Review: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – “Vortex”

vortex026Odo gets a clue about his past… this week on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
Quark is trying to do some less than savory business with twin Miradorn (a species we’ve never heard of before) when Croden, a man the Klingons brought back from the Gamma Quadrant, bursts in. He ends up killing one of the Miradorns. The surviving twin says he has no purpose left in life but to avenge his brother’s death.

Sisko and Dax go to find Croden’s planet to inform them of his crime. When they reach Rahkar, they find out he has already been convicted in absentia of crimes there. Sisko says he’ll deliver Croden back to his people.

Meanwhile, Croden shows Odo something which seems to be a piece of what he calls “Changelings” – his term for Odo’s people. Eventually, he reveals that he’s long heard myths of Changelings, but hadn’t seen one until he met Odo. He says he knows much more and can show Odo where he found a “colony of Changelings.”

Sisko orders Odo to transport Croden to his planet. The Miradorn ship gives chase. En route, Odo learns that Croden’s punishment was the death of his family. They killed his wives, but he managed to sneak away his daughter, who they find in a nebula. It was in that nebula that Croden said there was a colony of Changelings, but there is no colony. Some fancy moves lead to the Miradorn ship destroying itself and then Odo lets Croden and his daughter return to the Alpha Quadrant aboard a Vulcan ship.

I don’t have a lot of commentary on this episode, but here goes.

I think Croden’s description of the killing of the agents sent to kill his family was somewhat graphic for Trek. Not bad though. DS9 got to be a little darker than TNG.

Towards the beginning of the episode, Quark speaks of nobody seeing another shapeshifter. We’ve already seen them on TNG and in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”

The model used for the Miradorn raider will go on to be used in the TNG episodes “Gambit, Part I” and “Gambit, Part II.”

We learn from a character played by former “N.Y.P.D. Blue” star Gordon Clapp that Croden is considered an enemy of the people. I’d like to have learned more of why they deemed him so.

– Evan Bindelglass

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One Response to Review: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – “Vortex”

  1. Good point about the shapeshifter from Star Trek VI; I think he/she was called a Commoloid?

    I agree that there is not much to this episode. I kept getting distracted during it.

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