Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 1 Episode 3

A Man Alone

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 17, 1993 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 46421.5

Mob hysteria grips the station when Odo is suspected of committing a murder after a Bajoran's body is discovered.

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  • Intergalactic time travel?

    When Odo is looking through the logs near the beginning, it said departure from alderaan spaceport. Alderaan was destroyed a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. How is this possible?
  • Basic Sci Fi Murder Mystery

    The first Odo episode is a forgettable murder mystery that begins defining the shape shifter's loner character. The A story focuses on the murder investigation which proceeds like a sci fi CSI episode and wouldn't be out of place on The Next Generation... or even the Original Series. (Unfortunately, the "whodunnit" answer, while creative, leads to a murder charge that contradicts what's said "Up the Long Ladder", a second season TNG episode. Then again, maybe DS9 is in a different jurisdiction with different laws. And really, who remembers "Up the Long Ladder" anyway?)

    The pedestrian B story shows the beginning of Jake and Nog's friendship and turns Keiko into a school teacher. While nothing special, it does include Sisko giving Keiko a prophetic warning about what she's getting into: "Everyone has a different culture; a different philosophy." (Might want to remember that one, Mrs O'Brien!)

    Meanwhile, an attempt to establish Dax as a "wise old soul in a super hot body" goes nowhere... and would be forgotten about later in the season anyway with Dax undergoing a recharacterization.

  • Lots of character development for Odo but not interesting in and of itself. Also, some minor development of other characters.

    Out of all the characters in DS9, Odo required the most initial development. The other characters are somewhat more obvious due to TNG and the pilot, but here the curmudgeonly shapeshifter takes center stage.

    The story is not that interesting - Odo is framed. There's a nice little sequence with Quark that showcases their love/hate relationship. Kira defends Odo (still a mystery at this point, as we know he served the Cardassians) while Sisko's suspicious.

    Other threads get a minor airing. Nog and Jake form a budding friendship. Rom makes his first at-length appearance. O'Brien and Keiko have some marital difficulties and Keiko opens a school. Bashir continues chasing Dax. Yawn.moreless
  • DS9's first 'regular' episode is a rather nondescript affair - disappointing following the epic, cinematic pilot.

    It's always kind of worrying when the first episodes of a series rely upon such clichéd paint-by-numbers storylines. Basically this is the staple crew-member-accused-of-murder embargo and, as so often happens, it falls short of the mark.

    Odo is accused of murdering an old adversary and soon finds himself on the receiving end of some rather nasty racism. Here Odo is painted as a figure that was reviled and distrusted by the Bajorans, something which flies in the face with later episodes which portray him as having being respected and valued by the Bajorans despite having worked for the Cardassians during the occupation. Unfortunately, the scenes where Odo is persecuted for being a 'shifter' are not done particularly well and come across as extremely forced and the soapbox polemics are embarrassingly overwrought.

    There are some nice character moments offset the main storyline, but overall this is quite a weak effort.moreless
  • The paranoid Odo is accused of murder when a convicted killer , Ibudan, is murdered. Meanwhile Keiko voices her complaints to Obrien about living in DS9.

    Simple little episode very traditional. Odo\'s paranoia and rage get the better of him (his trademark) as he gets into a scuffle with a criminal named Ibudan. Ibudan has gotten away with murder because of the soft Bajorian government.

    Sisko however tells Odo to stay clear of him because he hasn\'t done anything wrong. When Ibudan turns up dead, all fingers point to Odo. Meanwhile Bashir is jealous that Sisko and Dax are getting close though Sisko has no real romantic interest in Dax.

    Keiko voices her complaints about not having a role in DS9.

    eventually she becomes a schoolteacher.

    Overall this episode was ok but not that great. I did enjoy Odo having a hard time here, he was never my favorite character, and I found him annoying. The strict, loudmouth shapeshifter got a taste of what's like on being on the wrong side of the law.

    A decent episode though.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Stephen James Carver

Stephen James Carver


Guest Star

Edward Albert

Edward Albert


Guest Star

Peter Vogt

Peter Vogt

Bajoran Man #1

Guest Star

Judi Durand

Judi Durand

Station Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

Hana Hatae

Hana Hatae

Molly O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Keiko O'Brien starts her school in this episode.

    • Nitpick: Rom, says "Human" rather than the typical Ferengi pronunciation "hew-mon" twice in this episode.

    • Molly and Keiko O'Brien make their first appearances on DS9 in this episode.

    • Odo reveals that he has to return to his liquid state every 18 hours, while in later episodes "The Forsaken" he says that he has to return to his liquid state every 16 hours.

    • Bashir asks Sisko how many lives he thinks the Dax symbiont has lived, and Sisko only has a general idea, but says he doesn't know exactly. As the series progresses however, it becomes common knowledge that she had had six previous hosts. Jadzia was the seventh.

    • Nitpick: Rom's mannerisms and behavior differ in this episode from how he's portrayed as the series progresses. He is portrayed here as possessing much more confidence than he later shows. Also, his voice is different than it would be in future episodes.

    • Goof: Aron Eisenberg's (Nog) name is mis-spelled on-screen as Aron Eisenerg.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Quark: You've never... coupled?
      Odo: I choose not to. Too many compromises. You want to watch the Karo-Net tournament; she wants to listen to music, so you compromise. You listen to music. You like Earth jazz; she prefers Klingon opera, so you compromise. You listen to Klingon opera. So here you were ready to have a nice night watching the Karo-Net match, and you wind up spending an agonizing evening listening to Klingon opera.

    • Jadzia: Julian, you and I need to have a talk about Trills and relationships.
      Bashir: Fine, we'll do it over supper.

    • Quark: (talking about Odo) Nobody knows him like I know him. Let me tell you something: he's an ill-tempered, over-bearing crosspatch. But he was no Cardassian collaborator. And he's no killer.
      Zayra: I can't believe you're defending him, Quark. You're his worst enemy.
      Quark: Guess that's the closest thing he has in this world to a friend.

    • Man: (Sisko is trying to stop a riot outside the security office) We want justice!
      Sisko: Is it justice you're after or just some way to express your anger? In an hour, you'll all regret what you're about to do here. Do not condemn this man because he is different than you are.
      : We condemn him because of the evidence.
      Sisko: Then, take that evidence to a court of law! There will be no "justice" served here today.

    • Odo: (watching O'Brien and Keiko fight) What could they be going on about?
      Quark: She doesn't like it here.
      Odo: Who does?

    • Odo: Laws change depending on who's making them, but justice is justice.

    • Odo: Killing your own clone is still murder.

    • Odo: I don't want you on this station!
      Ibudan: Yeah? Well, that's too bad. I have every right to be here.
      Odo: I decide who has rights and who doesn't on this Promenade!
      Ibudan: Well, you'd better ask your Federation superiors about that.
      Odo: I don't have to ask anyone.

    • Quark: A lot of new faces.
      Odo: The wormhole does bring them our way, doesn't it?
      Quark: Everyone wants a piece of the new frontier.
      Odo: And I'm sure you've already tried to sell it to a few of them.

    • Jadzia: Clear your mind. This requires focus and clarity of thought.
      : I understand completely. What is that exotic scent you're wearing?
      Jadzia: (smiling) Focus and clarity of thought.

  • NOTES (3)