Search
Mobile Site Caption Comp Monthly Poll Sudden Death Book Reviews Game Reviews Colour Key Statistics Cookie Usage
Federation Ships Other Ships A-K Fleets Weaponry Species Standard People Timelines Calculators Photo Galleries Temporal
Space Stations Other Ships L-Z Design Lineage Size Charts Battles Alternate People Science / Tech Styling Maps / Politics Temporal Ships
Articles Reviews Lists Recreation Search Site Guide What's New eMail Author Links / Awards Shops Forum
Standard
People
Jonathan
Archer
Reginald
Barclay
Julian
Bashir

Chakotay
Christine
Chapel
Pavel A.
Chekov
Zefram
Cochrane
Beverly
Crusher
Wesley
Crusher

Damar

Daniels

Data

Dax
Richard
Daystrom

Degra
Gul
Dukat
Michael
Eddington
Emergency
Medical Hologram
Admiral
Forrest
Elim
Garak

Gowron

Guinan
Kathryn
Janeway
Kahless the
Unforgettable

Kes
Harry
Kim
Kira
Nerys
James
T. Kirk
Geordi
LaForge

Leeta

Lore
General
Martok
Travis
Mayweather
Leonard
H. McCoy

Morn
Admiral Alynna
Nechayev

Neelix

Nog
Keiko
O'Brien
Miles Edward
O'Brien

Odo
Tomas
Eugene Paris

Phlox
Jean-Luc
Picard
Dr. Katherine
Pulaski

Q

Quark
Janice
Rand
Malcolm
Reed
William
T. Riker
Ro
Laren

Rom
Alexander
Rozhenko
Worf
Rozhenko

Sarek
Hoshi
Sato
Montgomery
Scott

Seska
Seven
of Nine

Shran

Silik
Benjamin
Lafayette Sisko
Jake
Sisko
Dr. Noonien
Soong
Ambassador
Soval

Spock
Hikaru
Sulu

Surak
B'Elanna
Torres

T'Pau

T'Pol
Deanna
Troi
Lwaxana
Troi
Charles
Tucker III

Tuvok
Nyota
Uhura

Weyoun
Winn
Adami
Natasha
Yar
Additional
People
Crew
Manifests
The Original
Series
The Next
Generation
Deep
Space Nine

Voyager

Enterprise
PreviousNextTimeline
ReviewImagesDatapoints

Defiant

Series : Deep Space Nine Rating : 3
Disc No : 3.3 Episode : 54
First Aired : 21 Nov 1994 Stardate : 48467.3
Director : Cliff Bole Year : 2371
Writers : Ronald D. Moore Season : 3
Guest Cast :
Jonathan Frakes as William Thomas Riker
Marc Alaimo as Gul Dukat
Michael Canavan as Tamal
Robert Kerbeck as Cardassian Soldier
Shannon Cochran as Kalita
Tricia O'Neil as Korinas
Moral :
Commitment : Sometimes you have to be willing to give your all to reveal the truth.
Guest Reviews :
Rating : 3.0000 for 1 reviewsView existing reviewsAdd your own review
YATI : What exactly is the whole "I have nothing to say to you O'Brien" thing about? So far as we know Riker and O'Brien were on excellent terms when they parted. Okay it gets rid of the Chief quickly, but it's a hell of a chance to take - what if he'd said "no sir, I haven't a clue why. What's the problem?" Surely Riker would have done better to chat for a minute or two, then shoot a few meaningful glances at Kira behind her back. That would get rid of the Chief pretty fast, I would think.
Great Moment : Defiant strutting her stuff!
Factoid : This is the first episode to feature quantum torpedoes.
Quote : "You're trying to be a hero. Terrorists don't get to be heros." - Kira to Thomas Riker.

Plotline

Thomas Riker returns, posing as Will Riker in order to steal the USS Defiant from DS9. Now a Maquis operative, Thomas is determined to use the warship to penetrate Cardassian space and investigate the mysterious Orias system. Sisko must go against years of training in order to help the Cardassians hunt down the ship and destroy it.

Analysis

Okay, here's a thought. Remember back in TOS, "The Enemy Within"? A transporter splits Kirk into two different versions of himself, one who is basically good, but passive, and the other evil, but aggressive? Well, in "Second Chances" we find that some years before Will Riker went through a difficult transport and this has resulted in a duplicate. But... what if it wasn't a duplicate so much as another mirroring? Not to the same extent as happened with Kirk, obviously. But what if the planet's atmosphere storm thingies did something similar to the weird rocks in Enemy Within? What if the Riker who beamed up came out just a little bit "good", and the one who remained below came out just a little bit "evil"

And look at this episode... when Thomas turns up, he has a duplicate beard just like real Riker. But when he stuns Kira and steals the Defiant, he removes the sides, to make it... a goatee!!!! And, as the TOS episode "Mirror Mirror" teaches us, the goatee is the sign of evil!

There's no doubt in my mind. Thomas is the evil transporter twin of the good Riker.


Copyright Graham Kennedy Page views : 2,719 Last updated : 12 Mar 2013