Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5, Episode 5

The Assignment (28 Oct. 1996)

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An alien entity has possessed Keiko's body and is holding it hostage until O'Brien completes an assignment for it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Major Kira (credit only)
Hana Hatae ...
Patrick Egan ...
Jiyar (as Patrick B. Egan)
Judi M. Durand ...
Cardassian Computer (voice) (as Judi Durand)


An alien entity has possessed Keiko's body and is holding it hostage until O'Brien completes an assignment for it.

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The history of the Celestial Prophets and the Pah Wraiths resembles the plot of John Milton's Paradise Lost, a literary work often alluded to in Star Trek (1966) productions. E.g. Star Trek: Space Seed (1967) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Paradise Lost (1996). See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Keiko Possessed
24 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It should be a happy day for Chief O'Brien; it is his birthday and Keiko is returning from Bajor although he thinks he is going to be in trouble for letting her house plants die. That is the least of his worries though, when she returns he learns that she has been possessed by an alien entity which threatens to kill her if the Chief doesn't make a series of modifications to the station. Fearing for his wife's safety and because none of the changes appear dangerous he goes ahead with the work. Working against the clock he gets Rom to help him, telling him that he can't tell anybody about it, even the station's senior officers. Everything is going according to plan till Dax spots that somebody has been making changes to the station's systems. Rom is arrested but does not implicate the chief. When O'Brien goes to see him in the brig Nog says that he will remain silent but he is curious about why they are going to kill the wormhole aliens... up until know O'Brien had not realised that this would be the result of his actions, he must now act quickly to avoid this without enabling the entity to kill Keiko.

This was a gripping episode with plenty of tension as well as good character development. We learn that Rom is not the bumbling he appeared to but is in fact highly skilled as an engineer, something which earns him a promotion from the night shift to the more prestigious day shift. We also learn just how far the chief will go to protect the woman he loves. This episode also provides an introduction to the Pah-wraiths; creatures like the prophets who have been exiled to the Fire Caves on Bajor but wish to overthrow the prophets so they can return to the Celestial Temple.

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