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The Rewatch 219: Dax

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Episode:  1.08 Dax (0215/1993)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/1

Notable Guest Stars:
Gregory Itzin (Illon Tandro) – He is known for his role in 24, appearances on Friends, and several episodes of Star Trek over the years including DS9, Voyager and Enterprise.
Fionnula Flanagan (Enina Tandro) – Flanagan played several roles on Trek over the years, including that of Juliana Soong, Data’s “mom”. Some of her other notable roles include Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Transamerica,
Anne Haney (Judge Renora) – She previously played Rishon on TNG.  She is also known for her roles in Mrs Doubtfire and Mama’s Family.
Richard Lineback (Selin Peers) – Another Star Trek alum, he played roles on DS9, TNG and Enterprise.  He also plays the father in Twister, one of my favorite childhood films.
Spice Williams (Klaestron Kidnapper) – Spice Williams is a reoccuring face among Star trek, having guest starred as several characters over the years as well as working on stunts. In this episode she gets to beat up Julian Bashir. She is also the sister-in-law of Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar)

Review:

 DS9 goes back to having good episodes again with this one.  As you can tell from the character, this episode is about Dax.  In the opening sequences, Bashir follows to join Jadzia on her walk home only to find her being abuducted by a group of people.  These people turn out to be from Klystra, a planet Dax (as Curzon Dax) had visted thirty years prior. They had a warrant for her arrest and planed on abducting her.

However, Sisko and Kira manage to get things fixed fast enough to catch them in the act. Sisko immediately goes on defense, knowing his friend was not capable of the charges – treason and murder.

I love that Kira basically uses her reputation as a bundle of kick ass to use on Dax’s behalf.  Of course, she is telling the truth, it is a problem with security.

The issue at hand here is thus:  Is a current host responsible for the actions made by those that came before it?  If Curzon committed a crime, should Jadzia be made to suffer the consequences?  This episodes doesn’t really answer this but its an interesting question to ask.

On a bigger sense, this episode does a lot to establish what the Trill are now.  The TNG episode “The Host” introduced Odan, a Trill, but how he acted and how the interaction between symbiote and host worked were completely different.  This episode does a lot of work in establishing the Trill species in how it will be seen from here on.  It also establishes Jadzia’s history as her own person.

I do wonder though, if Illon Tandro ever learned the truth of his father? 

Interesting Notes:

  • Written by Peter Allen Fields and D.C. Fontana (She’s Back!!)
  •  Directed by David Carson
  •  This is the only episode with a  character’s name as the title. There have been other espiodes mentioning a character (i.e. “Data’s Day”) but this is the only one that is just the character’s name.

Pros

  •  Fionnula Flanagan is always a good thing.
  • I love that Kira is a bundle of kick-ass and doesn’t care who knows it.
  • Character development of several characters.

Cons:

  •   Can Julian have a love interest already or are we going to have him flirting with Jadzia in almost every episode. (Answer:  Probably the later.  I don’t think he gets a love interest that is major till later in the season)

Screencap via CygnusX1.net

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