DS9 Season 2, Ep4: “Invasive Procedures”

Synopsis: We open with a Sisko voice-over explaining that they had to evacuate the station again because of violent plasma discharges in space, forcing them to keep things going with a skeleton crew. It must have seriously been a pain in the ass to evacuate everybody when they just got them back from being evacuated last week. Let’s hope Jake and Nog got to go to the same place this time.

In Ops, hell freezes over as Kira tells Sisko that she has to commend the Cardassians on their station design, as the plasma discharges aren’t effecting them very much. Jadzia says she has some escape vehicles ready to go just in case. Irishy and Odo are elsewhere on the station securing the airlocks when they find Quark sitting in the docking ring, apparently meditating. Odo is exasperated, because Quark is only still on the station because he refused to evacuate without his vast supply of latinum, and he was supposed to be confined to the bar.

Quark says that he’s here because he was saying goodbye to Rom, and Odo points out that Rom’s shuttle left three hours ago, and he somehow doubts that Quark was sitting out here pining away for his idiot brother. Quark protests that brothers have a very special relationship, asking Irishy if he has any brothers that he ever had to say goodbye to. Apparently Irishy has two, and he had to bid them so long when he joined Starfleet. Quark is all, “and didn’t that make you CRY and CRY?” and Irishy is all, “I guess?” and Quark is all, “I rest my case,” and they all leave the docking ring sighing at each other. As the door to the docking ring shuts, the camera zooms in on a mysterious blinking something that is almost definitely the real reason Quark was in there.

After the credits, Jadiza and Kira are discussing the plasma storm, which Jadzia says is an extremely rare occurrence. Bashir bounds in to nerd things up by commenting that the view from the promenade is ah-mazing, you guys, and then things turn serious as Jadzia tells Sisko that there’s a small ship out there, which is, you know, a bad place to be. They hail the ship, and though they can’t get a visual, they learn that it’s a cargo ship with damaged engines and a crackly communications line. They can’t get a transporter lock to beam the crew out, but Sisko engages the tractor beam to pull the ship into the docking bay.

Irishy and Odo release the seal on the airlock so the crew can board, but that may have been a mistake, because a really angry Klingon guy immediately exits and starts pushing Irishy around while his buddy (also an angry Klingon guy) points a phaser at Odo. Suddenly I feel like we’re on NexGen. Perhaps they are a band of ruthless thieves who trade in rare wine!

The Primary Angry Klingon says that the Federation is “so predictable,” the way they just offer help to people in need like idiots, and when Irishy points out that the Federation and the Klingon Empire have an alliance these days, the Primary Angry Klingon actually spits on the ground, so I guess he sees it as one of those Survivor-type alliances. He that he’s not a fan of the current Klingon government, and makes his Sexy Lady Lackey, Maria (which seems like a weirdly normal name for SPACE) take Odo’s comm badge. She identifies Odo as “the shape-shifter,” which means they’ve at least done their research.

Then another guy – who Irishy is surprised to see is a Trill – opens a strange little container on the floor, and the Primary Angry Klingon tells Odo to get in there or Irishy dies. Odo hesitates, but, seeing no other option, allows himself to be shut up in the container.

The Angry Klingon Family Band march Irishy to sick bay, where Bashir is waiting on casualties. The Primary Angry Klingon points his phaser at Bashir (for the record, Klingon phasers look a lot more like guns than Federation phasers do) and threatens to blow up the Odo-container if Bashir doesn’t immediately transfer it to his stasis chamber. But he’s missed a step, because Bashir is all, “why would I do that? What’s even in there?” and Irishy is like, “oh, yeah, sorry, it’s Odo,” and Bashir is all, “oh, well, that’s another matter,” and puts it in the stasis chamber as instructed.

