Jammer's Review

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

"Captive Pursuit"


Air date: 2/1/1993
Teleplay by Jill Sherman Donner and Michael Piller
Story by Jill Sherman Donner
Directed by Corey Allen

Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan

When the first visitor from the Gamma Quadrant comes through the wormhole, O'Brien befriends the mysterious alien (Scott MacDonald), known only as Tosk. Some of the crew suspects Tosk's unclear motives, especially when Odo catches him trying to access the weapons locker. But when another ship comes looking for Tosk, it's revealed that he is the prey in a highly honored cultural hunt—much to the ire of Commander Sisko, but presented as an issue that's treated fairly by the script.

While the episode has its origins in the action-adventure genre, much of what makes it a winner is the infectious friendship evident in the scenes between Tosk and O'Brien. MacDonald's portrayal of Tosk, while not the best in line delivery, exhibits body language that conveys his sense of wonder at the Alpha Quadrant. Colm Meaney turns in an amiable performance in his first vehicle on DS9. The alien hunters, unfortunately, aren't very compelling (and their costumes are quite hokey), but Tosk is a success because of the good makeup design and, more important, his appropriate interaction with his situation. O'Brien's decision to ignore Sisko and the Prime Directive in order to "change the rules" of the hunt and help Tosk escape is a noble act that rings true. Sisko's way of letting O'Brien help Tosk—and then calling O'Brien in for a chew-out as the job demands after the fact—is also quite gratifying. Overall, it's not an inspired concept, but it's nicely conveyed and characterized.

Previous episode: Babel
Next episode: Q-Less

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33 comments on this review

Jay - Sun, Nov 6, 2011 - 11:23am (USA Central)
Okay...the hunter aliens in "Captive Pursuit" seem pretty powerful, their technology making short order of the DS9 crew. Were they Dominion members? If so, you'd think we'd see them again. If not, you;d think the Federation would have sought alliance with them against the Dominion.

That's the trouble with these stories...powerful aliens are introduced and then ignored.
Paul York - Mon, Jun 4, 2012 - 9:40pm (USA Central)
I like the allusion to the moral evolution of humanity beyond hunting "lower animals" for sport, and also the obvious moral disgust that Sisko has for this apparent act of slavery -- given that his ancestors were probably slaves a thousand years previous. The moral dilemmas that come up when different species inter-mix is the best part of ST, I think. Sisko's and O'Brien's sidestepping of the prime directive was good; the PM is stupid and wrong and should be ignored. It is not a "very correct philosophy" as Picard says at one point; it is a very wrong-headed philosophy.
Paul York - Mon, Jun 4, 2012 - 10:53pm (USA Central)
The Hirogen and the Tosk should meet -- they were made for one another: hunger and prey. Another comparison: the Tosk, like the Jem Hadar seem to be engineered for combat -- apparently a 24th century thing.

Someone should write a show with a "magnificent 7" lineup of a hirogen, a Klingon, a Tosk, a Jem Hadar, a Nossican, and human soldier, and a Ferengi for comic relief.
William - Tue, Jul 24, 2012 - 10:49pm (USA Central)
I'm making my way through DS9 from the start and really enjoy it -- and your reviews.

This episode always stuck with me. It's not great, but pretty good. I'm sorry Tosk or some other Tosk didn't come back.

You always were left to wonder how these first Gamma Quadrant aliens fit in with the Dominion. There must have been regions of the Gamma Q not under their influence.
Van_Patten - Sun, Aug 5, 2012 - 7:58am (USA Central)
Another classic concept -'Aliens arrive and aren't what they appear to be, and then a crew member befriends one of them and goes against his creates to save them' - been a staple of drama and SF in particular for years.- Again the startling difference between TNG season 1 and this is once more execution. Scott Macdonald had appeared in TNG ( 'Face of the Enemy') and would go on to appear in Voyager and Enterprise also. He's good here as the Alien whose interesting ability (self-camouflage) hides his true nature, effectively a beast bred to be hunted. There's great rapport between him and the excellent (again) Colm Meaney who follows up his hitherto strong performances in the Pilot and 'Babel' with another competent display here.

