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 »


Taya: If I were a changeling, I'd change shapes all the time. Everyone'd want to be my friend.
Odo: [scoffs] I wish it were that easy.
Taya: Why wouldn't it be?
Odo: When I was younger, people were always asking me to change shape for them. They pretended to be my friends. But all they wanted was to see me become a chair or... animal. None of them ever really cared about me.
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An unusual village
22 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Dax and Odo are surveying planets in the Gamma Quadrant they detect unusual particles so beam down to the surface. Here they find a device in the middle of a village which is emitting the particles, before they can finish examining the device they are taken into custody under suspicion of being involved in a series of recent disappearances. Once they have convinced him of their innocence they volunteer to help with his investigations. There is something strange about the village; nobody has ever explored beyond the valley they live in, not because of some perceived danger but just because nobody had ever thought to go further. While investigating the disappearances Odo befriends Taya, a young girl who's mother vanished on the morning of their arrival. When Odo Dax and Taya start to explore outside the valley they make a startling discovery about the village and its inhabitants. Back on DS9 there are a couple of minor plot lines, one involving Jake getting a job helping Chief O'Brien and another where Quark tries to distract Kira by arranging for an old friend to visit the station while he is involved in a smuggling deal.

The main story was pretty good, young Noley Thornton did really well as Taya and while there was little sense of danger there was an interesting mystery. The secondary stories were less interesting although this was the first time we hear that Jake doesn't want a career in Star Fleet as his father had assumed.

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