https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Necessary_Evil_(episode) just watched this and it really is a wonderful episode, even down to the Columbo references and overwrought lighting and the actress whose scenes the director must have interrupted multiple times to say "no, no, no, I need like... 500% more noir here. you wouldn't BELIEVE how much I want you to overplay the noir thing"
I haven't watched these in ages, but honestly whichever season had Jake trying to find his Dad who was lost in time... that was the best season. 'Scuse me. Something's in my eyes. I have to log off.
@aparrish I think one of the advantages that DS9 had was it was much harder to have a "alien of the week" approach to episodes. I think this gave them more time to develop characters and experiment with different styles of story telling.
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