What lets the episode down, for me, is the villains of the piece (ostensibly), The Hunters - Gerrit Graham's an underrated actor, but their dialogue makes them one-dimensional - also, given Sisko's flagrant defiance of them, there seems no repercussions in later episodes (although I grant that's most likely due to the fact this is designed as a standalone premise)

That said, this is another commendable effort - The sisko/O'Brien scene at the end is powerful, and the concept,although not exactly earth -shattering plays out well. Another good effort, meriting 3 stars....
Shawn Davis - Mon, Aug 20, 2012 - 11:48pm (USA Central)
I know I'm responding to someone's post that is about a year old, but in response to Jay's post, from what I read on the memory alpha website, the writers originally tried to set up a story where the Hunter aliens use to be breed for the dominion but the dominion discarded them and breed the Jem'hadar instead, but they abandoned the idea. Read more on it on the memory alpha star trek site.
Cail Corishev - Tue, Sep 11, 2012 - 8:48pm (USA Central)
This one feels like a TNG episode to me: an Alien of the Week from a one-dimensional society with some weird, unsustainable custom. Chief makes it better than typical, with some help from Tosk.

I'm not sure there is a bad Chief-centric episode, now that I think about it.
grumpy_otter - Sun, Apr 7, 2013 - 9:11pm (USA Central)
It's a simple premise, but I was captivated throughout. Like O'Brien, I liked Tosk and as his nature was revealed I was rooting for him. I wonder if old Tosk ever get to retire? But maybe that wouldn't be satisfying for them.

But what is bothering me after five episodes is how blase everyone is about the wormhole. That's the GAMMA quadrant! This is the first new species to come through! I cannot believe everyone on the station wasn't lining up to meet Tosk. I was fascinated by him and I know it's fiction--if it were real, wouldn't people be a bit more awe-struck?

I also find it surprising that people aren't just itching to jump on ships and get out there. I understand that transports have gone through apparently, but it didn't sound that important. Shouldn't a major exploration fleet be going?

Still loving it, but I am afraid I may have to skip reading others' comments for now--too many spoilers about future events. I've heard of the Dominion, but I don't want to know more yet!

T'Paul - Sat, Jun 29, 2013 - 5:24pm (USA Central)
O'Brien should be the official Federation first contact guy! No patronising, no sermons, only trying to understand Tosk on his own terms and on whatever common ground they have.
azcats - Thu, Sep 5, 2013 - 3:17pm (USA Central)
O'brien is definitely the best character on DS9. i am not sure there is a bad o'brien character show.

t'paul...you are right

and grumpy otter...good point. the wormhole shoudl still be fascinating.. there should be hoards of ships from all the major species looking for resources and other contacts!
Snitch - Fri, Oct 4, 2013 - 7:23pm (USA Central)
I liked the episode, it is O'Brien centric, which usually works.

The Tosk was interesting, but the sergeant neon sign guys were a bit tacky and overpowered.

O'Brien's humanity makes it very Trekky.

3 Stars from me.
Kotas - Tue, Oct 22, 2013 - 1:40pm (USA Central)

Interesting episode. Reminiscent of TNG.

Nissa - Wed, Jan 22, 2014 - 11:24pm (USA Central)
Um, I actually found this episode really boring. There was nothing particularly interesting about it. Just some Trek cliches here and there. Colm Meaney is amazing though.
Latex Zebra - Thu, Jan 23, 2014 - 7:14am (USA Central)
Such a great exhange at the end with Sisko and O'Brien. I still crack up as this now...

SISKO: Just what did happen at that security checkpoint, Chief...

O'BRIEN: The weapons' sensors must have overloaded on all his various gear, sir.

SISKO: "Must have"?

O'BRIEN: Yessir. They must have... since... I increased their output by about two hundred percent...

