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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 16

Change of Heart

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Mar 04, 1998 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 51597.2

Worf is forced to choose between the life of his wife Jadzia, and the success of the mission when they must rendezvous with Cardassian defector who seeks their help.

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  • Worf and Dax on their Honeymoon

    As Star Trek moved from episodic adventures to more serialized stories, it's only natural that relationships would move more to the forefront. There's a reason soap operas were able to build themselves on couples whereas primetime television was historically built on situations. TV relationships are only interesting when the couple has time to learn and grow, taking the audience along for the ride. It wasn't until home viewing technology improved in the 90s (making it less likely fans would miss episodes) that TV producers began to feel comfortable moving towards primetime storylines that would spill over from episode to episode. And just as primetime TV was opening the door to this sort of storytelling, the internet was becoming popular, giving fans a way to discuss and argue about who should be with whom. "Shippers" were born, even coming up with cute names for their favorite couples in real and fictional life, such as Bennifer (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Aniston) and Suliet (Sawyer and Juliet). For Star Trek, it was a game changer. Sure, TOS and TNG tease relationships between regulars such as Kirk and Rand, Troi and Riker, Picard and Dr. Crusher, Worf and Troi. But the pairings skirt the edge of the stories and never really move forward. With serialized television and the internet, Star Trek (and all of television) could be more ambitious with relationships like Dax and Worf, complete with a marriage and "honeymoon".

    A sequel to "You are Cordially Invited", this post wedding episode is a strange one. With its long trek in the jungle (seemingly taking advantage of several days of location shooting but really shot on an impressively dressed stage) the A story with Worf and Dax looks more like a TNG episode than the darker DS9. Meanwhile, the station based B story about O'Brien and Bashir plotting to end Quark's tongo winning streak peters out about halfway into the hour. In fact, all the important plot points of the episode could be covered in a quarter of the time, but the real point of the episode is to let Worf and Jadzia's relationship develop, giving the two a struggle and giving Worf the choice between duty or his wife. It's not exactly must see TV. Star Trek is just getting its feet wet with a serious relationship here and would improve in the future. (Also, Ron Moore is probably not the guy you want to blaze the path. You want Klingons battling? He's the perfect choice. You want Klingons kissing? Maybe try someone else instead). Then again, at least Worf and Jadzia don't turn into lizards and have babies.

  • Great episode for Teri Farrell and Michael Dorn.

    I seem to like this one more than most other fans. I guess you could say "nothing happens" - there is a little bit of action and tension, but it really is a spin on the "relationship in a tough situation" slant.

    But it's more than that. If you watch this and Worf's first appearances back to back, it's hard to believe they're the same guy. Even compared to his final appearances in TNG, both the character and Michael Dorn's acting had grown tremendously. Teri Farrell also nails the Jadzia thing perfectly. Unlike the awkward and implausible Worf-Troi romance, this relationship is not hard to believe. The conclusion to this story line is touching.

    The other story provides some light entertainment and doesn't disappoint. Like Worf, Julian's character evolved tremendously over the course of the show. The naive, arrogant doctor is now a more reflective, introverted character. He grew up.

    This one fills in the space between the "important" episodes of season 6, but only a very harsh critic could call it "filler".moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

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)

    • We have been told and shown in many episodes how fragile the Dax symbiont is. You would think that any phaser shot to the lower torso combined with the massive blood loss would have damaged the symbiont immensly.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Worf: (speaking to Jadzia) I would rather lose a bet on you than win on someone else.

    • Quark: (as they play tongo) You're a quick study, doctor.
      Bashir: You mean quick for a hu-mon, don't you, Quark?
      Quark: I would never say anything so distasteful during a game.
      Bashir: No, you'd wait 'til it was over.
      Quark: Of course.

    • Jadzia: So, how are you enjoying your honeymoon? Are you suffering enough?
      Worf: Almost.
      Jadzia: Is there anything I can get for you?
      Worf: More pain. Less cold.

    • Jadzia: Room service. I want to be pampered. I want a staff to cater to our every whim. I want to be embarrassed by the size of our room. I want a balcony with a view that makes you want to break down and cry from the sheer beauty of it all. And I don't want to spend one moment of our honeymoon suffering from anything except guilt about our complete self-indulgence.
      Worf: (scared) Risa?

    • Lasaran: (after seeing Worf) A Klingon... why did they have to send a Klingon?
      Jadzia: I'm a Trill. Does that make you feel any better?
      Lasaran: Are you trying to be funny?
      Jadzia: Not at all. He's the funny one...

    • Dax: Worf, you're practically easygoing. Better watch out or you'll develop a sense of humor.
      Worf: I have a sense of humor! On the Enterprise I was considered to be quite amusing.
      Jadzia: That must have been one dull ship.
      Worf: That is a joke! I get it! It is not funny, but I get it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Dax scans the planet in a screen that says "Scanning Grid 47110" in the lower right-hand corner. Writer Joe Menosky began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, a college which Menosky attended.

    • This episode marks the debut of Deep Space Nine's newest Danube class runabout, the USS Shenandoah.

    • First draft script originally contained a B-story arc which would have depicted Prinadora, Rom's ex-wife and Nog's mother previously only mentioned in season 5's "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?", who arrived at the station to win back Rom for ulterior motives. The entire runner had to be cut before the final draft for time (before filming).


    • The Forge
      In naming possible honeymoon locations, Worf mentions traveling across the Forge desert on Vulcan. Captain Archer and T'Pol travel across the Forge in the fourth season of Enterprise.