To Boldy Sew: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S02E11: “Rivals”

To Boldly Sew is a recap of DS9 episodes, with a specific focus on the fashions of the many aliens and other characters that make up the series. Feel free to discuss matters of plot and general Star Trek things in the comments. 

All screenshots come from trekcore.com, which is the same place as the original TNG fashion blog (http://sttngfashion.tumblr.com/).


At Quark’s a woman is drinking and talking about how she and her husband used to run a business together and she put some money away for herself. Now he’s dead and she has a good amount of money.

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We don’t get a good look at the entirety of her outfit, but what we do see is green and gold, with a few other shiny jewels thrown in on her shoulder. As is often the case with DS9’s ladies, the updo looks fancy and ornate.

The man she’s talking to agrees this was a good idea. She says she wants more though and is investing all her money. She pauses to comment that she just met the guy and can’t believe she’s trusting him, and he says something romantic to convince her to keep talking. She says she’s buying a mining concession on an asteroid belt.

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The man himself looks like a boring human, but his clothes look nice. Sort of a silver edging on the jacket, which on closer inspection seems to be made of an interesting pattern of different colored triangles. Like many jackets on DS9, it might have been made out of a bus seat.

In the background, Odo has overheard the conversation while coming up some other stairs. He watches the couple from a distance.

The man says that prospecting is risky, but she explains that her father, a stellar cartographer, did an analysis of the asteroids in question but never had the means to follow up on his discoveries. Now she does. She thinks she’ll make seven times her investment. She also thinks that it must be all the wine she’s drinking that’s making her be so forthright with the man. He compliments her, saying she’s so brave doing this on her own. She confesses that there’s so much work to do. He offers a partnership.

Before she can agree or disagree, Odo claps the man on the shoulder to take him off to Security. He protests, saying he’s done nothing wrong. The woman tries to defend him.

In the hall, Odo tells the man that he knows he is named Martus Mazur, and is a refugee from the El-Aurian system. The man tries to ask him where he’s from. Odo says not to pull that routine on him – he knows the El-Aurians are listeners. Martus says he’s just offering a sympathetic ear.

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We get a better view of Martus Mazur’s outfit here. The cut of the jacket is interesting. His pants are boring. I’m just pleased it’s not a jumpsuit.

Interestingly enough, that purple-dressed alien we’ve seen many times in the past is in the background.

Odo cites an example of a couple who told him he wanted their financial access codes. Martus Mazur says he was helping the elderly couple to invest their saving. Odo points out he invested it in his own business, which then folded. Martus says he just had some bad luck.

Odo says he’s a con man and they’ve signed a complaint. He takes Martus to a cell despite his protests.

CUE THEME


O’Brien is walking through the corridors and swinging a racket at random. He heads to a court and finds Bashir already there.

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I guess this is O’Brien’s workout outfit? Baggy gray pants (presumably sweatpants), and a baggy brown shirt. Apparently Future Racquetball is played with metal rackets and green balls.

Discussion with Bashir reveals that he built the court himself, as he missed playing and was hoping there’d be a few other players on board. Didn’t think Bashir would want to play.

Bashir says he was captain of the team at Starfleet Medical School and they took the championships his second year – against everyone. Played a Vulcan who had stamina. O’Brien says he hasn’t had much formal training but it’s a serious pastime for him.

Bashir does some warmup exercises that look silly but he says he learned from a top player.

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Not only do the exercises look silly, Bashir’s outfit looks silly. Form-fitting jumpsuit, white with a gray torso that sort of reminds me of a corset, and horizontal teal stripes. I hope they paid the actor good money to wear this thing, because I feel like I would mock him mercilessly if I knew him in real life.

O’Brien is skeptical. He invites Bashir to play, tosses the ball and yells, “Serve!”

Bashir’s first shot bounces off the wall and flies past O’Brien before he can blink.


Back in Security, one of the cells has a guy snoring loudly. Martus Mazur calls to him loudly, but he keeps snoring. Louder, he says “PARDON ME.”

Finally he goes over and looks closely at the guy, who just snores loudly. Martus pokes at him and he quiets for a bit. He asks the guy if he’s okay and and he jolts up suddenly.

Martus Mazur says he thought he died, and the guy says he should be so fortunate. Mazur says he was snoring. The guy apologizes. He says his health is not so good. Martus apologizes for waking him.

The guy goes on about how he once had vigor, youth, fame, and wealth, and it’s all gone. Martus says he’s not listening and lies down. The guy says it’s because of a purple beeping thing that he holds up. It makes some beeping noises and he stares at it for a bit. Martus says it’s a gambling device. The guy says everything he tried to do was a failure. Martus says it was bad luck that had nothing to do with the toy. The guy says yes it’s all luck.

