Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 14


Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 17, 1999 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown Odo meets another shapeshifter, whom he realizes is one of the 100 infants sent out to learn abouth other species and cultures. The changeling, Laas, dislikes and distrusts solids, and tries to convince Odo to feel the same way. Laas suggests that he and Odo search for the rest of their kind that were sent out, so as to start a new Great Link - an offer Odo finds difficult to refuse.moreless

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  • A good Odo episode

    Taking its title from Greek mythology, this quiet, character-based Odo episode uses a long lost Changeling as a figurative mirror for Odo to look into and reflect upon himself. (In a non-figurative sense, the new Changeling is a real jerk). As Odo begins soul-searching, he once again starts to waffle about what he really wants, which is really the point of the story. (It is a bit odd to see him go on about "Changelings" getting no respect, when he's always been given respect by both sets of humanoids he's worked for on the station; but it is true that no one has cared as much as him about other Changelings. Probably because of how the Founders act!)

    Guest star "Garman Hertzler" . Hertzler) is fine as Odo's new pal (using a completely different voice than his usual General Martok gravel), but this one is really carried by Auberjonois, who teams up with Echevarria to point Odo in the direction he needs to be to finish the series. In fact, Odo could really use a counselor here, and yet it's one of the few episodes the season without Ezri!

  • Odo encounters another changeling, but rather than a Founder, he discovers that it's one of the Hundred, like him. Unfortunately, he may be the only one who sees the difference.

    This story had potential, bringing in a character that's probably more like Odo than anyone we've seen before. The execution, however, could have been better.

    On the plus side, the character of Laas is somewhat interesting, and Odo's interaction with him even moreso. It's nice to see someone who's so much like him yet so different. It's also nice to get a new changeling perspective that differs from Odo's peaceful life and view of humanoids and the Founders' fear and need to conquer all of them. Overall, though, not all that much happens, and what does is rather predictable. Thanks to the war with the Founders, no one likes Laas. Since no one's liked him all his life, Laas doesn't really like anyone. Bad things happen. The end. Oh, there is Odo's discoveries of new changeling abilities, though one wonders why the Founders didn't share this with him in his past links with them. Other than a little bit development for Odo and a halfway interesting character (and a reference to Martok that I chuckled at) this one doesn't have too much going for it.moreless
  • A new changling arrives.....conflict ensues

    This episode opens with Chief O'Brien and Odo on their way back to DS9 from somewhere (I'm not sure they mention where) when they encounter a strange new creature floating through space. Soon enough, this new creature boards their shuttle craft and it becomes apparent that we are not dealing with a new creature at all....but another changling!

    This episode was all right. I'm not someone who needs a lot of action constantly. Often I enjoy the more character-driven episodes, and this one was certainly a good idea. I guess it was just lacking something.

    I think the main problem with the episode is that it rammed it's main point down your throat. I understood that Odo was supposed to be feeling conflicted about his place on DS9 the first time Laas (the new shapeshifter) informed him he didn't belong there. The next thousand times were just overkill. And regardless of whether or not the Klingon attacked Laas first, Laas himself is simply too unlikeable a character to feel sympathy toward. I think ultimately that's the reason the episode's climax (the killing of the Klingon and the imprisonment of Laas) lacked the punch it should have had. They keep telling us that the great link is.....well, great, but you're still left wondering why Odo would ever want to leave Kira to spend an eternity with that downer, Laas.

    "So they fear it... and their fear can turn to hate in the blink of an eye... "

    Fear leads to hate, and hate leads to the, wait, that's something else. I guess I'm done here. Until next time, folks.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 (5)

    • Laas manages to enter the runabout from outside the ship while in space. Runabouts, as are all starships, are hermetically sealed. Any hole, no matter how minute, would result in decompression to some degree that would be detectable by the passengers and the sensors. Therefore, there would be no way for the changling to enter the ship from outside.

