Major Kira and Dr. Bashir are aboard the Rio Grande when they respond to a distress signal sent by a Kobliad ship. They can rescue just the Kobliad security officer, Kajada. Her prisoner, Rao Vantika, grabs Bashir's neck and then dies. Back on the station, Kajada suspects that Vantika is still alive, for he has faked his death more than once. Also, a shipment of deuridium from the Gamma Quadrant is to arrive at the station, a substance essential for the survival of the Kobliad. While a DNA scan confirms that the body is indeed Vantika, Jadzia Dax theorizes that he could have transferred his consciousness to another person by injecting encoded glial cells to this person's body. This person is Dr. Bashir, who is now under the control of Vantika and who has enlisted help from mercenaries to hijack the deuridium freighter. When his plan is being foiled and the ship is secured by the station's tractor beam, Vantika threatens to go to warp, thereby killing Bashir and polluting the system with deuridium. But Jadzia succeeds in modulating the tractor beam with a frequency that would disable Vantika's cells in Bashir's body. After the glial cells have been beamed out, Kajada vaporizes them and thereby everything that is left of Vantika.

Errors and Explanations

The Nitpickers Guide for Deep Space Nine Trekkers

Plot Oversights

  1. Why doesn't the crew contact Kobliad to check up on Kajada. Her reputation may have preceded her.
  2. Sisko not asking if Vantika touched Kira or Bashir. He probably expected them to mention it themselves.
  3. Vantika stealing the deuridium after taking over Bashir's body. He needs it to maintain control until he can transfer to a new body.
  4. Kajada destroying the container with Vantika's consciousness without Bashir reacting to the resulting scorch mark. He's still in shock at this point.

Changed Premises

  1. Odo stating that Dax has lived ten lifetimes here, but only seven in Move Along Home. He may have miscounted.

Equipment Oddities

  1. Kira and Bashir being surprised about the fire still burning. They probably expected the fire to have been extinguished by the time they arrived on board.
  2. The flames going out before they are reached by the extinguishing agent from Kira's fire extinguisher. There may be a suppression field emitted from the nozzle ahead of the extinguishing agent.
  3. Kira ordering the runabout to beam out four people, when it can only handle two at this point. The stress of the situation either caused an - understandable - memory lapse, or she expects each pad to transport two people at the same time.
  4. Vantika only having a single micro consciousness transfer device. He only needs one – besides, they are probably very expensive!
  5. Sisko having a tractor beam locked onto a freighter which has raised it's shields. The shields are an old type, which are likely working at less than full capacity.

Continuity and Production Problems

  1. Dax mispronouncing Vantika's name. There may be more than one pronounciation.

Nit Central

  1. D.K. Henderson on Sunday, November 15, 1998 - 10:00 am: When I got a video of this episode, I watched it carefully to see if I could spot a nit mentioned in the DS9 magazine, and I did! I did not see it when I watched the first televising. In Quark's bar, late at night, he is suddenly grabbed from behind. You are not supposed to see who it is, but for a brief moment, Julian Bashir is clearly visible. Mei on Friday, January 15, 1999 - 9:36 pm: I don't think that's really a nit. Sloppy editing, maybe, but not a nit. Actually, I think it's pretty good - if you're really watching, you see it. I figured that one out pretty quickly, actually. Who was the only one to actually touch the guy before he died? I thought they were pretty stupid not to have noticed that. Q on Monday, December 20, 1999 - 7:41 pm: During the heat of the moment, Kira and the other person probably forgot about the criminal grabbing Bashir's neck.
  2. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Sunday, September 10, 2000 - 1:29 am: Kajada keeps insisting that Vantika is alive, but never bothers explaining to Bashir why she thinks this and Bashir never bothers to ask. Jean Stone on Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 10:39 pm: She does mention that he's faked his death numerous times before and later she talks about his research into longevity by various means (which gets Dax started on her research).
  3. Kajada says that Vantika did the same purge to the computers on Rigel VII, which is amazing since Rigel VII is where Captain Pike fought the barbaric looking giant in The Cage/The Menagerie. So in just over a century that apparently barbaric world developed computers. Hmmmm… They may have been more advanced than they appeared when Captain Pike visited.
  4. So did Kajada slip or was she pushed? Considering how she was hanging onto the railing, the pushed scenario would seem to be more probable, but I don't remember them ever answering that question. Jean Stone on Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 10:39 pm: Since there was no need for her to hang far enough off the railing to risk slipping, I'd say Vantika/Bashir pushed her (unless you believe in the Law of Railing Kills, in which case it could have been fate...) and we're supposed to assume this.
  5. constanze on Saturday, October 02, 2004 - 2:09 am: Why is Vinteka still interested in the shipment once he is inside Bashir's body? He no longer needs the stuff to keeps his body from falling apart, since Bashirs body is quite young and healty. And since he knows the technique, he can always pass onto another human when this body fails. Or was he planning on leaving Bashir's brain soon, transferring to another person? Why? Does he have a person with an empty mind somewhere? :O D.K. Henderson on Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 5:37 am: Regarding Vantika's interest in the shipment even after he's comfortably ensconced in a healthy body--Vantika's primary concern may have been his own health and longevity, but wealth is a great way to maintain that. That microscopic generator, for example, probably cost a pretty penny, not to mention all those computer programs. That shipment was extremely valuable to his own people, and would bring him a fortune on the black market.
  6. The little thing that contains Vantekas "patterns" sits atop a console when Kajada fires at it. She's a very good shot that she doesn't damage the console at all. Wouldn't it have been better to put the thing on the floor and then fire? inblackestnight on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 12:12 pm: The console was damaged, if you consider a scorch mark as damage.
  7. So why does an electrical impulse transmitted through the shields turn up inside the consoles on the Rio Grande? (And how fortunate that Bashir-Vantika was touching the consoles at that precise moment, so the current could hit him!) Wouldn't a spaceship be like a faradays cage? (Just what are the engineers thinking when they are building these things?) inblackestnight on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 12:12 pm: Bashir et al were not on the Rio Grande anymore, they transported to the freighter. Seniram Maybe the freighter was less resistant to electrical impulses.
  8. Cybermortis on Monday, May 05, 2008 - 1:35 pm: Wouldn't Kajada destroying the affected glial cells constitute murder? Even if Vantika was due to face the death penalty his fate should have been decided by a court, not a police officer? Even if such things are allowed where Kajada comes from she, would have no authority to do the same thing in Bajorian space. Vantika may have been sentenced to death in absentia.


  1. Apparently between Stardates 46578.4 (Birthright Part 1) and 46579.2 (Birthright Part 2).

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