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The times, they are a'changin.
In this episode, it is revealed that all of the founders have been infected with some sort of disease and that they are all going to die.....except for Odo.
Well, that isn't exactly true. They state in the episode that Odo will be the last of his kind, but they seem to have forgotten about the Hundred for the time being.
The Odo/Weyoun 6 plot was pretty interesting. We were given new insights into the Vorta and the Founders. The O'Brien/Nog subplot was less interesting, felt like filler just to get some screen time for some of the rest of the cast. And speaking of filler, I'm tired and just about anything else I write about be just that. Thus, this review is going to end early. I'll just close by saying the episode itself was a mixed bag but the disease storyline will prove essential to the rest of the series.moreless
More or less a Jeffrey Combs vehicle, this variation of the "evil twin" idea features two new Weyouns (Combs), with one, of course, being evil and the other being good (which makes him a dangerous rebel in the eyes of the Dominion).
Good Weyoun gets the A story with Odo, a variation of the old "Sheriff taking the prisoner from point A to Point B" tale, which, as usual, allows for a lot of conversation. Auberjonois and Combs work well together, and after some character building banter, the writers give them something of particular interest to talk about that will factor into the future of the season. (There's also a nice effects sequence with their shuttle that's reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon's trip through the asteroid belt).
Meanwhile, the other Weyoun works with Damar (Casey Biggs) to stop Odo from reaching the Federation with his prisoner. Combs and Biggs are also particularly good together, better than Combs and Alaimo (which is probably the chief reason Damar has displaced his former leader). Biggs has an at ease style that works well with Combs's paranoid persona. As the two interact, Damar introduces Weyoun to a form of trickery new to the Dominion, and it's fun to see Weyoun head down the slippery slope and wonder where he'll land.
The C story is a comedy runner with Nog and Chief O'Brien that's really just a redo of Nog's scavenger hunts in "Progress" and "In the Cards". Despite that, the story works fine because it's mostly about O'Brien's reactions to Nog's offscreen actions (with Colm Meany having the best facial expressions), and it's short enough to avoid overstaying its welcome.
All three stories are nicely interwoven, giving the episode a nice balance between the comedy and drama. As they build toward their resolutions, savvy viewers will probably guess how each thread will end, but that's because there's only one way each CAN end. Nonetheless, "Treachery, Faith and the Great River" is a clever title for a fun hour of television.
This was just great.
I've always loved the character of Weyoun, especially the fifth clone, but this episode was truly something different. Just goes to show that even though they are all clones, they have different personalities and perception of things, I guess you really can't program a living being that well. It would have been really nice to see Weyoun 6 make it to the station and help Star Fleet, so as far as that goes it was rather sad, and you really grow to hate Weyoun 7 and Damar at this point, but it was great learning more about the Vorta and this is still one of my favorite episodes.moreless