Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 1 Episode 9

The Passenger

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 22, 1993 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 46570.7

Bashir is possessed by an alien criminal who attempts to hijack a Gamma quadrant freighter filled with deuridium.

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  • I'd like to join the others in the Bashing Bashir Bash

    From the writer of TNG's "Inner Light" comes this lesser story; a paint-by-numbers sci fi criminal hunt. While the addition of a new Federation security leader (well played by James Lashly) adds some welcome complexity to the story, viewers are likely to be a step ahead of the mystery. And it's asking a lot of Siddig El Fadil, still trying find his stride as Dr. Bashir, to play another character which he does terribly here. Yet for all its faults, the episode is an acceptable hour of television, thanks to story that's deep enough to sustain interest and a script that gives most of the regulars something interesting to do.moreless
  • Another alien possession story. A terrible performance from Siddig.

    The first season of DS9 has the writers trying to figure out what the show would be about, and as a result lapsing into a lot of 2nd-tier filler. Like TNG, when the writers couldn't think of anything interesting to write about, they lapsed into some comfortable cliches. There's a mysterious disease that threatens the station in "Babel" and a malicious alien that takes over a crew member in "The Passenger".

    As some of the reviewers point out, Siddig's performance as Ventika is absolutely horrible. I feel bad for the guy and am not sure what happened here. But those scenes when he and Sisko face off are painful to watch.

    What else? There's some gratuitous character-development-oriented tension between Odo and a Starfleet security officer. The alien police officer offers some nice grit to counteract the somewhat hapless security on the station, and the scene where Ventika grabs Bashir's throat is positively freaky.

  • It's hard to shake the feeling you've seen this all before...and done better elsewhere.

    Two words: alien possession.

    One word: yawn.

    'The Passenger' has a few interesting flourishes (and I liked the spunky intergalactic police officer Ty Kajada, played by Caitlin Brown), but it's nevertheless a stale yarn, saddled with an extremely weak resolution and less-than-stellar execution.

    The hackneyed plot is saddled with copious amounts of technobabble, which mitigates any genuine drama. And I have to say that Siddig gives one of the very worst performances I've ever seen on DS9. He's normally a very capable actor (and indeed he's done very well for himself since DS9 finished), but his performance here is downright embarrassing. Sorry. Overall, this is not one of DS9's better hours.moreless
  • Not quite as bad as some would have you think.

    Having recently re-watched this episode, I'm amazed that I didn't hate it as much as I once thought I did.

    Sure, it's very ordinary, a body possession episode, but all of the characters do their part well. Caitlin Brown as Ty Kajada was a strong character, and her insistance that Vantika was still alive was an interesting dynamic.

    The other good extra character was James Lashly as Lt. George Primmin, and I especially liked his conflicts with Odo.

    The only time I'd say this episode faulters is the final act. It would have been more interesting if, say, Vantika's conciousness was in Kajada, and not Bashir. Imagine dicovering that your greatest enemy was within you? That would have made it more compelling.

    Secondly, when Bashir was taken over by Vantika, Siddig's line delivery was awful. However, from what I understand, these lines were dubbed in during post-production, so that could explain why they're a little off.

    Other than that, a relatively good episode from season 1.moreless
  • Theme: Piracy - Alien consciousness invades Julian's mind to hijack a freighter. Warning Label: multiple deaths, conspiring, some dark scenes. Family Rating: PG+

    Emotional response is a mixed bag. Story has a happy ending, but only after a handful of senseless deaths and disturbing behaviors. Typical Trek, though.

    Quark and Odo are key as their character backgrounds are solidified in this episode. The storyline was decent, but didn't really have any impact on the series aside from character building. This episode also introduced Starfleet security to outpost DS9.

    # of Nine: Suspense 8; Drama 5; Action 4; Comedy 1

    Acting: Typical first season

    Scenery: shuttlecraft; alien ship; DS9; freighter

    Sound: good

    Lighting: good

    Effects: good

    Costumes: typical

    Props: typical; noteable - alien hand weapons, fire extinguisher and portable containmentmoreless
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

James Harper

James Harper

Rao Vantika

Guest Star

Julie Caitlin Brown

Julie Caitlin Brown

Ty Kajada

Guest Star

James Lashly

James Lashly

Lieutenant George Primmin

Guest Star

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