Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Alternate

Season 2, Ep 12, Aired 1/9/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 47361.7 Dr. Mora Pol, who first studied Odo as an infant, announces that he may have found Odo's homeworld in the Gamma Quadrant.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Armin Shimerman


  • Terry Farrell

    Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

  • Rene Auberjonois

    Constable Odo

  • Nana Visitor

    Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

  • Avery Brooks

    Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • We have met the monster, and it is us!

    By Celedorian, Jan 16, 2013

  • The relationship between Dr Pol and Odo is genuine and touching. But the scifi plot is a big mess.

    By pharoahsdance, Apr 12, 2009

  • An excellent character piece for Odo, offset by a rather goofy subplot

    By Amoyaan, Jan 29, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Dr Mora: (referring to the new life form) Any indication of intelligence? Odo: Not unless you consider wanton destruction of the lab an indication of intelligence.

    • Dr Mora: Still having trouble with social integration. Odo: I integrate as much as I want to. Dr Mora: Define, 'as much as I want to.' Odo: As much as I want to means as much as I want to!

    • Bashir: I prescribe rest, because it's hard for a doctor to go wrong with that one.

    • Odo: Humanoid death rituals are an interest of mine. Quark: Death rituals... Odo: Everybody needs a hobby. Quark: Uh-huh. Odo: Some species burn their dead, others pack them in blocks of ice... some even surround themselves with the company of family corpses. But the Ferengi ritual of chopping up their loved ones and selling them... I find that... irresistible. Quark: I'm very busy. Odo: What a fitting and distinguished way to honor the memory of great Ferengi entrepreneurs. I'm thinking of starting a collection. Putting up a display case in my office. There'll be a special space reserved just for you in there, Quark.

    • Sisko: Dax? Dr. Bashir released you from the Infirmary? Jadzia: Dr. Bashir hid my clothes so I wouldn't leave. I had to sneak into my quarters, wearing a hospital gown that didn't quite close in the back.

    Trivia (8)

    • As he claimed in "Necessary Evil", Odo did indeed copy his hairdo from the scientist that worked on him.

    • This episode marks the first appearence of Dr. Mora Pol, Odo's surrogate father. He returns in the fifth season episode "The Begotten".

    • Goof:¬†At Time Index 13:04 and several seconds after, you can clearly tell that the scenery in the background is a painting.

    • Goof: Sisko describes the death of his father to Dr. Mora. That same father is a recurring character later on in the series.

    • The significance of the pillar taken from the planet is never explained. It was a "red-herring" to mislead the audience into believing it was the cause of the random attacks.

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