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Captive Pursuit 

For the first time an alien comes from the other side of the wormhole. He has ship trouble and seems very reluctant to accept any help. Chief O'Brien quickly finds out he has a secret.


Corey Allen


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Gerrit Graham ... The Hunter
Scott MacDonald ... Tosk
Kelly Curtis ... Miss Sarda


Deep Space Nine detects an unknown ship coming from the Gamma Quadrant at the other side of the wormhole. The ship has severe engine trouble and its pilot seems very nervous and reluctant to accept any help. Finally O'Brien convinces him to come on board. He introduces himself as Tosk and he apparently comes from a very different culture as he understands nothing of the ways of the Alpha Quadrant. He claims the wormhole caused the ship's problems. O'Brien seems to really like the guy, but senses quickly he has a secret. He also finds out Tosk lied, discovering his ship has weapons damage. Then Tosk is caught by Odo trying to open a weapons locker. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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31 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Scott MacDonald has appeared in all of the Star Trek television spin-off series. In addition to playing the role of Tosk, MacDonald was also Goran'Agar, in future DS9 episode Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Hippocratic Oath (1995) in season 4, Sub Commander N'Vek on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Face of the Enemy (1993) and Ensign Rollins on Star Trek: Voyager (1995) in Star Trek: Voyager: Caretaker (1995). He had a recurring role as the Xindi-Reptilian, Commander Dolim, during the 3rd season of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). See more »


When Tosk opens the doors to the wall control panel, it shakes the entire mounting, revealing that the control panel is only a flimsy sheet of plastic or some other material, which isn't a solid and interactive computer screen. See more »


O'Brien: As the Vulcans say, we're here to serve.
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References The Most Dangerous Game (1932) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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A good chance for Colm Meany to show he can act.
9 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Throughout his time on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Colm Meany's character, Chief O'Brien, was a recurring character who received more and more screen time as the show progressed. However, he really never was a major character and only after he was transferred from the Enterprise to Deep Space 9 did he become a major character. Here in "Captive Pursuit" he's got his largest and most interesting role yet. It begins with a strange alien from the Delta Quadrant coming through the wormhole. His ship needs service and O'Brien tries hard to befriend the strange lizard-like being, Tosk. However, soon it becomes apparent that Tosk is some sort of prey in a hunt by some very powerful beings--and the station is expected to just hand Tosk over to them.

I liked the episode for two main reasons. I loved how O'Brien was very tricky and behaved most unlike a Federation officer. The same, to a lesser extent, can be said for Sisko. I also liked it because the show was wholly original and engaging. Well worth seeing...and the best episode of the series so far.

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