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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 7.06a - Prodigal daughter

Stardate around 52230
Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

Sisko (Avery Brooks) is furious when he learns O'Brien (Colm Meaney) has vanished while on a secret trip to New Sydney, where he was searching for Morica, the widow of a criminal named Bilby, whom he befriended while undercover. Because Ezri's (Nicole de Boer) family owns a mining operation in the system, Sisko asks her to help find O'Brien. Ezri returns home, where she's reunited with her domineering mother, Yanas Tigan (Leigh Taylor-Young) - a shrewd business woman - and her brothers Norvo (Kevin Rahm) and Janel (Mikael Salazar), who work for the business.

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
  • Leigh Taylor-Young .... Yanas Tigan
  • Kevin Rahm .... Norvo
  • Mikael Salazar .... Janel
  • John Paragon .... Bokar
  • Clayton Landey .... Fuchida
  • Bradley Thompson .... Screenwriter
  • David Weddle .... Screenwriter
  • Victor Lobl .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Wow! Capitalism! In the UFP!

And who knew that Ezri had a past? Wow.

This episode is a nice round up of a couple of loose ends, Ezri's boringly mundane family business and O'Brien's time with the Orion Syndicate. Given that the universe is infinitesimally small (about the same size as the casting budget), the two stories run into each other. No surprise there. The surprise comes when you find out that this is a whodunit (well, it's no surprise any more!): someone is dead, foul play is involved, everyone is a suspect. Even the good guys (whoops, that wasn't a surprise, was it?)

Nicole is a wonderfully different Dax to Jadzia: much less forward, much less aggressive (ain't no way Ezri would ever get it on with Worf), much more introspective. Being a counsellor is part of that, but it's also her nasty childhood. Hands up everyone who left home as soon as they could because they couldn't stay any longer.

This is an interesting episode with no consequences for the story arc of the ultimate season of DS9. Watch it because it's Star trek, not because you need to be entertained

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

5 June 1999

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