DS9 Episode 2.8 – Necessary Evil

In which Odo Columbos.

Memory Alpha says: An attempt on Quark’s life re-opens a five-year-old murder investigation.

My Review

This is a lovely noir-tribute episode that focuses on Odo, and since René Auberjonois was pretty much the best actor in this show, you know it will be grand. (Not that I am slagging off any of the other actors, it’s a very strong cast – but it would be silly to pretend he isn’t outstanding.)

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DS9 Episode 1.17: The Forsaken

In which Lwaxana finds something to do other than embarrassing her daughter and Captain Picard to death; embarrassing Odo to death.

Memory Alpha says: An alien computer program wreaks havoc with the station’s systems. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)

My Review
I think I’ll try doing this one in full summary format, just because I like Odo and Lwaxana’s friendship so much. They’re an absolutely weird pair of characters to put together, but the interaction between them ends up being very sweet and, to me, believable.

I’m also feeling annoyed because I just worked out that ‘tags’ on WordPress are not what I think of as tags; I wanted you to be able to click on the ‘ds9’ tag for this entry and be taken to all MY DS9 entries, not entries tagged with ‘ds9’ from all over WordPress. What’s the point of that? It doesn’t make navigating my blog any easier, and that’s all I care about. Do I have to change all my ‘tags’ over to ‘categories’? Anyway.

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DS9 Episode 1.12: Vortex

In which Odo gets his hopes up over a tacky keychain.

Memory Alpha says: A fugitive attempts to trade evidence about Odo’s people for freedom.

My Review
This was an episode that I couldn’t remember before reading the Memory Alpha entry; then it came back to me, at least the salient detail of the little gooey doofer the one dude shows Odo, but nothing much else about the plot. I think I remember quite liking the one dude, but I may be confusing him for someone else, so LET’S SEE.

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DS9 Episode 1.4: A Man Alone

In which there is very little actual suspense about a murder case, and Julian has obviously not seen Wayne’s World.

Memory Alpha says: An old enemy of Odo’s is murdered behind locked doors, and all the evidence points to Odo as the killer. (For detailed information, please click the Memory Alpha link.)

My Review
I think I remember finding this a pretty good episode, so I’m interested to see what I think this time. It has the advantage of focusing on Odo, who is reliably interesting. Rene Auberjonois feels to me like one of the tentpoles of early DS9, in the way that Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner were in early TNG; without such charismatic performances, the show would have been much weaker and more likely to fold. DS9 was in a stronger position to begin with, having the proven success of TNG to support it (and provide justification for giving it time to find its style), but I do think that if Stewart and Spiner hadn’t been as good as they were, TNG might not have stayed on the air long enough to become awesome. (Yes, Jonathan Frakes helped by growing a beard, I am not denigrating his contribution.)
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