Always loved this episode. Nice that they reference back to this subtely when the Jem'Haddar are introduced. 3.5/4 from me.
Yanks - Wed, Jun 18, 2014 - 1:50pm (USA Central)
Don't forget this part Latex Zebra!!

SISKO: Save it. You ignored your duty to Starfleet. You took off your comm. badge so you could ignore me. You even ignored the Prime Directive by interfering with their damned hunt. Another stunt like this and your wife won't have to complain about the conditions here anymore. Do I make myself clear?
O'BRIEN: I understand. I was surprised by one thing, sir.
SISKO: What's that?
O'BRIEN: I knew I couldn't override all the security seals on the station, and I figured once you and the Constable located us, well, it'd be over. We'd find ourselves locked behind some forcefield somewhere.
SISKO: I guess that one got by us.
O'BRIEN: Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.
SISKO: Dismissed.

One thing I liked about Sisko... he's break the rules and did it in such a way that no one got in trouble.

I thought it was great when Sisko told Odo "Constable. There's no hurry"... and Odo took his good ole time getting to the turbo lift ... lol

I really enjoyed this episode. Love the "Tron like" hunters, love Tosk and thought Obrien and everyone else was fantastic.

Die with honour!!

4 stars for me.
Elliott - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 - 4:05pm (USA Central)
Teaser : ***.5 , 5%

Something's coming through the wormhole! Finally!
Dax : "It doesn't match anything in Starfleet files." Really? How odd that a vessel from 70K lightyears away would not be in your files. The NSA must have stolen them. The score's a little better than usual during this scene, it helps add to the feeling of discovery and urgency, two desperately needed feelings on the series so far. I realise that Sisko thinks O'Brien would be less intimidating to Tosk than a formal greeting party, but what if he were dangerous? No security for poor Miles? So far, this is the best teaser since the pilot.

Act 1 : ***.5, 17%

Seems like Meaney gets all the scenes where he's talking to thin air. Hooray for good actors! There's a classic sci-fi trick of nominal ambiguity in Tosk's self-designation. It's an interesting little insight into his psychology. The majority of this act is just O'Brien and Tosk chatting. Thankfully they're both portrayed amiably and with an understated thoughtfulness. No forced smiles, not awkward laughs, no wasted steps. It feels more natural and artful than nearly any other dialogue we've seen on the series. Unfortunately, it seems like Tosk is up to no good, however, as he searches the station's plans for weapons storage, thus making the ominous music cue justified for once.

Act 2 : *** , 17%

Things continue to be paced better and more naturally, but I am curious if Sisko has even advised Starfleet that they just met a new race. I mean, first contact is a big deal isn't it? It brings up the question as to whether anyone on DS9 or in Starfleet is trying to contact the Wormhole Aliens. We could have had a DS9-Cmdr Maddox whose curiosity about these new creatures led to a conflict with Sisko. Are they really just like, "okay, so our only means of accessing this remote part of space requires travelling through the territory of non-linear beings who can enter our thoughts and physically control the wormhole. I'm sure that doesn't need a followup."?

DS9's setting requires a lot of extras doing group-acting ("Dabbo!"). For budgetary reasons, this often leads to distracting little bits in the background. Ostensibly, all these extra people are supposed to differentiate DS9 from a starship, with its function-centric corridors and clean rooms, but the fact that so many of these extras perform so poorly ends up making the environment feel *more* artificial sometimes. Just a note. The same thing happened in Ten Forward.

Next good choice, adding Quark into the mix. Horray for good actors! I do think drinking beer out of coffee mugs is kind of idiotic, however. Was this a censor issue? Next good choice, cutting Bashir off mid-sentence!

One gripe is that Sisko still hasn't bothered to introduce himself to this new alien species. I realise he was trying to earn Tosk's trust by letting O'Brien deal with him, but doesn't Sisko have an obligation as a Federation commander to make a legitimate first contact? And now it seems he'd be willing to let Tosk leave without even meeting him!

