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Star Trek DS9 - Season 6 - Episode 20

Star Trek DS9 - 6x20 - His Way

Originally Aired: 1998-4-22

Synopsis:
A new Holosuite program gives birth to "Vic," a 60's crooner who also provides advice for the lovelorn. [DVD]

My Rating - 3

Fan Rating Average - 4.99

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Filler Quotient: 0, not filler, do not skip this episode.
- Numerous major long term plot threads are serviced here.

Problems
None

Factoids
- This is Vic Fontaine's first episode.

Remarkable Scenes
- The crew's reaction to meeting Vic.
- Odo "playing" the piano.
- Vic describing how difficult it was to get an holographic image of Kira. He got it from one of Julian's spy programs ;) Good connections with DS9: Meridian and DS9: Our Man Bashir.
- Vic transferring himself to the other holosuite to talk to Kira.
- Vic setting up Kira and Odo.
- Odo figuring out that he's been on a date with the real Kira all along.
- Odo and Kira's frustrated public display of affection on the promenade.
- Morn Appearances; 1. Is sitting at the bar when Bashir walks in to talk to Quark. 2. Can be seen barely when Kira goes into Quark's. 3. Watches Kira and Odo kiss.

My Review
Well, all I can say about this episode is "finally!" DS9 fans have had to wait for five years for Odo and Kira to finally realize they're in love with one another. While I'm not fond of the episode in general, nor am I all that fond of Vic Fontaine, the fact that this episode finally brings Kira and Odo together is worth a few extra points. Talk about tying up a loose end.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Abigail on 2008-12-18 at 12:11am:
    I sometimes feel that the writers of DS9 were unaware that you can develop characters through normal sci-fi epsiodes. You don't have to invent an episode with no external plot to do so. If I wanted to watch a goofy soap opera, I would. No need to turn "Star Trek" into one.
  • From Christopher Wright on 2012-01-16 at 4:20pm:
    I disagree with the previous comment. I am not normally one for sappy romance stories, and redcuing this episode down to such isn't fair. The romantic tension between Odo and Kira has been so well-developed and stretched out that when the kiss came I almost jumped up and yelled "yeah!" with clenched fist. I also liked Vic a lot. This episode should have a higher rating. Lastly I would like to say that the costume design on DS9 if by far the best. Odo's tux and hologram Kira's dress were very nice touches. Those combined with Quark and Garak's wardrobes in other episodes really show off the designers' talents.
  • From hugo on 2013-01-20 at 2:40pm:
    through the first half of this ep, i thought this was developing into a yawner - no suspense or sense of urgency. Then I found myself smiling through the rest of it, don't really know why. I liked vic too!
  • From carsonist on 2013-09-29 at 12:36am:
    I can't believe how annoying this episode is. Instead of a second plot, they have four unbelievably long songs. Vic is fine, but takes up a lot of time in a series in its next to last season during a major war.

    Kira and Odo getting together is great, but there's nothing else that happens in the whole episode. You could cut the whole thing down to maybe ten minutes.
  • From Scott on 2018-10-14 at 10:15pm:
    I didn't think I would like it, but I did. Normally the holosuites are an overused story device, but Vic's just a great character. Wouldn't it be great to have a guy like that you could talk to about your problems?

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