Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 01 E 06 Captive Pursuit
DS9 receives its first visitor from the other side of the wormhole. A very curt alien of reptilian appearance. Appearing on their side with a damaged ship, he very reluctantly agree to be tractor beamed in for repairs.
O'Brien, being resident Mr Fix It
and the one who seems able to converse most easily with him, is sent aboard his ship.
The alien identifies as Tosk. Whether this is his name or species is made unclear when asked. He is simply Tosk.
With repairs on his ship scheduled to take a few days, Miles decides to show his new friend around Deep Space 9. But Tosk is hiding something. Most evident when left alone. His first action is to scan for where the weapons on station are stored.
Sisko and the others are unsure of what to make of him. Tosk simply wants to leave, and he won't reveal who attacked him or why he's running. Answers soon come when Odo and his security contingent catch Tosk trying to break into the weapons storage. After he's detained in a holding cell, more of Tosks people come through the wormhole and beam onto DS9.
After a brief firefight with the crew, they locate Tosk and reveal they are hunters. Tosk is their prey. A position of great honor for his species. He provides them an exciting hunt across space, and he is returned home in honor when caught and killed.
Miles tries getting Tosk to seek asylum with the Federation, but he can't think of it. He became a Tosk to die with honor. And the hunters have decided he's not worthy of that honor. He will be returned home alive. The greatest shame a Tosk can endure.
With the Prime Directive tying his hands, Sisko has no choice but to let Tosks people take him. But Miles isn't having any of it. After a brief stop by Quark's, he decides to change the rules of this hunt.
Tricking the hunting party leader into a powered up weapons detection field, followed by cold-cocking him for good measure, Miles and Tosk flee into the station's duct work. Odo seeks to pursue them, but Sisko insists there's no rush.
Miles and Tosk fight their way through DS9's corridors. Defeating the hunting party, and getting Tosk back to his ship. His honor as prey restored, Tosk leaves DS9 to resume his role as the hunted. And to die with honor.
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