Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 17

A Simple Investigation

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Mar 31, 1997 on Syndicado
6.8
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Stardate: Unknown A woman has her memories erased and stored on a data crystal to infiltrate the Orion Syndicate. Odo falls in love with her, but must save her life by finding her data crystal.

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  • Simple Odo Episode

    7.5
    This simple Odo episode sees our favorite Changeling become interested in a woman under his protection. While hardly an original plot, the episode is a solid filler offering with some touching character moments. Star Trek romances between regulars and the short term guest stars usually aren't that interesting, but here writer Rene Echevarria makes it work, with Rene Auberjonois (Odo) and Dey Young (Arissa) throwing themselves into the script and building some chemistry. Unfortunately, this episode comes after Odo is no longer human. Had this one been placed earlier in the season with a flesh and blood Odo, the physical scenes between the two would be much more interesting.moreless
  • The 40 year old changeling virgin.

    7.5
    There'd already been hints of Odo showing an interest in romance - in "Broken Link", "The Ascent", "In Purgatory's Shadow", his long crush on Major Kira, and of course his weird erotic link with the his fellow changelings. (In fact, until this episode, I'm not sure that dimension of the link was even acknowledged.) But here, Odo experiences romance for the first time - and of course, this being Odo, his heart is broken.



    Another reviewer draws parallels to "The Narrow Margin", but there's another link here - to TNG's "In Theory", in which Data gets a girlfriend. That was a bittersweet comedy episode, but this one has a lot more depth - both because Odo has real feelings, and because there's actually an interesting mystery in "A Simple Investigation". It's not an amazing episode, but it will keep you entertained for 45 minutes.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Dey Young

Dey Young

Arissa

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John Durbin

John Durbin

Traidy

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Nicholas Worth

Nicholas Worth

Sorm

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Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

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