Tosk is caught meddling with Station security and taken to Odo's office for questioning. Here's another good choice; O'Brien earlier remarked that he found Tosk's naïveté charming and disarming, and here we see that in action (this is in contrast to just telling us he's naïve, or worse, showing us and THEN telling us he's naïve).

Act 3 : **.5, 17%

Well, good job putting off meeting this guy, Sisko, because now first contact is happening in prison. And now you want to "hold him till someone shows up looking for him"? You should get a promotion!

"Allow me to die with honour." Oh no, he's a Klingon in disguise!

Unfortunately, the plot starts to take a dive here. The other Gamma Quadrant ship emerges and starts shooting the station. The results are identical to what goes on on Starships, things shake, no one fires weapons, shields down, "I've never seen this before." It's a gigantic space station against a tiny vessel. Anyone who claims DS9 didn't pull Trek clichés is delusional.

Act 4 : ****, 17%

So, we get this goofy little fire fight (also, why would hitting a Changeling injure him?) between the crew and Tron. And it turns out Tosk is designated prey in a "noble and honourable hunt." It's a little predictable, but a worthwhile bit of Trekkiness. It reminds me of a cross between TNG's "Suddenly Human" and "The Perfect Mate"; Tosk is bound by his conditioning (conditioning which, by any human standards is nothing less than barbaric), but to deny him the fulfilment of his conditioned purpose would be to rob him of everything he has ever cared about.

We get a moving little scene where Tosk refuses to request asylum from the Federation. Whatever injustice was done to Tosk is impossible to rectify. He's already bound to his fate. Either he dies unjustly with his socially-conditioned honour in tact, or not. Those are his only options. He cannot be saved. O'Brien doesn't plead with him, but silently walks away.

Act 5 : *.5, 17%

....So O'Brien tricks Odo by playing on his Starfleet resentment. Okay, good. Then Odo just leaves Tosk, his hunter and O'Brien alone with no other security monitoring. Wow. So O'Brien breaks Tosk free (violating orders and getting at least one of the aliens killed).

And here we go off the rails...we were doing so well, too. SIsko tells Odo not to hurry, other SF officers watch O'Brien go by and say nothing. No security alert. I realise that Sisko doesn't approve of the Hunt (nor should he), but you can't have it both ways. Either you're sticking to your oath or your principals. True, there are times when regulations need to be broken (see "The Drumhead"), but you don't get to hide behind a presumed morality like the Q. So what is Sisko's report to Starfleet going to say? "I tried to stop him, really." That's just a lie. He's a liar.

The fact is, the hunters are as socially-conditioned as Tosk himself. They may not deserve as much sympathy as the prey, but they aren't "bad guys," they're following their conditioning. They deserve pity just like Tosk.

So Sisko throws the riot act at O'Brien because of course he realised he fucked up royally in his Starfleet duty. Then has the audacity to smile, pleased with himself for helping O'Brien along. But I guess these guys just know that they're right. No moral ambiguity. Helping Tosk escape, violating their own laws and potentially igniting contact with a new species--all okay. But I'm sure there will be consequences...

Episode as Functionary : **.5, 10%

It's a good character piece for O'Brien. I'm not against his having a personal ethical code which overrides his duty, but there should be consequences to this behaviour right? Sisko dubious moral code is further flushed out. When Kirk, Picard or Janeway violated the letter of the law, they OWNED it. They decided to face the music and live with their choices because they thought they were right. Sisko plays this little game where he pretends to try and stop O'Brien so he can falsify his report to Starfleet. What a coward. And talk about a reset button! In spite of these issues, it's a more engaging watch than any of the previous episodes. Credit to better pacing, acting and dialogue along with a score that's at least an interesting shade of wallpaper instead of the usual beige.

Final Score : ***
Robert - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 - 9:00am (USA Central)
"When Kirk, Picard or Janeway violated the letter of the law, they OWNED it. They decided to face the music and live with their choices because they thought they were right. Sisko plays this little game where he pretends to try and stop O'Brien so he can falsify his report to Starfleet. What a coward. And talk about a reset button!"

