Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 5

Chrysalis

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 28, 1998 on Syndicado
7.8
out of 10
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Stardate: Unknown Dr. Bashir performs an innovative surgery to help cure Sarina, a woman who has been in a cataleptic state since her childhood genetic reshufflling. However, when the procedure is a success, matters are complicated when Bashir develops romantic feelings toward her.

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  • Warning: this review may have been genetically enhanced.

    6.5
    Our genetically enhanced pals from season six make their triumphant return (disguised as Federation officers) in this episode so that Dr. Bashir can perform an operation on Sarina.



    Following the operation, Sarina is able to live a normal life, the kind she had never been able to dream of before the procedure. And our man Bashir quickly realizes that she is pleasant, brilliant, and something of a hottie to boot. But does she feel the same way?



    Well, to quote Patrick, "that's a stupid question" and one that I will not answer in this review. A better question for a review of a DS9 episode might be, "was it worth watching?" And while I've seen much better episodes, I'd still have to answer yes.



    There's little action in this episode (almost none), but if you like a little romance in your Trek, this episode may be for you. It's sort of a sweet story (in a science fiction, sort of way), and unlike Worf and Dax, Julian's feelings for Sarina never felt contrived. The scene where Sarina and the other members of team genetic enhanco sing "Do Re Mi" was among the corniest things I've seen on this show though.



    The Dominion war was put on hold for another week, but on the plus side, we've discovered there's still room for some good character development seven seasons into Deep Space Nine.



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  • A great romantic episode

    9.2
    I am glad Dr Bashir is looking at his love life not his work! Mined you Sarina needs someone who is not going to lead her off the straight and narrow. She needs someone and so does Julian, perfectly suited for each other for life. Good luck to both of them
  • A character development episode for Dr. Bashir, as well as further development of the genetically enhanced characters from "Statistical Probabilities"

    8.5
    A very pleasant episode as Julian develops a medical technique to assist Sarina, the autistic one, break out of her shell.



    Sarina is very well cast in the form of the *exceedingly* winsome Faith Salie (this actress should appear in more shows -- many more). Her character, being highly unresponsive to external stimuli, was sort of a doorstop in the StatProb episode, but this one makes up for it and allows her to shine.



    Once out of her shell, she begins to develop a relationship with Julian, and he begins to make plans for them to be together, as her intellect, bright wit and impish sense of humor make him acutely aware of how alone he is among "normals", in some ways.



    Unfortunately for Julian, while she likes him and feels particularly obligated to him, she doesn't reciprocate -- but feels honor bound to respond to his feelings.



    All in all, a pleasant diversion from the main season-long story arc.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

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

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Chief Miles O'Brien

Tim Ransom

Tim Ransom

Jack

Guest Star

Faith Salie

Faith Salie

Sarina

Guest Star

Hilary Shepard Turner

Hilary Shepard Turner

Lauren

Guest Star

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg

Nog

Recurring Role

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sisko: Doctor! I appreciate that you feel a connection to them because you're genetically engineered yourself, but they have displayed a consistent disregard for the rules the rest of society lives by!
      Bashir: Maybe that's because they're not allowed to live in society!

    • (talking about Kira, Odo, Miles and Ezri)
      Sarina: I felt so comfortable around them. I didn't have to worry that someone was going to throw a tantrum, or break into tears all of a sudden.
      Bashir: They usually only do that at staff meetings.

    • Jack: The fact is that the universe is going to stop expanding and collapse in on itself. We've got to do something before it's too late!
      Patrick: How much time do we have left?
      Jack: Sixty trillion years, seventy at most.
      Patrick: Oh, no!

    • (talking about the enhanced neurocortical probe)
      Jack: We recalibrated the imaging diodes. It's so accurate, you could clip the wings of an angel dancing on the head of a pin... if you wanted to.

    • (talking to Sarina about Bashir)
      Lauren: You're in good hands. Very good hands... don't get your hopes up, Julian. It's over between us. I've got a new man in my life right now. That gorgeous little Ferengi...
      Bashir: Nog?
      Lauren: Jealous? That's so sweet...

    • Bashir: What happened with Doctor Girani?
      Nog: The admiral said she was asking too many stupid questions.

    • Bashir: Cheeky virus. You went and mutated on me... well, you can run, but you can't hide.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • O'Brien says that he can't break the laws of physics. This is a nod to The Original Series, when Scotty would always tell Kirk he couldn't change the laws of physics.

    • Flowers For Algernon
      The plot for this episode is very similar to that of the short story Flowers For Algernon, about a retarded man who undergoes a medical procedure which turns him into a genius. He and his teacher fall in love, only to have the effects of the procedure reverse until he is in the same state in which he began. Daniel Keyes won the 1960 Hugo Award for best short story for Flowers For Algernon; in 1968, it became the movie Charly, starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom as the ill-starred pair.

    • Children Of A Lesser God
      The relationship between Sarina and Bashir is strikingly similar to the one in in the 1986 film Children Of A Lesser God, in which William Hurt's language-teacher character attempts to reach Marlee Matlin's character, who is deaf and socially withdrawn - Sarina is cataleptic and Bashir attempts to draw her out, only to fall in love with her as well.

    • Deja Q
      Referring to changing the cosmological constant to prevent the collapse of the universe also reminds one of Q's recommending changing the universal constant to prevent an asteroid moon from falling on Dre'el IV in the Next Generation episode "Deja Q".

    • Cosmological Constant
      Patrick, Jack and Lauren discuss the impossibility of changing the cosmological constant. The cosmological constant is a mathematical term Einstein introduced into his theory of general relativity to resolve certain paradoxes that appeared to hold, given the assumption that the universe was at equilibrium. Eventually, it was proven that the universe is not at equilibrium, and Einstein abandoned the constant, calling it his greatest mistake. Apparently, physics found it necessary to re-introduce the constant by the 23rd century.

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