Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Air date: 10/18/1993
Teleplay by John Whelpley and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Story by John Whelpley
Directed by Les Landau
Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan
A severe plasma storm leads DS9 to be temporarily but completely evacuated, save the senior officers (of course) who remain on board. After the evacuation, an unjoined Trill named Verad (John Glover) and his small band of mercenaries gain access to the abandoned station and hold the officers hostage. Verad has come to steal the Dax symbiont from Jadzia—which he believes is rightly his—and damn the consequences that Jadzia will die within hours of the operation.
"Invasive Procedures" is an engaging character story with some surprising depth—though it also has some evident flaws. The premise that sets the episode in motion—the convenient abandoning of DS9—is totally contrived. And the idea that Quark bypasses station security and unwittingly allows these mercenaries to board the station purports to have dire consequences ("You're through here," Kira promises at one point), but ultimately comes off awfully transparent.
But the core of this episode is very strong, featuring some excellent characterizations. John Glover's portrayal of an inept, confidence-lacking Verad is brilliant. Equally brilliant is his change of personality once he steals the symbiont and joins with it, becoming an interesting blend of Verad and Dax. Sisko's response to the joining is utterly fascinating to watch, as he attempts to reason with the friend he knows resides inside the new Verad. Sisko also slowly wears down Verad's girlfriend Mareel (Megan Gallagher), who watches in dismay as the man she knows transforms into a personality who subtly reveals he doesn't "need" her anymore.
The subplotting involving Bashir, Quark, and the Klingon mercenaries (Steve Rankin and Voyager's Tim Russ) proves amusing, albeit routine. But the psychological twists and turns involving Sisko, Mareel, and the tragic Verad keeps this show in top form.
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100 comments on this post
Wed, Jun 6, 2012, 12:44am (UTC -5)
Thu, Jun 7, 2012, 8:14pm (UTC -5)
The previous Dax host that shows up later and is acted out by Sisko is Joran, not Verad. Joran is established in third season's "Equilibrium." The episode where Joran is manifested through Sisko is "Facets" (also season three). And then there's the seventh season episode "Field of Fire" where Ezri Dax uses Joran to help solve a murder.
Verad was never mentioned again after this episode.
Fri, Jun 29, 2012, 11:20am (UTC -5)
Sun, May 26, 2013, 12:17am (UTC -5)
Mon, Jul 1, 2013, 5:02pm (UTC -5)
Thu, Sep 12, 2013, 4:02pm (UTC -5)
it is so annoying..just because DS9 decided to do an arc later on.
1. this episode just happened after the Li Nalas trilogy. no mention of it. no mention of how things are getting back to normal.
2. quark will not be punished.
3. they never mention verad again..even though she has his memories.
i liked this show. i really liked john glover "lionel luthor" from smallville. i enjoyed this "bottle" episode very much.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013, 3:31pm (UTC -5)
Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 10:34pm (UTC -5)
Tue, Jan 21, 2014, 3:23pm (UTC -5)
Mon, Feb 17, 2014, 4:10pm (UTC -5)
Maybe this was one of the times when Sisko later proclaimed he could have come down hard on Quark but didn't. Makes sense to me.
Good episode. 3/4 Stars sounds good.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014, 5:31pm (UTC -5)
I didn't like how it was only the cast that was left on the station, and Quark being there was really odd. He certainly deserved punishment for what he did.
Basically, if you ignore the many misgivings, the episode is saved by John Glover's before and after performance of Verad. A very interesting character indeed.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014, 7:00am (UTC -5)
Maybe this was one of the times when Sisko later proclaimed he could have come down hard on Quark but didn't. Makes sense to me."
Well, it sure doesn't make any fucking sense to me, since Quark's actions almost got a friend of Sisko's KILLED!!!
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 8:29am (UTC -5)
"violent plasma disruption" ..... WTF is that? Where did it origionate? Bajor's sun? I guess Bajor and her populated moons are fine...
"Just in case it doesn't, I've got the Orinoco prepped and ready at pad C." ... and I guess a runabout will hold up just fine if the Cardassian spacestation built like Fort Knox doesn't...
I guess they didn't need all the runabouts for evacuate this time. Still one left. Prepped on pad C, exposed to this violent storm. Enterprise's "The Catwalk" was more a more believable and realistic response.
Not sure why Quark would be needed to stay behind. However I can see the need for a skeleton crew.
Just more of the hearlded DS9 writing on display. (I'm so sick of hearing that)
But, on to the meat of the episode.
Poor Quark, he goes from saving the entire federation presence on the station and Bajor to getting taken advantage of all in one episode. Should he be punished? ... Sure. Should he be executed or something like that? ... No, he knew nothing about the plan to take Jadzia's symbiont. He was just being Quark and seizing an opportunity to make a substantial profit.
I thought John Glover's performance as Verad was exceptional. Megan Gallagher as Mareel was also great although obviously not as challenging as the Verad character. Tim Russ plays a pretty good Klingon :-)
I continue to be baffled by the hand to hand combat. Kira just totally leveled a Cardassian at the labor camp a couple episodes earlier and then completely gets her ass handed to her by Mareel. Whatever the plot calls for I guess.
I thought Sisko's performance in this one was very good, aside from him laughing when reminiscing with Verad Dax. It astounds me that Avery can play such a good bad ass, but when required to show any sort of emotion he's totally out of his element. I mean god, it’s horrible!
That said, I'm not sure I buy the whole "he will be a completely new individual" premise. Hell, Jadzia (Curzon) and Sisko have no problem retaining their past relationship. Why does Verad have to just forget his love for Mareel? I could see that Mareel might drift away from Verad Dax as he definitely will change, but being joined shouldn't erase his feelings for her. See "Rejoined". More superior DS9 writing.
A point I'll bring up that hasn't been mentioned is I thought Terry's performance in this episode was noteworthy (Aside from pronouncing “symbiont” “symbiANT”). This scene came across as very heartfelt and genuine.
"DAX: The symbiont. It's gone.
BASHIR: Everything went perfectly. The operation was a complete success.
DAX: I feel so alone.
BASHIR: I've got you stabilised. If only we could get the symbiont back in time.
DAX: I'm scared, Julian.
BASHIR: You're not going to die. Do you hear me? I'm not going to let you die.
DAX: I've never felt so empty."
I really felt for her when she woke up and the symbiont was gone. I also thought Bashir comes off as much more polished in season 2.
Does anyone know why it’s called a “symbiont” instead of a "symbiote"? (same in TNG)
This one just barely gets 2 of 4 stars.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 8:53am (UTC -5)
Come on, DS9 had flaws but in it's 1st and 2nd season it was VASTLY superior to TNG during their 1st and 2nd seasons.
Everybody's got kinks to work out.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 10:32am (UTC -5)
DS9 had lots of flaws. I'm not saying the other series didn't, but DS9 is trumpeted time and time again as having superior writing, blah, blah...