Then the device starts glowing. He says he won, and seems really happy. Martus asks what he won. The guy doesn’t answer. Martus goes over to check on him, and he’s dead. He takes the ball from his hand and then calls over the officer to tell him the guy is dead.

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The dead guy has purple hair and is otherwise dressed in unflattering clothes. He reminds me of Grizabella from the musical Cats.


O’Brien gets home from his game. He is angry and throws the racket on the floor. Keiko is confused. O’Brien says he stumbled around the court for 90 minutes and made an ass out of himself while Bashir had a game. Keiko tries to encourage him. O’Brien is annoyed how smug and young Bashir is.

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We don’t see much of Keiko, but she seems to be wearing a sensible red shirt and vest. Sensible Keiko.

Keiko tries to encourage him that people slow down as they get older and thinks he’s taking it too seriously. O’Brien says he’s out of shape.

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He takes off his shirt because he is clearly the sex symbol of this show, and he is not really buff, but also not horrible. I also wonder if he was paid good money to take his shirt off.


Meanwhile, Bashir talks to Dax as they grab some food. He tells Dax he thought O’Brien was going to have a heart attack. His face was flushed and veins were throbbing in his neck. She asks why he didn’t stop him? Bashir says he tried to end things but O’Brien just kept going. Even when his racket was broken he just replicated another and continued on.

There’s this whole thing where Bashir is trying to put salt or something on his food but all the shakers are broken and he keeps getting up to borrow them from other tables, which leads us to shots like this:

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because he’s still wearing the ridiculous workout outfit. I have to think this part was put in there just so we could admire his {ahem} derriere, because otherwise the searching for salt part has no bearing on the plot.

Bashir says he finally called his assistant and had her pretend there was an emergency and he was needed in the infirmary – otherwise he was afraid there would have been a medical emergency! He’s concerned that the proposed rematch will kill him, and he also doesn’t want to humiliate him.


Back in the cell, Martus Mazur is winning endlessly at the game. Odo comes in and tells him that the couple has refused to pressed charges and he can go. Mazur is not surprised. Odo sighs.


At Quark’s, Rom, Quark, and Morn are playing a gambling game for drinks. Morn loses and has to pay for his drink. Martus Mazur comes in and orders Prosecco. He wants to play the game for free drinks, and in exchange he’ll give Quark the purple toy. Quark agrees. Martus wins and he says that he’s lucky.

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Quark is wearing my favorite outfit of his.

Quark says he’s heard that the couple decided not to testify. Martus claims innocence. Quark quotes the 47th Rule of Acquisition: Don’t trust a man wearing a better suit than your own. I disagree that Martus’ suit is better than Quark’s. Martus chugs the Prosecco, reminding me of my father-in-law. Quark says he’s either a con artist or covering up an empty coin purse, and he knows it’s both.

Martus plays the ball again and wins. Quark eagerly asks him how to play and Martus hands it over, but Quark loses. Then Martus plays again and wins. He suggests the game would be an interesting addition to his casino. Quark is skeptical as it’s just a toy, but offers some money to take it, claiming he can give it to his nephew. He says he’s feeling benevolent. Then he pours another drink.

Martus says he can tell Quark is very interested. Quark disagrees. Martus asks for more money, but Quark refuses. Quark gives him a bit more money and says that’s final. Martus plays the game again and wins, then says he’ll hold on to it. Quark says that if he was serious about buying it would be his. They banter a bit and Martus leaves, taking the toy with him. O’Brien runs past as he steps outside, nearly hitting him.

Martus spots a Bajoran woman on the promenade who is shutting her shop down. He goes to talk to her.

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She’s wearing the Bajoran style of lacy crocheted sweater…over another sweater? I can’t begin to describe the hairdo, but it’s a fancy updo.

He comments that times are difficult, but she says that business is good. They ran the place for nine years, and had a shop on Bajor for 17 before that. But her husband passed away and she’s not feeling it anymore. He agrees that it’s not the same working alone, and she agrees. He picks up a stone from the table and she senses he understands.


Bashir and O’Brien play again, and this time O’Brien scores as Bashir misses a shot. He then misses again. O’Brien is skeptical. He asks Bashir if he thinks he’s stupid. Bashir plays innocent. O’Brien says either play his next game or don’t play.

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This time O’Brien is wearing a baggy maroon sweater in addition to baggy gray pants. I wonder if he’s considered wearing less baggy clothes, as they’re undoubtedly slowing him down compared to Bashir’s form-fitting suit.


