I don’t have too many comments on this episode, but I really liked it. It’s a thriller. A Klingon officer beams over as his ship is exploding and brings with him a telepathic memory from a Gamma Quadrant species torn apart by infighting. This transfers to those in Ops.
At first, Dax just seems a bit off. But then they split into two factions, one behind Commander Sisko and one behind Major Kira. It’s more than just their dark sides coming out. They are re-enacting – as best as is possible in their circumstances – someone else’s war.
We can hear the Klingon log mention “energy spheres” and what sounds like a power struggle, but just barely. It would be easy to miss it. Still, even if you heard it, the mystery is held until very late in the episode, to great effect. The climax is a bit like the TNG episode “Power Play,” but not enough to bother me.
Everyone plays their mutinous roles very well. Even though they’re driven by some alien archive and not just their dark sides, Sisko and Kira especially show off how they aren’t just adaptations of Star Trek characters we’ve seen before, but their own people.
On the nitpicking front, I don’t buy the idea of locking on to a transporter signal with your own transporter. It’s not quite how beaming works. Also, when Sisko catches Kira denying docking clearance to the Valerian vessel, he presses the hold button before telling the ship to stand by. One other thing, the Klingon log refers to a 26th deck on what looks like a Vor’cha Class ship. I don’t think there are that many decks on that type of ship.
I do like the way Quark runs for Dr. Bashir when Odo has his seizure (for lack of a better term). He screams for the doctor with genuine horror. Also, I don’t know if it has yet been established that the infirmary was right across from Quark’s.
– Evan Bindelglass