Episode 2.4: Invasive Procedures

Invasive Procedures returns the show to the usual episodic format. The themes explored here are very similar to those explored in Dax (Ep. 1.8), namely what is the nature of Trill personhood when they become joined with a symbiont. Sisko, in his conversations with Verad and Mareel, constantly maintains that joining with the symbiont creates a distinct and unique person. By removing it, Verad is killing Jadzia Dax completely. The most interesting exchange I found was when Verad claimed that Jadzia would live on inside him; Sisko countered that, “Jadzia’s memories will live on. Jadzia herself will die.” As I claimed in my writeup of Dax (Ep. 1.8), there is far more to what makes a person than the unique combination of memories we have in our brain (or brains, in the case of Trills). It’s the same argument that convinces Mareel to release Sisko.  Overall a nice episode, but it didn’t blow me away.

When it comes to Verad’s personality, it’s interesting to note the attitude that he comes to the station with. He constantly blames his problems on others (namely the Symbiosis Commission) and even seeks to find the solution to his problems as something outside himself. He can’t find the confidence within himself, so he feels he must seek it from another living entity to achieve it. I find this tragic (which is mirrored by Jadzia at the end). It’s tragic that he could not see the strength he already had. He saved Mareel, and that takes no small amount of courage. He did find confidence from the Dax symbiont, but he wasn’t Verad anymore. As Verad Dax, I found his position as both friend (as Dax) and foe (as Verad) a nice twist in the literary arc. The conversations between the new Verad Dax and Sisko were quite unique in having the tone of both enemies and allies conversing.  That was fun.

Two character notes here. First is Quark. He utterly crosses the line here with his activities. The crew is willing to let him do as he pleases, so long as those activities just earn him a bit of profit. When lives of people could be lost, he is well beyond the bounds of what is acceptable. And Quark knows it too. Thankfully, he redeems himself by saving the day. Without his intervention (thrice: the Ops Center, the ploy in the Infirmary, and the lock picking), Odo would not have been freed to intervene at the airlock. Second is Bashir. In many parts of his life, Julian is brash, naive, idealistic, optimistic, and inexperienced. But when it comes to being a doctor, he is immensely competent, strong, and authoritative. On several occasions, he challenges his captors for medical needs, which they subsequently back down on.

Random Thoughts: 1) John Glover, who plays Verad, often plays the villain in his roles. 2) Tim Russ, the Klingon T’Kar, is a regular on Voyager as Tuvok. He will also make another appearance in DS9 as Tuvok in an Alternate Universe episode in a few seasons. 3) At the airlock, Odo chooses to help Kira over chasing the villain. More subtlety on Odo’s love for Kira. 4) When T’Kar fires his disruptor, it looks like a phaser beam instead of the usual disruptor blast. 5) Chief O’Brien mentions he has two brothers. I think this is the only mention of them.

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~ by Joshua Black on September 20, 2015.

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