I'm just tired of hearing it and as the "niners" do with the other series, I will point out poor writing, planning etc in DS9.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 11:25am (UTC -5)
And yes, you can feel free to point out plot holes, I had no issue with your review actually, those plot holes are all silly (although I will say that Quark probably should have gotten more jail time for letting these psychopaths on the station... but people never seem to get any jail time for horribly violating station security).
I just mean that holding up an early S2 episode's plot holes to slam the entire concept that DS9's writing is several steps above is like using a S2 episode of TNG to lay waste claims of that show being amazing.
DS9 writers are not gods, they do make mistakes and especially in the first 2 seasons of the show when they are getting their footing things are rocky. Some niners even suggest you skip straight ahead to when the Defiant shows up....
But not me... you'd miss so many great episodes. But saying the writing on DS9 is better than VOY (and even much of TNG) is, to me, a fact. But better than VOY does not mean perfection!
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 12:22pm (UTC -5)
While TNG's 1st season was notoriously goofy and all over the place dramatically, what saves it, I think, were some strong performances from Stewart and Spiner as well as excellent music and some creative directing. DS9 was a little more coherent, but aired at the height of the Berman-era Beige-Trek in terms of music, soft-porn lens work, over-blocked directing, and its actors were more hit than miss at a time when the TNG crew had totally filled out their roles.
Although I don't think the relationship was causal, Voyager's premiere was the beginning of the reversal of some of those edicts: the music slowly got more interesting and thematic, the technology obviously improved--thus Voyager's run coincided directly with an overall improvement in production.
Yanks' point, I believe, is more that DS9 was not only guilty of its own sins (aren't all TV shows?) but of those *same* sins which niners often deride the other series for committing--technobabble and continuity gaffs chief amongst them.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 1:59pm (UTC -5)
What's wrong with early TNG (the reason it's goofy) is that they were still trying to write for TOS. Once they figured out what TNG actually was... look out! I think TNG S3-S5 was probably the most consistent in quality of any 3 year period in Star Trek history... and I say that as someone who likes DS9 best. The hit to miss ratio was just incredible.
TNG S1&S2 was Roddenberry trying to shove the TNG cast into a TOS shaped box. "The Child", "Outrageous Okona", "Code of Honour", "Angel One", "The Naked Now" (literally) really all would have worked better as TOS and were silly on TNG. Not to mention the S2 attempt to bring in a female McCoy to play off the emotionless one. ::eye roll:: Once TNG figured out what it was in S3 it was a different show. Sure it showed promise ("Measure of a Man", "Pen Pals", "Q Who", etc.), glimmers of what it would eventually be... but S1/S2 might as well be a different show.
DS9 has the same issue. S1/S2 were the writers trying to bring TNG plot lines to a space station. There were glimmers there of what it could be once it embraced it's concept ("Duet", "In The Hands Of The Prophets", "Necessary Evil", "The Maquis", "The Wire")... but there were also plenty of things that just showed that the TNG writers did not make the transition well ("Paradise", "Melora", "If Wishes Were Horses", "The Storyteller", "The Passenger", "Babel", "Move Along Home").
Strictly from a writing perspective both shows spent 2 seasons learning the hard lesson that they needed to NOT be their predecessor. VOY actually kind of "got it" right out of the gate, and is, by far, the most watchable show in the first 2 years. And then they went and changed it... even though I really prefer early VOY. Sure VOY had early clunkers too... but I really think what it was doing was working.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 2:03pm (UTC -5)
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 2:08pm (UTC -5)
Exactly and expressed much clearer than I did. Thank you.
Seasons 1&2's rank like this in my book: (best to worst)
ENT, VOY, DS9, TNG
Now worst is a realative term, I love them all. :-)
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 2:11pm (UTC -5)
But TNG's 1st season was probably still in some ways the most painful freshman year of all of them.
For sure and for the reasons you stated above.
They were trying to be too much like TOS while trying to look differnt doing it.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 4:23pm (UTC -5)
S1 : TOS > VOY > DS9 > TNG > ENT
S2 : DS9 > TOS > VOY > TNG > ENT
S3 : TNG > VOY > ENT > DS9 > TOS
S4 : DS9 > TNG > ENT > VOY
S5 : VOY > TNG > DS9
S6 : DS9 > VOY > TNG
S7 : VOY > DS9 > TNG
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 4:52pm (UTC -5)
I don't think I've ever seen rankings presented like that. I'd have to ponder a bit to rank them all :-)
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 3:22am (UTC -5)
Do my eyes see this right? You placed three seasons of DS9 at the top compared to only TNG season? ;)
My rankings (though be warned, I'm a bit rusty with Voyager, been a very long time):
S1: TOS > DS9 > TNG = VOY > ENT
S2: DS9 > TNG > VOY = TOS > ENT
S3: TNG > DS9 = ENT > VOY > TOS
S4: DS9 = TNG > ENT = VOY
S5: DS9 > TNG > VOY (not sure about VOY here, maybe better thab TNG)
S6: DS9 = TNG > VOY
S7: DS9 > TNG = VOY
I am having trouble quantifying Voyager compared to NextGen. TNG is often more scattered, while VOY is a generally consistent show, but on the other hand even very weak TNG seasons have several wonderful episodes (like Pegasus, Parallels, Lower Decks, and the finale in S7) while Voyager very rarely moves me one way or another.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 8:47am (UTC -5)
I'll give mine, though I won't include TOS. I've seen like 95% of TOS, but scattered... so I am only aware that S3 is frowned upon, but I really don't know which episodes go with which season.
S1 - VOY, ENT, DS9, TNG
S2 - VOY, ENT, DS9, TNG
S3 - TNG, DS9 = ENT, VOY
Everyone's S3 was strong. I'll put VOY last, and TNG first, but it was REALLY, REALLY close.
S4 - DS9, ENT = TNG, VOY
S5 - DS9, TNG, VOY
S6 - DS9, VOY, TNG
S7 - DS9, TNG, VOY
(I'd probably put VOY over TNG if you didn't include the series finales, but TNG's was amazing and VOY's was really, really unfortunate)
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 9:54am (UTC -5)
Sixth and seventh seasons were generally weak on all the shows. DS9's Occupation arc and a few choice episodes near the end of the season just barely squeak it over the line, while VOY's grander outings (Flesh and Blood, Workforce), political commentary and slight continuity bump push it over for season 7.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 10:03am (UTC -5)
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 10:39am (UTC -5)
I am also surprised how people often say that TNG sesons 3-5 are the best, while S6 is usually considered weaker by comparison. I tend to think that's the consequence of S5 having several of TNG's very best - Darmok, The Inner Light, I, Borg, The First Duty... But in my recent re-watch, I found that S5 is very uneven. As noted, it has several masterpieces, but the majority of the season is rather... unfortunate, which brings down its overall average quite a bit. Season 6, at least in my opinion, is much better week-to-week.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 10:39am (UTC -5)
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 10:50am (UTC -5)
I just REALLY, REALLY liked VOY S2. (excepting Threshhold)
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 11:58am (UTC -5)
I’m sure this will change some day. I’ve never really ranked all the episodes and figured out a numerical average.