Regardless of if you agree with it or not, one of the themes of DS9 was that they were on the Frontier. It was dirtier, messier and Starfleet wouldn't always understand what was going on there. The whole "saint in paradise" bit.

Sisko isn't being a coward. What was the alternative? Have the report say "Well we had a security breach but I decided to ignore it?"

On TNG Worf and Riker assaulted J'naii guards and all they get from Picard is

"PICARD: I didn't know when to tell them we will be there. Is our business with the J'naii finished?
RIKER: Finished, sir."

And this is after giving Worf a reprimand for murdering one of the Chancellor candidates in Reunion. Yet they remain the first officer and security chief. I actually liked Sisko in this episode, I thought that telling Odo to take his time was something was a nice touch. It wasn't Sisko condoning O'Brien's actions.... but if O'Brien had already disobeyed orders and was heading for a reprimand anyway... might as well let him finish the job.
Elliott - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 - 6:44pm (USA Central)
"What was the alternative? Have the report say "Well we had a security breach but I decided to ignore it?""

Yes. Own your choices, commander. Explain why you thought it was the better choice. Starfleet (at least until Necheyev was introduced) is not hard-headed and unreasonable.

Your example from TNG is actually a good point--I dislike the way that episode ended more than the way it botches the message it was trying to deliver. It is, however, not the way Picard normally acted; your example from "Reunion" is more typical.
Robert - Wed, Jul 30, 2014 - 9:17am (USA Central)
I see what you're saying, but I don't think Sisko DID think it was the best choice. I think Miles thought it was the best choice and once he did it (and Sisko was going to have to reprimand him for disobeying orders anyway) he might as well let him finish.
Yanks - Wed, Jul 30, 2014 - 11:45am (USA Central)

I agree with a lot of what you post but I don't agree at all WRT your take on "First Contact procedures" here.

"DAX: I think we might want to skip formal first contact procedures for now.
SISKO: Agreed. Why don't you meet him by yourself at the airlock, Mister O'Brien. He might find that a little less intimidating.
O'BRIEN: Aye, sir.
SISKO: And, if you can, find out what he's so nervous about.
O'BRIEN: Aye, sir."

Sisko made a judgement call based on his observations. He had no idea a group of soldiers was hunting him. Letting him stay with Obrien was reasonable. It's not like Obrien was all alone. Odo & company were just a chest tap away.

Did Picard go through "First Contact procedures" with Data's pen pal? No.
Elliott - Thu, Jul 31, 2014 - 2:42am (USA Central)
@Yanks : "Did Picard go through "First Contact procedures" with Data's pen pal? No."

Of course not. Her civilisation was pre-warp and her memory was wiped anyway.

Regarding Sisko, I don't begrudge him having Miles greet him at the door without a full colours band contingent, but he could have at least introduced himself in the days Tosk was on board the station before the Tron arrived. It's actually quite a minor point, but it makes Sisko look ridiculous meeting a race for the first time behind bars when the alien had been on his station for quite a while.
Elliott - Thu, Jul 31, 2014 - 2:46am (USA Central)
@Robert: Sisko could have prevented Tosk from escaping. Miles told him he expected to be stopped but had to try anyway. Therefore, Sisko not only condoned, but actively assisted in the escape. He was rather clear in his disapproval of the Hunt, Prime Directive aside, so if he wanted to support Miles and Tosk, more power to him. But to hide behind telling Odo to just try and catch him really slowly is a childish move and a cowardly choice, trying to have it both ways where isn't "technically" culpable for his actions.
Yanks - Thu, Jul 31, 2014 - 7:05am (USA Central)
@ Elliot.

It didn't make Sisko look ridiculous at all. It showed outstanding leadership.

