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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 7.12a - Extreme measures

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Episode propaganda

When Kira (Nana Visitor) brings a terminally ill Odo (René Auberjonois) back to the station for medical treatment, he orders her to leave him and return to help the Cardassian resistance. Later, O'Brien (Colm Meaney) and Bashir (Alexander Siddig) inform Sisko (Avery Brooks) of their plan to lure a Section 31 operative, who may hold the cure to Odo's disease, to the station.

The scheme works when Sloan (William Sadler), the director of the unsanctioned Starfleet extremist organisation [sic: it's a UFP organisation] that infected Odo - as part of a genocidal plot against his people - arrives. But when Sloan refuses to give information regarding a cure, Bashir threatens him with a Romulan mind probe and the agent attempts suicide...

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/Commander Kira Nerys
  • Majel Barrett .... Starfleet computer voice
  • William Sadler .... Sloan
  • Andrew J Robinson .... Garak
  • Bradley Thompson .... Screenwriter
  • David Weddle .... Screenwriter
  • Steve Posey .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Hmmm...

As you will have gathered by now, dear reader, when I begin a review with "Hmmm..." I am not going to gush. Extreme measures is not an episode to gush about. Complaints first.

Had this episode been presented in the previous season it would've been pretty damned good but as the lead in to the penultimate episode it just isn't good enough. There's no real tension because the story is unfocussed: it meanders rather than drives. It's as if everyone sat down at a production meeting and worked out the things they needed to have in this episode, gave that list to a writer and said, "Make it so." The poor writers have done their best, but lists aren't the best way to create great art. While the actors have put their heart and soul into their job, you can't make a silk purse out of a Cardassian's ear. The list was too long to get the best out of anyone.

Gushing second.

This is Bashir's episode. The Section 31 storylines have always been his and Alexander Siddig has always pulled them off with ease (See Inquisition and Inter arma enim silent leges); he has a talent for pensive introspection and finding the darkness in a story despite his generally sunny nature (as Worf says, he is a child). For him, this episode is just as interesting with the added bonus of resolving the Bashir/O'Brien relationship (which began in The armageddon game and continued through numerous holosuite games, non-virtual adventures and large amounts of raktajino) - I am sure you don't need to know how that one ends up but I do think this is a good time to quote my favourite Bashir line: "I'm a poor substitute for your wife!"

Anyhoo, this is an interesting episode which you don't actually have to see to understand the following episodes. Scary, huh?

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 2 December 1999

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