Looking at everyone else’s, my list appears to be pretty unique. I obviously hold Enterprise in higher standing than most here.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 12:00pm (UTC -5)
Star Trek Season Rankings:
I’m sure this will change some day. I’ve never really ranked all the episodes and figured out a numerical average.
Looking at everyone else’s, my list appears to be pretty unique.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 12:53pm (UTC -5)
For DS9, I do think it was a strong season, falling only behind seasons 4 and 6. That said, it did not carry the consistency in quality of TNG's 3rd-5th seasons, nor VOY's 4th-7th.
TNG's 6th season isn't exactly bad, but it's pretty monotonous. There are some standouts like Chain of Command, The Chase and Frame of Mind, but much of it feels unnecessary. I think if seasons 6&7 were condensed into one, it would have made a really strong end to the series. Something like :
1. Time's Arrow II
3. True Q
4. The Quality of Life
5/6. Chain of Command
7. Ship in a Bottle
8. Face of the Enemy
9. Starship Mine
11. The Chase
12. Frame of Mind
14. Descent (shortened to a single episode)
17. Force of Nature
19. The Pegasus
20. Lower Decks
21. Thine Own Self
22. Masks (I kind of like it)
23. Journey's End (too important to DS9/VOY)
24. Preemptive Strike
25/26. All Good Things
Then again, the same could be done with DS9 and VOY for better results. For example,
1. Time to Stand
2. Rocks and Shoals
3. Behind the Lines
4. Favour the Bold
5. Sacrifice of Angels (ideally with a better ending)
6. You are Cordially Invited
7. Statistical Probabilities
9. Far Beyond the Stars
10. Honour Among Thieves
11. Change of Heart
12. Wrongs Darker than Death of Night
14. In the Pale Moonlight
15. The Reckoning (for continuity to the idiotic Pagh Wraith crap)
16. Tears of the Prophets
17. Shadows and Symbols
18. Once More Unto the Breach
20. It's Only a Paper Moon
22. Inter Arma Silent Leges
23. The Changing Face of Evil*
24. The Dogs of War*
25/26. What You Leave Behind*
*Obviously, the final arc would have to be rewritten to account for the different plot threads.
1. Equinox II
2. Survival Instinct
3. Barge of the Dead
4. Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy
5. One Small Step
7. Blink of an Eye
10. Child's Play*
11. Good Shepherd**
13. Life Line
14. Unimatrix Zero (condensed)
16. Critical Care
17. Body and Soul
18. Flesh and Blood
20. The Void
23. Human Error
24. Author, Author
*the Borg kids' presence would need to be explained
**this would be a good spot to move Paris/Torres' marriage
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 2:46pm (UTC -5)
Season 5, however, has: Redemption II, Disaster (it's not THAT bad), A Matter of Time, New Ground, Hero Worship, The Masterpiece Society, The Outcast, Cost of Living, and Imaginary Friend.
And I really LOVE Lessons. I may be in a minority there, but that's one of my favourite TNG episodes.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 4:02pm (UTC -5)
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 5:04pm (UTC -5)
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 5:04pm (UTC -5)
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 5:13pm (UTC -5)
To each his own, of course, but I kinda liked those S6 episodes you mentioned. They're not particularly memorable, no, but I enjoyed them nonetheless.
On the other hand, I despise The Masterpiece Society - it is among the best examples of late-TNG beige blandness that started to creep in around Season 5 with 2 rooms, 3 guest characters, heavy-handed message, dreadful music, and cheap conclusion. I've elaborated a bit on Redemption II on its page, but let me say that I feel it abandoned the themes and character focus of Part I for completely unrelated material that belonged in different episodes.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 5:29pm (UTC -5)
I agree that S5 was the beginning of Snooze Trek, but there are some really fine episodes, Darmok, Inner Light, Ethics, Cause and Effect, The First Duty...and the only really terrible episodes are Imaginary Friend and Cost of Living.
I also liked Lessons quite a bit, as well as Chain of Command II, Ship in a Bottle and The Chase, but little else from S6 feels like quintessential TNG the way the S5 greats do.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014, 5:43pm (UTC -5)
Fri, Jun 27, 2014, 7:20am (UTC -5)
DS9's season 6 was indeed very good for the first 2/3 or so -- the period from A Time to Stand to In the Pale Moonlight is very strong, though there are a few clunkers like Sons and Daughters, Resurrection and (IMO) Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night. However, the season completely falls apart after ITPM. With the possible exception of the finale, no post-ITPM episodes work. TNG s6 has the opposite problem, in that its first third or so, besides Relics and Schisms and maybe True Q, is very weak. It's not until the (underrated) The Quality of Life or, if you prefer, Chain of Command that the season takes off. I agree with charges of blandness of TNG s6 -- but I still like it quite a bit. I also agree that TNG s5 seems more essential than s6, but is more variable.
I tried making a season ranking, but it's too hard -- at least, without having rewatched DS9 or Voyager recently (and only being in early s2 on TOS). Plus, I never got past s2 of ENT anyway.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014, 12:34pm (UTC -5)
I think the big mistake with Descent is the lack of focus. Picard's dilemma, individual Borg, the return Hugh, Lore's return, Data's new emotions, Bev's turn as captain, metaphasic shields....it's just too much to deal with in 1 two-parter and thus, nothing is really properly dealt with. Luckily, some of these issues were later handled a little better (Picard in FC, Crusher in All Good Things..., the Borg in Unimatrix Zero). Of course Data's emotions were dealt with in Generations....to the utter annoyance of most. Even though Time's Arrow wasn't as strong as Redemption or BOBW, I think it was sufficiently focused to work better as a season capper (Data, Clemens, the aliens, Picard-Guinan--that's it).
Sat, Jul 5, 2014, 1:16pm (UTC -5)
I haven't rewatched FC yet but I recall enjoying the way Data's emotions are handled there quite a bit -- much more so than Generations, anyway.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014, 1:33pm (UTC -5)
Let me compile an ad hoc list of chain-of-command and administrative nonsense in Trek. Strictly off the top of my head.
Bev commanding the Enterprise.
Troi commanding the Enterprise in Disaster (I spit my last breath at thee!)
O'Brien hypothetically commanding the Defiant ahead of Kira (Rules of Engagement).
Silly notion that every ship (before Defiant) has to be commanded by a captain - freighters and miscellaneous small vessels most certainly don't have an officer with the rank of captain in charge.
Everyone from Riker's Academy class is apparently a prodigy. Riker was offered his own command at the age of 28/29. His classmate, captain Paul Rice, was already in command of USS Drake at that age (The Arsenal of Freedom). In Unnatural Selection (TNG Season 2), the (dead) captain of the Lantree was also of Riker's age. What's with this nonsensical bunch of captains in their twenties?
Nog can't read in DS9 Season 1, gets admitted to the Academy in Season 3, for some reason stops going to classes and returns to DS9 in Season 5, and becomes an officer in Season 7 (or is it 6?)