Odo is walking through the Promenade and Quark comes running up to him, saying he wants Martus Mazur arrested. Odo asks what he’s done. Odo points down the hall, where Martus is ushering people into a space with a glittering door outside, welcoming them to Club Martus. Quark is so mad he leaves.

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The entrance to the Club is framed with bright lights and paint, and reminds me of an old game show. Among the first customers are a Starfleet officer, a green-skinned alien dressed in purple, and that same purple alien we saw earlier on the Promenade.

Martus himself is wearing gray pants and a gray and white checked jacket, which also reminds me of an old game show host.


Quark complains to Sisko about Club Martus.

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He’s switched to his green upholstery jacket. In the background, there’s a woman in blue and a man wearing gray, with a darker gray vest. I appreciate the effort to put in random extras who aren’t just Starfleet officers.

Quark says that he has an exclusive contract and all gambling on the station should happen at Quark’s or not happen at all. Sisko says that bribing Cardassians back when they ran things doesn’t count as a contract to the Federation. Quark says the guy is a con artist and a crook. Sisko says one more won’t make a difference. Quark says that without him the other merchants would have abandoned the station after the occupation and he’s owed because Sisko begged him to stay aboard. Sisko says he blackmailed him.

While Quark is shouting his complaints after Sisko, Martus and Rom walk past him. Rom has gotten a job at Club Martus for more pay than Quark was giving him and a quarter partnership. Rom says to make him a better offer. Quark refuses.

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Rom looks happy to be again backstabbing his brother, but is otherwise wearing his usual green-on-green outfit. A closer look here at Martus’ jacket reveals that the shoulders have a slightly different gray and white pattern than the lower portion, and there is some thick ribbing going on, which gives the jacket a quilted look.


At Club Martus, everyone is playing the gambling game, which has been expanded into the tables and such. The woman from the beginning tells Martus that the government has accepted her bid to mine in the asteroids.

She doesn’t seem happy, though. She says they won’t finalize things until she commissions a study on the effects of asteroid mining on inner-system navigation, but all her money is committed to the bid. He asks how much she needs. It’s a lot of money.

She says she hopes she can find an investor in a week. He says he might know someone, but what kind of return can they get on their investment? She says once the mining begins she can pay back times 10,000. He calls her Alsia and says he’ll do everything in his power. She thanks him and leaves.

Rom walks by with a waitress.

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Rom has changed clothes, to a silvery-gray jacket that I guess is more in line with Club Martus’ look. The waitress has a long black dress with a sheer upper section, and seems to have a crown of some sort woven into her hair.

Martus asks if there’s a problem and Rom says you can’t be too careful. Quark would poison the canapés? Rom says a small intestinal bug wouldn’t be surprising. Martus says not to worry about it and has the waitress sit on his lap, saying he’s had the best luck lately.

Behind him, the Bajoran woman with dark hair from beforecomes in. Mazur pushes the waitress aside and tells her that neatness counts, then toasts the woman who entered, calling her the Queen of the Promenade. He compliments her generously.

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Her hairdo is less complex now, and seems to be a simple bun with a hat of some sort. The dress is a weird pattern of multicolored checks that somehow manage to look solid anyway, with long velvety looking sleeves, and the collar…I don’t know how to describe the collar and shoulders.

He asks if she’s pleased, and says they make a good team. She asks if he’s proposing, and he hands over an earring.

She marvels at the gambling machines and he says that he had them replicated after a handheld version a friend gave him.


Kira and Dax are going over some things, and then Dax sits up and is surprised to find that the computer has found a program she was looking for for weeks. It was just lucky.


O’Brien wakes up, groaning, on the floor of the court.

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He’s switched to shorts now, and a lighter color baggy sweatshirt. I appreciate the variety of his workout outfits, even as Bashir persists in wearing the same jumpsuit.

Bashir says that he slipped on the ball. O’Brien is annoyed with himself. Bashir offers to check him out but O’Brien says he’s fine. At that moment, a voice on the comm calls Bashir to the infirmary. Bashir hands him back the ball, apologizing. O’Brien tries to invite him to play again, but Bashir says he doesn’t enjoy the game much anymore, and leaves.


O’Brien walks on the Promenade to Quark’s, which is empty. Quark complains everyone is at Club Martus. He says that he can listen also and asks O’Brien what happened, and Bashir admits he fell down while playing racquetball with Bashir. Quark tries to press him for details, but O’Brien doesn’t want to share. He just wants to complain.

Quark gets an idea.


Back at Ops, Kira slams the computer as her terminal just self-destructed. She lost an evaluation report she’d been working on for weeks – even the backups. Sisko says he’s heard a lot of bad luck stories recently and Bashir told him the infirmary is full of minor accidents. Dax says she’s had a great day. Kira says you make your own luck. As she’s walking away, we hear a crash.


