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Defiant

Review

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.
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 : 3,154 Last updated : 12 Mar 2013