Janeway returns home as captain in 2378. The very next year, during the events of Nemesis, she is already a vice admiral (three pips). She was promoted three times in a single year!
Picard had been captain for more than 45 years. Now this is utter nonsense.
Sisko, with the rank of captain, commanding the biggest fleet Federation had ever seen in Sacrifice of Angels. What is the purpose of all those admirals anyway?
Yay! I love all this nerdy stuff! That's enough from me, I'd say.
Wed, Feb 18, 2015, 9:00am (UTC -5)
Wed, Jul 22, 2015, 7:08pm (UTC -5)
Anyway, what bothers me a bit about the way the episode goes is this: after Verad joins with Dax, we get the chance of seeing, for the first time (except the descriptions of past hosts), what resides in Dax and what resides in Jadzia, and the episode more or less reduces it to memories, confidence and a fondness for "Benjamin." Verad flames out and forgets his girlfriend the moment he gets a taste of success or wealth or celebrity or whatever Success marker you want, like so many other people unable to handle fame; that's it, and Dax hardly matters. Verad doesn't want to go and see Jadzia out of guilt, yes, but he had guilt *before* the procedure, and if anything seems less concerned about it. Is the Dax symbiont personality really so willing to throw Jadzia under the bus? I really did enjoy the scene of Sisko playing with Verad Dax, going through bonding over Curzon before dropping the Jadzia-bomb at the end, trying to get through to him, but Sisko pretty early gives up on getting through to his Old Man friend Dax and settles into talking his girlfriend into seeing how this is hurting Verad, which is effective but basically akin to all kinds of other hostage situation stories and loses the specificity of the Trill or of Jadzia or of the Sisko/Dax relationship. So it is shaping up to be particularly interesting and ends up a generic, if decently executed, hostage-thieves-turning-on-each-other situation.
I do think someone should have pointed out to Verad Dax that by running away to the Gamma Quadrant, he is more or less ensuring that Dax's lifetimes end with Verad -- either he can't be found by the Trill at all, or they will very likely strike Dax off entirely, considering that the Trill strike off symbionts for lesser offenses (e.g. "Rejoined"). You would think that part of the appeal of the joining for a host is to be able to know that a part of oneself will live on beyond one's death, and the symbiont presumably wants to survive.
I feel like part of the problem lies with the Trill society structure; symbiont-joining is so central to their society, but 90% will be left out. I mean, it's ultimately *always* going to be true that most people won't be able to make it in the most valued fields of society, but there is a bit of a lack of sense of what Trills who don't get joined can hope for in life, when most of what we know about the Trill revolves around the joining. Verad is pitiable because he feels incomplete without something which he can never get; he is evil because he lets this overwhelm his ability to care for other people.
The set-up with Quark is very silly, though I was glad to see that Quark "only" thought he was breaking security to, what, sell some jewelery? I actually think Quark, not Rom, is the idiot brother sometimes. (Note: what was up with that Socratic dialogue in the teaser where Quark tries to convince O'Brien that Quark can miss his brother by asking whether O'Brien has ever felt sad about saying goodbye to his bothers? Is the concept of missing one's brother so hard to understand, and the difference between saying goodbye for a few hours and goodbye for months so obscure?) The episode sort of supplies its own resolution in that Quark earns back his place on DS9 by doing brave/stupid heroics which allow him to go to the Infirmary and thus to (eventually) help Odo escape, and while I'm not exactly convinced that this evens out the stupidity of Quark's earlier actions it at least gives some explanation.
Jadzia Dax's line about how she'll always remember Verad is kind of hollow. I mean, I'm sure she will, but what of it? I guess it may be that she has a greater sense of understanding of what it is like to feel on the outside of the Inner Circle of Trill society. Or maybe she has a greater idea of what it's like to be a (near) murderer? Or...?
A low 2.5 stars.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015, 7:09pm (UTC -5)
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Tue, Aug 18, 2015, 12:19pm (UTC -5)
Teaser : ***, 5%
I know Jammer finds the idea of the plasma disruption to be a tad too contrived, but I appreciate that at least the show's setting is being properly utilised. Unlike in episodes like “Q-less,” the station isn't interchangeable with a starship. Random anomalies (not that Starfleet are particularly apt at avoiding them anyway) must be endured rather than circumvented. I'm calling this a win. On the other hand, given how chaotic and difficult a mass evacuation of the station was shown to be...when was it...?...oh yes...the PREVIOUS episode, it retroactively sucks even more drama out of that flaccid episode when here it's all handled off-screen, and STILL there's an available runabout for the left-over senior staff.
Anyway, “Pines of Rom” Quark is discovered in a docking port doing...something. He evades explaining his presence, but the camera shows us a blinking device attached to the wall. Generic cue of ominous music and we're out.
Act 1 : ***, 17%
Ops receives a distress call from a wayward vessel and Sisko decides to let the ship dock. The crew emerges, having left their fog machine on too long, only for a Klingon Tim Russ to pull a weapon on Miles. Did Headdress just remove Odo's combadge? How does that work? If you're going to say in the same freaking camera shot that “this one must be the shapeshifter,” don't contradict that notion at the same time! Eh. Their leader, a Barclay-esque Trill has Odo contained in a thermos. The boarding party's dialogue and actions suggest they knew exactly what and whom they would find on DS9.
They seize control of Ops, remove all the combadges, and disable DS9's systems. O'Brien realises that Quark's little device is responsible for the raid's success (how many times is poor Armin Shimmerman going to get strangled by someone on this show?). And indeed it seems Quark made a deal with Verrad (that's the Trill) who also hired the Klingon mercenaries. His purpose is revealed—he wants Jadzia's symbiont : “I want Dax.”
Act 2 : **.5, 17%
It's worth bringing up the episode “Dax” at this point. In that review I wrote, “Most of the character work with Jadzia is done vicariously, with other people examining her on her behalf. In this way, it's weaker than 'Measure of a Man,' where Data did a lot of his own heavy-lifting.” Here again, Bashir and Sisko are eager to defend Jadzia from Barclay-lite's threat, but she is silent. In “Dax,” her silence was a part of the tapestry of the plot, her history with Tandro and his widow. Why would Dax be so nonplussed about being MURDERED by this dude? Rather, her first line to Barclay-lite is “[being found unsuitable for joining] is nothing to be ashamed of.” Wow, talk about Zen...
My immediate thought with this guy is that he is an allegory for the overachiever who is slighted opportunity. He worked hard, studied hard, but still didn't achieve his ultimate goal of being joined. For those troglodytes who find the idea of the Federation economy (or any communist economy) to be ludicrous on the grounds that it requires the dissolution of natural human competition, here's Exhibit A as to how competition, winning and losing are still part of the lives of human(oid)s, but not linked to the materiel of economic survival.
The overly tepid dialogue between Dax and I-can't-believe-it's-not-Barclay does a reasonable job of giving us more backstory on the Trill and the politics of a joined society. Ironically, not-Barclay has demonstrated a passionate pursuit in achieving his goal, including his clever raid on DS9, genetic and sociological research, quasi-military leadership and even finding a suitable romantic partner who supports him—yet, he is convinced that without a symbiont, his life is doomed to perpetual “mediocrity.” It's sad.
