February 2, 2012

Blog Space Nine #2: "Invasive Procedures"

While the station is evacuated due to an interstellar storm, a group of renegades storm Deep Space Nine and overpower the crew. Their target is Lt Jadzia Dax, whose symbiont is to be removed and implanted into another person - with fatal results.

"Invasive Procedures" is what's referred to as a 'bottle show'. Designed to save money over the course of a TV season, the episode uses a small guest cast, no extras, and utilises only standing sets with no location shooting. Given the fairly significant production costs of the season's first three episodes, it's unsurprising that some costs were cut while making the following week's adventure.

This is by no means a bad episode, but it's by no means an exceptional one either. It's very much a middle of the road Star Trek episode, pleasing to the converted and probably fairly dull for those not already on the Trek wagon train. Specific observations are, like always, covered in dot point form.
  • The episode is centred around a guest performance by John Glover, who's always been a fairly engaging and idiosyncratic performer. He's great here, particularly when - for plot purposes - his personality changes quite significantly halfway through.
  • It's nice to get some more background and insight into the Trill species, in which a centuries-old hyper-intelligent slug lives inside the abdomen of a human-like host. It's a neat idea and it's played out very well here.
  • Tim Russ, who will later play the Vulcan security chief Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager, plays a Klingon here, and to be honest not too well.
  • Overall the episode is a little ordinary. It doesn't engage as much as the episodes before it, and it doesn't engage as much as the one after it ("Cardassians"). It's simply rather average.
Despite being a little ordinary, I feel obliged to extend Deep Space Nine the same courtesy as Babylon 5 and count "generally enjoyable" as good. So that's four out of four so far for DS9 Season 2.


  1. I'm really enjoying these reviews:-) It's been so long since I saw DS9 (and it was somewhat intermittent, due to the dodgy GWN reception I had) and B5, and these posts are reminding me how much I enjoyed both of them—even the not so good reviews:-)


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