While on a scientific mission to investigate strange signals from the other side of the wormhole which might lead to clues about the origin of Changelings, Dax and Odo somehow manage to get accused of murder. Meanwhile, back on the station, Major Kira pretends she's the Black Canary.
This was a fun episode that added to the bigger storyline, gave us maybe a couple of clues about the shadowy Dominion, some more insight into our characters, and some maybe-progress at learning about Odo's people.
The more I learn about Odo, the more I love him. How he feels women do not react to him with interest (cough cough Lwaxana Troi cough cough), the quality of the bond he develops with Taya, our recognition of Odo's acceptance of a huge breadth of forms for life, possibly because of his own experiences: all these are describing the beginning of a unique trajectory. Which is interesting, because what I saw in the Changeling stories were echoes of typical fairy tales–Rumpelstiltskin, for example. He's reminding me of G'Kar from Babylon 5, only less grunty.
I don't love the tale of the hologram-people; it feels like we've been here before with Moriarty and reminds me of a storyline or two from The Next Generation and TOS. But it serves to springboard a confirmation that there's information out there, possibly about the direction of the Dominion, and a quote that the Dominion "comes in and changed our whole way of life" to the extent that someone confined themselves to a holodeck and arguably cornered themselves into a form of mental illness or dependency. I wondered at the end why Dax and Odo weren't far more concerned than they gave evidence of being; they were all "look, we saved the holodeck people and convinced the owner of their holosentience! Fun shape-shifting time!" Enjoyable while it's happening, but confusing when you think about it. I'd be asking "how widespread are these people? Where was the location of the last world? Are they incredibly armed?"
Or at least copying the contents of the holographic computer's knowledge database for later review.
|"Let's save the fake people and ignore the foreboding |
warnings from the man who made them."
"Okay. Unconventional, but I'm bored."
|She's smiling. This can't end well.|
Here's hoping my questions about the Dominion get cleared up soon, though.
Bits and Pieces
Dax confessing that after centuries the unconventional questions are more interesting. I've been calling her Granny Dax sometimes for her matchmaking nature, and wonder how much of that is Curzon and how much Jadzia...
I love the storytelling scene between Odo and Taya, their bonding over their solitude. It's incredibly bittersweet, but also, it makes Odo's character-to me-more complex. How much of his interest is from his investigator side? How much of his incredibly sweet manner is a way to get information? Sometimes I wonder.
The top-dance at the end was cute, but made me roll my eyes.
Dominion foreshadowing, yet again.
Odo: Because women don't react to me in that manner.
Dax: Are you saying that you've never had a female friend?
Odo: I consider Major Kira a friend.
Dax: That's not what I meant. I'm talking about an intimate friendship.
Odo: That's a very personal question.
Dax: I'm sorry, but after seven lifetimes the impersonal questions aren't much fun anymore.
Odo: I see. So, have you scanned the area for signs of transporter activity?
Colyus: It was the first thing I tried. I didn't find anything. You know, I've been protector here for almost ten years. I like to think I'm pretty good at my job. People trust me to solve their problems. But whoever's behind these disappearances is a lot smarter than I am. I have to admit, I'm starting to get desperate.
Odo: Maybe what you need is a little help.
Kira: I'm sorry.
Bareil: Don't apologize. I should have seen it coming. Where did you learn to play like that?
Kira: My brothers and I used to play at the Singha refugee camp. There wasn't much else to do.
Bareil: Yeah, I was at Relliketh. And now here we are. That was delicious.
Kira: Thank the replicators.
Bareil: Here, let me help.
Kira: That's not necessary. Your shoulder–
Bareil: Never felt better.
Kira: Maybe I could use some help after all.
(Bajoran smoochies ensue)
While I felt the crew made some weird decisions tonight, at least they did it in an entertaining way; I love the banter and support between Odo and Dax, the relationship between Kira and Bareil, and I'm predicting more interesting stories for Jake coming up.
Three out of five omicron particle holographic solid projector thingies.