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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 5.09a - A simple investigation

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In Quark's, Odo (René Auberjonois) meets a beautiful woman named Arissa (Dey Young) and is impressed by her powers of observation. Later, he is surprised when the same woman is arrested for trying to break into the station's computer. Odo questions her about the man she was waiting for in Quark's - an Idanian named Tauvid Rem. Arissa tells Odo tauvid has information about the daughter she gave up 15 years before. Odo takes her to Tauvid's quarters, where they discover he has been killed...

Persons of interest

  • Avery Brooks .... Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
  • René Auberjonois .... Constable Odo
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Terry Farrell .... Lieutenant Jadzia Dax
  • Cirroc Lofton .... Jake Sisko
  • Colm Meaney .... Chief O'Brien
  • Armin Shimerman .... Quark
  • Alexander Siddig .... Doctor Julian Bashir
  • Nana Visitor .... Major Kira Nerys
  • Majel Barrett .... Starfleet computer voice
  • Dey Young .... Arissa
  • John Durbin .... Traidy
  • Nicholas Worth .... Sorm
  • Randy Mulkey .... Idanian intelligence chief
  • René Echevarria .... Screenwriter
  • John T Kretchmer .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Odo cherry.

You've gotta wonder what it's like to have sex with someone who can change their shape at will.

Anyhoo, this episode brings to mind the question as to why people on Star trek always believe what they're told. Arissa lies her way through this episode and everyone else is taken at their word. Sure, dramatic licence must have its day, but the willing suspension of disbelief will only go so far. The thinking mind requires a certain degree of suspicion to be shown. Now they make an effort towards this by revealing Odo's paranoia (believe everyone but check up on them anyway) but by the time you find this out the character has already created an air of ingenuity.

Does that make sense to you?

Why am I here? Oh yes, to review the episode. It's interesting. Odo goes through a growth period: meets girl, gets girl, loses girl, girl breaks heart. Never a fun experience and the first cut is the deepest. This is very good for the character but not hugely interesting for the viewer. There is an attempt to make A simple investigation seem like more than it is: the Orion Syndicate, Idanian intelligence, assassins, all are supposed to make a better story, but really they get in the way. They are an excuse for Odo to meet Arissa and for Arissa to leave Odo. René handles the range required quite well (especially considering the tonne of makeup he wears), but he isn't given enough to work with. That's the writer's fauLieutenant

Overall: could do better.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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