Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 3


Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 14, 1998 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown On Deep Space Nine, Ezri must deal with the different reactions of the crew to her presence: Kira tries to be friendly, Quark flirts with her, Worf wants nothing to do with her, and Sisko is happy to see her. Ezri makes plans to leave the station due to Worf's discomfort around her presence, and the painful memories she provokes. When Garak collapses with terrifying bouts of claustrophobia, Sisko invites Ezri to stay aboard Deep Space Nine as the station's new counsellor.moreless

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  • Introducing Dax. Again.

    The first Ezri Dax episode begins awkwardly (as it should) before finding its footing in a Dax/Garak story. Stepping into a beloved role and making it her own for a single season is a thankless task for Nicole DeBoer and the writers, requiring lots of issues to be addressed. Foremost? Worf, who gets the B story. As Julian and Quark get to know Ezri better, the hopelessly confused Worf takes offense. Even without the other guys in the picture, he can't accept Ezri. "How can I honor the memory of the woman I loved when she is not really dead?" Giving Ezri and Worf their own separate stories to deal with the issue is a productive formula and a fun exploration of a science fiction idea that other television shows can't do.

    It is, of course, Ezri who gets the lion's share of the episode, with the writers returning to the idea of a counselor for the crew. It's a good idea that helps differentiate her from Jadzia, and Deanna Troi need not fear the competition. Ezri is the opposite of Starfleet's best and brightest, having a naive immaturity more often seen on teen shows than Star Trek that can be uncomfortable but interesting to watch.

    Unfortunately, writer Echavarria does her no favors with his "pscyho babble", coming across as someone who doesn't actually have any training impersonating a therapist. (It makes Sisko look silly as well, since his continual assertion that she should skip the rest of her training seems, in light of her job performance, like an insult to therapists who've actually taken the pains to learn what they're doing). Actually, a significant part of the problem with the way Ezri's therapy sessions are written is oversimplification, a problem with the episode on the whole. With a predictable formula that includes triumphs and setbacks at just the times a veteran TV fan would expect them, the episode contains little that's memorable. But the point of the episode isn't really to surprise or amaze but to simply integrate Ezri into the show, and on this count, "Afterimage" succeeds.

  • A slightly emotional episode of character development

    A very average episode in the context of the season. The story uses two main plot strands, essentially to develop Ezri's character by a few degrees. These strands manifest themselves as; i) the struggle to define her identity against the overwhelming pressence of the previous host lives of Dax, ii) what to do with her new complicated life.

    Since both of these strands have minimal action involved, what little drama there is comes over as forced and holding little lasting impact in the grand scheme of the Dominion War. Either of these elements should have been used together with any other action packed sub-plot in order to make for a better episode imo.

    As it is, the episode is really only saved by the context of which Ezri's character development takes place. Namely these are: Sisko's interference in helping Ezri decide to stay in Starfleet, Worf's internal battle to accept Jadziha's death and that part of her is in Ezri's and Garraks internal struggle to accept what he is doing to help Starfleet with intel intercepts, even if it is killing many Cardassians. The scenes that these elements provide help the dialogue rise from what could have been dreadful to quite emotionally moving in some areas.

    While the safe setting of the Space Station though logical doesnt add anything visually stimulating or eye catching to proceedings.

    However, overall at least this aspect of the season arc is out of the way (to some degree) after this episode. Best bit:- When Garrak goes loopy and tries to flush himself out of an airlock. *chuckle*moreless
  • So, after been introduced briefly in the last two shows, it's about time we get to learn a bit more about Dax - Ezri Dax that is, the n-th host (it's kinda tricky to keep track of the numbers).moreless

