Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 6


Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 31, 1993 on Syndicado
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Episode Summary

Stardate: 47229.1 Bashir falls in love with a wheelchair-bound woman, who is unable to walk in Deep Space Nine's level of gravity.

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  • Like tha'ts the first time anyone's played around with lower gravity. :-I

    Mmm hmm.
  • I'm guessing we'll never see this one in a Top Ten marathon

    Conceived as a DS9 regular but confined to one episode due to anti-gravity budget issues, the titular character of this episode would probably have never made it into another episode anyway because the "bitter, overly sensitive disabled person who learns to accept help" is a worn out character nobody but the television writers have any interest in seeing. Tweeking the character of Melora and giving her the B story would have been a good idea, but the writers desperately wanted a Bashir love story to drive an episode, so we're stuck with this as a result. Their "Little Mermaid" relationship comes across as stilted and silly, with Siddig El Fadil phoning in his performance, although the episode improves once Bashir is able to break down Melora's guard.

    The B story belongs to Quark, who is threatened by a man he doublecrossed years ago; it's obtrusive, existing only to give the episode a sense of danger, but at least it's quick and doesn't have Melora and Bashir for the most part.moreless
  • A rather pointless romance episode

    I've always hated Trek's insipid 'romance of the week' episodes...TNG was full of them, and they were just about always as dull as dishwater and gratingly insincere. The problem is, there simply isn't enough time in the space of 45 minutes to build up a realistic, genuine relationship that actually makes the viewer CARE, when we know full well that it'll be over by the end of the episode and totally forgotten about by next week. In short - it's a waste of time.

    'Melora' fits this trend and is a pretty standard 'romance of the week'. On the plus side, there is some nice characterisation (although Melora came across as a bit too unlikable in the early scenes) and there's a nice, warm chemistry between Bashir and Melora, but it's simply not enough to transcend the limitations of the formula. The faux jeopardy subplot is too obtrusive and the resolution, like the previous episode, is very weak. The episode just kind of ENDS...moreless
  • Among the weakest shows in DS9's entire run. It took me about 15 minutes to get the grimace off my face.

    In its second season, TNG had a fairly over-the-top "issue episode" titled "Loud as a Whisper" that dealt with deafness. While mediocre, it was ultimately bearable because there was an interesting underlying plot. That doesn't happen here.

    The first 15 minutes really are painful to watch, because Melora is so unbelievably obnoxious and unlikeable. Once she drops her act, she's still not particularly fun to watch but at least you can stop gritting your teeth.

    The Quark subplot is weak but benefits from not featuring Melora.

    However, the Klingon chef was awesome - an episode about him would have been far superior to this one.moreless
  • I don´t know why the fans have reviewed this episode so badly.

    I must confess that I´m new on DS9, i just seen the episode. And I must confess that i found it very special, in the way that the story was developed, and the performances of the actors, and how well written a subject like this is treated here.

    I give my two thumbs up to this episode, and i recomend it. It´s only a love story, but it very delicate and very well constructed, the story and the characters themselves.

    "Julian" developes as a much more deep character, we learn of his begginings on studying medicine and of his cool personality. And the handicapped girl is very much like I know the handicapped are, i mean, they don´t like to be treated as inferiours.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Quark: (referring to Falit Kott) He threatened to kill me. (Odo beams at him) What?!?!
      Odo: Nothing... just a passing thought.

    • Jadzia: (referring to Fallit Kot, who has them as hostages) Quark, how well do you know this man?
      Quark: We've been friends for years, not counting today.

    • Odo: Call me at the first sign of trouble.
      Quark: What if the first sign is the last sign?
      Odo: You people sell pieces of yourself after you die, don't you?
      : Yes.
      Odo: I'll buy one.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.

    • The character of Melora was originally going to be a main character on Deep Space Nine, but the costs of zero gravity scenes that would have to be filmed in her quarters were too great for a permanent character.


    • Jadzia Dax: The Little Mermaid
      Dax compares Melora with the title character in Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. In it, the "little mermaid" trades her life under the sea for a pair of legs, all for the love of a man. Unlike the more familiar Disney movie, the story does not end "happily ever after" for the protagonist.