Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 1 Episode 8


Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 14, 1993 on Syndicado

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  • What is it with American TV shows and trials?

    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...