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Original airdate: 2-23-93. Stardate: Unknown. There's more than a hint of Hannibal Lecter-like cleverness in the nefarious plot of Rao Vantika (James Harper), a murderous Kobliad criminal who's brought aboardDS9after being retrieved by Bashir and Kira in a runabout rescue mission. It only appears that Vantika is dead on arrival; Kobliad security officer Ty Kajada (Caitlin Bloom)--obsessed with capturing Vantika for over 20 years--is convinced that Vantika is still alive, and preparing to hijack a freighter loaded with deuridium, a rare substance that promises the Kobliad equivalent of a fountain of youth. Tightly plotted and briskly paced, thisDS9mystery is ultimately more Hardy Boys than Agatha Christie (if only because Fadil is an unconvincing bad guy), but the long-brewing feud between the Kobliad enemies allows guest star Bloom to anchor the story with ruthless tenacity. Given her singular focus, the episode ends on a dark but delicious note of satisfaction.--Jeff Shannon
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Genre:  Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio:  Paramount
CastRené Auberjonois, Colm Meaney, Alexander Siddig, Avery Brooks, Cirroc Lofton
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Kira and an arrogant Dr. Bashir are in a runabout when they receive a distress call from a Kobliad ship. When they arrive, the ship is in flames, the pilot is dead and only a Kobliad security officer (Ty Kajada) and a prisoner are alive. Bashir is able to enter the brig, only to find the prisoner (Vantika) injured and near death. In a last gasp, he grabs Bashir and says, "Don't let me die!" and then proceeds to die.    When they get back to DS9, Kajada expresses extreme skepticism that …
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