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Befriending an alien pursued by hunters from the Gamma Quadrant who intend to kill him, O’Brien defies Sisko and helps him escape…
The Trekzone Review
First contact with the Gamma Quadrant… and we get a lesson in accepting other cultures even if their ideals are polar opposite to ours. A preachy episode that had a nice twist… great to see O’Brien develop more as a character.
The Trekzone Recap
In Sisko’s office, a Dabo girl is making a complaint to him… Quark has been making sexual advances towards her – but it’s in the contract! As he shows her out the side door, Kira informs him that a ship is coming through the wormhole.
A single lifeform is on board the damaged ship, which O’Brien tows into a docking port after he refuses to be beamed off. Sisko tasks the Chief with finding out why he’s so jumpy.
Aboard the ship, O’Brien can’t find the occupant – but sensors confirm that he is still there. Miles has a look around but is startled by Tosk – that’s his name – and the two walk about the station introducing each other. Tosk is very intriqued by the station and eventually they come to his guest quarters.
After O’Brien leaves, Tosk immediatley searches for the weapons locker (they should look at their security if it’s that easy…) In Sisko’s office, O’Brien conveys his concern about the vistor… something’s not quite right.
Aboard Tosk’s ship, Miles learns about his propulsion system… it’ll be a piece of cake to fix and they leave again – to Quarks. O’Brien tells Tosk about R&R, who can’t believe that there is so much down time.
In Ops, Sisko says there isn’t a lot they can do if Tosk doesn’t want to talk… his ship will be repaired in a day. Meanwhile, in a corridor, a painting hangs on the wall as Tosk works a console to get at the weapons. Odo morphs from the painting and captures him.
In a holding cell, Tosk again refuses to talk… just as another ship arrives through the wormhole. These guys don’t want to talk, instead they breach the shields and board the station… after a brief firefight (where the Security office door AGAIN gets destroyed) the leader of the Hunters tells Tosk he’s a disgrace and he’ll be returning home as a captive instead of dead.
Sisko and O’Brien are outraged, but thanks to the Prime Directive there is nothing they can do. However, our good chief doesn’t like just handing over Tosk to be put on display.
After meddling with some security settings, O’Brien marches down to security to escort the visitors from the station… Miles mentions that Sisko wants him to escort them off station, and conveniently Odo doesn’t use the comm – but storms to Ops… giving O’Brien enough time to stun the Hunter and escape with Tosk.
The pair duck and weave through conduits to reach his ship, without being stopped by security. Tosk escapes and O’Brien is reprimanded – but Miles notes that he expected to be stopped… Sisko stops short of admitting he helped and O’Brien leaves, knowing he probably did the honourable thing.
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