    After an only rudimentary presentation of the new host of Dax, Ezri Dax that is, in the previous two episodes, it is about time we learn more about this new - yet old - character addition. I wont even get into lamenting about the switch from Jadzia to Ezri, I guess at the time things went as they did, they probably looked different. But I do freely admit that when I saw this episode first, I thought: that is soooooo lame! Now that I watched season 7 several times, I am still not totally happy, but the creative mind behind the series actually managed to do a good job with Ezri, starting with this show, that of course also draws of the combo of her having to counsel the Cardassian tailor Elim Garak, who's suffering some strange forms of breakdowns ... okok, they should have paged Doctor Freud a bit to help them with the script of this particular show, as the solution to it all is a bit too obvious, yet, we get to learn a bit more insights on Ezri, where she's coming from and things that make her tick - or more, that confuse her, being an unprepared host for Dax. An enjoyable ride that shows the potential of things to come during this season!moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Given that rekindling past relationships with previous hosts' connections is a very serious taboo in Trill society, as shown in "Rejoined" it may not make sense why Ezri would try to bring out feelings in Worf for Jadzia in relating to her. However, since Ezri's joining with Dax was hardly planned, she may well be being held to different standards of self control than your average joined Trill, or at least be forgiven for not living up to those standards.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Ezri: It's a strange sensation... dying. No matter how many times it happens to you, you never get used to it.

    • Ezri: The Cardassians will put up a strong fight.
      Garak: Oh, indeed, they will. But in the end, they'll lose.
      Ezri: How can you be so sure?
      Garak: Because they won't be expecting an attack. Because they have no idea I broke their codes. All those Cardassians are going to die because of me!
      Ezri: I suppose that's one way of looking at it.
      Garak: What other way is there?
      Ezri: That by helping to end the war, you'll be saving lives.
      Garak: Saving lives? And what lives will I be saving? Human? Klingon? Romulan?
      Ezri: And Cardassians.
      Garak: (getting upset) No! Not Cardassians! They are going to fight until the bitter end. The Dominion will see to that! Don't you understand? Don't you see? I wanted to believe that I was helping my people, liberating them, but all I've done is to pave the way for their annihilation. I'm a traitor.

    • Ezri: It's funny... before yesterday, I'd never set foot on this station - but it's as familiar to me as the back of my hand.

    • Worf: (to Ezri) You are not Jadzia. Jadzia died and went to Sto-Vo-Kor. I do not know you. Nor do I wish to know you.

    • Ezri: No, I get spacesick. Ever since I was joined. I'm very sensitive to motion. I can even feel the station spinning.
      Garak: Really?
      Ezri: It's because of what happened to Torias. He died in a shuttle accident.
      Garak: Why would that make you spacesick?
      Ezri: Because I blame myself for what happened.
      Garak: You were piloting?
      Ezri: Yes. No! Depends on how you look at it. Torias was my fifth host. Didn't I say that?
      Garak: No.
      Ezri: Well, he was. And I think the reason his death has stayed with me for so long, is that I just can't seem to forgive him for getting himself killed.
      Garak: But you said it was an accident. If he wasn't to blame, then you're not to blame either.
      Ezri: I know. But somehow I can't help punishing myself for it.
      Garak: By getting spacesick.
      Ezri: Exactly.
      Garak: Don't take this the wrong way, but it sounds to me like you're the one that needs to see a counselor.

    • Sisko: What are you going to learn in the next few months, that you haven't already learned in the last three hundred years?
      Ezri: How to keep from breaking into tears for no reason; how to resist the urge to stand on my head - things like that.

    • Garak: Oh, no. Don't start. Spare me your insipid psychobabble. I'm not some quivering neurotic who feels sorry for himself because his daddy wasn't nice to him. You couldn't begin to understand me.
      Ezri: I'd like to try.
      Garak: I'm sure you would. You'd like nothing more than to pry into my personal affairs. Well, I'm not interested in dissecting my childhood... all I want is to free my people from the Dominion. I don't need someone to come in here and hold my hand, I need someone who can help me get back to work. And you, my dear, aren't up to the task... look at you. You're pathetic. A confused child trying to live up to the legacy left by her predecessors. You're not worthy of the name Dax. I knew Jadzia - she was vital - alive. She owned herself. But you - you don't even know who you are. How dare you presume to help me? You can't even help yourself.

    • Bashir: Now wait just a minute! You have no right to tell me who I can be friends with!
      Worf: If you dishonor Jadzia's memory, you will regret it. And that goes for you, too, Ferengi!!
      Quark: What did I do?!

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