Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 16

Shadowplay (20 Feb. 1994)

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Odo and Dax investigate the mysterious disappearance of people from a village. Kira tries to keep a close eye on Quark, while Vedek Bareil unexpectedly visits.



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Episode cast overview:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Noley Thornton ...
Philip Anglim ...
Trula M. Marcus ...
Female Villager
Martin Cassidy ...
Male Villager


Dax has taken a runabout to investigate a particle field in the Gamma Quadrant and Odo has come along in the hope to find out more about his origins. Dax is surprised to find extremely rare omicron particles. On the surface of a planet they try to investigate a device releasing the particles, but get arrested by protector Colyus of a Yaderan colony. He suspect Odo and Dax have something to do with the sudden disappearance of 22 people. They are able to convince him of their innocence and offer to help in the investigation. With Odo gone from the station, Kira keeps a close eye on the activities of Quark, much to his dismay. Then Vedek Bareil unexpectedly visits the station and wants to spend time with her. Meanwhile Sisko tries to convince Jake to take up a job in engineering to prepare for the Academy. He's convinced that Jake will want to go there. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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As Dax, Odo and Taya investigate the valley, Taya tells the story of a shape shifter that is challenged to transform into a loaf of bread, does so, and is eaten by his challenger. This bears a striking resemblance to the Puss in Boots fairy tale recorded by Frenchman Charles Perrault. In the tale, the booted cat tricks an ogre who can change his shape into changing into a mouse and eats him. See more »


Odo: Don't you see? She's real to you; and she's real to me too, they're all real. And you can't turn your back on them now.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Preemptive Strike (1994) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Everything that Star Trek should be, and more.
27 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is by far one of my favorite episodes of DS9. It represents everything that the Star Trek series is about. At this point in the series the characters are really beginning to come into their own.

The interaction between Odo and the little girl Taya was wonderful to watch. Normally rigid, and to the point. We see an Odo that is humanized (as much as a changeling can be), caring, and empathetic. We can all sympathize with Rurigan and his need to create a Utopian society (even if it is not what it appears)..and who doesn't love a happy ending?

This show asks us to consider what we call 'life' and what we want out of it. It should make us all appreciate the similarities we share as human (sentient)beings.

The back story between Jake and Ben Sisko, allows us a glimpse into the personal lives of the characters and reminds us that they are real beings, and not just actors playing a character. In as much as a village of holograms are real, so are the crew of Star base Deep Space Nine (in their own reality).

I found that the play between Major Kira, Vedek Bareil, and Quark to be unnecessary and simply used as 'filler material' which seems to be there, only to give the actors screen time.

With all of that, i think you will find that this is a very satisfying episode that should tug at your heart strings and leave you feeling just a little bit better about life in general.

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