At Club Martus, everyone is cheering, and Martus is surprised to learn that everyone hit the jackpot at once. He asks Rom if he can blame it on him, but Rom says probably not.


Quark tells everyone that they’ve come to the right place for excitement and action. He cheers O’Brien as he comes in, saying he is the champion on both sides of the wormhole. O’Brien is confused. Everyone applauds.

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There’s not much to see in terms of fashion here, unless you count the three monks in the back, but there are a few interesting updos on the women here. I guess no one just wears their hair down without any ornamentation in the future.

O’Brien asks Bashir what’s going on – he got an emergency call. Bashir did as well, but he doesn’t see any emergency. Quark says that Bashir is the challenger and this is the grudge match of the galaxy. He also says that half the house’s winnings will be donated to the Bajoran Fund for Orphans. Neither Bashir nor O’Brien has any idea what’s going on.

Quark says the match will happen tomorrow at 1200 hours, so place your bets. Bashir says they haven’t agreed to anything. Quark says he’s their exclusive promoter. They try to disagree but Quark says the orphans will be disappointed and the monks (who are standing behind them, smiling) have already made a down payment on new blankets for the winter. But it’s okay, they can huddle together for warmth. O’Brien and Bashir have no choice but to agree.

Across the hall, Martus is watching.


At Ops, Dax discovers that the program she was looking for has vanished. It was there and then the computer swallowed it up again.

Kira comes out of the turbolift and says that she’s fine – not even a sprain – but there are dozens of minor accidents in the infirmary. Dax wonders if there’s a connection between the system failures and the minor accidents. Kira says she wasn’t hurt by a system failure, and this is a coincidence.

Sisko thinks there’s a logical explanation like a virus or a spatial disruption, and tells Dax to look into it.


 

Back at Club Martus, Rom is telling Martus about how Quark used to tell people he was adopted because he had smaller ears. Martus doesn’t understand why the place is empty. Rom tells the story of his naming day. Martus tells him he doesn’t care. They’ve been abandoned and he wants to know why.

Rom says it’s a bad streak and it happens. Martus says not to him. He goes to embrace the waitress lady, but just at that moment his partner – the woman he proposed to – comes in.

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Okay, since she’s back, I guess I’ll talk about the collar. She’s got kind of a sheer, wide ribbon going across her shoulders, with a braid in the middle? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it and I don’t know what else to say about it. It doesn’t look bad exactly, but I don’t think it’s something I’d ever wear.

She says she saw through him from the start. She says she holds the lease and wants him and his things out of the place by the next day. He chases after her but she heads across the hall.

Rom asks what will happen now. He’s not sure, but he has an idea, and sees Alsia, the widow from before, talking to a man. He goes over to talk to them.

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Alsia’s outfit appears to be a long dress of dark green, with a gold pattern over it. The dress is short-sleeved, but she has on longer, form fitting dark green sleeves beneath it.

Her companion is wearing dark red pants and what looks like a red belted tunic. I don’t hate it.


Martus shows Alsia a box with the profits from Club Martus. It’s just about the amount she needs. She’s very pleased and says they’ll both be rich and he wont regret it.

He plays the game on the table, but loses.


O’Brien psyches himself up by looking in the mirror and giving himself a pep talk. Keiko gives him a shirt and gloves. She tells him that, win or lose, tonight they celebrate. He smiles and prepares to leave.

She gives him a silk handkerchief of medieval Japanese design and wraps it around his forehead, scented with her perfume. Then she kisses him and tells him to kick his butt.


Meanwhile, Bashir is doing pushups. Quark comes in with a bottle and says that it’s a token of appreciation from the monks. Bashir says thanks and tells him to put it somewhere.

Quark asks if he doesn’t want to have some. It’s supposedly a medicinal brew, a secret of their order, and will impart great energy and vigor. Bashir goes back to pushups without responding.

Quark says he assumes a man of science might not buy into this sort of thing, but Bashir says traditional medicine is often effective. He asks if the monks told Quark what was in the stuff. Quark says no, but it’s probably all natural, and he should drink it in one gulp for the proper effect.

Bashir takes the bottle and tests it, curious about the contents. Bashir discovers it contains an anesthetic and he’d hardly be able to stand if he drank it. He accuses Quark of trying to fix the match. Quark denies it and says there won’t be any profits if Bashir wins because no one is betting on O’Brien, and then the monks won’t be able to help the orphans.

Bashir declines to throw the match and says that the monks will get the blankets from Quark either way, and if they don’t, he and Chief will both be very upset.


