The Great Star Trek DS9 Rewatch: A Simple Investigation

When Odo finds himself taken with a mysterious visitor named Arissa, he finds himself drawn into her plight. Arissa is on the run from the Orion Syndicate, and it may well be that Odo can use his role as chief of security to help her.

After almost five years of not getting any, it feels as if the writers take pity on Odo in this episode, and put together something where he can finally get his end away. In all other regards, this feels like an unremarkable episode – mysterious woman arrives, main character gets embroiled with her, nothing is quite as it seems, and ultimately the day is saved but the romance can’t last. Whilst it’s a little bit different for Odo to be the one getting the girl, Arissa’s tale isn’t engaging enough for us to really care much about her.

Bits and pieces

  • This is the first time Odo has ever had sex with a humanoid, and it didn’t even happen when he was stuck in solid form. Shapeshifter Odo is surely an amazing sexual experience for any partner – he can form his body into any kind of sex toy or fetish item and imitate the sexual organs of any species (male, female or otherwise).
  • Arissa has a network port embedded in her neck, which enables her to link directly to computer systems. In her fake past life, she worked as a ‘net girl’, which seems to be kind of virtual telepathic sex, the evolution of phone sex for the 24th century.
  • Bashir finally has a sequel to his Bond-esque holonovel, and almost all his friends are keen to play a role in it. The holonovels are written by his friend ‘Felix’, presumably a reference to Bond’s ally Felix Leiter.
  • Why doesn’t Bashir pause the holoprogram when Odo comes in to talk to him?
  • This episode features the return of the Orion Syndicate, first mentioned in The Ascent.
  • Odo apparently makes his humanoid form a little bit different every day.

Summary – A Simple Investigation: An Odo romance that doesn’t involve him pining over Major Kira.

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