"Give me two good actors in a room," said frequent DS9 and Next Generation director Winrich Kolbe in Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman's book Captains' Logs Supplemental, "and I prefer that over six bad actors hanging from a rope on the Matterhorn."
Kolbe got his wish in "Armageddon Game," one of the early DS9 episodes to highlight the superb chemistry between costars Colm Meaney (who plays chief engineer Miles O'Brien) and Alexander Siddig (known as Siddig El Fadil at the time, and the actor portraying Dr. Bashir). The two Starfleet characters are assigned to a laboratory orbiting T'Lani III to implement an agreement between the feuding T'Lani and Kellerun societies, who wish to dismantle a biochemical warfare system known as the Harvester. Before the chief and the physician can finish the job, however, Kellerun soldiers overrun the lab and O'Brien is exposed to the Harvester's dangerous contents.
A number of times on DS9, Bashir and O'Brien find themselves in harm's way together, allowing the show's writers (Morgan Gendel in this case) and directors (such as Kolbe) to bring a rare sort of actorly texture to the proceedings. Meaney and Siddig simply click together with their excellent, often funny dialogue, some of it quibbling, much of it pure banter about the most human, everyday things: family, love, decisions once made, etc. A very rewarding show. --Tom KeoghFrom the Back Cover:
Dr. Bashir (Siddig El Fadil) and Chief O'Brien (Colm Meaney) travel to a lab orbiting T'Lani III to assist the Kellerun and T'Lani societies in destroying their Harvester bio-weapons. But before they can successfully complete the mission, Kellerun soldiers overrun the lab.
The Kellerun and T'Lani ambassadors conspire to cover up the attack and tell Sisko (Avery Brooks) the two Starfleet officers were accidentally killed by a security device.
Meanwhile, Bashir and O'Brien transport to an abandoned military base and try to contact the station. When O'Brien becomes feverish, Bashir discovers he has been infected by the Harvesters. Waiting for a rescue that may never come, the two must work together to surivive this deadly Armageddon game.
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