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"Vortex"
DS9, Episode 1x12
Production number: 40511-412
First aired: 18 April 1993
11th of 173 produced in DS9
11th of 173 released in DS9
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263rd of 728 released in all
Miradorn twins
Written By
Sam Rolfe

Directed By
Winrich Kolbe
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Template:Disambiguate A fugitive attempts to trade evidence about Odo's people for freedom.

Summary

Teaser

Odo arrives at Quark's, suspecting that he's doing business with the Miradorn raider that just docked. They also discuss a quiet customer who is sitting at the other end of the bar. Just then, Ah-Kel and Ro-Kel, a pair of Miradorn twins, enter the bar and nod in Quark's direction. Quark heads up to a holosuite and asks Rom to bring up some drinks. Odo morphs into one of the glasses to eavesdrop on the upcoming meeting.

Act One

Langour

Five glasses, for four people?!

The twins are offering to sell a small egg-shaped object to Quark, who expresses concern that it was stolen but just as he does, the quiet customer, named Croden, enters and demands to be given the item at gunpoint. Rom drops his tray of glasses, one of which reforms into Odo as it hits the floor. Croden fires his gun at Ro-Kel, killing him. Before Ah-Kel gets a chance to fight back Odo hauls Croden away to the security office.

Ah-Kel, furious about his twin's death, vows vengeance against Croden. However, as Croden is still being held in the brig, Ah-Kel returns to his ship in frustration. Odo visits Croden who tells him stories he'd heard about Changelings, something which piques Odo's attention.

Act Two

He goes on to tell Odo that the Changelings live in an unusual nebula in the Gamma Quadrant. Croden then shows Odo an unusual pendant containing a miniature Changeling that shapes into what could be described as an unusual "chess piece".

Act Three

Using the Rio Grande, Commander Sisko and Lieutenant Dax locate Croden's homeworld and speak to Hadran, the Exarch of Nehelik Province. It transpires that Croden is wanted for multiple crimes on his planet and Hadran demands his immediate return to face execution.

Odo is ordered to return Croden to his homeworld. They use a Rigelian freighter to mask their departure from Ah-Kel's raider.

Act Four

Nevertheless, Ah-Kel discovers that Croden is gone and goes through the Nebula to find them. He eventually catches up with Odo's runabout and opens fire. Odo agrees to let Croden take the controls, since he is familiar with this area of space. Croden directs Odo to a small planetoid, telling him that he may end up meeting one of his people after all.

Act Five

When they arrive there are no Changelings present. Croden heads to a stasis chamber hidden deep in a cave where he uses the "chess piece" as a key to open it and revives his daughter Yareth. On the way back to the runabout, the Miradorn vessel fires upon the planetoid which causes a cave-in and Odo is knocked out. Croden goes back for him and rescues him.

Croden

Croden, a Rakhari criminal

While leaving the planetoid, Odo leads the Miradorn ship into a pocket of volatile toh-maire gas. Just before the runabout is fired upon, Odo moves the it out of the way. The gas ignites, destroying the Miradorn ship.

A Vulcan ship, the T'Vran, detecting the explosion, intercepts the runabout Ganges and asks if they can be of any assistance. Odo asks if they would take the two Rakhari "survivors" back to Vulcan with them. They agree and Croden gives Odo his pendant as a way of thanking him for his kindness and for saving his life as well as the life of his daughter.

Memorable quotes

"The shapeshifters are harsh in their judgement."

- Croden to Odo


"The usual, Odo?"
"Nothing."
"The usual."

- Quark and Odo


"Whoever you are--you're making a mistake."
"Well, it wouldn't be the first and probably won't be the last. Give that to me."

- Ro-Kel and Croden


"The fact that you just killed a man doesn't affect your appetite?"

- Odo, to Croden


"Five glasses... for four people... !?"

- Quark, after he realizes that Odo was masquerading as a glass


"Have you known any twinned Miradorn, commander?"
"I'm afraid I haven't met any before now."
"In my species, we are not just twin brothers... together we are a self... two halves of one being. I am incomplete now."

- Ah-Kel, to Commander Sisko


"You could've left me behind."
"Don't thank me, I already regret it."

- Odo and Croden, after Croden decided not to leave Odo on the planetoid


"Don't thank me, I already regret it."

- Odo to Croden, after Odo decided send Croden to Vulcan


"Morn should keep his big mouth shut!"
"..."

- Quark and Morn


"Home? Where is it? Some day we'll know... cousin."

- Odo, looking at Croden's pendant

Background Information

Story and script

Production

Miradorn raider crew

A behind the scenes photography of the Miradorn raider crew.

Reception

Trivia

Video and DVD releases

Links and references

Starring

Also Starring

Guest Stars

Co-Star

Uncredited Co-Stars

Stunt doubles

Stand-ins

References

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