Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 15

Paradise (13 Feb. 1994)

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Sisko and Chief O'Brien discover a colony that lives without technology.

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Sisko and O'Brien are surveying the area surrounding the wormhole to look for habitable planets. They are stunned to find there's already a colony present in the Orellius system. After beaming down they find out none of their technology is working anymore, they can't beam back. It seems a duonetic field is preventing all EM activity. The villagers are survivors of a personnel transport that crashed down on the surface ten years ago. Alixus, a woman that seems in charge of the group of people, tells of their pride in achieving to survive without using any technology. While Sisko suspects a rescue party will come soon, Alixus is convinced they're here to stay for a while and urges them to adapt to the group and abandon technology. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Half of the erstwhile "regulars" of DS9 - Jake Sisko, Dr. Julian Bashir, Odo, and Quark - do not appear in this episode. See more »

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When Joseph introduces Miles and Ben to his wife, Alixus, she addresses Miles correctly, even though Joseph doesn't say who is Miles and who is Ben. See more »

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Cassandra: You lied to us. You've been lying to us for ten years!
Alixus: Yes. But perhaps a lie can lead to a more important truth.
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A totalitarian Utopia
19 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Sisko and Chief O'Brien set off to survey habitable planets near the worn hole it seems like a routine mission. When scans show that there is an inhabited planet they are rather surprised. They beam down to meet the people living there as they can't contact them on the communicators. Once on the surface they have a problem; none of their technology works due to a "duonetic energy field". When they meet the people on the planet they are told the energy field is due to local minerals and that they have been there since they landed ten years ago. The group is led by a woman called Alixus who believes they have a paradise there although it soon becomes clear that she has made the society's rules and strictly enforces them. Any body who transgresses is locked in a hot-box without water. She tries to encourage the two Star Fleet officers to give up their pasts and accept life in her paradise. Back on DS9 Kira and Dax search for the missing officers and are surprised when the runabout is reported flying at warp without personnel on board; as Sisko had left it in orbit this suggests that something has been done to make sure it wasn't found near the colony. When O'Brien is caught trying to find a way to get their communicators to work Alixus has Sisko put in the box. Rather than stopping O'Brien's search for a way to communicate it makes him more determined to find what is the real cause of the technology failure... when he does find it he learns that it was no accident that the colonists got stranded there; Alixus was determined to set up her technology-free utopia even if it meant several colonists dying in the process.

This was a good episode with a good performance from guest star Gail Strickland as Alixus; she managed to play her as somebody believably obsessive in the belief that she was right and everybody else must follow her ideas. The story seemed plausible and the injustice made me angry with Alixus, as I'm sure it was meant to.


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