Sunday, September 2, 2012

Improbable Cause

**** (4 stars out of 5)
Just to break up the monotony of constantly opening episodes with Bashir and Garak on a lunch date, Garak's Tailor Shop blows to smithereens.

Who could have done this misdeed? Let's ask O'Brien and Odo from CSI: Bajor. Not helpfully, O'Brien has forgotten what a pheromone-triggered bomb is. Back when Quark was nearly hit by a Ferengi locator bomb in 'The Nagus', O'Brien explained this concept to Odo, now Odo is explaining it back again. Almost like they BOTH know this stuff already but have to explain to some invisible audience...

Nobody can get a straight answer out of Garak, even when it's seemingly in his best interest.

Garak even lies about things right in front of us, telling Bashir a Kobheerian at the next table is a Talarian. Unless, of course, he IS, in which case there are at least three kinds of Talarians and one of them looks pretty much like a Dopterian. THIS ONLY BOTHERS NERDS! SO STOP DOING IT! I'M HAVING A FIT!

After the tailor's newest whopper that he was exiled for a false tax return, exasperated Bashir tells the fable of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf' and says the moral is nobody will believe you if you always lie. Garak is convinced the moral is actually "Never Tell The Same Lie Twice".

Odo and Garak continue to dig into the mystery. Who wanted Garak dead apart from everyone?

The answer will gladly kill you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

"Improbable Cause" is taut and interesting for a virtual bottle show full of two hander conversations. It's clear that solid writing and brilliant performances can make anything fascinating. Even Odo interrogating a poisoner by quizzing him on perfume fragrances is riveting.

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