Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 3 Episode 10

Fascination

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Nov 28, 1994 on Syndicado
6.9
out of 10
User Rating
141 votes
7

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Stardate: 48441.6 An outbreak of the contagious Zanthi Fever occurs on the station when Lwaxana Troi pays them a visit. The fever causes suppressed desires to surface resulting in an interesting tangle of attempted short-term matchmakings.

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  • Unique but forgettable

    7.0
    Lwaxana Troi's visit to the station gives the writers a chance to do DS9's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, an ensemble episode that's a departure from the series norm. The offbeat script opens the door for new costumes, new lighting, and new music, making this lighthearted comedy a one of a kind offering.



    Director Avery Brooks follows Shakespeare's lead, allowing the story (such that there is) develop before increasing the pace and the silliness as the episode approaches its conclusion.

    Woven into the farce is some petty bickering by Chief O'Brien and his visiting wife, who are having marital issues. The irony is that this sci fi show set in the 24th century presents these issues more realistically than most shows set in modern times.



    In the end, like a sitcom, everything returns to normal and nothing of lasting consequence happens. But as a lighthearted placeholder between more serious episodes, "Fascination" serves its purpose well.moreless
  • Better than you'd expect.

    7.0
    As another of the reviewers points out, this kind of episode was a cliche on Star Trek. That said, it's substantially better than, say, TNG's "Naked Now".



    For one, it happens later in the series - we know the characters, we know their normal relationships. Some of the romances are not particularly entertaining (and of course we are stuck with the annoying Lwaxana Troi), but others - Jake chasing Kira, Dax attempting to seduce Sisko - are hilarious. The O'Brien/Keiko story provides nice contrast. And of course, Bareil attempting to punch Sisko is plenty entertaining.



    A pleasant diversion - and nothing more.moreless
  • Not your typical "love" episode

    8.0
    This episode is at least a 5, and I am giving it an 8. Sure, it's not action packed, and there aren't a lot of phaser fights, but man, it is too funny. Let the actors have a good time, and enjoy the fun they get to have. This episode is cute, very amusing, and if you let go of your bad energy, it can be very enjoyable. I love when Odo and Lwazana are dancing; very comical. It's nice to see the characters having a good time when most of the time its all "gloom and doom." I found it to be a nice getaway from the usual seriousness of the season. I suggest you all watch it again!moreless
  • HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!! But...

    1.0
    Possibly the worst episode of any show I've ever seen. But that's why it worked! It was hilarious! It was stupid with cheesy acting and a terrible plot, but that madde it perfect! It was a horrible, horrible, awful, badly plotted swamp pit, that was absolutely hilarious! Lwaxana Troi arrives and her Betazoid illness spreads to others on the station making them unreasonably attracted to people they have a latent attraction to. It was very funny, while all the time possibly the worst episode ever! In ters of quality, this episode gets about a ZERO! In ters proud cheese, TEN all the way!moreless
  • As if we weren't already sick of the romantic nonsense, it's front and center in this dull installment.

    4.0
    In arguably the single weakest episode of the series, everyone is in love with everyone else. That's it. It's 40 minutes of wacky make-out scenes, people holding their heads, and proposals of undying love. It's a dull plotline that we've seen in every sci-fi show in history, and it's usually implemented a lot better than it is here. Given the utter lack of special effects, it's a safe bet that this was intended as a money saver. I'm surprised quark was even in make-up. Really boring, pointless. And Kako O'Brien might be the worst written character in the history of television.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

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Lwaxana Troi

Guest Star

Philip Anglim

Philip Anglim

Vedek Bareil

Recurring Role

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

Hana Hatae

Hana Hatae

Molly O'Brien

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: Quark is one of the people affected by Ambassador Troi's illness. In Season 1's "The Forsaken", Mrs. Troi states that Betazoids can't read Ferengi with their empathic powers. If she can't read Quark, how could she affect him the way she affected the others?

    • When Chief O'Brien grabs Quark's ears at the after-party, part of a Bajoran earing that Quark is wearing breaks off.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jadzia: (after decking Vedek Bareil) I'm sorry Benjamin, he was just starting to annoy me.

    • Bashir: How many games of racquetball have we played in the last two months?
      O'Brien: I don't know - 15, maybe 20?
      Bashir: Try 70... and you know what all those games taught me? That I'm a poor substitute for your wife.
      O'Brien: I could've told you that 60 games ago.

    • Molly: I don't feel so good.
      O'Brien: Really? Aw... tell Daddy what's wrong. (Molly pukes)
      Lwaxana: (stepping out of the airlock) Oh... you poor dear. I should never have given you all that candy!

  • NOTES (1)

    • The attraction that Kira and Bashir demonstrated in this episode was mirrored by an even stronger attraction off of the set. Nana Visitor (Kira) and Alexander Siddig (Bashir) had a son together and were married while Deep Space 9 was still filming. Kira carrying Chief O'Brien's baby in Seasons Four and Five was written into the show to cover the pregnancy.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

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