Star Trek – Deep Space Nine – tape 1593

The first episode here is The Passenger. Kira and Bashir are returning from a mission, where Bashir is overly pleased with himself and his skils as a Doctor. They answer a distress call. There’s a prisoner on the ship, who started a fire to escape, along with the person accompanying him. The prisoner dies before they can bring him back to the runabout, but not before he grabs Bashir by the throat and croaks “Make Me Live”.

Make Me Live

Despite dying, and being on a slab in the morgue, the bad guy still appears to be active, trying to steal a duridium shipment. And he even threatens Quark, although we don’t see his face.

Dax thinks that the bad guy, Vantica, has transferred his consciousness to his captor’s brain. How strange that the plot of this episode is vaguely similar to the SeaQuest episode on a recent tape.

His captor, Ty Kajada, is once again played by Caitlin Brown (from Babylon Five).

Caitlin Brown

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that it’s actually Dr Bashir who’s hosting Vantica’s mind.

This was a short period where Sky occasionally had an in-vision presenter doing continuity, so not only are they talking over the end title music, they’re squeezing them too. This is Amanda Haslam, by the way.

Sky In Vision Presenter

Before the next episode, she pops up again, giving a preview of programmes later, including The Book Show in which SAS thriller writer Andy McNab “risks his life” by coming to the studio to discuss Bravo Two Zero. And there’s a premiere of Cape Fear. “I can’t believe Robert de Niro could be so evil.”

The next episode is Move Along Home. Sisko and Jake have a heart ot heart about women, when Sisko learns that Jake has been getting advice about women from the Ferengi Nog.

A new race, called The Wadi, arrive on the ship, and only seem to be interested in games at Quarks. They look like gamers to me.

Gamers

They seem to win a lot. Quark’s game must be very badly designed if the house doesn’t have a statistical edge.

Quark tries to fix the Dabo table, and the aliens bring out their own game to start playing. Then suddenly, Sisko is somewhere he’s never been. He’s somehow trapped in the game. As is Bashir, Dax and Kira. This episode is basically an extended edition of The Adventure Game, but with the possibility of death. Except that there’s no possibility of death really.

Annoying.

Next, it’s The Nagus. The Grand Nagus of the Ferengi arrives, to convene a meeting of lots of important Ferengi. And during this meeting, he announces his retirement, and nominates Quark as the new Grand Nagus. Wallace Shawn plays the Grand Nagus.

Wallace Shawn

In the B-story, Nog is quitting school, and Jake’s upset because he still wants to be friends. Sisko gets worried that he’s spending so much time with Nog, and when Jake doesn’t turn up for dinner, he goes to find him and bring him home. But he discovers Jake and Nog in a cargo bay, with Jake helping Nog learn to read.

Next, it’s Battle Lines. Kira is outraged that the former Cardassian prefect’s reports on the station describe her as a ‘minor operative’. But then she gets to show Kai Opaka, spiritual leader of the Bajorans, around the ship. Sisko and Bashir join them for a trip through the wormhole because she’s never seen it, apparently. Although, if the station orbits Bajor, and the Wormhole is outside the station, wouldn’t the whole planet see it?

Kai Opaka

The ship they’re on gets into trouble, crashes on a planet, and Opaka dies in the crash. Plus, there’s bad people on the planet. Two sides, the Ennis and Nol-Ennis, are fighting, and have been for a long time. The leader of the Ennis is played by Jonathan Banks, Mike from Breaking Bad.

Jonathan Banks

Then Kai Opaka turns up, alive again. Something on the planet regenerates the dead, which has made the fighting rather grimmer and long-lasting than normal.

Bashir discovers that anyone revived by the planet cannot leave without dying, so Kai Opaka decides to stay, and attempt to bring the two warring factions together.

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2 comments

  1. In the pilot, ‘Emissary’, it is established that the station is moved out of Bajor orbit (thanks to some jiggery-pokery with warp bubbles or some other nonsense by Chief O’Brien) and positioned just next to the wormhole. So there.

    Season one gets a bad rap from fans, but it’s not all that bad taken as a whole. You have chanced upon the bad patch, however – ‘The Nagus’ is annoying, ‘Battle Lines’ is OK but a little paint-by-numbers, ‘The Passenger’ a damp squib (as you point out, it’s fairly obvious who dunnit), and ‘Move Along Home’ is campy as anything. The first half-dozen or so episodes of the season are really strong, and it ends very well, too.

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