    • Just before encountering the space creature Odo has a gift for Kira and puts it down on the console, there is nothing there other than that until O'Brien asks about the chocolates. Then, suddenly, there is a box of chocolates there also.

    • The design of the space-borne creature is incorrect. It appears that its method of propulsion is its fins in the back, however, in the vacuum of space, fins would provide no propulsion because there will be no air resistance to push of the fins to propel the creature forward.

    • According to the Deep Space Nine Relaunch series of books, Laas eventually joins the Great Link and is presumably cured at that time.

    • Since we know from later episodes that it was Odo who infected the Founders when he linked, he must also have infected Laas when he linked with him. However, the issue of Laas is never raised after Odo's role in infecting, and later curing the Founders is discovered.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Klingon: Your hands are stained with the blood of Klingon warriors!
      Laas: (looking at his hands) But then the stench would still be on them.

    • Laas: Odo, we linked! I know the truth. You stayed here because of Kira. If it weren't for her, you would be with our people. War or no war you would be a Founder.

    • Laas: Don't be a fool. What are you holding on to? Even she knows this is what's best for you. Why else would she have let me escape?
      Odo: You really don't know, do you? You've no idea what it means to love someone enough to let them go.
      Laas: She let you go so that you could find out where you belong.
      Odo: I know where I belong.

    • Odo: This is just a form I borrowed. I could just as easily be someone or something else.
      Kira: I know that. But this is what you have always chosen to be: a man, a good and honest man, a man I fell in love with. Are you trying to tell me he never existed?
      Odo: I don't know. I care for you more than anyone. These past few years have been the happiest of my life. But a part of me wishes Laas and I were out there right now, searching for the others. Existing as Changelings. Because that's what I am.

    • Laas: But even when you make yourself in their image, they know that you aren't truly one of them. What you appear to be doesn't reflect what you really are. It's only a mask. What lies underneath is alien to them. So they fear it... and their fear can turn to hate in the blink of an eye...

    • Quark: We humanoids are the product of millions of years of evolution. Our ancestors learned the hard way that what you don't know might kill you. They wouldn't have survived if they hadn't jumped back when they encountered a snake coiled in the muck. And now millions of years later, that instinct is still there. It's genetic. Our tolerance for other lifeforms doesn't extend beyond the two arm, two leg variety. I hate to break it to you, but when you're in your natural state, you're more than our poor old genes can handle.
      Odo: What are you saying, Quark? That the Klingons couldn't help what they did because of their genes?
      Quark: I'm not trying to excuse what they did. I'm only telling you why it happened. Watch your step, Odo. We're at war with your people. This is no time for a changeling pride demonstration on the Promenade.

    • (talking about the Klingons)
      Odo: They attacked Laas.
      Sisko: They're claiming that he 'surrounded them menacingly'.
      Odo: They felt menaced by fog?

    • Laas: Of course you trust Odo. Look at him. You've convinced him that he's as limited as you are.
      Odo: Laas...
      Ezri: He's seen through our evil plan.
      Bashir: Foiled again.

    • Laas: But... but what about the hundred that were sent out - haven't you ever tried to find any of them?
      Odo: No. It's a big galaxy. They could be anywhere.
      Laas: I found you.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Laas demonstrates that the ability of the Founders to shapeshift is far more flexible, and much more powerful, than previously realized. During the episode, he not only emulates a space-borne creature to follow Odo through space, but also a dispersed fog on the promenade and actual flames in Odo's suite.

    • Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.

    • Laas is the second Changeling to be discovered of 'The 100', the group of baby Changelings sent out into the universe by the Founders.

    • Normally credited as J.G. Hertzler when he plays Martok, he is credited as Garman Hertzler in this episode, making it that much harder for viewers to realize it's the same actor who plays Martok.


    • Chimera

      In Greek mythology, Chimera was a creature from Lycia, Asia Minor, and was made up of various different animal parts.

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