Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 4

Invasive Procedures

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 17, 1993 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 47182.1 An unjoined Trill stages a takeover of the station. Holding the crew hostage, he removes the Dax symbiont from Jadzia to implant into himself.

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  • Dax sure adapts to her new host quickly

    The driving force behind the plot of this episode is the antogonist's wish to become something more than mediocre. Unfortunately, the episode doesn't seem to share the same ambition. The story has an interesting premise, but it coasts on it in such a "connect the dots" way, it's easy to guess what was said at the writers' meetings. "How about we have someone try to steal Dax's symbiont?" "Okay, he'll have to take over the station to do that. How do we make it plausible?" "How will he get Bashir to cooperate, and how do we make it personal and develop the relationships?" The episode answers these questions just fine and doesn't do anything wrong (although I do have to wonder just how weak-willed Dax is when the trill does nothing to stop its new host from carrying out his plan) but the story lacks the dash of creativity it needs to give it a spark of excitement. (Actually, an internal struggle between Dax and the trill's new host might be a welcome Devoid of any surprises, the episode is what it is: harmless, average, and forgettable.moreless
  • A strong, well-written episode.

    "Invasive Procedures" is much better than I remembered - the first time I saw it, I assessed it as just another bit of solid filler. But there's a nice, tense thriller here that explores Dax's relationship with several characters while she actually spends very little time on the screen!

    The episode is really Sisko's, and Avery Brooks gives a strong performance. He gets some nice backup from Armin Shimerman and Siddig. The latter in particular benefits from a more serious performance rather than behaving like a fatuous young lieutenant. And in typical DS9 fashion, even though there's a happy ending, there are consequences - a man's obsession may have destroyed him.moreless
  • A dark and tense episode which sees a desperate Trill attempt to steal the Dax symbiont, which would mean Jadzia's death...

    In this episode DS9 is hi-jacked (again! Which actually makes twice in two episodes, but who's counting?) by a slightly deranged Trill named Verad who is desperate to be joined with a symbiont. And he's decided that the symbiont he wants to join with is...Dax.

    This is a solid, taut Dax story which is well-written, nicely executed and has some great performances (particularly John Glover as Verad). The hostage drama plays out surprisingly well and Quark again provides some neat comic relief in an otherwise dark and intense story. Look out for Tim Russ (Tuvok from Voyager) playing one of Verad's Klingon entourage...moreless
  • Topic: Identity Theft - Dax (the symbiant) gets hijacked by a slighted, unjoined Trill with the help of others. Warning Label: Surgery, peril. Family Rating: PG

    Emotional response was saddened by the possible loss of Jadzia, and mad at the selfishness of the abducting Trill, Verad. I had a hard time believeing that Dax had such little control over the actions of its host.

    Series Impact: Possible loss of a senior staff member. Lockup and loss of trust with Quark.

    # of Nine: Drama 5, Suspense 4, Action 3, Comedy 1

    Acting - good

    Scenery - OPs, docking ring, airlock, Quark's, Infirmary

    Sound - good

    Lighting - good

    Effects - very good

    Costumes - typical

    Props - laser scalpel, portable containment pod (for Odo), symbiantmoreless
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

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