Shadowplay (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 16
Directed byRobert Scheerer
Written byRobert Hewitt Wolfe
Featured musicJay Chattaway
Production code436
Original air dateFebruary 20, 1994 (1994-02-20)
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology
← Previous
Next →
"Playing God"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (season 2)
List of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes

"Shadowplay" is the 36th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It is the 16th episode of the second season.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures on Deep Space Nine, a space station located near a stable wormhole between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy, in orbit of the planet Bajor. In this episode, Odo and Dax investigate mysterious disappearances of the population of a village in the Gamma Quadrant; meanwhile, Major Kira becomes romantically involved with the Bajoran priest Vedek Bareil.


Dax and Odo investigate an unusual particle field emanating from a planet in the Gamma Quadrant; they discover the field is coming from a small village's power generator. The village magistrate, Colyus, tells them 22 people have disappeared without a trace in the past few days. Odo and Dax offer to help investigate the disappearances; but the oldest villager, Rurigan, seems unconvinced that the villagers will ever be found.

The next day, Odo interviews Rurigan's granddaughter, Taya, whose mother has disappeared. The two find common ground in that they are both orphans; during the course of their conversation, Taya reveals that the villagers never leave their valley. Rurigan assures Odo that searching beyond the valley would be pointless. Apparently no one has thought about searching beyond the valley or ever considered leaving it.

Taya brings Odo and Dax to the edge of the valley. When Dax leaves the valley, a device from the village vanishes from her hand. Taya reaches past the edge of the valley, and her arm begins to disappear. The three return to the village to share their findings: the entire village, including its citizens, is a hologram created by the reactor's particle field. The reactor has fallen into disrepair and is breaking down, causing the villagers to disappear one by one.

They convince the villagers to let Dax shut down the reactor and repair it before it stops functioning completely. When she does so, the village and all the villagers vanish – except Rurigan. He explains that when the Dominion arrived on his home planet, he fled to an abandoned planet and recreated the world he had lost; but now he admits that none of it was real. However, Odo argues that Taya and the others are real and deserve a chance to live. Dax and Rurigan repair the reactor, restoring the village, including the missing people. Before he and Dax leave, Odo realizes how close he has grown to Taya, and demonstrates his abilities by morphing into a toy that Taya played with earlier.

Meanwhile, back on Deep Space Nine, Kira begins a romance with Vedek Bareil; Quark had Bareil invited to the station to distract Kira from a criminal operation he was planning, but she sees through the scheme and apprehends Quark's accomplice. Jake Sisko begins taking engineering lessons from Miles O'Brien, but eventually admits to his father that he doesn't want to join Starfleet.


  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine DVD set, volume 2, disc 4, selection 4.

External links[edit]