According to Memory Alpha's original in Universe Timeline, the story sequence is: Aquiel : Captive Pursuit : Face of the Enemy.


The station receives its first visitor from the Gamma Quadrant, an unannounced ship carrying a single lifeform, who happened to spot another ship going through the wormhole and followed it. As the visitor's starship is damaged and requires help in repairs, Sisko sends O'Brien to make first contact with the alien, who calls himself Tosk and seems to be nervous about something. When Tosk attempts to break into the station's weapons storage, Odo arrests the alien.

Another starship from the Gamma Quadrant arrives and promptly scans the station. The crew of the new ship transport over and attempt to take Tosk forcibly. After a skirmish with station security the leader locates Tosk in his cell. After further negotiations Sisko learns that a "Tosk" is a lifeform bread to be hunted by the other aliens, the "Hunters". Under the terms of the Prime Directive, he agrees to hand over Tosk to the Hunters, knowing that they would display him in a cage for his failure to escape.

O'Brien, however, frees Tosk, so the hunt can continue to everyone's satisfaction. Later, an angry Sisko reprimands O'Brien for his actions; the Chief expresses his surprise at not being apprehended immediately by Odo. Sisko claims that he must have slipped up and gives O'Brien a wry smile.

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Plot Oversights

  1. Tosk immediately identifying the purpose of the infirmary. He probably recognised the medical equipment.
  2. Tosk getting a thick mattress in his cell, compared to the thin one Thana Los had in Past Prologue. The thicker mattresses could have been delivered after the events of Past Prologue.
  3. Quark describing himself and Rom as the Brothers Quark. He is defacto head of the family due to his father's death, as he is older than Rom, and owner of the bar.
  4. Tosk getting his ship repaired without any form of payment. O'Brien probably did it as a favour, especially as Tosk may not have anything to use as payment. CdnTim 1325 EST 3 Feb 2021 - Seems pretty in keeping with the moneyless Federation mindset. Even if their is a Federation economy, Starfleet probably has a budget for making friendly connections with new species.

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Plot holes

  1. In Babel, Quark was trying to use the computer to locate the functioning replicators, but the computer's security prevented him from doing so until he changed some data rods, in effect, hacking into the computer. Yet now, when Tosk asks the computer where the weapons are stored, the computer shows him without any resistance whatsoever. It would seem the location of the stations weapons would be much more security sensitive than the food replicators. This could be a lingering after effect of Quark's 'hacking'. CdnTim 1326 EST 3 Feb 2021 - Alternatively, it could be a result of the continuing Starfleet-isation of the station; Starfleet is ridiculous trusting!

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  1. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Thursday, August 31, 2000 - 10:23 pm: After Tosk arrives & is placed in quarters, Sisko says that Odo should keep an eye on him. Shouldn't the Head of Security have been notified before Tosk arrived? There may not have been time.
  2. Padawan on Friday, November 17, 2000 - 1:38 pm: One of the hunters says Tosk will be thrown scraps of food but won't deserve them. But earlier on Tosk says he doesn't eat.D.K. Henderson on Thursday, December 14, 2000 - 5:29 am: Perhaps the Tosk do not eat while they are "running."
  3. Teral on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 - 3:36 pm: During the escape with Tosk, O'Brien mentions that some of the conduits are made of 2 meter thick duranium-composite which scanners can't penetrate. I believes he is talking about federation scanners, but I don't think that Cardassian scanners are any better. Isn't it a bit strange that the cardassians would build a spacestation with areas that they can't monitor, especially since they have to look out for terrorist-attacks. The only way to make sure that terrorists isn't hiding in these duranium-conduits is to patrol them regularly, and it seems a lot easier just to make them "scanner-friendly".Brian Fitzgerald on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 - 12:21 pm: Here's an idea, why don't they put some scanners inside of the conduits if they can't scan them from the outside? Seniram That could result in weaknesses in the conduit walls.
  4. LUIGI NOVI on Thursday, June 14, 2001 - 1:39 am: The opening shot of Act 1 shows Tosk’s ship docked at one of the docking ports on the docking ring. Wouldn’t the docking hatch on Tosk’s ship be incompatible with with the airlocks on the station, given that Tosk’s ship comes from the Gamma Quadrant, and that no one has ever had any contact with that part of space? Perhaps it's an adaptable hatch?
  5. John A. Lang on Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 7:36 am: Sisko says that Tosk is the first visitor from the Gamma Quadrant...well...sort of...just during the Federation's occupation of DS9...actually, Odo is the first. LUIGI NOVI on Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 10:44 am: Odo isn't a visitor. He lives there.Dan Gunther on Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 10:22 am: Yeah, but at this point in the series, they don't know for sure that Odo came from the Gamma Quadrant; it's just the explanation that best fits.

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