See here's what you don't understand. He 'had' to tell Odo to "try" and catch him because to tell Odo not to is like telling a fireman he couldn't respond to a fire. Telling him to take his time was a Commanding Officer showing outstanding leadership and recognizing the bigger picture.

If you think about it, Sisko followed the prime directive here. Who is he to stop something that both parties of another race/society condone. Can he put a stop to it on the station? Sure. So he was smart enough to realize the only way to do the right thing was to "let" Tosk escape.

He handled the situation perfectly. No Odo can say "I tried", Obrien can say "sorry" and Sisko can truthfully report that he made an effort to capture an escaped prisoner. All while ensuring the right thing was done.

Robert - Fri, Aug 1, 2014 - 8:23am (USA Central)
@Elliott - You can read the scene with me, but I sort of saw it differently than that.

Lets say that my wife and I disagree about a party my kid wants to go to. But my wife really doesn't want her to go, so we stand together as a team. Later I discover that my kid snuck out. My wife is sleeping. It's 10:00 and the house is a half hour away, and the party ends at 11:00.

Do I
a) Show up at the house at 10:30 and rip my kid out the door?
b) Show up at 11:00, wait in the car and wave them over when they come out.

They'll be busted/grounded either way, but at least in scenario b) they get to finish enjoying the thing they broke the rules for.

I see it like this. You don't have to agree obviously. Sisko thought O'Brien was right, but he wasn't about to go against Federation rules/laws for that belief. But once O'Brien broke those rules and was going to get busted/reprimanded anyway... so you might as well let him finish. Sisko does NOT condone what O'Brien did (breaking the rules), even if he appreciated the end result. That's why he handled it in the way he did.
Elliott - Fri, Aug 1, 2014 - 12:29pm (USA Central)
@Robert :

Your analogy is flawed in a couple of key ways:

1) You didn't discover your daughter had broken the rules until after it was too late.
2) You and your wife presumably made a decision together, she's not your boss. If you choose to bend the agreement you made together, the implications for your relationship are very different.

The way the episode presents this scenario, the analogy would go like this :

1) You and your wife have a standing agreement that your daughter must not go to parties, even though you maybe think sometimes she should.
2) Your daughter decides to sneak out and accidentally wakes you up in the process. Seeing her out your bedroom window, you decide to let her go, but then follow her in your car to retrieve her later.
3) You tell your wife that she snuck out and you went after her immediately, but the damage was done.

O'Brien expected Sisko to stop him and Sisko COULD have stopped him. That's the point. Compare this to Janeway and Paris from "30 Days"; Janeway most definitely agreed with Paris' position, but went so far as to nearly destroy his vessel in order to protect the Moneans. Now, Janeway was perfectly happy to violate the PD or other regulations when she decided it was right, but she never went in half-assed, giving lip-service to playing by the rules but actually circumventing them to save face.

If Sisko were going to let O'Brien get away with his plan, then fine, LET HIM! Tell Odo to stay put, and submit both O'Brien and himself for punishment to Starfleet afterwards. That would be honourable. Or, have Odo earnestly try and prevent Tosk from escaping, in spite of his personal feelings (à la Janeway). That too would be honourable.
Robert - Fri, Aug 1, 2014 - 1:56pm (USA Central)
"2) Your daughter decides to sneak out and accidentally wakes you up in the process. Seeing her out your bedroom window, you decide to let her go, but then follow her in your car to retrieve her later."

Simply not true. This implies I caught her before she could implement her plan. Granted, it's been awhile since I've seen the episode but I'm pretty sure O'Brien overloaded the scanners or whatever, assaulting the Hunters and freeing Tosk before Sisko figured it out. Sisko could have re-captured Tosk, but O'Brien's plan was already pretty much over. Yes, Sisko could have caught O'Brien 75% of the way into it, but the damage was already done. He already freed the prisoner and assaulted a first contact.....
Robert - Fri, Aug 1, 2014 - 1:58pm (USA Central)
As for Janeway and the Moneans... that's actually the perfect way to explain the difference. She stopped him BEFORE he blew the thing up. All he got away with was stealing a shuttle, which I mean... on Voyager isn't even that much of an accomplishment.