Bashir’s stasis chambers, by the way, look suspiciously like the safety deposit boxes that portly incompetent bank teller was trying to sell Vash in “Q-Less.” I do not think this is a coincidence. Either it’s a set-redress (BOR-ing), or the bank was shut down over the summer and Bashir expanded sick bay into the vacated unit (obviously).

"Computer, begin inventory. One Odo, in a container."

In Ops, Jadzia and Sisko are becoming concerned that they haven’t heard from Irishy or Odo, and just as they’re about to run a security scan the Klingons and Friends show up, Irishy and Bashir in tow. The Trill tells everyone to get their hands off the controls and get into the center of the room, which they do after a warning phaser blast from the Primary Angry Klingon and confirmation from Sisko.

Maria (I still can’t believe that’s actually her name) tells the Trill who put Odo in the container not to worry about anything. Oh, I actually just looked her name up and it’s listed as “Mareel,” but I like Maria better, so we’ll stick to that. Maria goes around and collects all of the officers’ comm badges, while the Trill starts screwing around at Jadzia’s console.

Irishy sadly takes full responsibility for the debacle, saying that he and Odo were taken by surprise, and the security systems in the docking ring must have somehow been neutralized. He says he thinks Quark had something to do with that, and Kira menacingly says that she and Quark are going to have a little chat when this is over.

Jadzia, meanwhile, is staring intently at the Trill. Sisko asks if she knows him, which I think is pretty racist – clearly she’s just trying to figure out where she’s heard his voice before, because the actor who played him also played the Riddler on Batman: the Animated Series. 

Meanwhile, one of the angry Klingsons comes to deal with Quark, who says he has their merch but doesn’t see any latinum. The Klingon says Quark thinks he’s so smart, but that he’s actually stupid – which he kind of is, because he apparently thought this crew of dudes came to the station in a plasma storm with their big guns to sneak onto the statioin and trade with him. He begins to reassess this worldview when the angry Klingon points the aforementioned big gun in his face.

In Ops, Sisko demands to know what they’re doing there, and the Triddler says that everything will be over soon if they cooperate. Just then, the Secondary Angry Klingon returns with the whining Quark, who wants to know why all these people are here manhandling him. Kira grabs him by his lapels and says she was just about to ask him the same thing.

Sisko again demands to know what’s up. The Triddler awkwardly says that he’s there because he “wants Dax,” and Sisko confidently says that she isn’t going anywhere, because trading the sexual favors of your science officer in hostage situations is one of the few sexual harassment scenarios about which Starfleet policy is very clear.

The Triddler clarifies that he doesn’t want Jadzia, he wants Dax, the symbiont, which he claims was rightfully his in the first place. The rational move to rectify that situation is, of course, to surgically remove it from Jadzia’s body and leave her to die.

Bashir points this out after the commercial break in some of the most deadening, unnecessary dialogue I’ve ever heard: “you can’t remove Jadzia’s symbiont. If you do, she’ll die.” I think it’s possible that this episode is the first time that’s ever mentioned, and I get that the audience needs to be told, but surely there was a slightly more elegant way to achieve that, especially considering that the Triddler is a Trill and would therefore have already known that removing the symbiont would spell Jadzia’s death.

Sisko, the voice of reason, calmly says, “he knows that, Doctor,” and avoids adding, “you tard,” at the end.

The Triddler says he’s sorry in a way that makes it sound like he’s crashing a tea party – “I realize that it will be a minor inconvenience for you to be dead, but surely we can put that all behind us and have some biscuits-that-are-really-cookies?”

He goes on to give us our first real glimpse into Trill society: he explains that he spent his whole life trying to qualify for joining, studying really hard, staying focused, pumping up his extracurriculars, etc. Then he went before the Symbiosis Evaluation Board, and they said he was “unsuitable.” Um, not to quibble here, dude, but it does kinda seem like you’re crazy.

