Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 5

The Assignment

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 28, 1996 on Syndicado
7.9
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Stardate: Unknown A Pah'wraith (evil entities who are enemies of the Bajoran Prophets) possesses and impersonates Keiko, but reveals her identity to Miles, threatening to kill her if he doesn't carry out her mysterious instructions.

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  • Kind of a throw back to the early seasons of DS9

    6.0
    Reminiscent of "Power Play" but executed in a more personal, intimate way, this Chief O'Brien episode gives Rosalind Chao (Keiko) her most significant part since "Data's Day". She plays it sufficiently creepy, clearly enjoying stepping out of her normal "blah" role. Unfortunately, there's not much of a plot to the episode beyond the premise, and the writers stretch it out a little too far, although working Rom into the plot is a nice touch, and the story even introduces what would turn out to be a significant part of the series (the pah-wraiths).



    Really, however, "The Assignment", like most of the early fifth season episodes, is just a low budget placeholder, with the show saving up money for the next episode, the most unique in Star Trek's history.

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  • The latest installment of "beat up on O'Brien". Rosalind Chao struts her stuff.

    8.5
    This is not quite the best installment of the "beat up on poor O'Brien" genre, but it's a worthy contribution. Like "Whispers" and "Visionary" before it, there's a sort of relentless, gritty suspense as everyman O'Brien battles alone against a grim world. And in this one, he's actually forced to take some immoral actions - not just imaginary ones as in "Hard Time".



    Two supporting roles should be mentioned. The first is Max Grodenchik, who gives Rom exactly the kind of earnest naivete that's perfect for the role in this story. And Rosalind Chao, who I've never objected to but has apparently raises the hackles of many other fans, gives her best performance in either TNG or DS9. Her villain is never over-the-top, but rather a subtle, insidious and downright scary menace.moreless
  • An introduction to the Pah'wraiths, finally Rosalind Chao gets to really show off her acting skills

    10
    I seem to really enjoy these kinds of episodes, the ones where non-corporeal lifeforms take control of people's bodies like in TNG's "Power Play" or VOY's "Cathexis". I'll admit I'm not usually a huge fan of Keiko's character but I really enjoyed seeing Chao playing the 'possessed' Keiko. She wasn't your usual angry, dominating, all-powerful non-corporeal life form either, there was something I liked about the pah'wraith's relaxed, quietly confident attitude and there was something very creepy about her brushing Molly's hair, falling off the promenade and her interacting with everyone like Keiko normally would. She really wanted to show Miles that she was in control and he had no choice but to help her. The way Rom got worked into the main story and was used as the Chief's decoy was also good. I enjoyed seeing Miles squirm, and I didn't actually expect him to come up with the solution on his own and outsmart the pah'wraith. This episode was especially good because they weren't just a one off 'alien of the week' and would later come into play in seasons 6 & 7 (although they lost their coolness after "the reckoning"). Overall, I really liked this one.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Rosie Malek-Yonan

Rosie Malek-Yonan

Tekoa

Guest Star

Patrick B. Egan

Patrick B. Egan

Jiyar

Guest Star

Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik

Rom

Recurring Role

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

Hana Hatae

Hana Hatae

Molly O'Brien

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Rom: (in a holding cell) I have to stay here and play the idiot?!
      O'Brien: I'm afraid so. Now, no matter what Odo asks you...
      Rom: (interrupting bitterly) I'm Quark's brother, I know the role.

    • Rom: My lips are sealed. Nobody will get anything out of me. Not even my name.
      O'Brien: Rom, everybody on the station knows your name.
      Rom: Right. But I won't confirm it!

    • Keiko: Strange, these corporeal bodies of yours. So fragile. Burst a tiny blood vessel in the brain and every memory, every passionate emotion... gone forever.

    • Bashir: You don't need me. You know how to handle your own wife - I've seen you do it a thousand times. Just say you're sorry and take full responsibility. You'll be fine. Besides, I'll be in surgery - operating.
      O'Brien: On who?
      Bashir: I'll find someone...

    • Quark: That's the problem with working alongside Hew-mons, you pick up their distusting habits. Bacon. Corned beef hash... what's next? Orange juice and coffee?

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