Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1, Episode 11

Vortex (18 Apr. 1993)

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A man named Croden tells Odo he can take him to a place where aliens much like Odo himself exist, which would help Odo find out where he truly comes from.



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Episode cast overview:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Croden (as Cliff DeYoung)
Vulcan Officer
Yareth (as Leslie Engelberg)


A Mindaran ship has arrived with the brothers Ah-Kel and Ro-Kel, known as smugglers, and a mysterious individual, Croden, has been spending quite a lot of time in Quark's bar. He is from the Gamma quadrant and there are reports of them having extensive conversations. Odo doesn't trust it and he;s right. He catches Quark negotiating with the Mindarans about an artifact that was probably stolen. He can't stop Croden however from killing Ro-Kel while trying to steal the artifact. While Ah-Kel vows revenge, Croden tells Odo something that really piques his interest. He mentions he has seen shape-shifters before and calls them Changelings. Croden tells they once lived on his planet, but were driven out, but he encountered them again on a secret planet. Odo is skeptical, but gets interested when Croden shows an artifact that contains a living shape-shifting fluid. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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When Odo is knocked unconscious by the cave-in while inside the Vortex, he remains in humanoid form. However, in an earlier episode, he mentions that it takes a large amount of energy to retain this shape. Is it likely that he would stay in this form when unconscious? See more »


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Quark: The usual, Odo?
Odo: Nothing.
Quark: The usual.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Rumours of other shape-shifters
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As this episode opens it looks like it will be another Quark centred story however it soon turns out that Odo will be taking centre stage. As Quark is having a meeting with a pair of twins who are selling an objet d'art they are interrupted by Croden, an alien from the Gamma Quadrant. In the scuffle that follows one of the twins it shot and killed then Croden is arrested by Odo who had used his shape-shifting abilities to infiltrate the meeting. Odo is somewhat disappointed that he can't hold Odo for long but has enough to deal with when the surviving twin states his intention of killing Croden. While being questioned Croden claims that he knows where there are other changelings in a vortex in the Gamma Quadrant. When Sisko goes through the worm hole to inform Croden's people that he has been arrested they demand his return for crimes he has committed back home. Sisko agrees and tasks Odo to fly him back, on the way Croden explains that his wives were killed as a punishment for his crime. The shuttle doesn't get as far as Croden's home world as the surviving twin's ship attacks them. Forced to take refuge in the vortex they land on an asteroid where he claims he can show Odo more changelings however it turns out there are none, they were just a myth on his world and Odo was the first he'd met. There is something there though; a stasis chamber which contains Croden's daughter. Soon after opening the chamber they are found and must once again flee from the twin's ship. They survive by luring their pursuer into a volatile area of the vortex... Odo must still decide what he is going to do with his two passengers though.

This was a pretty good episode where we get to see Quark avoid implicating himself once again and Odo showing his sense of justice by doing the right thing even if it means ignoring his mission orders. As usual Rene Auberjonois puts in a good performance as Odo and guest star Cliff De Young does well enough as Croden.

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