Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 26

Broken Link

3
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jun 17, 1996 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 49962.4

When Odo contracts a mysterious illness, the Defiant crew bring him to the Gamma Quadrant to find the Founders. There, Odo learns that this illness was the Founders' way of forcing him home to the Great Link to stand trial for killing another Changeling.moreless

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  • Auberjonois carries it well

    8.0
    While there are Star Trek episodes that include illnesses and life threatening situations, this character-based Odo episode is the first to be about a regular in the latter stages of deteriorating health for which his loved ones can do nothing. It's one of the saddest parts of human existence, and a reminder of our mortality. To see it happen to Odo, alien as he is, is heartbreakingly effective as a piece of drama for we know deep down, he's as human as us.



    The first half of the story sees Odo battling to hold onto his dignity while literally falling apart, not wanting the attention or pity of the others. Each scene Auberjonois shares with his fellow castmates is gold, with director Les Landau mining the little moments for all their worth (including a standout moment between Odo and Quark). The second half shifts into a sequel to the Founders storyline last significantly seen in the previous season finale, "The Adversary". More of a legal matter than a medical issue, it nonetheless carries on the mood of an impending funeral with guest star Salome Jens (the female Changeling) playing her part with a heavy weight of sadness on her shoulder. (On a sidenote, it's particularly interesting to see her character interact with Garak, because seeing her powerful determinedness meet Garak's indomitable spirit is like seeing the irresistible force meet the immovable object).



    The sidestory of the Klingon Empire is played in a way that's reminiscent of the George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (or the Apple commercial based on the book), which successfully creates the threat at a distance, allowing the episode to be about what it's really about.



    As a season finale, it's a decidedly low-key affair. But as an Odo episode, it's a standout and a key to his future character development.

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  • Maybe the weakest of the 6 season finales, but still great.

    8.5
    Of DS9's 6 season finales, this may be the weakest - it's a good story, but doesn't quite capture the "holy cow, can't wait for next season" element that the others do. It's the kind of episode that might have earned consideration as a classic a few seasons earlier but here just meets very high expectations.



    Despite some good bits for other characters (particularly short periods of banter), the episode is very much about Odo and Garak. Rene Auberjonois gives the kind of stoic performance we'd expect of him; Andy Robinson is a great sidekick (?) as we saw in "Improbable Cause"/"The Die Is Cast".moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

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

Leslie Bevis

Leslie Bevis

Freighter Captain

Guest Star

Jill Jacobson

Jill Jacobson

Chalon Aroya

Guest Star

Andrew Hawkes

Andrew Hawkes

Amat'igan

Guest Star

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Garak

Recurring Role

Salome Jens

Salome Jens

Female Shapeshifter

Recurring Role

Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

Gowron

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Odo loses his shape shifting ability and becomes a solid.

    • Odo joins the "outcast club" of DS9, along with Worf, Garak and Quark, as none of them are accepted in their respective homeworlds.

    • It is later revealed that Odo was used as a carrier for the morphogenic virus affecting the changelings in the Great Link during the seventh season of Deep Space Nine. It is highly probable that he transmitted the virus into the link during this episode, while he was being judged.

    • Nitpick: What's oddly left out of Odo's defense is the fact that if he hadn't killed that Changeling, he would have probably died. His people has pointed out before that Odo isn't as skilled as they are with his abilities. So in one manner he was protecting his own life.

    • Nitpick: It was out of character for the female Founder to tell Odo to "give me your hand;" as she would consider that a "Solid" way of talking; and that she had stated before that Odo "link" with her, specifically.

    • Goof: As Worf and Garak are fighting in the Jeffries tubes, a door to a Jeffries tube is knocked open and an unused area of the set can be seen behind it.

    • Nitpick: In season 3's two-parter "The Search" Odo finds the Founders' home planet, which looks like a very pleasant place, with a nice landscape, vegetation, etc. It's a little odd that their new home is such an empty, foreboding planet, on which we see nothing but the Great Link, and a tiny island in the middle.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Odo: During the link, I sensed the other Changelings were trying to hide things from me. Faces, names. One of them was him.
      Kira: What are you saying?
      Odo: I'm saying he's one of them. Gowron, the head of the Klingon Empire, is a Changeling.

    • Gowron: We find the Federation's demands that we return the captured Cardassian colonies insulting and provocative. Klingon blood was spilled to conquer those worlds. They are now part of the Klingon Empire and we will never give them up. Furthermore, if the Federation still harbors any hope of peaceful coexistence with the Klingon Empire, it must abandon all starbases and military installations in the Archanis sector. Our claim to Archanis IV and the surrounding territory is ancient and indisputable. We advise the Federation to leave Archanis, or prepare to face the consequences. Long live the Empire.

    • Jadzia: Benjamin, somebody has requested to come on board.
      Sisko: Who is it?
      Jadzia: It's... Garak.
      Worf: Tell him the ship is off limits to Cardassian spies!

    • (talking to Garak)
      Worf: You fight well, for a tailor.

    • Worf: We are not here to wage war.
      Garak: I'm not talking about war! What I'm proposing is wiping out every Founder on that planet, obliterating the Great Link. Come now, Mr. Worf, you're a Klingon. Don't tell me you'd object to a little genocide in the name of self-defiance!
      Worf: I am a warrior, not a murderer.
      Garak: What you are is a great disappointment.

    • Female Shapeshifter: Cardassian survivors?
      Garak: Yes.
      Female Shapeshifter: There were no Cardassian survivors.
      Garak: You mean, they're all dead?
      Female Shapeshifter: They're dead. You're dead. Cardassia is dead. Your people were doomed the moment they attacked us. I believe that answers your question.

    • Garak: Ah, yes, the assassination of Proconsul Merrok of Romulus. Such a tragedy. I met him once, a few weeks before he died. I was working as a gardener at the Cardassian embassy.
      Odo: You were a gardener on Romulus?
      Garak: My specialty was Edosian orchids. Beautiful, yet highly toxic.
      Odo: As I recall, Proconsul Merrok was poisoned.
      Garak: Funny, I don't remember that.

    • Garak: Personally I think Starfleet should allow their officers more latitude in accessorizing their uniforms. You'd be suprised what a nice scarf can do.

    • Odo: I think you did this to me. You caused my illness so that I'd be forced to come home.
      Female Shapeshifter: As I said, I wish the circumstances of this meeting were different. You killed a Changeling, Odo.
      Odo: He was trying to kill my friends. I had no choice.
      Female Shapeshifter: Of course you had a choice. And you chose to side with the solids. To protect them, you were willing to violate the most sacred law of our people.
      Odo: No Changeling has ever harmed another.
      Female Shapeshifter: Until you. That is why we forced you to return home...to enter the Great Link and be judged.

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