Broccolibutter shoots O'Brien to coerce Bashir into performing the surgery to remove Dax from Jadzia. There's a needless bit of padding where Bashir treats him and the crew give their expected bits.
While Bashir gets underway, Klingon Tuvok instigates another bit of padding with a brief fight where Kira actually gets her ass kicked for once. What the surgery itself requires is a scene which is richly coloured by a complex musical score. Unfortunately all we get is the usual wallpaper with the volume turned up. Take a few moments to check out the similar surgery scene in “The Host” and you'll hear (and see) exactly what I mean. Second act if you're interested.
I realise they want to push with Quark's character by giving him “bad guy” traits, but really Kira is right, he definitely “crossed the line” by sentencing at least one of his friends to death to make a buck. I'm sure there will be consequences...
Sisko points out to Verrad's mate (whose life he apparently saved—yet another example of his so-called mediocrity) that he won't be the same after joining. She shrugs it off in time for him to make his reveal, furthering his “I'm really not Barclay” arc by pulling an “Nth Degree” shoulders back, deepened-voice entrance.
Act 3 : **.5, 17%
Meanwhile, Bashir is trying to keep Jadzia alive. Klingon #2 is there to remind us how not to write Klingons; Bashir points out how Jadzia sacrificed herself to save her comrades, and the Klingon's response is to call her a fool for not defending herself? Yeah, noble sacrifice, honourable death—those sure aren't Klingon ideals are they? But Bashir pins his “fight-no-matter-what” stance as “Klingon philosophy,” so I guess we have to go with it. Bashir manages to save her life, but Jadzia is reasonably terrified and “empty” without her symbiont.
Sisko makes his expected move by appealing to his relationship(s) with Dax' previous hosts and bantering a bit with Verrad. I think we all know where this is going...Sisko will appeal to Dax' sense of ethics to convince him to give Jadzia back her symbiont. It's not a bad message, just a little easy.
I do have a technical question: aside from the metabolic issues that require joined Trills to remained joined lest they die, in which being are the memories actually stored? Did Jadzia forget all her experiences before joining? Well no, because for one thing, she knows Julian. So the memories exist permanently in host as well. So if Verrad could remove Dax and not die (presumably because the joining was so recent), would he not retain all of Dax' memories as well, thus making his need to keep the physical symbiont moot? There are only two justifications I can think of: either Verrad now needs his symbiont to survive (in which case Sisko is faced with a moral dilemma similar to Janeway's in “Phage”), or he is so consumed by his own ego that he feels the need to pass his experiences on to a new host at the end of his life. But if that's the case, how does he expect to pass Dax on when he's tens of thousands of lightyears away from the nearest Trill in the Gamma Quadrant? I suppose he will make plans to travel home when he's on his deathbed? Seems really dubious to me.
Act 4 : ***, 17%
First question: what are Verrad and his party waiting for exactly? They have what they came for, why not leave? Anyway, Sisko starts to plant his wedge, as expected (even by the characters themselves). His mate exemplifies that incredible human(oid) capacity to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time (contradictory, not simply complex); Verrad Dax is different from Verrad son of Barclay yet also somehow “nothing his different” between him and his mate. This is the essence of the argument by faith, my friends and it's not impressive.
In an attempt to save Quark's character, a clever bit follows here: Quark baits Klingon Tuvok into letting down his guard briefly so Quark can assault him. As logic requires, Quark is quickly thwarted by the Klingon BUT is able to use the event to feign an injury. Having just heard Verrad Dax state explicitly that he doesn't want to see anyone hurt, he is banking on being sent to the Infirmary. What he hopes to accomplish is anyone's guess, but he is doing a lot more trying to escape that Kira or O'Brien are managing. It's all really worth it just to see the look on Shimmerman's face when Klingon #2 snarls at him and he has to keep up his fake moaning and screaming. I definitely laughed out loud, or loled for you kids.
Hey, my question is answered! Verrad is waiting for the storm to die down. Okay, thanks episode. Of course, at this point, Mate begins to suspect that her Verrad has indeed fundamentally changed now that he has literally fundamentally changed. Sharp, this one.
Really sharp in fact because, having left Quark behind with Julian, the two manage to outwit the philosopher Klingon with the off-button hypospray (TM SFDebris), who was the only remaining guard. Quark continues his theft of the show by amusingly breaking into Odo's prison-bucket and freeing him. Verrad makes his escape taking Kira along as a hostage.
Act 5 : **.5, 17%
Verrad's mate and Sisko team up (yeah really) in order to “save them both,” that is Verrad and Jadzia. It turns out Verrad no longer needs his mate (Muriel, is that her name? Can I call her Mrs Goldman?) and in order for her to keep him, he will have to be separated from Dax. She frees Sisko and returns his combadge.
Odo and Kira manage to prevent Verrad's escape and Sisko confronts him phaser in hand. The scene is meant to be dramatic (and has some good elements, like Sisko's “don't call me Benjamin,” solidifying the disconnect between Dax and its host), but if stunning Verrad is a threat to the symbiont, why not shoot him in the leg? Also, where the hell did Odo end up that he isn't around to help out now? It's just a little contrived to sit perfectly well for me.
Cut to post-op and the symbiont has been returned to Jadzia. Verrad is back to normal. Again, he remembers the exchanges between himself and Sisko, but not the “knowledge or the confidence.” So what, the cool stuff is remembered only by the symbiont, but the humdrum memories are shared by the host? Well that's fucking convenient.
Jadzia also recalls all of Verrad's actions post-joining and says she'll have to live with it. I guess there will be consequences...
Episode as Functionary : **.5, 10%
What I really like about the episode is its consistency with “Dax” in establishing that the lives of each Trill host are unique and separate despite their continuity as provided by the the symbiont. Just as Jadzia and Curzon are distinct individuals, so are Jadzia and Verrad. The effect is to clarify that Sisko's relationship with Jadzia is not determined by their history as Sisko and Curzon, merely initiated by it. Verrad's arc is expected, but handled and performed reasonably well. I found the idea of Muriel reducing him back to man who needs her to be perfectly in keeping with the tragedy of his existence. His obsession with joining completely blinds him to the accomplishments of his own unique life, a uniqueness which the episode emphasises with its portrayal of Verrad Dax as a man who is not Sisko's friend.
What I really don't like is the assassination of Quark's character. His cleverness at the end and Shimmerman's amusing portrayal help somewhat, but seriously, how can things go on as usual after he nearly got Jadzia killed for profit? William B. tacks it up to Quark's stupidity, and I guess in that context, it's not so offensive, but the episode makes a big deal out of how Quark ends up out-smarting everyone else. He never actually expresses any remorse or has a dialogue with Jadzia or even Kira at the end.
The seemingly arbitrary rules governing Trill memories are also rather annoying, as is Verrad's (especially after joining with Dax) lack of forethought regarding the fate of the symbiont after he flees.
