So, “The Passenger” was, all things being equal, a perfectly cromulent episode of Deep Space Nine.
Why then am I not sure what to say about it here?
It’s not a bad episode, but it is rather unremarkable. Now, I generally check Wikipedia for some random trivia about given episodes and to make sure I spell character names correctly, and it does say this episodes made a couple “worst episode’ lists for Deep Space Nine. But Jimmy and I are in the middle of our Next Gen rewatch and for all this one is a bit forgettable, it is nowhere near as bad as season one of Next Gen. This one is just, for the most part, unremarkable.
Oh, for trivia, there’s a female alien law enforcement character here played by an actress who did two nonconsecutive seasons of Babylon 5 as the same character and the guy who voiced Cobra Commander on G.I. Joe is in there somewhere too. I’m not sure who he was. Probably one of the alien bounty hunters Quark hired.
So, anyway, here’s the basic plot: Kira and Bashir are coming back to the station in a runabout when they find a stricken vessel. Inside are two wounded aliens. One, Kajada, is law enforcement. The other, a criminal named Vantika, is dying but Kajada insists he’s probably not really dead after he appears to die.
Spoiler alert: he’s not really dead. The guy manages to get around death, and he found a way this time by transferring his consciousness first to the computer and then into another living soul. Naturally, Sisko assumes at first it’s Kajada.
Spoiler alert: it isn’t. That would have been too easy.
Nah, it was Bashir. And here is where things get a wee bit silly.
See, there’s a shipment of deuridium coming through Deep Space Nine, and while Odo is doing his thing and clashing with a Starfleet security agent over it, there isn’t a whole lot there aside from the fact Quark is hiring mercs for Vantika, and the Starfleet guy finds the vital clues by using Odo’s methods, allowing both men to come to a mutual appreciation.
But really, there is one thing that stood out here. And that was Bashir possessed by Vantika. And Alexander Siddig, a very talented actor, does the absolute weirdest voice he could have, maybe some sort of William Shatner impression, with weird pauses and odder faces.
Like, what was he even doing?
I mean, Kajada was clearly not Vantika since an unseen figure jumped Quark and spoke to him in a hoarse whisper, and it didn’t sound like her all that much. Sure, they could have just dubbed over the first actor’s voice, but I don’t think they did. Instead, we get Alexander Siddig, again a very talented actor, doing a very silly voice with silly mannerisms in the silliest way possible.
So, really, aside from that small performance, plus Kajada blowing the hell out of the thing that held the last of Vantika’s consciousness once Dax extracted it from Bashir, there wasn’t a whole lot going on worth talking about. I try to get to 700 words at a minimum on these, and I just can’t.
I’ll try again for the next trip to Deep Space Nine.