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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 7.02a - after-image

Stardate around 52150
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As well as having to deal with the range of reactions her presence generates among the crew who were close friends of Jadzia, Ezri Dax (Nicole de Boer) must begin work as a counsellor for DS9. Her first assignment is a tough one: to re-motivate a depressed and aggressive manipulator: Garak (Andrew J Robinson) the Cardassian agent...

Persons of interest

  • Avery Brooks .... Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
  • René Auberjonois .... Constable Odo
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Nicole de Boer .... Lieutenant Ezri Dax
  • Cirroc Lofton .... Jake Sisko
  • Colm Meaney .... Chief O'Brien
  • Armin Shimerman .... Quark
  • Alexander Siddig .... Doctor Julian Bashir
  • Nana Visitor .... Colonel Kira Nerys
  • Majel Barrett .... Starfleet computer voice
  • Andrew J Robinson .... Garak
  • René Echevarria .... Screenwriter
  • Les Landau .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Er, Ezri to the rescue?

Despite the fact that everyone keeps going on about Ezri leaving during this episode, no Trekkie would ever be in doubt that she will stay because her name is in the opening credits.

Of more interest, but not much more credibility is Garak's psychosis. All good Trekkies remember that he's Claustrophobic, and that flaw is brought to the fore when he sublimates his guilt for causing the deaths of Cardassians in order to free Cardassians. (He is, of course, in the process of decrypting Cardassian messages for the Alpha Quadrant alliance.) It's a very good idea, but it plays second fiddle to the Dax storyline, which is the opposite of what should happen; Garak is much more interesting than Ezri any day.

Naturally enough, despite Dax Mark VII (or is it VIII?) not being entirely stable herself, in the best Starfleet tradition she manages to cure everyone on the station, graduate early, get promoted to Lieutenant (wasn't Jadzia a Lieutenant?) and decide that maybe, just maybe, station life is the life for her.

There, now you don't have to watch this episode.

FYI: The title, After-image, is a pun on the title of the first episode of this season, Image in the sand.

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

15 February 1999

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