This episode has some interesting ideas, but I feel like there are a few holes. That’s my snap reaction.
Here are some more specific reactions.
I always remember enjoying Garak as a character. I thought Andrew Robinson did a great job with the part.
At no point in the episode is it addressed that biting another person is both wrong and strange. I mean, it’s one thing for Rugal to have flipped out at Garak. But biting?
While we’re on the subject of Rugal, he is played by Vidal Peterson, who played the Romulan boy, D’Tan, in the TNG episode “Unification II.”
Right after Bashir arrives in Ops to tell everybody about the incident at the Replimat (apologizing for being late for something – a regular senior staff meeting?), Gul Dukat is on the phone (yes, I know it’s not a phone). How did he find out so fast? Seriously, Sisko just found out? Unless Garak called, but I don’t actually think that happened.
Also, the way Garak snuck into Bashir’s quarters in the middle of the night was just creepy. I know there’s a little creepy in Garak, but still.
Before we see Garak and Bashir at the orphanage, there is another very beautiful matte painting of Bajor. Speaking of the orphanage, the woman there, Deela, is played by Karen Hensel, who played Fleet Admiral Brackett in the TNG episode “Unification I.”
Odo alerts Sisko that Gul Dukat has just arrived on the station. The music and Sisko’s face make it seem like a surprise. Either that was played wrong and they knew he was coming and the big deal was that he had arrived or the following question must be asked. How could a Cardassian ship (likely a Galor class warship) approach Deep Space Nine without someone noticing and alerting Sisko?
The whole idea of Gul Dukat setting up Kotan Pa’Dar all those years ago is a bit far-fetched. By the way, this is the first time we learn that the Cardassians called Deep Space Nine “Terok Nor.”
Four final thoughts: The episode reminds me a little of TNG’s “Suddenly Human.” Sisko’s decision, however, is the opposite, and I was a bit surprised by it. Dr. Bashir is extremely charismatic. Also, look at the funny hats behind him when he and Garak are speaking at the beginning of the episode.
– Evan Bindelglass