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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 11

Rivals

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 02, 1994 on Syndicado
7.1
out of 10
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A con artist opens a bar with a gambling machine that can alter the laws of probability.

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  • Episode doesn't have much luck

    6.0
    The idea of distorting the laws of probability to manipulate luck is an interesting concept, and the premise of this episode would easily fit into any incarnation of Star Trek. DS9 takes it and doesn't really flesh it out so much as it sketches it out, outlining the general idea and mostly avoiding anything of ambition or substance. The high concept, which opens itself to a wide array of possibilities, is used merely for petty gambling and sporting games. The idea of borrowing a little good luck at the expense of a lot of bad luck later, touched upon here for comedic purposes, is a rich source of drama that would be more interesting with a better plot.



    The A story involves guest star Chris Sarandon and his rivalry with Quark. The plot goes nowhere, because Sarandon and Shimmerman have no chemistry together, and the scriptwriters completely botch their game of one-upmanship. The B story, about a sporting rivalry between Bashir and O'Brien, fares better thanks to strong performances of the actors and a relationship that works well on screen. In the end, however, the only must see feature of the episode is Bashir's racquetball attire.

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  • Lightweight fun. Worth it for Bashir, O'Brien and Quark.

    7.5
    This isn't a heavyweight episode by any means, but by this point DS9's characters were established enough that even 45 minutes of fluff could be entertaining.



    The Bashir-O'Brien pairing gets a second go here (after season 1's "Storyteller"), and it's even more entertaining this time around. They aren't friends yet, but the chemistry is obviously there. Armin Shimerman is absolutely great with another over-the-top performance. (The Bajoran orphan fund!) And Prince Humperdi... Martus - well, this is a fairly minor role, but I think more than acceptable.



    The underlying scifi plot doesn't make sense, but unlike TNG where they would have spent 10 minutes spouting technobabble and then solving it to our boredom, here it's dispensed with quickly by two phasers.moreless
  • Kinda fun...but ever so slight.

    5.5
    'Rivals' is a lightweight instalment with a tenuous plot that borders on ridiculous. An conman named Martus arrives on DS9 and sets up a rival casino that threatens to put Quark out of business. It seems that Martus has an alien device that is changing the laws of probability, thus changing people's 'luck'...or soemthing like that. I'm not really sure if it makes much sense actually...



    There are some amusing scenes, mainly involving Bashir and O'Brien (the other two rivals referred to in the episode's title), but as a comedy piece this falls flat on its face: simply because it isn't nearly funny or outrageous enough to sustain the already brittle plot.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

Chris Sarandon

Chris Sarandon

Martus Mazur

Guest Star

Albert Henderson

Albert Henderson

Cos

Guest Star

K Callan

K Callan

Alsia

Guest Star

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

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