Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1, Episode 3

A Man Alone (17 Jan. 1993)

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Ibudan, a criminal/murderer Odo has dealt with before, returns to DS9 only to be murdered shortly after. . .leaving Odo to be the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Jake and Nog's trouble making prompt Keiko to do something helpful for the station's children.

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Life seems to be slowly becoming normal on the station. Bashir tries to make advances to Dax, Jake makes friends with Nog and chief O'Brien is having an argument with his wife Keiko. As a botanist she feels useless on the station and doesn't think the environment is good enough for their daughter Molly growing up. Meanwhile Odo encounters a familiar face on the Promenade: the Bajoran smuggler Ibudan. He's considered a hero by the Bajorans, but Odo thinks differently. He saw him let a child die because the parents couldn't afford the medicine and when Ibudan killed a Cardassian he turned him in. When Ibudan is murdered during a massage in the holodeck, all evidence points to Odo. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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After Odo is relieved of duty by Sisko, he returns to his security office to find it had been ransacked and graffiti was sprayed on the walls. Look carefully, the word "SHIFTER" is what's graffitied on the wall. See more »

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Doctor Bashir: What is this?
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: An Altonian brainteaser.
Doctor Bashir: A brainteaser?
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: A puzzle.
Doctor Bashir: A puzzle?
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: Mmm...
Doctor Bashir: I love puzzles. How does it work?
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: It responds to neural theta-waves. The goal is to turn the sphere into a solid color.
Doctor Bashir: And that's all?
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: That's all. I've been trying to master it on and off for... oh, 140 years. Would you care to try?
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DS9 begins to Show its True Colors (though weakly) in this Soapy Detective Story
2 February 2008 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Keiko, Miles O'brien's spouse, is having a difficult time adjusting to life on DS9, and Constable Odo appears to be having a difficult time adjusting to Federation hegemony. A merciless Bajoran smuggler who Odo tries to kick off the station turns up murdered in a room which has been locked from the inside and, understandably, Odo is the prime suspect. The episode is crucial to understanding Odo's relationships with Kira, Sisko, and Quark and introduces the show's standard approach to story arc multitasking which will be greatly elaborated in the later seasons. Odo - who really is a man alone - must learn to trust others to help him figure this one out and clear him of suspicion.

The two-story approach was not very well perfected in this episode, and some of the important developmental aspects of this episode (Keiko, Jake and Nog's parts) come across as a slightly annoying distraction from the more intense and interesting mystery story.

As usual, the cinematography and writing are all good.


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