Back at Ops, Dax has found something but she doesn’t know what it means. Solar neutrinos are spinning. Given probability laws, half should spin clockwise and half counterclockwise. But over 80% are spinning clockwise. She thinks it’s a symptom of the problem. Outside the station, neutrinos are normal, but inside, things are strange.


O’Brien wishes Bashir a good game.

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O’Brien’s shirt is still pretty baggy, but I like the collar, and the handkerchief doesn’t look too silly.

They begin playing. Everyone at Quark’s is watching on a screen. O’Brien serves the ball and Bashir fails to return.

The second time, they have a good back and forth volley going on for a bit, and then Bashir’s racket breaks off on the handle. O’Brien seems confused.


Martus is anxious that Alsia has not shown up to tell him how the bid went. Rom says he doesn’t think it’s fair he’s invested his money with asking – he was promised a quarter of the profits. Martus said that was after operating expenses. Rom takes off his jacket and throws it at Martus, saying he’s returning to Quark’s. At least then he’ll be cheated by family. He and the waitress both leave.

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Once he’s removed his jacket, he reveals he’s wearing a green, brown, and yellow striped shirt underneath. He looks weird without a jacket – I assume he went and immediately put one on.


Meanwhile, Bashir is having terrible luck. O’Brien cuts the transmission to the bar. Quark tells the viewers they’re having a three minute break and betting is reopened.

Bashir asks why O’Brien cut the transmission. O’Brien says something is wrong. Bashir thinks it’s with him. O’Brien says he’s having the best game of his life and making shots he couldn’t have made 15 years ago when he was playing five hours every day. He can’t miss and Bashir can’t hit anything.

They try an experiment. Bashir throws the ball at the wall, and it bounces back to O’Brien. O’Brien throws the ball and it comes back to O’Brien. O’Brien throws harder. The ball bounces off several walls and returns right to his hand.

He calls Ops.

They repeat the experiment several times, each time the ball returning back to O’Brien. Dax and Sisko are intrigued. It’s not impossible, just very improbable. They talk about the dozens of minor accidents and the neutrinos and random system failures. Someone or something on the station is messing with the laws of probability.

Dax says she knows how to figure out the cause.


Back at Club Martus, Martus has lost the game again. Dax comes in with Sisko and reports that 98% of the neutrinos in the room are rotating clockwise. Martus says the games are open.

Sisko says they’re not there to play. Dax determines that near the machines, the neutrinos are all rotating the same direction. The machines are causing the issues. Martus is confused. Dax explains that they’re altering the laws of probability.

Martus says this must be what the alien who gave it to him meant – when you win it makes you lucky and when you lose…. Dax says the machines are affecting everyone, though – even people who aren’t playing. Martus says that’s impossible.

Sisko asks about the original machine. They realize the larger versions probably have more power. Sisko wants to turn them off. Martus doesn’t know how – he just told the replicator to scan the original and make copies. He thinks they have an internal power source.

Sisko and Dax shoot the machines.

Martus says they can’t blame him for these events. Sisko admits he has nothing to charge him with. Odo comes in at that moment and says that the elderly couple has changed their mind again and decided to press charges. Martus just shakes his head and laughs as Odo takes him to Security.


At Security, Alsia comes in. Martus thinks she’s come to get him out, but Odo leads her to a cell also. He leaves the story to Quark, who explains that the woman tried to scam him with the asteroid mining story as well. He’s come to get Martus out as an act of pure generosity.

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Alsia’s dress is quite long and I think I like it.

Martus is skeptical, but Quark is gleefully entertained. Martus asks if he can have money to book passage away from the station. Quark laughs. Martus points out that without it, he’ll have to stay on the station. Quark agrees to loan him a smaller amount for passage on a cargo ship. They negotiate and settle.


Stray Thoughts:

* I appreciated the lightheartedness of this episode. It was kind of a slice of life. The stakes weren’t very high, but it was interesting and didn’t meander too much.

* I guess this is the first time that Bashir and O’Brien play together! I remember their matches being very common in later seasons. It’s interesting that at this point they’ve moved on from serious hatred, but are not yet friends.

* I’m choosing not to think about the whole thing with Dax and computer programs disappearing, because, although I’m not a terribly technical person, that doesn’t sound like a thing that happens. A file being deleted when the system crashes (like happens to Kira) makes sense to me as I’ve often lost work that way.

* I started referring to Martus Mazur as “Mazur” but then he opened “Club Martus” and everyone referred to him as “Martus,” so I went back and changed them. I guess El-Aurians use the same sort of naming conventions as Bajorans, where the family name comes first? (Or is everyone just so casual with him that they call him by his first name?)