This one is sure different! Reversing the standard formula, a lighthearted A story threads its way through a darker B story.
Much like how Star Wars takes the lowest of the characters, the droids, and follows their adventures through a backdrop of drama and importance, Jake and Nog's hunt for a baseball card winds its way through the other characters, including an eccentric scientist, Kai Winn and Weyoun. It's a solid piece of work by Ron Moore and expertly pulled off by Lofton, with his easy going manner and goofy grin being just what the story needs. The beauty of the plot is that Jake and Nog drive the action, interrupting the regulars and the evil geniuses alike with their scavenger hunt. It allows each actor to have his or her moment, and it's funny BECAUSE of them rather than at the expense of them. (The script also has fun lampooning some of Star Trek's own philosophy, technobabble and convoluted time travel plots, some of which Moore originally penned himself). It's all pulled together by Michael Dorn, who directs his first episode with a sure hand, showing his talent behind the camera.