I'm pretty sure Naomi managed to steal a shuttle off screen at some point before she was 1....
Elliott - Fri, Aug 1, 2014 - 2:33pm (USA Central)
Rewatch the end of the episode: Odo very easily could have caught O'Brien and Tosk. Yes, the damage to Miles' career (if there were going to be any) was already done, but Sisko had the option to follow his duty in letter AND substance. He chose to put on a show which directly resulted in Tosk's escape. No amount of sophistry can diffuse this. It is the POINT of the scene. It is meant to shade Sisko's character. My problem is that it doesn't shade it in a good way; while on the surface it appears to be a "tough choice" Sisko makes on the frontier, with a little thought, one sees it's really a demonstration of his moral cowardice.
Robert - Fri, Aug 1, 2014 - 2:52pm (USA Central)
"Yes, the damage to Miles' career (if there were going to be any) was already done, but Sisko had the option to follow his duty in letter AND substance. He chose to put on a show which directly resulted in Tosk's escape."

Totally agree! I guess I just mean that he didn't have a chance to undo all damage that O'Brien caused, whereas Janeway did manage to stop Tom entirely.

I can see why you think it was cowardly... and perhaps it was. But I guess I felt that because the hunt had already resumed that to re-capture Tosk Sisko would be intervening again. Doing what he did was the easy way out, but I don't think it shades him so poorly. But I can see how you might take that away from it.
Black_Goat - Sun, Nov 23, 2014 - 11:06am (USA Central)
Captive Pursuit: B
(Switching things up a bit, summation first and then pros and cons.)

Now, this one, I like. We see DS9 reverse the typical Trek motto of going where no man has gone before; now, Deep Space 9 is where no Tosk has gone before. This episode features extremely strong work from Colm Meaney, and though the plot is nothing new, almost everything worked. Very watchable.

The Good:
- Aha! Finally some information about the state of wormhole travelers.
- Nice to see Sisko playing diplomat at the beginning. In fact, I liked him throughout the episode – his anger at Tosk being hunted was righteous. Brooks is definitely improving, and I thought the character’s response to O’Brien’s transgression was very telling.
- Quark is not a barkeep.
- Really, the friendship between O’Brien and Tosk was well done. Miles is a fantastic everyman. We’ve all seen characters like Tosk before, but there’s something very affecting about the way he says “O-Brien.” And our chief becomes Tosk for a day!
- I think the negotiations about what to do with Tosk make sense. Hunting one of your fellows seems utterly barbaric – but that’s only by *our* standards, and the episode is very clear to not disparage the villainous hunters entirely. I’m glad Sisko doesn’t try to impose cultural hegemony on beings from the gamma quadrant. I’m also glad that we hear about people at Starfleet Command that are watching the station and any new life-forms it might encounter with interest.

The Bad:
- The hunters, unfortunately, were rather silly, and the phaser battle was even worse.

Trying to cut back on some of the fluff in these little reviews and just share my most salient thoughts.

Andrew - Sun, Nov 23, 2014 - 12:56pm (USA Central)
It felt odd that both "Babel" and this episode were pretty O'Brien-heavy but only mentioned and didn't include Keiko.

It also seemed odd for Odo to agree to take his time, right before that it seemed that he felt Tosk should be returned and would be especially unsympathetic to O'Brien's view after having been tricked.
MsV - Tue, Feb 17, 2015 - 10:50pm (USA Central)
@ Yanks: It didn't make Sisko look ridiculous at all. It showed outstanding leadership.

I totally agree with you. I have a question, what makes you or any of you think that Miles got a reprimand? Sisko balled him out and the case was closed. That's how I interpreted the smile. As a matter of record, Sisko had to say something about it, case closed.
Yanks - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 - 12:07pm (USA Central)

Verbal reprimand (I quoted above). I don't think anything derogatory went in his record.

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