Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 3 Episode 25

Facets

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jun 12, 1995 on Syndicado
8.2
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Stardate: 48959.1
Dax is excited to perform a Trill ritual, in which she gets to "meet" each of her past hosts by transfering their memories into her friends. However, when Odo and Curzon merge and want to remain that way, Dax must find her confidence and reclaim that piece of herself.
Meanwhile, Nog goes through various tests to be able to take the Starfleet academy entrance test.moreless

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  • Auberjonois summons his inner Jimmy Durante

    7.0
    Beginning with an interesting premise that takes advantage of the ensemble cast (and gives them new parts to play), Facets picks up a thread from "Playing God" (an episode about Jadzia the mentor) and gives us the other side of the coin Jadzia the mentored. After spending half the episode allowing cast one by one to have fun in their new roles, the plot meanders into an Odo/Curzon dilemma that allows Ren Auberjonois to summon his inner Jimmy Durante. It would have probably been a better choice to have Dax transfer her past personalities into all of her station-mates at once, since it would allow us to get to the heart of the episode faster, and it would be fun to see them all interact. (Instead, we spend twenty minutes wondering just where were going with Nonetheless, the plot is a fun idea that could only be done on Deep Space Nine, and the actors are game including Terry Farrell (Dax), who is marvelous. There's always a danger in these sort of episodes that they will become less about Jadzia and more about the Trill's eccentricities (such as first season's "Dax") or that her spotlight will be stolen by other actors (such as second season's "Invasive Procedures") but here the writers keep the character in the forefront and play to Farrell's strengths, giving her an internal struggle to resolve even while allowing Auberjonois to nearly steal the show. (A dilemma similar to the Odo/Curzon joining would appear in Voyager's second season episode "Tuvix").



    There's also a B story that follow-ups on the Nog/Starfleet thread begun in earlier in the season in "Heart of Stone". But for whatever reason, it simply rehashes the same story as last time in a different form.

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  • The best "past hosts" episode?

    8.0
    Given Dax's character, we got several "past host" episodes throughout the series. Though they were generally interesting, they were rather slow and never quite delivered the goods. (I feel like we learned more about Dax from the previous-host anecdotes she'd pepper into her speech - THOSE were funny!)



    This one does work, and that's because we get to actually meet her hosts - in the form of her friends' bodies. The first few host appearance are lightweight, albeit with moments of humor (Quark as a female). But things pick up with Avery Brooks playing the psychotic Joran in an appropriately disturbing fashion, and then Rene Auberjenois lending the episode emotional depth as Curzon. Auberjenois combines just the perfect mix of Odo and Curzon, and it works great.



    A nice little breather before the season finale.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

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nitpick: If Jadzia retained both Curzon's memories of "washing her out" of the Trill initiate program and her own memories of re-applying, how could something as important as Curzon's reason for having her expelled (that he was in love with her) go hidden for close to five years, until this episode?

    • Nitpick: How could Quark have sabotaged Nog's spatial orientation test without it being noticed? Even if these were Ferengi holosuites, Chief O'Brien as well as the program itself would have noted any anomolies in the execution of it. Miles also would've done diagnostics on the holosuites before the actual test to insure they were working correctly; it doesn't settle with his character to just let something as important as a Starfleet Academy initiation test run on unproven equipment.

    • Goof: When Dax hits Joran/Sisko, there is a small metallic noise immediately afterward on the soundtrack that has no cause.

    • Nitpick: The padd O'Brien carries in the holosuite clearly has the words "GO AWAY" on it. This is a reused prop of Bashir's from the episode "Explorers".

    • During her conversation with Toban, Jadzia says: "It's the most original approach to the proof since Wiles over three hundred years ago..." - this may have been an attempt to cover the goof in the Next Generation episode "The Royale", in which Picard states that the theorem has been "unsolved" for 800 years (although at that time the episode was written it was still unsolved). Here they say that perhaps Wiles' proof was just an interpretation and not the undisputable solution.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (talking about Nog)
      O'Brien: It just occurred to me, once that kid gets out of the Academy, I'm going to have to start calling him "sir."

    • Sisko: Let me tell you something about Curzon. He was my friend, he was my confidant, in a way he was my teacher as well. But he was also manipulative, selfish, and arrogant. Most people let him get away with it because he was so charming. Sometimes I would let him get away with it too. But from time to time, he'd push me too far, and I'd have to stand up to him. Tell him he'd crossed the line.
      Jadzia: And how would he react?
      Sisko: Sometimes he'd just laugh and admit it. Sometimes he'd be furious. But either way, he'd back off because he knew he was wrong. And he's wrong now.

    • (while in control of Sisko's body, in Sisko's voice)
      Joran: My strength is within you. You don't have to be afraid of it.
      Jadzia: I'm not.
      Joran: Then let me show you how to use it. Lower the force field, Jadzia. Lower it, and you will never have to be afraid of anything ever again.

    • (while in control of Quark's body, in Quark's voice)
      Audrid: There's nothing quite like holding a baby to your breast, nursing it....
      (pauses)
      Audrid: The entity that lent me this body wishes to speak.
      (regaining control)
      Quark: How much longer am I going to have to do this?!

    • Jadzia: Will you please stop saying you're sorry?
      O'Brien/Toban: Sorry.

    • Bashir/Torias: (to Dax about Bashir) Well you should tell your friend to live a little... Life's too short to deprive yourself of the simple pleasures.

    • Rom: You had no right to interfere! I've already told Commander Sisko what you did, and he's going to let Nog retake the test!
      Quark: You what?!
      Rom: You heard me! And if you ever do anything to hurt Nog again, I'll burn the bar to the ground!

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