Jadzia tells him being labeled the big US is nothing to be ashamed of, since neither of her parents or her sister were joined with symbionts, and they’re just fine. For the audience’s benefit, she reminds him that only one Trill in ten is ever chosen for Joining, and that she was one of the lucky ones. Kira wants to know why he wants Dax out of all the thousands of symbionts he could have stolen, and apparently it’s partly because he thinks Dax is the best match for him, compatibility-wise, and also it will be easy to escape into the Gamma Quadrant after he commits his grand theft symbiont.

Jadzia says that the SEB could have had a very good reason for rejecting him (great strategy there, Jadzia), expositing that a Bad Joining can result in permanent psychological damage to both host and symbiont, and the SEB has to be very careful about who they pick to be hosts.

He says that the SEB wasn’t looking out for him or the symbiont, they simply “condemned him to a life of mediocrity,” which he refuses to accept, because he deserves more. Reach for the stars, little guy!

At this point, Maria sicks the Klingons on them. The Secondary Angry Klingon grabs Jadzia and the and Primary Angry Klingon tries to wrassle Bashir into submission, but Bashir protests that he won’t have any part in this, so the Triddler shoots Irishy and won’t let Bashir treat him. The Triddler says that now his old life is over even if he doesn’t get what he wants, so Bashir will help or his friends will die.

Jadzia says that Bashir will cooperate, because she won’t let anyone else get hurt on her behalf, and she says she’ll go along with things if the Triddler promises that no one else will be hurt.

Bashir, resigned, asks to be allowed to treat Irishy first, and the Triddler reluctantly agrees. Bashir tends to him gently, and leaves Kira some ointment to help the wounded skin regenerate. As the Klingons lead Jadzia and Bashir away, Kira yells that this isn’t over, and Sisko tells Jadzia that they’ll do everything they can. Jadzia tells him that in case everything isn’t enough, she wants him to know that it was fun.

As the Triddler heads off to follow Jadzia and Bashir, Maria kisses him on the forehead and he tells her that things will soon be exactly how he promised. There’s some nice acting here from the two of them, you really feel like they care for one another and that they’re unstable people driven to bad actions by desperation.

In the operating room, Bashir is getting the two patients ready under the watchful eye of the Klingons (like they’re even going to know if he pulls something). The Triddler doesn’t want to take the anesthesia/speedy healing drug that Bashir recommends, because he wants to be awake and watch the procedure so he can “help” if anything goes awry. Does he even have medical training, or are these more delusions of grandeur?

Bashir’s all, “fine, don’t take anesthesia, see if I give a shit,” and walks over to prep Jadzia and apologize to her for what he’s about to do. She says he shouldn’t blame himself, and on the whole looks very saintly in her little neurotransmitter crown. She’s already unconscious when Bashir outright asks for her forgiveness.

Meanwhile, in Ops, Kira is whispering with Irishy and Sisko. She asks how long Jadzia can be expected to make it without the symbiont, and Sisko says a few hours, tops. Irishy says that doesn’t give them much time, and then the Primary Angry Klingon notices they’re talking, which apparently he hates, because he comes over and kicks Irishy right in his phaser wound from earlier.

Sisko will not stand for this shit, and he gets into a knock-down dragout with the Primary Angry Klingon. Kira, excited that she’s been given tacit approval to punch someone, gets into a girlfight with Maria. Maria, surprisingly, lays Kira out, and Sisko, also surprisingly, almost kills the Primary Angry Klingon before Maria points a phaser at him to make him stop.

Meanwhile, in sick bay, Bashir is very carefully removing the symbiont from Jadzia (it’s suuuuuuuuper gross, you guys) and reverently and regretfully cutting the cord that attaches them. Then he walks it over to the Triddler who makes, like, the creepiest orgasm face in the entire history of the universe as the symbiont slides into him. BRB, washing out my eyeballs.