My biggest gripe is that we are again denied the chance to get to know Jadzia Dax through Dax herself. Any character growth is handled vicariously, just like in Dax. That episode was so strong in other areas that we could forgive it, but here it's frustrating.
Final Score : **.5
Tue, Aug 18, 2015, 12:56pm (UTC -5)
Congrats! Risa I hope?
Tue, Aug 18, 2015, 1:42pm (UTC -5)
Trill anatomy lesson.
Biologically speaking Verad would be fine without Dax and Jadzia would not. Equilibrium (I believe) stated that after 4 days the Trill becomes dependent on the symbiont. I imagine this is BOTH a physical dependency (in the way Kirayoshi could not be separated from Kira) and a chemical dependency. The events of Equilibrium and Dax's near death due to low isoboromine levels imply that the host will go into shock with the proper chemicals from the symbiont. I choose to actually imagine this as withdrawal of a drug, but that's fan-wanky and not a fact. Sisko also mentions that she's bleeding to death in the infirmary. But it IS a fact that Verad will be fine. So the following is not correct (but you pretty much knew that anyway - "either Verrad now needs his symbiont to survive (in which case Sisko is faced with a moral dilemma similar to Janeway's in “Phage”)"
On the other hand I do not believe "would he not retain all of Dax' memories as well, thus making his need to keep the physical symbiont moot?" is correct either. This is how I think it works.
Memories are files. A symbiont is an external hard drive. When a joined Trill experiences a memory it is copied to both host and symbiont.
Now here's where it gets tricky. IRL memories are not quite as hard coded as we think. The act of reminiscing quite literally "checks out" a file (into RAM) and then it gets "checked back in" (to HDD) later on. This is why memories become distorted over time.
I propose that the symbiont DOES NOT have a complete copy of Jadzia's childhood memories. I think it knows of the important events of her childhood because she thinks of them from time to time and it gets a loose copy when it gets checked back in. But if she hasn't thought about the boy she had a crush on in 3rd grade since she's been joined the symbiont will not be aware of this memory even though the joined Jadzia Dax will recognize him if they run into each other (because the memories still exist in one half of the joined entity).
So does Verad have a "copy" of what's stored in Dax? No, I think not. I do think Verad may share a few of Dax's memories. When he reminisced about Sisko's bachelor party I actually think Verad obtained the memory and will have it forever (just like Dax will forever have the memories of the time it was joined with Verad). But no, I don't think Verad now has a full copy of Dax's databanks.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015, 8:30am (UTC -5)
2/4 for me for the contrivances. The 2 stars are awarded for good performances and a generally good story line. The contrivances, however, are a little too much for me to give a 3rd star. Particularly for having to watch Kira (my fav character) get whooped up by some floozy in order to maintain the story line.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015, 4:49am (UTC -5)
Yes, VOY's first seasons weren't worse than DS9's. But they weren't better than DS9's later seasons. THAT IS THE PROBLEM. The show should have grown from where DS9 left off.
DS9 wasn't perfect. And especially not early on. But they got the hang of it. And then forgot what made the show great when they produced VOY. Almost all of the opportunities VOY had from its setup were wasted in exchange for one-off episodes.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015, 3:37pm (UTC -5)
I agree 100%! Too many people review shows from the 90s and earlier expecting the same production quality as TV from the last 10 years. It's like someone reviewing a movie from 1970 and saying "the pacing is bad". lol
Mon, Nov 9, 2015, 3:45pm (UTC -5)
Good characterisation for Verad, the pre-joining version you wonder whether it's not just a little too broad but that's thrown into focus by Verad Dax and the extra confidence and depth portrayed. Sisko is strong. Actually, there are some good performances all around.
It's just that it's all a little stilted. There's a lot of sitting around and talking as we meander gently to a conclusion. Seeing Kira getting beaten up by a woman is a fun thing though. As is the Ferengi screaming. 2.5 stars.
Wed, Feb 17, 2016, 12:18pm (UTC -5)
So, we finally get an episode that focuses on Dax, the character most desperately in need of some character work and.... she spends the vast majority of the episode sedated. *slow clap* We learn virtually nothing about Dax as a character or Trill society/culture in general. I think the only thing we learn is that only 10% of Trill hosts are selected for joining (though that may have been established in "Dax", I don't remember).
Then, of course, there's the complete misuse of Quark. Could somebody tell me exactly what he did here? They say a few times that he disabled the security system but we never see Verad's gang bypass any security. In fact, from how they arrive it looks like they didn't even need Quark in the first place. They show up and take two senior officers hostage immediately with no trouble. Why did they have Quark involved at all? Then Kira comes down on him like a ton of bricks (even though he had no idea they were coming to steal the Dax symbiont). Then Quark, completely on his own initiative, saves the day by outsmarting all the villains. Seriously, if it wasn't for Quark, Dax would be dead. And yet, we're supposed to hate him?
Still, there are good things about "Invasive Procedures". John Glover's portrayal of Verad is extremely well done. As someone who has dealt with a rather severe case of social anxiety myself, I found his anxious, unconfident Verad really on the mark. He's a very tragic character in a lot of ways, especially given what we later learn about the relationship between Trill hosts and the symbionts. The interactions between him, Sisko and Mareel are also very enjoyable (even though it's odd that Mareel gets more development here than does Jadzia).
I also found this particularly funny....
ODO: And you'd betray him (Rom) in a second if it suited your interests.
Well, yeah, Quark would betray his brother. But, so would Rom, who just last episode betrayed Quark simply for a little Dabo Girl T&A.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 3:00pm (UTC -5)
Mon, Oct 17, 2016, 6:30pm (UTC -5)
S1 : VOY > DS9 > TOS > ENT > TNG
S2 : DS9 > VOY > TNG > ENT
S3 : TNG > DS9 > VOY
S4 : TNG > DS9 > VOY
S5 : DS9 > TNG > VOY
S6 : DS9 > TNG > VOY
S7 : DS9 > TNG > VOY
My rankings as presented are actually quite boring. Once you get past the unevenness of the first two seasons, I find the later seasons of the three '7-season shows' quite consistent, with DS9 improving slightly and TNG going down a bit.
Some may be surprised TOS rating behind VOY and DS9, but I rate episodes based on how much I enjoy them when I watch them, not with any objective historial lens. I know TOS is a landmark without which the other series could never have existed, and that its first season is said to be its best, but there were still a lot of episodes I found painful to watch ("Mudd's Women"; "Miri"; "Shore Leave"; "The Squire of Gothos").
@Darjan: I still find 90s Trek more enjoyable to watch than either True Detective or Game of Thrones. In fact, DS9 is still my favorite sci-fi series of all time, beating out BSG and Firefly (though just barely in the latter case). And Seinfeld is still my favourite sitcom of all time, beaitng out Arrested Development and Community. It's all a matter of taste, of course.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016, 11:12am (UTC -5)
Fri, Dec 23, 2016, 3:48pm (UTC -5)
Sun, Mar 19, 2017, 2:10am (UTC -5)
This episode was okay. As Diamond Dave mentioned it's a bit talky and drags a bit, but it gets there. I agree with MsV's assessment: 'Verad was interesting but I am glad we never heard of him again'. A good performance from the actor,especially his portrayal of two different people, but he wasn't charismatic enough to warrant any followups. I must admit that I cheered when Sisko clocked him one and told him never to call him Benjamin again.
