Monday, May 27, 2019

A Man Alone

DS9 Season 1 Episode 3
Air Date: January 17th, 1993

Odo is framed for murder. The Bajoran Ibodan was arrested by Odo during the Cardassian occupation is freed by the Bajoran provisional government and he comes to DS9. His death is suspicious as there is no evidence of anyone being in the room with him, which means only Odo was capable of entering. But Doctor Bashir discovers that the corpse is actually a clone of Ibodan and that he had killed his own clone.

The episode shows the distrust between the Bajoran people and Odo since he was in charge of security even when the Cardassians ran the station. But it also shows that Odo is honourable and that the law and justice are the most important things to him. He even put himself as the prime suspect. It also shows a different side of the relationship between Quark and Odo. Our first introduction shows that they loathe each other, but at the same time that is also something that they share which creates a kind of weird mutual respect.

This episode also sees the opening of the DS9 school led by Keiko O'Brien


"Mr. Odo, you're not going to take the law into your own hands." - Cmdr. Sisko
"The law? Commander, laws change, depending on who's making them - Cardassians one day, Federation the next. But justice is justice." - Const. Odo

"He's an ill-tempered, overbearing, cross-patch. But he was no Cardassian collaborator, and he's no killer." - Quark
"I can't believe you're defending him, Quark. You're his worst enemy." - Zayra
"Guess that's the closest thing he has in this world to a friend." - Quark

"I'll never understand the humanoid need to couple." - Const. Odo
"You've never, coupled?" - Quark
"Choose not to. Too many compromises. You want to watch the karonet tournament; she wants to listen to music, so you compromise, you listen to music. You like Earth Jazz, she prefers Klingon Opera so you compromise, you listen to Klingon Opera. So here you were ready to have a nice night watching the karonet match and you wind up spending an agonizing evening listening to Klingon Opera." - Const. Odo

"Killing your own clone is still murder." - Const. Odo

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