ejection -- a mass of superhot, highly charged hydrogen plasma (plasma = ionized gas) thrown off by a star. Flares and CMEs present a radiation hazard to space vessels and their occupants and can damage electronics.
Bookworm1398
5. Apsalar
Something I never understood about this episode is, do the Trill symbionts have any sort of consciousness, or are they just organic memory/experience storage? If they were actually sentient, I'd expect the Dax symbiont to have been pretty pissed off about being removed from its proper host, and joined to Verad at gunpoint. But it didn't seem to react that way.
Keith DeCandido
6. krad
Christopher: You're making excuses. The episode did nothing to convince me that Mareel was some kind of super-strong fighter, except to have her successfully beat up Kira. The only thing we know about her is that she was miserable on Khefka IV as a prostitute. Sure, you and I can come up with reasons why that would be so, but the script never bothered to do so, and that's a flaw in an episode that has too many others already. I only gave it as high as a 6 because of the acting.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
7. Lisamarie
Count me as a little skeptical that Mareel beet Kira - not so much because she's a prostitute, since there is no reason a prostitute couldn't also be a good fighter, but just that growing up on the streets isn't quite the same as being in the military. That said, thats just a generality, and Mareel could just be a natural fighter. And maybe Khefka is really, really tough. Perhaps Kira underestimated her. It may not be likely, but it's still possible.
Brendan Guy
8. bguy
Had it actually been established at this point in the series that Kira was a skilled hand to hand combatant? Her terrorist background wouldn't necessarily have given her any meaingful training or experience at hand to hand combat. (Terrorists and guerillas are far more likely to fight with ambushes, bombs, and booby traps than at close quarters after all.) I know that later in the series, Kira becomes an awesome hand to hand combatant, but is it really fair to blame this episode for the character being written differently in later episodes? (Heck, for all we know maybe getting clobbered here convinced Kira to start actually training in hand to hand combat, which is why she is able to fight so much better in the later seasons.)
Rob Rater
9. Quasarmodo
Is it explained why the Klingons are in with them? I can't believe any Klingons would have any respect for Mr. Meek here. I can't see them even hanging out with him, let alone consider him in charge.
Christopher Bennett
10. ChristopherLBennett
@6: No, what we know about Mareel is that she grew up on the streets, and that the place where she grew up was the kind of place you want to "get out of." That's right there in her own dialogue. It paints a pretty clear picture to me. There was one reference to an "accommodation house," which you're assuming was a brothel -- a reasonable assumption, but still not a proven fact. It was a subtle background element, hardly the only thing we were told or shown about her. But somehow that vague implication is preoccupying you beyond everything else about her character.

@8: Good point. Guerrilla fighting is generally about avoiding face-to-face confrontations.

@9: The Klingons were mercenaries. They may not respect weaklings, but they respect large sums of money, and they do what they're told by the person paying them.
George Salt
11. GeorgeSalt
Kira and Mareel may have very similar backgrounds. Kira grew up in a labor camp and joined a resistance cell at age 12. She was an irregular resistance fighter and did not become a member of the organized Bajoran Militia until the end of the occupation. As we saw in the TNG episode "Preemptive Strike," Bajoran resistance fighters occasionally dabble in prostitution, either to make money or perhaps to gather intelligence.
Robert Dickinson
12. ChocolateRob
My personal favourite flaw in this heist plan is that they have to coerce Bashir into doing the procedure, they couldn't afford to hire their own shady surgeon?
It's all very well threatening O'Brian or whoever else is around but all Bashir has to do is knock himself out with whatever drug he chooses and there is diddly squat they can do about it. Sure they could try to counteract whatever drug he uses but they'll have a hard time of it without their own doctor.
Bookworm1398
13. Tesh
That's Tim Russ? I *knew* he seemed familiar but I couldn't place him. He's probably my favorite part of the episode, actually. Verad was well acted, yes, but I just didn't like him.
Bookworm1398
14. RobinM
John Glover =Awsome Bad Guy. I was always a little put off by the way they portrayed Dax's reaction to all of this . He has no objection to being placed in a new host illegally? They could have made the transition much more complicated and interesting.
Christopher Bennett
15. ChristopherLBennett
@5 & 14: Trill symbionts are conscious beings, but a joined Trill blends the personalities of both host and symbiont, so the host's attitudes affect the symbiont's outlook. Since Verad's belief in the rightness of what he did was so strong, that affected the way Verad Dax saw what had happened. Dax itself, for the brief time that it was between hosts, may have objected, but once it became part of Verad Dax, its personality would've become a merger of both personalities and so it wouldn't have seen things the same way.