Quark's shrieking was absolutely hilarious. Gotta love me some Ferengi screaming.
Thu, Mar 30, 2017, 8:22pm (UTC -5)
As this episode began I thought, "Symbiont theft! cool!" And then the idiocies got me so annoyed I wanted to throw things at the screen.
Yes, John Glover's performance was very good, and I too felt sorrow for Jadzia when she was violated and assaulted.
But are you telling me that Verad had so much control over Dax that Dax didn't care that he was killing Jadzia? How much IS the symbiont once joined? Y'all above seem to know more about how the host relationship works, but in this I was just furious. If Dax is a friend of Sisko (indicating Dax is a decent "person") he would have marched right back to sickbay and ordered the doctor to remove him.
Sheesh. I can't get past that.
And apparently Quark will not be punished for what he did. He only helped them when it turned out he wasn't getting paid--what scum. Throw him out an airlock.
Additionally, they hang around the station just doing nothing for long enough for the heroes to prevail. Are you kidding me? Why weren't they gone immediately? I didn't mind the storm as a conceit for getting the station evacuated until it was forgotten for the rest of the episode.
I understand that apparently everyone thinks DS9 gets better, and TNG's first season was bad. . . but TNG was bad because they were still trying to figure out who the characters were--most of the plots were decent and would have been fine if the characters hadn't been all over the place. This plot was idiotic. But I like the characters, so I'll hang in there.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017, 11:16am (UTC -5)
Sat, Jul 8, 2017, 2:34am (UTC -5)
Mon, Oct 23, 2017, 8:05pm (UTC -5)
That said, I'm a sad to once again be all alone in being extremely disappointed in an episode, and wondering what in Q's name everyone else sees in this episode, and in Verad.
I found Verad's performance extremely annoying at best, never mind un-convincing. Granted, I generally cannot stand people who smile nonstop even when speaking, and between speaking just stand there with their mouths half-opened in a smile with staring at you bug-eyed and unblinking, so I'd loath Verad even if he were a real person. IRL I literally cannot look people like that in the eye.
(I abhor Michael Eddington for the same reason.) In any case, Verad 100% failed to gain any sympathy from me. Same goes for his generic girlfriend.
And the episode overall was nothing but a giant failed opportunity, arguably one of the biggest in all of "Star Trek." This episode should have shown us what Dax and Jadzia are like when separated from each other, and how each contributes to the personality of the Jadzia Dax we know. Instead, the entire separation was treated as nothing more than a plot device. We see no hint at all that Dax changed Verad other than Verad no longer stammering as much, mentioning some random memories and calling Sisko "Benjamin." 90% of the "change" is just conveyed through Sisko telling us over and over, "He's changed! He's different! His girlfriend can sense it, with her, like, woman sneses or something. We won't show you, but trust us, Verad is different!"
And Jadzia just being unconscious the entire episode....wow. It's like the writers were absolutely determined not to develop Jadzia at all throughout all of her six seasons. I love Jadzia Dax, she's a fun character; but her entire character is just Dax. We learn virtually nothing at all about Jadzia, and what makes her different than any of the other hosts. Some have said that Ezri Dax was developed vastly more in one season than Jadzia was in six, and it's sadly true. I love both Daxes, but objectively, Ezri is a vastly superior character (in B4 Ezri haters) and this episode is a highlight as to why.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 9:47pm (UTC -5)
I liked the idea of “ a crisis among a storm” and everything but the main story involving Dax—that was flat and boring but Quark, the Klingons etc was enjoyable
Sun, Jan 7, 2018, 2:53pm (UTC -5)
Quark goes unpunished for dealing with mercenaries and letting them on DS9 which lead to Dax getting her abdomen cut open and nearly killed. It's completely forgotten about and it's business as usual next episode.
This is my first time watching through DS9 and I hope it gets better.
Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 7:10pm (UTC -5)
Forgive me, but I have to bring up my major DS9 "pet peeve" here. Jadzia fell for the guy on Meridian awfully fast. Worf turned up on the station and started flexing his muscles and Jadzia immediately went gaga over him. But she never gave Julian, the guy who behaved the best toward her, a real chance. I've often wondered why the writers never allowed that to happen. Instead, they put her together with Worf. I've never understood what people saw in that relationship. The pattern in that pairing seemed to be that Worf would act controlling toward Jadzia, wanting her to behave according to some Klingon norm, Jadzia would object quite strongly, and Worf would grudgingly back down. Also, Julian,with his enhanced intellect and other abilities, as well as his medical knowledge of Trill physiology might have been a better match for her in many ways. IMHO Julian and Jadzia were the ones who belonged together.
Thu, Mar 1, 2018, 5:28pm (UTC -5)
But is the point Sisko pointing out to Mareel that Verad's no longer who he used to be? Why should we care about Verad and his woman anyway? They're just the "villains" of the week. Wasn't a fan of the two guest characters. Yes, the change in Verad is distinctive, as it should be -- but both could have been more emotional (especially Mareel) in reacting to each other after the surgery.
Obviously there has to be a fightback from the DS9 crew but it takes an awful long time to unfold (Bashir to overpower the Klingon in sickbay) and finally Mareel gives into Sisko. But Kira did get beaten up by Mareel -- a female! Might be the 1st and only time that happens on DS9. Also have to wonder why Verad didn't phaser Sisko in the end, only to get phasered himself near the airlock.
Tim Russ doesn't make a good Klingon. He's not angry, forceful enough. For an accomplished actor, thought he'd play a bigger role in this episode -- heck, the other Klingon had more of a role to play.
So Quark let the enemies into DS9 -- what was in it for him? This is a loose end in the episode. Didn't Kira want to kick his ass for creating the weakness in security? In the end Quark is key for helping Bashir overpower the Klingon in sickbay -- and there is his stupid attack on Tim Russ's character. Just more annoying Quark.
2 stars for "Invasive Procedures" -- Bashir had some good moments doing his doctor thing, caring for Jadzia, and Sisko's role here is an interesting one playing Verad/Mareel, but those good moments were too few and far between. The ending surgery seemed to be successful too easily considering all the crap they made up about doing this kind of host/symbiont operation in quick succession. The big thing is the character examination should have been more focused on Jadzia Dax instead of Verad/Mareel, who we'll never hear from again.
Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 2:05pm (UTC -5)
Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 3:43pm (UTC -5)
That's because the writing on DS9 is superior. Obviously that's an opinion, but in my experience, people who share that opinion can back it up with reasonable arguments, instead of picking a poor episode from a poor season of DS9, and pointing to it as an example of DS9 being just as flawed as the other shows, which it isn't.
Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 9:36pm (UTC -5)
Season 1: TOS>VOY>DS9>DSC>TNG>ENT
Season 2: TOS>DS9>TNG>VOY>ENT
Season 3: TNG>ENT>DS9>VOY>TOS
Season 4: DS9>TNG>ENT>VOY
Season 5: DS9>TNG>VOY
Season 6: DS9>TNG>VOY
Season 7: DS9>TNG>VOY
Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 1:24pm (UTC -5)
Season 6: TNG>DS9>VOY
Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 1:29pm (UTC -5)
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 4:00pm (UTC -5)
Mon, Aug 13, 2018, 6:00pm (UTC -5)
Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 4:07pm (UTC -5)
Thu, Nov 15, 2018, 6:14pm (UTC -5)
Tue, Nov 27, 2018, 9:09am (UTC -5)
Tue, Nov 27, 2018, 9:17am (UTC -5)
Thu, Nov 29, 2018, 9:33pm (UTC -5)
Predictable, with some awkward acting from Farrell and Brooks, but a solid, basic Trek offering overall.
Tue, Jan 8, 2019, 3:56pm (UTC -5)
“Odo’s in here and we have get him out.”
“Are you sure?”
I howled, lol! Then Quark turns out to have safe-cracking skills!
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 11:59pm (UTC -5)
Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 2:29pm (UTC -5)
Sat, Mar 9, 2019, 12:55pm (UTC -5)
This episode could have been a great opportunity to show what part of her personality is provided by the symbiont Dax, and which by the host Jadzia. But instead, we simply get a Verad with boosted confidence and a Jadzia who feels alone without her symbiont (though I have to admit that both actors play these changes incredibly well).
What’s worse is that Dax in his new host seems completely willing to let Jadzia be killed. He doesn’t even want to visit her in sickbay! So either Dax is an immoral, egotistical ass-hat (which would explain why he’s such good friends with Sisko), or the writers just didn’t think this through. For the show‘s sake, I’ll go with the latter explanation. ;)
Thu, Jun 27, 2019, 9:45pm (UTC -5)
Sun, Nov 24, 2019, 12:36pm (UTC -5)
First, a storm which conveniently pulls everyone except for a few key crewmembers off the station.
Then, a raid, led by a character who seemingly has little or no charisma, but has somehow managed to persuade some Klingons to join in on a raid on Federation space which will almost certainly result in the death of at least one Starfleet officer.
And this same character - with all his professed weaknesses - has somehow earned the undying loyalty of an attractive woman, to the point where she's also willing to join in with this murderous attack.
Then, for an added bonus, Quark's betrayal of the station and implicit assistance in this murder - is hand-waved away after he plays "hero" for once.
However, perhaps the weakest element of this episode lies in the way the relationship between the Trills and their symbiants is presented; essentially, Dax acts as if Jadzia meant nothing to them, and was quite happy to walk away as she died. And equally, Dax was more than happy to pick up their relationship with Sisco as if nothing at all had happened.
There's two main ways to interpret this.
The first is that the symbiant has little or no influence over the host; it's little more than a repository for memories.
The second is that the symbiant is psychopathic by nature, and doesn't care anything for the host it lives in. Which would suggest that it's more of a parasite - or even a slave master - than a symbiant.
Sadly, we don't get to explore these possibilities further, as this is a one-off episode. Jadzia gets Dax back, and returns to her normal sweet self, and nothing more is said - not even by Sisco, despite the dramatic showdowns between Sisco and Dax in his new Trill host.
Sat, Jan 4, 2020, 1:00am (UTC -5)
Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 8:34am (UTC -5)
Tue, Nov 3, 2020, 8:29am (UTC -5)
Sun, May 23, 2021, 9:57am (UTC -5)
Sisko's awesome ass weird acting style is the only thing that saved this episode. Avery Brooks is a freak in the best way.
Tue, Jul 20, 2021, 2:55pm (UTC -5)
Tue, Jul 20, 2021, 2:57pm (UTC -5)
Sun, Aug 8, 2021, 9:41pm (UTC -5)
I'm not a Dax or Jadzia hater at all, but I never liked the Dax-centric episodes. I couldn't care less if this guy makes off with the worm nor if Jadzia died.
The guest acting and the side stories were pretty good.
Fri, Sep 3, 2021, 11:55am (UTC -5)
Tue, Dec 28, 2021, 3:22pm (UTC -5)
It was more like theater than a normal episode. I also think it covers the complexity of the trill concept and society (in respect of that not everyone can join) quite well.
The logic in the acting and the plot was good.
I got the feeling that both Sisko and Jadzia Dax (instead of a successfull overmanning) played poker with very high stakes.
What happens to a trill when it's joined. Jadzias feeling when she realised Verad's memories.
Regarding Dax character and Terry Farell's acting. I had never a big problem with it. She is a supporting actor. Dax is very laid back, having been around for some you don't need to be looking for adventures. You know the come anyhow.
I have met several women like Jadzia, although without a slug in their tummy. Cute, intelligent, self aware, charming but not in the front line. If she was meant to be such character she is doing it very well.
Tue, Apr 11, 2023, 6:39am (UTC -5)
I never could get past that.
Sat, May 20, 2023, 12:48am (UTC -5)
They should have played off the lack of crew from the previous three part "The Circle" arc.
Maybe the Starfleet people are still returning etc. Would have added some continuity. They showed a lean towards serialised storytelling even before this terrific episode. So why not here? I don't expect any replies but I have come to love this site and reading some of the conversations here.
Thu, May 25, 2023, 2:52pm (UTC -5)
It's amazing to recall that we would see the personalities of all Dax's previous hosts in "Facets," but the only glimpses we saw of Jadzia herself, without Dax, were in 3 episodes: "Emissary," this episode and "Tears of the Prophets" - and in all these moments, she was on a surgery table looking very vulnerable and scared. At the end of the series, we knew more about the host Ezri - present for a single season - than Jadzia after six seasons. Think about that, and how much of a difference this episode could have made in rectifying it.
As others have pointed out, it was also curious to see Dax apparently complicit in the death of Jadzia, and more time devoted to the showcasing of an internal struggle between Verad and Dax over the moral question could have led to some interesting stuff - if there was a struggle at all. Who has dominance over personal decisions, the host or the symbiont? Or do the two always agree? There's a mine of material to explore in this character, and it was never done - and this was the episode in which to do it. The way it was handled instead here was rushed and done only for the sake of the simplistic plot, as I saw it.
On another note, and as others have pointed out, it's laughable that the Mareel could have overcome Kira. The character was essentially Tasha Yar; would Tasha have beaten Kira in a fight? Street punk versus terrorist - who comes out on top? My money is on Kira, even if it means a longer, tougher fight. Watching Kira stand stunned after one punch was pitiful and made me nearly laugh out loud.
In closing, just to throw this out there: how much more interesting would the series of been if Verad had returned in season 7 as Dax's new host, instead of Ezri? Seeing Verad walk in the door of the restaurant at the end of "Image of the Sand" would have blown my mind.
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