In Ops, everyone seems to have come to an impasse, sitting aorund on the stairs waiting for something to happen. Quark is panicking, whispering frantically to Kira that they’re going to die and she should do something. Kira asks if he has any suggestions, since he seems to be the mastermind who helped four armed terrorists get onto their station. She hisses that he really crossed the line this time, and Jadzia may die. She’s too disgusted to even sit near him, and walks over to sit at the table with Irishy and Sisko.

Maria tells her not to try anything, because she doesn’t want to hurt anyone, and Kira responds like the stone-cold-badass she is: “tell that to Jadzia.” Maria seems to have drawn a neat moral line there, saying that what they’re doing to Jadzia is different, because she and the Triddler have had hard lives, I guess? She explains that she grew up on the streets of a rough planet, and the Triddler helped her get out. He was some sort of Federation file clerk, and they became friends, so he took her back to TrillWorld when he was recalled there. She says that she owes him her life, and would therefore do anything for him.

Sisko says she should watch herself, because she’s actually on the road to “losing” the Triddler – when he’s Joined, he’ll be a blend of all the previous hosts, not just the Triddler anymore, but Maria scoffs at this. She seems to think that Joining is just some sort of magic Person-Embettering procedure, arguing that the Triddler will be smarter and more self-confident but be totally the same in all other areas.

Sisko educates her, saying that the Triddler has completely misinformed her about how this works, and she’s going to be disappointed. She says that she’s going to be with the Triddler forever, no matter what Sisko says, and the Triddler appears in the doorway to say that he never doubted it. The surgery is over, and he says he is Triddler Dax now. For a moment, at least, it seems like Maria might have been right: he’s standing straighter, moving and talking with confidence, and symbiosis actually appears to have improved his hair.

In sick bay, Julian is sadly monitoring Jadzia with his beepy Space Doctor-Pen, and apparently he needs a second set of hands because he tries to get the Secondary Angry Klingon, who is still guarding them, to take over while he does something. The Secondary Angry Klingon doesn’t see the sense in keeping Jadzia alive, since she gave in so easily to being killed, a very un-Klingon thing to do. Bashir tensely says that Jadzia only went quietly to save the rest of them, which the Secondary Angry Klingon seems to think is a weak move, saying she deserves to die.

At this point, two things happen simultaneously: 1) Bashir snaps, and 2) the audience finally begins to like him, or at least I do. “Listen, Yatto, or whatever your name is,” he barks (I love that he can’t keep their names straight, either), “I don’t give a damn about your warrior ethic or your Klingon philosophy. This woman is DYING and I need your help to save her. Now, take this instrument.” He’s very commanding, and not at all ridiculous, to the degree that the Klingon – someone from a culture based on honor, respect, and not taking shit from anybody – does what he’s told. Go Bashir.

While the Secondary Angry Klingon takes care of his candystriper duty, Bashir does something more complicated that involves whispering “come on, come on,” at the monitors near Jadzia’s head until she opens her eyes. Now that’s what I call doctoring!

He tells he he thought he’d lost her, and that everything went perfectly, but she’s crying because she feels empty and alone without her symbiont. Bashir strokes her cheek and tells her that they’ll get the symbiont back in time, and he won’t let her die. It’s a very tender scene, and, again, not at all ridiculous. All of the neglected characters of last season seem to be getting some long-deserved attention this episode.

In Ops, Sisko addresses the Triddler as “Dax,” and the Triddler greets him as an old friend. Remember that Sisko knew the symbiont’s previous host, Curzon Dax, for decades before he knew Jadzia. It was hard enough for him to get used to his friend, mentor, and father figure walking around in the skin of a hot mid-twenties lady, and now he has to watch all the memories of all those years transferred into someone he really dislikes. By force. It’s gotta be weird.

Buddies!

