Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 1 Episode 6

Captive Pursuit

4
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 31, 1993 on Syndicado
8.2
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Stardate: 46464.2

O'Brien befriends an alien who belongs to a race of beings that are bred to be hunted by another species.

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  • The Gamma Quadrant seems underwhelming here

    6.0
    Inspired by The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, this character driven O'Brien piece is an attempt to show off the differences between DS9 and its sister show, The Next Generation. It's hard to imagine TNG having such an informal first contact, complete with Dabo girls, and ending it with one of the officers disobeying Captain Picard. As a "first contact with the Gamma Quadrant" episode, it's underwhelming, despite a nice effort from guest star Scott MacDonald ("Tosk") The story begins slowly, and the real plot doesn't kick in until halfway into the episode. When it does, it lacks the danger and excitement - and finality - of Connell's tale. That said, "Tosk" himself is a curious and sympathetic character, and there's a fun spirit to the climax.moreless
  • An engrossing and powerful allegory

    8.2
    'Captive Pursuit' is a highlight of the first season: an engrossing and powerful tale, featuring some good writing and engaging performances. The relationship between the mysterious alien Tosk and O'Brien is beautifully developed and rings genuine, thanks to the strong but subtle performances of Colm Meaney and Scott Thomson (who has appeared on Trek a number of times before and after this).



    This story is clearly an allegory about fox hunting, told from the perspective of the fox. It's handled extremely well and is ultimately quite poignant. I liked how there are no easy clear-cut answers to be found here, which is indicative of DS9's more realistic reflection of life in all its shades of grey.



    My only problem here is the sloppy directing, which completely botches the action sequences. Also some of the special effects and costuming choices for the alien hunters are more than a little naff. But overall, this is a keeper and one of the stronger episodes of the first season.moreless
  • The first episode of DS9 to indicate the show's potential. Among the highlights of season 1.

    8.0
    Season 1 of DS9 was at best a mixed bag, with plenty of so-so character development and some duds. Nevertheless, there are a few gems in there and this is one.



    Colm Meaney was the luckiest of the DS9 actors, as his character was already fairly developed when he "stepped onto the space station". The writers thus dispense with too much introduction and jump straight to the story, which is somewhat reminiscent of TNG's "The Hunted" (season 3) but has a very interesting twist.



    This episode has plenty of excitement, but just like the best of DS9, also has plenty of rich character work (this time, centering around O'Brien). The other actors would take some time to get to this level of quality, but it's a nice taste of things to come.moreless
  • O'Brien befriends an alien who comes through the wormhole. But when the alien's culture clashes with Federation principles, who is in the right?

    5.0
    O'Brien befriends the first alien through the wormhole, but when it turns out that the alien is actually being pursued by other aliens, their culture and the Federation's principles come into direct conflict. In order to help his new friend, O'Brien must decide whether or not doing the right thing is worth going against Commander Sisko's orders.



    Since the first season of any Star Trek series is about introducing new characters and themes, I understand that these first few episodes of Deep Space Nine are not truly representative of what the show will one day grow into. Even with that in mind, I found this epsiode a little silly. Overall, I thought it was simplistic and that it didn't take very long for the plot to reveal itself. From on early in the episode there was never any doubt in my mind how the show would end.



    I give it a 5 and would recommend watching it in re-runs if there is nothing else on, but advise that you don't go out of your way to see it.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

Scott MacDonald

Scott MacDonald

Tosk

Guest Star

Gerrit Graham

Gerrit Graham

The Hunter

Guest Star

Kelly Curtis

Kelly Curtis

Miss Sarda

Guest Star

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Judi Durand

Judi Durand

Station Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: As Kira says "Security reports a fight on the Promenade" she points to a location on the Ops table plan of the station, but this location is one of the pylons on the docking ring, nowhere near the Promenade which is part of the central core.

    • The make-up for Tosk was based on the skin of alligators.

    • Scott MacDonald (Tosk) has portrayed a number of characters in the Star Trek franchise. Those roles include the recurring character Commander Dolim on Star Trek: Enterprise, Lt. Rollins in Star Trek: Voyager in "The Caretaker", N'Vek on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the "Face of the Enemy" as well as a second appearance on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the episode "Hippocratic Oath" in which he plays the Jem'Hadar soldier, Goran'Agar.

    • Nitpick: During the firefight with the Hunters, Kira offers Odo a spare phaser of Federation make. But she always uses a Bajoran phaser herself, so assuming she went to the trouble of carrying a spare weapon, a highly unusual occurrence in itself, it seems strange that it would be a Federation one.

    • Nitpick: When asked, the computer tells Tosk where the weapons are stored, yet in "Babel" Quark needs to hack the computer to get it to tell him where the working replicators are. Has Odo locked Quark out of the information loop somehow?

    • Goof: As Tosk and O'Brien are climbing out of the engine area of his ship, Tosk kicks O'Brien in the face on the ladder in the middle of one of O'Brien's lines.

    • Goof: At one point, a player in Quark's yells out "Dabo!" but closed-captioning reads "Double!"

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Tosk: I am sorry, I have no vices for you to exploit.
      Quark: A challenge!
      O'Brien: Tosk is our first guest from the Gamma Quadrant, Quark. I'd take him at his word.
      Quark: Perhaps a short adventure in a holo-suite?
      Tosk: Holo-suite?
      Quark: A fantasy encounter with danger, romance, thrills, created for your personal entertainment by the brothers Quark.
      Tosk: I have no use for fantasy adventure. I live the greatest one could ever desire.
      Quark: Then I envy you, Mr Tosk!

    • O'Brien: I was joking, Tosk.
      Tosk: I cannot tell, O'Brien.
      O'Brien: Sorry, it's in my nature, and you're the most natural straight man I've met in ages.

    • Tosk: I am Tosk.
      O'Brien: That's your name, or your species?
      Tosk: I am Tosk.

    • O'Brien: Hey, barkeep!
      Quark: Don't call me barkeep! I'm not a barkeep! I'm your host, the proprietor, a sympathetic ear to the wretched souls that pass through these portals.
      O'Brien: And a man that will exploit any vice you have. Two synthales, barkeep.

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