Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 1 Episode 8

Dax

3
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 14, 1993 on Syndicado
7.7
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Stardate: 46910.1 Dax's previous host, Curzon, is accused of a murder committed 30 years ago, and Jadzia is unwilling to defend him, even though she hides an alibi capable of clearing him.

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  • Everything you know about the Trill is wrong! (If you watched TNG's The Host)

    7.5
    Just as "The Measure of a Man" is about Data but is really a Picard episode, "Dax" is about the titular character but is really a Sisko episode. Brooks, the featured actor for the first time since the pilot (also directed by David Carson), again proves worthy of being the leading man in the series, giving Commander Sisko a righteous vitality that surpasses that seen in Picard and Kirk. The late Anne Haney is his equal, guest starring as the elderly, no-nonsense judge.



    The B story, a mystery that begins as a tangent of the A story and eventually joins back in, gives Odo some interesting scenes and allows the writers to conveniently duck the difficult questions the episode offers. That said, viewers still learn plenty about the Trill, which is really the whole point of "Dax". Sadly, it's the last Star Trek script with contributions from D.C. Fontana, who also contributed to the Original Series, the Animated Series, and The Next Generation.moreless
  • Good primer to the Trill, answered a lot of questions I had. Good character development, too.

    8.0
    So pretty much just before this episode I was thinking, "What's the deal with trill hosts? Do they have minds of their own?" And then we get an excellent episode. Really reminded me of "The Drumhead" with the trial.



    Dax's silence is one of the most interesting aspects of the episode. I really liked how he felt the honorable thing to do was to remain silent and keep Curzon's secret (and his lover's) intact. In a way, it was his infidelity; but it was also someone else's, and I suppose his sense of honor kept him from betraying that confidence.



    Overall, very cool. I like the Dax/Sisko relationship. Hope to see more of that in episodes to come.moreless
  • Among the better season 1 episodes. We learn a lot more about Dax.

    7.5
    As the other reviewers have noted, this is a somewhat predictable and slow courtroom drama. However, relative to some of the other "character development" episodes shoehorned into the 1st season, this one at least bothers with a slightly interesting storyline.



    The best scenes in the episode are those featuring Sisko and Dax, alone. Intercharacter relationships were key to DS9, and this evolved into one of the most important. Even here, Avery Brooks and Terry Farrell have some great chemistry. Aside from Odo and Bashir, who each get secondary roles, the other characters are there mostly for the scenery.



    The guest appearance by Anne Haney as a gruff, no-nonsense Bajoran judge is also welcome.moreless
  • A reasonably effective courtroom drama which enables one of those great 'what is the nature of existence' debates that Trek so loves

    6.0
    'Dax' is a courtroom drama that effectively deals with some complex subject matter without excessively confusing the audience. It's well-scripted (by original series veteran DC Fontana, no less) and ably performed and the coda lends the episode a satisfying emotional resonance.



    But it loses points, however, for its rather lethargic pacing. I'd be lying if I said that 'Dax' didn't drag in places, in spite of being directed by David Carson, who did such a great job with the pilot episode. But in spite of a propensity toward dullness, 'Dax' is still a solid, interesting and quietly poignant character piece that offers some neat character development for Dax - who at this point in the series is still a 'work in progess'.moreless
  • What is it with American TV shows and trials?

    5.0
    Like every other show in the Star Trek franchise, the first season of Deep Space Nine starts out pretty slowly. As fans, we tell ourselves the reason for this is character development. Perhaps that is true, the writers and the actors are finding thier voices and episodes later in the season show a marked improvement over the ones that came before.



    This early episode is very much about character development. Focused around the character Dax, it introduces the concept of the \"Joined Trill\" into the Star Trek universe. It also helps further explain the relationship between Dax and Sisko. In terms of charcter development, the episode might be considered important to ones that would come later, but the method used, a trial which features a lengthy debate about what it means to be a joined trill and what a joined trill\'s legal obligations are when hosts have changed, is tired.



    Still, Americans are a litigious society and the court is a forum that allows a debate to occur in a setting that viewers can easily understand. It just doesn\'t make for good sci-fi or good legal drama. Tediously average. Ho-hum...moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

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

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Ilon Tandro

Guest Star

Fionnula Flanagan

Fionnula Flanagan

Enina Tandro

Guest Star

Richard Lineback

Richard Lineback

Selin Peers

Guest Star

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Judi Durand

Judi Durand

Station Computer Voice

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Fionnula Flanagan (Enina Tandro) also played Juliana Tainer in a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled "Inheritance". She also later played Ambassador V'Lar in Star Trek: Enterprise episode titled "Fallen Hero".

    • Nitpick: Selin Peers refers to the ruling body of the planet Trill as the Trillian government. This was the only time the term "Trillian" was used to describe the Trill.

    • This episode recycles day and night matte paintings for the Next Generation episode "Angel One", most noticeably in how the same scene differs from day to night-building on left completely disappears in night shot, and tree in foreground suddenly has more leaves and branches than shown in day shot.

    • According to the stardate given for this episode, this episode actually takes place toward the end of the first season, between the 16th and 17th episodes, "If Wishes Were Horses" and "The Forsaken".

    • Nitpick: One of the questions that Sisko asks Dax, is "if the competition to become a Trill is very strong...?" This implies that only the joined pair of a symbiont and a humanoid is a Trill. In later episodes it is developed that only a small minority of the Trill species receive a symbiont, and some do not even want one. The term used in later episodes to distinguish Trills that have received an symbiont is "joined Trill."

    • Goof: Dax mentioned that she studied zoo-ology, the study of zoos. This is a common mispronunciation of zo-ology, the study of animals. (Note: zoo is an abbreviation of zo-ological park.)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Kira: You Klaestrons are allies of the Cardassians; your knowledge of the station confirms that they must have given you the layouts. Which not only compromises Bajoran security, but also... annoys us.

    • Sisko: Now, what the hell's going on? (Dax says nothing) Dax, if I'm going to help you, you've got to help me!
      Jadzia: I don't expect any help, Benjamin. Thank you, though.
      Sisko: Are you crazy?!

    • Renora: Commander, the warrant's in order. On what grounds do you ask me to deny extradition?
      Sisko: You say the warrant's in order. But the name on the warrant is "Dax." Certainly that doesn't refer to Jadzia Dax, a female; but to the now deceased Curzon Dax, a male. This young woman wasn't even born thirty years ago.
      Tandro: You're arguing semantics. This creature is a Trill. The symbiont known as Dax has progressed from one host to the next.
      Sisko: Exactly. From one host to the next. A different host; a different person. So I submit that the person he wants to extradite no longer exists. And I challenge him to prove otherwise.
      Tandro: That's ridiculous.
      Renora: It would've been easier on me had you not raised that point, Commander. (to Tandro) But the penalty for these crimes on your planet is death; and that's rather permanent. So before I grant extradition, you will convince me, please, that the person named in your warrant is the same person that's sitting here now.

    • Judge Renora: This will be an informal hearing, so I'm going to start with some informal advice. I'm 100 years old. I do not have time to squander listening to superfluous language. In short, I intend to be here until supper, not senility. Understood?

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