Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 1 Episode 10

Move Along Home

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Mar 14, 1993 on Syndicado
6.8
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Stardate: 46612.4

When Quark is caught cheating by an alien delegation from the Gamma Quadrant, they exact revenge by turning the senior crew into the playing pieces of a game of life and death. Only Quark can save their lives.

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  • The best way to know somebody!

    10
    This episode is my favourite one because it depicts the best way to know somebody; a group of peoples too: that is playing a game!
  • Confused

    4.0
    This is my first run through of this show as I never watched it during broadcast and I must say after a stellar pilot these last run of episodes has been abysmal with glimmers of brilliance here and there but 'Move Along Home' is the first episode of the season that has been truly atrocious. Definitely agree with the other reviewers this episode was mind numbingly boring and the Wadi are very annoying I hope they don't show back up. The plot could have had more angst and gusto if the crew were really in any danger but I can see why they didn't want to go down that route as this early on in the show it would be pretty pointless to kill off characters were just still getting to know.moreless
  • Aliens force Sisko and his friends to play hopscotch. No, for real, that's the plot.

    5.0
    Considered by some the worst episode of the season, this offbeat gaming episode attempts to summon the spirit of Lewis Carol but plays out more like a second rate live action role playing convention. (At least Picard doesn't show up to declare, "When one is in the penalty box, tears are permitted.")



    The bigger issue here stems from the marriage of two concepts put forth in the pilot. On the one hand, the premise of the show is that Deep Space Nine is sort of an intergalactic bus station, and its inhabitants -- in contrast with the other Star Treks -- don't fly around the universe seeking adventure, instead letting adventure come to them. On the other hand, Sisko and company have just discovered a shortcut to a new place to explore. (Kind of weird putting these two together, isn't it?) The writers' solution to this point has been to find ways for the inhabitants of the Gamma Quadrant to find their way to DS9; which is sort of like the Europeans discovering America and having the next step be Native Americans invading Europe. Fortunately the writers of Deep Space Nine, being rather intelligent, began noticing this issue and began to make changes to allow for better use of the wormhole. But that's in the future.



    Meanwhile, this episode has other problems. Most fans can forgive the show for the first meeting with Gamma Quadrant visitors ("Captive Pursuit") being unconventional and underwhelming. But when the second meeting is even more unconventional and consists of aliens forcing Sisko and his friends to play hopscotch, the alarm bells start sounding - even with a nice performance from Armin Shimerman.



    While it's true that many Star Trek fans have likely attended gaming conventions, (I've even met Star Trek actors at some of them), not too many want to watch the sci fi equivalent. And it doesn't help that the Wadi not only have a silly name but are downright annoying too.moreless
  • First real stinker of season one.

    6.5
    There had been a few medicore episodes of DS9 up till this point in the first season, but this is the first episode that really sticks out in your mind for being both weird and really not that interesting. Is that actually a point in it's favour that you can actually remember it as a medicore episode where there are others that you cannot even recall a vague plot aspect...maybe.



    From the annoying words used within the game itself (Allamaraine, Allamaraine, Allamaraine) to the tacky set pieces used as a visualization of the in-game world, the whole concept comes off as cheap and tacky. Some of the tasks that the DS9 crew had to master within the game to proceed further, such as the impossible task of just drinking the champagne from the glasses, are just plain stupid and leave you scratching your head with their missing point. In the end learning that despite all of these short comings the crew was actually in no danger kind of just cheapens the whole thing to an even greater degree.



    The only real hilight of the episode is the great Quark being discovered as a cheater and trying to weasel his way out of paying for it as well as when he breaks down in tears and begs to avoid making the "tough" decision of which path the crew are to take within the game.moreless
  • Nice concept, stupid execution.

    6.5
    This is among the weakest episodes of season 1. The second set of Gamma Quadrant aliens arrive and head straight to Quark's, where they happen to introduce a game which traps and threatens the stations' senior crew.



    While there is some tension throughout which prevents this episode from being total garbage, a potentially neat concept turns out to be quite stupid. The leader of the Wadi is incredibly annoying with his "move along home!" chants, while the game itself makes little sense.



    The only really enjoyable part of the episode is near the end, where the Wadi leader, surprised at Sisko's anger, explains, "It is just a _game_!"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

Joel Brooks

Joel Brooks

Falow

Guest Star

James Lashly

James Lashly

Lieutenant George Primmin

Guest Star

Clara Bryant

Clara Bryant

Chandra

Guest Star

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Judi Durand

Judi Durand

Station Computer Voice

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