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On a scavenging mission to Empok Nor, an engineering team led by Chief O'Brien quickly discovers that they're not alone. Things get worse when Garak begins to act strangely, members of the team die one by one and the runabout explodes...
An eerie episode with just one purpose - to find spare parts - to break up the run of action-packed and character-driven storylines that have filled this fifth season. This was a cleverly scripted episode using the existing sets with very dark lighting choices to amplify the mood, and yes, I did jump a couple of times while watching this in a well lit room...

In the end, I think O'Brien developed an appreciation for Garak, the man who has lost everything by being exiled... who has had to supress his species natural xenophobic tendancies and live amongst humans and Bajorans for more than five years. I don't think O'Brien forgives the tailor for what he did, but he can accept that a drug made him do the things he did and that Garak, personally, can't be help accountable. This is a long way from the Chief O'Brien in TNG's fourth season when we irst met the Cardassians.
Starring:
Avery Brooks as Captain Sisko
Nana Visitor as Major Kira
Terry Farrell as Lt. Cmdr Dax
Michael Dorn as Lt. Cmdr Worf
Alexander Siddig as Doctor Bashir
Colm Meaney as Chief O'Brien
René Auberjonois as Odo
Armin Shimerman as Quark
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Guest Cast:
Andrew J. Robinson
Aron Eisenberg
Tom Hodges
Andy Milder
Marjean Holden
Jeffrey King

Teleplay By:
Hans Beimler

Story By:
Bryan Fuller
Directed By:
Michael Vejar
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