Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 13

Armageddon Game

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 30, 1994 on Syndicado
8.1
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Stardate: 47529.4 Bashir and O'Brien come under attack from the people they are trying to help on a warring planet.

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  • A chase episode becomes a hide episode

    7.5
    This Bashir/O'Brien episode has an interesting premise, but the television budget forces the writer to scale back its possibilities. Ideally the action would begin at a lab on the planet, and Bashir and O'Brien would escape and go on the run. Instead, the action begins on a spaceship that's needed for the climax, and the chase sequence on the planet turns into a "hide" sequence on one set. But the Bashir/O'Brien pairing is gold, and it's fun to see the actors moving the relationship forward. Back on Deep Space Nine, Avery Brooks is outstanding as the guy in charge who's torn up over the apparent deaths of his officers but must bury his feelings while he performs the difficult tasks necessary to move forward. One of these tasks is informing Keiko, which gives us one of the finest Rosalind Chao performances of the series.



    This episode was nominated for an Emmy for the alien hairstyles, proving that these award shows have no taste. I do have to wonder if the two contrasting hairstyles were the cause of the alien war to begin with.

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  • The writers developing the O'Brien-Bashir relationship.

    8.0
    This is the first "real" O'Brien-Bashir episode - yeah, "The Storyteller" and "Rivals" came first, but those were lightweight episodes that simply exploited the obvious contrast between the two characters and the strong chemistry between the two actors.



    Here we get something much deeper. The meat of this episode is mostly talking between the two characters, but it doesn't matter because Colm Meaney and Siddig are so good. Meaney shows why, at least at this point, he was the best actor on the show; and we finally see Bashir shedding some of the annoying twit persona he had in the early days of the show.



    The underlying plot is pretty good too, and well-conceived. Rosalind Chao was offering some good contributions to the show during this period.moreless
  • A fun action-oriented romp, albeit one with some gaping plot holes. Switch the brain into neutral and enjoy the sparky O'Brien/Bashir interaction, which is always a treat

    7.0
    'Armageddon Game' sees O'Brien and Bashir working to deactivate biogenic weapons on an alien world that has just come out of a long war between two factions, the Kellerun and the T'Lani. Unfortunately, once the deal is done, the new allies want ALL trace of the biogenic 'harvesters' eradicated - including everyone with any knowledge of them...which includes O'Brien and Bashir.



    'Armageddon Game' is an exciting change of pace and it's nice to see an injection of action at a point in the series where the episodes still tend to be rather talky and static. It's great to see some development in the O'Brien/Bashir relationship, which has gone from frosty (The Storyteller) to antagonistic (Rivals) to grudging friends (here). It's all uphill from here and by the end of DS9's run they will have become such close friends that if I were Keiko I'd be a little worried...



    Alas, there are some significant plot-holes and plenty of dubious logic, but if you can suspend your disbelief this is still an enjoyable, engaging episode.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

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

Darleen Carr

Darleen Carr

E'Tyshra

Guest Star

Peter White

Peter White

Sharat

Guest Star

Larry Cedar

Larry Cedar

Nydrom

Guest Star

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Rule Of Acquisition #57 Good customers are as rare as latinum. Treasure them.

    • The Ganges becomes the second runabout to be destroyed on the show.

    • Goof: When the Ganges is attacked by the T'Lani cruiser, the phaser beam cuts through the runabout's cockpit section, but a few seconds later when the ship explodes, there is no damage to this area.

    • Goof: Just after being rescued and brought aboard the runabout, Bashir is seen scanning O'Brien with a scanner from a medical tricorder (the instumentent he holds very close to the chief's neck). He then picks up a medical tricorder, which still has the scanner attached. There's no reason to have two scanners and only one tricorder.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Quark: I thought we'd have a toast to the memory of Chief O'Brien and Dr Bashir.
      Jadzia: That's very thoughtful of you, Quark.
      Quark: (seeing Kira's surprised) I can be thoughtful! (they all lift their glasses) To our dear, beloved comrades, we may have had our differences, but I'll say this for them - it's the highest tribute I can think of - they were good customers. They always paid their bar bills on time.
      Kira: That's it?!
      Quark: I'm not done yet. At times like this, I'm reminded of the 57th Rule of Acquisition: "Good customers are as rare as latinum. Treasure them."

    • Jadzia: You know, I just remembered, I still have Julian's medical school diaries.
      Kira: He let you read them?!
      Jadzia: He felt it would help me understand him better.
      Kira: How? By reading about all the women he went out with?
      Jadzia: That's not what they were about. When he gave them to me, he told me that they were about his innermost thoughts, his struggle to graduate top of his class, his dream of a career in Starfleet, his constant fear of failure.
      Kira: Really? And did you? Understand him better?
      Jadzia: (sadly) I never got around to reading them.

    • O'Brien: (about Bashir) It was Hell... you can see for yourself, the man never stops talking.

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