Besides, Dax had been through many hosts before, and might've considered them somewhat ephemeral. It had already had a couple of short-lived joinings in its life, and a couple that were ended by other than natural causes. So maybe it was philosophical about the change.
Bookworm1398
16. RichF
Keith - I'm a bit surprised that although you mentioned the "cliffs of Bole" you didn't call attention to that as a subtle (or possibly not so subtle) reference to Cliff Bole.
Matt Stoumbaugh
17. LazerWulf
After the extravagance of the three-part opener, it's understandable that they go with a simple "bottle episode" (That's an episode using only pre-existing sets and a minimal cast, for those that don't know) right after. Yeah, it's unfortunate that they had to use the "evac the station" excuse again, but those are the limitations of a TV show.

Anyway, John Glover is awesome (in this episode and in general). This is my first time through the series, so I already know him from Smallville (and as the reader of The Dresden Files: Ghost Story audiobook). Anyway, this was filmed so long ago that I had trouble recognizing him (my brain kept pointing to Willem Dafoe, but I knew that wasn't right).
Chris Nash
18. CNash
A few thoughts on this episode:

1. It would've been better had they dispensed with the plasma storm and just attributed the empty station to the evacuation from the previous episodes. The storm doesn't really contribute anything to the episode other than provide a convenient excuse as to why only the regular cast were left on board the station.

2. I spent much of the episode thinking that Mareel might also be a Trill, but one of the TNG variety with forehead ridges. Then I looked up Odan; the makeup's similar (ridges in a kind of Y-shape), but on Odan they're much less pronounced. So that put paid to that idea!

3. The episode could've benefitted from a good epilogue. It could've covered Verad's fate (even just a station log voiceover stating that he'd been handed to the Trill authorities, or something, would've been nice), and potential punishment for "Karma Houdini" Quark. His little deception at the end was as much about saving his own skin as saving Jadzia's, and in my view it doesn't make up for letting Verad and his crew on board in the first place.
Bookworm1398
19. Randy McDonald
When I watched this episode with friends, we joked about Dax's line: "Neither of my parents or my sister underwent symbiosis. And they lead happy and productive lives. Only one Trill in ten is chosen to be joined."

"Yes," Andrew said, "they make big rocks into little rocks!"
Matt Hamilton
20. MattHamilton
My favorite part of John Glover's performance is when he shoots O'Brien. I love how he has been wanting this, needing this and planning on doing something to attain a symbiont for himself, that he feels that he so rightfully deserves. But when he is shocked and glad that he was actually able to pull the trigger, so to speak, it not only convinces him that he is up to the task but that he was right all along. That single act proves, to him at least, that he is right and deserving of the symbiont that the Trill commision so narrow-mindedly stole from him. To his way of thinking, of course. The rest of the episode is alright. it has it's problems and while I usually love the bottle episodes like this and Duet the best, this one should have waited for a little while later in the season if they weren't going to establish the Station's emptiness as being right after the the events of the three parter. That way, it would have made more sense for Verad to come and do his thing because he knew the station was empty and had to put his plan together quickly, rather than somehow predict an unpredictable plot device, I mean, Plasma Storm.
Bookworm1398
21. Splicer
Show getting slightly better in the second season but still not even near full power yet. Also prefer bald facial hair Sisko -- so much cooler and badder than whatever is going on there.
Rob Rater
22. Quasarmodo
@ 21 I definitely second the preference to bald facial hair Sisko. He's almost a completely different character.
Keith DeCandido
23. krad
Avery Brooks was primarily known as Hawk from Spenser: For Hire at this stage in his career, and he wanted Sisko to be different from Hawk, hence the different look with hair and no goatee. By the fourth season, he gave in to the inevitable. :)

---Keith R.A. DeCandido
Matt Hamilton
24. MattHamilton
He apparently also gave into that ineviability when he made American History X as he looked exactly the same. I believe that might have been made during the run of this series, however so that makes sense.
Christopher Bennett
25. ChristopherLBennett
@23: I thought it was the studio who wanted Sisko to look different from Hawk, and that Brooks wanted to stick with the bald/goateed style.
Keith DeCandido
26. krad
Christopher: It's been 20 years, and it was never anything I cared that much about, so you could be right. *laughs* Either way, though, Sisko's look in seasons 1-3 was a deliberate attempt to move away from the Hawk look, regardless of whose idea that attempt was. :)

Matt: The funny thing is, during the first three seasons of DS9, Brooks appeared in four Spenser TV movies (Ceremony, Pale Kings and Princes, The Judas Goat, and A Savage Place), for which he shaved his head and grew the facial hair. But they were all filmed in 1993 and 1994, before the decision to Hawkify himself for season 4 of DS9 in 1995.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido
Bookworm1398
27. jonathan inge
Quark probably was punished for his misdeeds here. But not too much. As we have seen and will see, he has "friends" in high places on Bajor as well as strong connections to non-Federation types. Quark has needed resources. Sisko was wise not to incarcerate him for long or at all. I'm sure there are other means of controlling Quark.

I'm sure Jadzia Dax proposed leniency. She must have forgiven him; she plays tongo with him in "Rules of Acquisition." To the rest of the crew, Quark becomes persona non grata for the rest of the season.