The Triddler reminds us that he has all the memories of Curzon, Jadzia, and all the symbiont’s other hosts (eight lifetimes worth), plus a blend of their personalities and ideas. He grins like that’s pretty awesome. Sisko asks him how that feels, and he says it’s super strange to suddenly recognize things and know his way around, and to now know Sisko, who he calls “Benjamin” and claps on the shoulder. Sisko laughs in a dangerous way, and I’m pretty sure he’s thinking what we all think when that creepy distant relative starts to get overly familiar: I’m being polite, but oh, I don’t think you want to touch me right now, motherfucker.

They start reminiscing, and Sisko’s laugh gets more and more forced and show-offy, until the camera cuts away to a despondent Maria, who clearly was misinformed about how this was going to go down. The laughter continues for a little while, and now that Sisko has lulled the Triddler into a sense of false security, he says, “remember when we discovered the wormhole?” I see what you did there, Sisko! The Triddler’s face goes instantly slack as he remembers something through Jadzia’s eyes, and says that was one of her proudest moments. “And now she’s bleeding to death.” Sisko reminds him pointedly.

The Triddler says he doesn’t want to discuss it, and that Jadzia will “live on in [him],” and Sisko is all, “but not in reality,” and the Triddler says he’ll never be able to forget that he killed her, and that sucks and everything, but hey, moving on, how great does my hair look! Right? Right?

He says that he wants to make Jadzia’s death worth it by not running away to the Gamma Quadrant after all, but helping people on other worlds with his vast experience, and Sisko is all, “or…just spitballing here…you could just put the symbiont back.”

The Triddler argues that the symbiont is very vulnerable right now, and another operation so soon could kill it, and also he doesn’t want to do it. Sisko says that he’s willing to risk the symbiont dying, and Maria is all, “why are you still listening to this shit?” and the Triddler straight-up yells at her, “because he’s my FRIEND.”

"God, Maria, you're being such a bitch."

The Triddler asks Sisko if they are, indeed, still friends, and Sisko says if they are, the Triddler should prove it by going to sick bay with him and giving Jadzia her symbiont back. The Triddler says no, and Sisko says then he’s not the Dax he knows, and takes off his BFF bracelet and stomps it in the mud. The Triddler blinks like he’s fighting back tears. I think he overlooked the fact that he’s now outnumbered in his own mind: he now has the personalities of at least two people who like Sisko very much, and only one personality that doesn’t.

Later, the Triddler is off in another part of Ops while Maria keeps watch over the prisoners. She brings Irishy some broth in a bossy but actually pretty nice way, and Irishy accepts it in much the same spirit. Sisko takes this opportunity to work on Maria some more, drawing her attention to the fact that the Triddler both looks and acts completely different from the dude she was so into that she helped him commit murder. She tries to say that he’s actually better than he was, and they’ll still be together forever, and Sisko’s just trying to poison her against him.

Sisko is all about people proving things to him today, and tells her to prove that the Triddler is the same person by going up to him and talking about whatever. She says she doesn’t want to, not because he’s right, but just ’cause, and Sisko is all, “sounds like somebody’s scared,” and then she starts yelling at him, causing the Triddler to check on the situation.

After distantly making sure everyone is all right, he leaves again, giving Quark an opportunity he’s apparently been waiting for: he rolls a Space Penny across the floor, where it hits the boot of the Primary Angry Klingon. When he looks down, Quark launches himself from the stairs he was sitting on and wraps his whole body around the Primary Angry Klingon’s shoulders.

This was completely unexpected for a variety of reasons, and everyone seems at a loss to know what to do, especially Maria, who sort of waves her phaser around and tells Kira and Sisko not to try anything. The Primary Angry Klingon proceeds to ram Quark up against a railing, Andre the Giant style, until he finally dislodges him and smacks his head really hard against the big strategy table.

The Triddler comes out all annoyed, and Quark’s ears are in horrible pain (on Ferenginar’s Funniest Home Videos, about 85% of the footage is of male Ferengi accidentally being hit in the ears by baseballs, tree branches, children’s feet, etc.).

