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DS9 3-25

DS9 3x25

Original airdate: 6/12/1995
Rewatch date: 8/19/2013

Jadzia undertakes a Trill rite whereby she gets to "meet" her previous hosts, as Nog takes a Starfleet entrance exam.

Spoiler-free notes:

You rarely ever see somebody fall on their ass after ending a holodeck program while sitting down.

Kira and O'Brien do a good acting job, Bashir not so much, and Quark brushing Jadzia's hair is pretty damn funny.

The choice to cast Sisko as Joran is smart, but Avery Brooks overdoes it (as he is wont to do).

Rene Auberjonois as Odo/Curzon is easily the best, as it should be.

Curzon trying to live on as Odo is an interesting take on immortality, kind of a more mature version of TNG's "The Schizoid Man."

I still have a problem with the rules of how a Trill works. It's been made very clear that Jadzia has all of the memories of all of Dax's previous hosts, so how is it possible for her to grapple so hard with why Curzon rejected her? She should know, because she is Curzon!

This episode is better than I expected it to be, but it's indicative of the problems audiences had getting into the show. I appreciate how it's trying to develop Dax's character, picking up unresolved threads left dangling after "Playing God" and "Equilibrium." I also love that it gives so many of the regular cast a good acting challenge. However, there's nothing to really grab onto for people who were casual viewers of DS9 or Trekkies who were growing impatient with DS9's more soapy plotlines.

Spoiler section:

This is a good prelude to Odo's transformation into a solid in "Broken Link."

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