[DS9] Crossfire

[DS9] Season 4, Episode 13: CrossfirecrossfireRating: 1 
There’s a lot wrong with this episode. We don’t really like the Odo-secretly-loves-Kira stuff, so we’re predisposed to not have a good time given The Bodyguard plot of Crossfire, but it probably would’ve been easier to swallow (or at least get a 2 rating) if any of the scenes worked. On paper Kira is an interesting character, and I’m sure Nana Visitor is a good actress in certain roles, but she is incredibly annoying as Kira most of the time. In Crossfire, Kira once again falls for a blander-than-bland Bajoran political figure, and the episode is split between excruciating flirting scenes and frustrating scenes of Odo moping around like a giant baby.

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Notes:

Shakaar shows up to negotiate Bajor being admitted to the federation. There ar rumors of an assassination attempt

Shakaar shows up to negotiate Bajor being admitted to the federation. There are rumors of an upcoming assassination attempt

Shakaar is getting real friendly with Kira. Odo has to watch because he needs to make sure no one assassinates Shakaar

Shakaar is getting real friendly with Kira. Odo has to watch because he needs to make sure no one assassinates Shakaar

Shakaar asks for Odo's advice on getting together with Kira

Shakaar asks for Odo’s advice on getting together with Kira

Odo becomes distracted and makes a mistake allowing someone to almost kills them

After moping around for awhile Odo becomes distracted and makes a mistake allowing someone to almost kill them.

Kira breaks the news to Odo, that her and Shakaar are official

Kira breaks the news to Odo that her and Shakaar are official.

Meanwhile Worf catches the person attempting to kill Shakaar

Meanwhile Worf catches the person attempting to kill Shakaar without Odo.

Odo breaks stuff

Odo loses it and breaks his stuff.

Quark tells Odo that he has to tell Kira how he feels or start to move on so he can do his job. The next day Odo says he can't do the morning briefings with Kira anymore

Quark tells Odo that he has to tell Kira how he feels or start to move on so he can do his job. Aw, Quark is secretly Odo’s best pal! The next day Odo says he can’t do the morning briefings with Kira anymore.

This scene almost works. Quark’s cover for why he cares about Odo is so flimsy and awkward that it’s kind of distracting.

Probably the best part of the episode is when Odo, instead of telling Kira his feelings, or trying to tell her but backing out, decides that he’s going to try and move on. It makes sense for him and it’s also the only part of the episode that comes close to evoking pathos.

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