The Triddler tells Maria to take Quark to sick bay, where Bashir wearily scans him. “The damage appears to be superficial,” he says, and as Maria and the Secondary Angry Klingon turn away in disgust, Quark desperately mouths, “I KNOW THAT.” Bashir is on fire today, and catches on immediately, amending his statement to, “buuuuuuut Ferengi ears are incredibly sensitive, so I’d better run some further tests.” He bustles off to look busy on the other side of the room while the Secondary Angry Klingon watches Quark make sitcom labor pain noises.

In Ops, the Triddler says that the storm’s intensity is way down, and this whole ordeal will be over soon. Maria flounces back in and says she’s glad, because she hates everything. The Triddler says some very nice things about how he couldn’t have done it without her, blah blah blah, and she positively glows. She says she and the Klingons will run interference for him so he can go through the wormhole, and then she’ll follow him and they’ll start their fabulous new Gamma Quadrant lives together. She misses the guilty look on his face and gives him a big hug, but she senses something’s up when he doesn’t hug her back.

“It’s going to be all right, isn’t it?” she asks, and he’s all like, “oh, yeah, totally, just wait where we said we’d meet up, no worries,” gives her a chaste cheek-kiss, and strides purposefully away. She looks after him, utterly betrayed. Not to be mean, but this is kind of what you get when you enable your significant other to get personality-altering surgery.

The best part of this little sequence is the shot of Sisko looking on triumphantly, all like, “ROMANTIC DISCORD ACHIEVED.” I think I’m just going to imagine that Avery Brooks’s scheming is the force behind all romantic comedy misunderstandings now.

"You saw him embracing that other woman on the beach. It was probably his sister. OR WAS IT?"

In sick bay, Bashir is lying his ass off in his native language of Fancy Doctor Bullshit, saying Quark has a perforated contusion is his whosiwatsit gland, and once again bullies the Secondary Angry Klingonin to pulling nurse duty while he prepares a shot of something conveniently behind the Secondary Angry Klingon’s back. When he comes back over, he sneakily shoots it into the Secondary Angry Klingon’s neck, knocking him out. Quark, who seems to be enjoying the novelty of his co-conspirator role, springily says, “thank you, doctor, I feel better already.”

Bashir’s first order of business is to free Odo from his imprisonment, lamenting that he doesn’t know the access code to open the Odo container. After some good-natured Odo-themed ribbing, Quark is all, “out of the way, amateur hour,” and proceeds to hack the electronic lock.

In Ops, the Triddler finds that he can’t seem to comm badge into the Secondary Angry Klingon, which tells him that something is up in sick bay and Odo is probably on the loose. He decides to head for his escape ship, and Maria helpfully (?) suggests that he take a hostage. Sisko volunteers himself a little to readily, and the Triddler rejects him out of hand, requesting Kira as his hostage instead. Kira cheerfully agrees, pointing out that he has a snowball’s chance in hell of escaping anyway if Odo is really on the prowl.

The Triddler says bye to Maria, who unconvincingly wishes him good luck, and then tells Sisko that he’s really really going to miss their bromance. Sisko menacingly says that they’ll see each other again.

After the commercial break, Sisko asks Maria if her rendezvous spot is pleasant, because she’s going to be sitting there for the rest of her natural life waiting for the Triddler, and she knows it. Maria looks sad, and says she knew it was over when the Triddler said to wait for him at all, because in their original plan, he was supposed to get there first and wait for her, which means he lied, which he’s never done to her before.

She says the Triddler doesn’t need her any more, and Sisko begs to differ. He says that the Triddler needs her more than ever now, and together they can set things right and save both him and Jadzia. She agrees by telling Sisko she’ll kill him if he hurts the Triddler and handing him her phaser.

Meanwhile, the Triddler gets to where his ship is supposed to be to find it gone. “That’s because I released the docking clamps,” Odo says as he materializes from nowhere. Kira  is so happy to see him that she has a fit of joy in which she punches the Primary Angry Klingon several times very hard. Odo steps in to help, and they knock him out together as the Triddler runs briskly away. He reaches another airlock (where presumably Maria’s ship is docked), and opens the door to find Sisko standing in it, waiting for him.