This episode marks a turning point for Quark. He unintentionally endangered the one person who befriended him. He never does so again. He seems to go out of his way to make sure his illegal activities often don't involve death, violence, and physical/mental harm (beyond buyer's remorse).
Charles Olney
28. CharlesO
Yeah, this episode really rubs me the wrong way. It's an elaborate setup that seems to happen simply because the plot wouldn't work without it. And I share many folks' frustration with the lack of repurcussions for Quark. Again, it mostly just feels like 'he's a title character so of course everyone will just shrug off what he does.' And then there's the ease with which they all get captured. And the way that after repeated escape attempts their captors never really do anything to restrain them. And their reliance on Bashir to perform the operation. And so forth.

But the thing that really bugs me is the way Dax just shrugs off the murder of its previous self. Reading some of the explanations has helped justify that (lack of) reaction a bit; I can now plausibly explain to myself how the symbiotic process works such that this plot works. But I certainly got none of that from the episode itself.
Christopher Bennett
29. ChristopherLBennett
@28: Well, since Dax had Jadzia's memories within it, it wouldn't necessarily have considered her dead the way we would. It would see Jadzia as a part of itself that lived on as long as it did.
Christopher Hatton
30. Xopher
Yes, CLB, one can certainly retcon it that way, and IMO not implausibly. But the writers didn't put that in the episode. IIRC this really bugged me at the time, and wasn't explained sufficiently to make the drama work.
Christopher Bennett
31. ChristopherLBennett
@30: Actually they did put it in the episode. Verad Dax says in as many words, "But she's not going to die. She'll live on, in me."
alastair chadwin
32. a-j
Armin Shimerman was also unhappy about the lack of repercussions for Quark, according to Memory Prime. He felt it belittled not only his character but Odo's as well.
Rob Rater
33. Quasarmodo
I'm almost a little surprised the Trill don't have some ridiculous rule about how a symbiont can never go back to a former host, kind of like how they're not allowed to re-unite with a spouse who's moved on to a new host. I could just see in the next episode a messenger arriving from the Trill stating Dax had broken the unspoken rule by taking on a new host, then going back to the old one (length of time spent in the new host and having been removed by force originally notwithstanding), and is now a permanent outcast from the Trill home world.
Bookworm1398
34. TBGH
I don't have the problem many of you do with the situation being written to let them take over the station. Maybe I'm a little to 'handwavy' (It's a word if I say it's a word). I remember hearing it's often ok for coincidences, acts of nature, and acts of stupidity to get your characters into trouble, but you should almost never use them to get characters out of trouble.
Maybe Kira should have won her fight, but once again not a big deal to me. Terrorism (or resistance fighting) would rarely involve hand to hand combat and so the other woman is tough. That's not mutually exclusive from being a former prostitute.

Don't get me wrong, not a great episode because it's still mostly an episode where the 'Enterprise' gets taken over and then taken back which has been done to death, but I'd give it a 7 for the dual performance and the fleshing out of Trill culture.
Bookworm1398
36. Scavenger
@33 So you're saying Jadzia should be sentenced to death because she was a victim of a crime?
Christopher Bennett
37. ChristopherLBennett
@36: Quasarmodo clearly called it a "ridiculous" rule, not a desirable one. The comment wasn't saying it "should" be the case, just that it would've been consistent with the other arbitrary and illogical rules the Trill were later shown to have.
Keith DeCandido
38. krad
bguy and everyone else wondering about Kira's ground combat skills -- we just saw those skills three episodes ago in "The Homecoming" during the rescue of Li Nalas. So yes, her combat skills were established, and yes, I remain unconvinced that she got so roundly thrashed by Mareel.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido
Bookworm1398
39. Zabeus
"He even looks different, doesn't he?"

The biggest thing I noticed that nobody else mentioned was Verad's dynamic hairstyle. He starts out with boyish bangs in the front, almost like a ceasar. At 15 minutes in, right before he shoots O'Brien, you can see the start of a change, though there couldn't have been time for him to comb it. Finally after the surgery he's rocking the 90's businessman/power cut with a full part, until the end of the episode.
Joseph Newton
40. crzydroid
For the record, I find Kira being so easily beat up a bit hard to swallow as well.

Another problem with the station evac thing is that they all seem to be on duty at the same time. Does that mean they're all sleeping at the same time? Or does the attack happen coincidentally at that time when their shifts all overlap?
Bookworm1398
41. scinatfilm
Yes, pretty much the only thing that saves this is the acting all around. I particularly liked the scene of Quark picking the lock.

But in all of this, it strikes me that the Jadzia character was essentially raped. And Terry Farrel's line reading of "he'll always be with me now" is dead on, hammering that point home. That said, I wonder what kind of psychological recovery Jadzia will need as a result of this incident. Cause there aren't really ANY consequences of this episode, including Quark.

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