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DS9 2-22

DS9 2x22
"The Wire"

Original airdate: 5/8/1994
Rewatch date: 7/12/2013

As Garak begins dying from a malfunctioning Cardassian implant in his brain, Dr. Bashir attempts to uncover the truth about his past in order to save him.

Spoiler-free notes:

And we get another Garak episode! I'm so glad the writers realize how awesome his character is and continue to bring him back onto the show.

The opening sequence gives it away: Cardassians love the "repetitive epic," in which the same story is told over and over again and always ends the same way. All of Garak's explanations for his past are the same in that they always turn out to be obfuscations of the truth, even in the end.

"I'm a doctor, not a botanist." Nice.

If Garak's been having endorphins pumped into his system for two years, does that explain why he's always seemed so cheerful?

I love Bashir standing up to Odo. It's about time the doctor actually showed some balls.

This is a fun puzzle episode, in that it offers no real solution. The question of Garak's past and reason for being on the station is a facinating question, and this episode teases us with several potential answers, all of which turn out to be at least half untrue. It builds on both Garak and Bashir, as characters, though it gets a little heavy-handed with the obvious addiction allegory. Still, Garak is awesome, and the writing for him is nearly always stellar.

Spoiler section:

This is the first, but certainly not the last, appearance of Enabran Tain, who we eventually learn is Garak's father in "In Purgatory's Shadow."

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