He’s all, “you aren’t going to shoot me, I’m Dax,” pointing out that Sisko could easily kill the symbiont if he shoots him. Sisko says that Jadzia could die if he doesn’t. The Triddler asks what one girl’s life is really worth when measured against the eight lifetimes of knowledge that the symbiont has, and smirkily says “you’re not going to shoot me, Benjamin,” as he walks right past him to the ship. Sisko calls after him, and calmly says, “don’t call me Benjamin,” and then shoots him anyway.

The Triddler passes out, and when he wakes up, it’s as his old, unvarnished self, with Maria and Sisko hovering over him. He’s pretty upset, saying he came so close, and now he’s alone. A misty-eyed Maria says he’s not alone, because she’ll always be here, and he says he can’t remember anything that happened when he was Joined, and all the knowledge and confidence is gone. Also the nice hair.

While he processes that, Sisko goes over to talk to Jadzia, who confirms that she, in contrast, is fine and remembers everything the Triddler thought and said and did, and it was all super pathetic. She guesses he’ll always be with her, and the final shot is a haunting one of her, Sisko, and Maria all staring at the Triddler with varying degrees of pity while he turns away from all of them.

Fun Facts About This Episode!: The Primary Angry Klingon is played here by Tim Russ, who would later be cast as the Vulcan Tuvak in Voyager, and Maria is played by Megan Gallagher, who would later appear in the delightful episode “Little Green Men” in DS9 season 4.

Meredith’s Analysis: This episode is our first chance as an audience to see if the show follows up on the promise of the three-episode season opener – OK, show, I’ve seen you deliver tense miniseries drama, now impress me with a sundry forty-five minute episode. Luckily, this episode walks the walk in a lot of ways: it gives us further development on Jadzia as both a person and as a Trill that was hinted at in the season premire, as well as showing us that it can combine action and psychological drama, as opposed to the rather neat partitioning of the two we had in the first season (we’re caught in the middle of a never-ending war on a doomed planet or we’re parsing holocaust denial, there is no middle ground).

The further development of Trills is absolutely great, it’s the first Trill-centric episode since “Dax” way back at the beginning of season 1, which is a shame considering what a neat concept the Trills’ socialization of symbiosis is. This episode really has the feeling of an exhale: the outlines of the world have been drawn. The players have been assembled. The most important exposition has occurred. Now the show can get down to the business of adding color to the characters and societies that populate this pen-and-ink universe.

The second season is starting strong, the streak continues with episode 5, “Cardassians,” which sees further characterization of Bashir, more intrigue, and the return of one of our all-time favorite characters, Garak the Cardassian tailor/possible spy. We’re off next week for Spring Break, but the “Cardassians” review will be up on schedule the week of the 19th, so tune back in then.

Tim’s Analysis: This episode doesn’t actually introduce us to anything particularly new about the Trill in and of itself. We were told most of the facts this story is based on in “Dax”. Normally this would make it a rehash, but the end result is pretty cool. We the audience already know enough to be shocked when things start going down. We don’t have to be handheld and explained to about this. We know the stakes right away.

Something I feel is a missed opportunity, in this episode and perhaps the overall design of the Trill, is the idea that the host dies if seperated from the symbiont. That would give us all sorts of questions about the identity of separated hosts. I feel like making separation fatal is a bit of a shortcut. It cleans up loose ends and prevents things from becoming more confusing than they already are. It’s probably smart in the long-term, but I still wish we could have had separated trill struggling with identity. The idea of the hosts being individuals after separation is used later, but in a much more unwieldy and questionable manner, writing-wise. We’ll talk about that more when we get to it.

By the way, don’t listen to Meredith, we’re off next week because of Mass Effect 3.

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