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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.


Robert Scheerer


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Kenneth Mars ... Colyus
Kenneth Tobey ... Rurigan
Noley Thornton Noley Thornton ... Taya
Philip Anglim ... Vedek Bareil
Trula M. Marcus Trula M. Marcus ... Female Villager
Martin Cassidy 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 (imdb@tiele.nl)

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O'Brien mentions having studied to be a musician before joining Starfleet. He played the cello in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »


When Odo transports himself from Colyus' office to prove that he and Dax could leave whenever they want, Colyus reacts like he has never seen transporter technology before, but when Odo asks him a minute later if he checked for transporter activity in regards to the missing villagers, Colyus claims that it was the first thing he did like he knew what transporters were. 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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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Preemptive Strike (1994) See more »


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Great family centered episode.
27 July 2019 | by bradleybannermanSee all my reviews

So many good things about this ep. an understanding father accepting of his sons decision, an old man who found his family-even though they are so very different. Even Major Kira finds some joy and companionship. THIS is what Star Trek is about.

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