Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 6


Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 30, 1995 on Syndicado

Episode Fan Reviews (6)

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  • How can I just let you walk away, just let you leave without a trace...

    "Can you really walk away from me... from us? After all this time we're back together. Don't throw that away" ... Dax

    The idea of a Trill in a same sex romantic relationship goes all the way back to TNG's fifth season episode "The Host" (which introduces the species) but is finally fully developed here. The wonderful thing about the episode is that the conflict doesn't come from the relationship itself but is a product of the external forces. It's sort of like a gay relationship in the . military before it was allowed: people not only had to deal with an unjust system but faced pressures from those around them who didn't want to see them professionally hurt by coming out even though it wasn't the decision that was wrong but the system.

    It's a good use of the Trill and Terry Farrell (Dax) but yet the episode as a whole doesn't stand out beyond the unusual subject. Unfortunately, romantic relationships are not Star Trek's strong suit, particularly when one member of the couple is a debuting guest star. Director Avery Brooks gets some strong emotional performances out of Farrell and guest star Susanna Thompson (Kahn), but it's difficult to build and conclude a story of this nature inside and hour and expect the audience to share the same feelings. To make matters worse, the love story is couched inside a generic sci fi story about creating another artificial wormhole. It's just a MacGuffin, but even as such, it's bland and forgettable.

    Coming from two of Star Trek's best writers and one of DS9's best directors, it's a bit of surprise this one isn't better, though there's nothing particularly bad about it.
  • destroying star trek

    its episodes like this one that is why i cant get my friends into star trek.c'mon paramount refused tng to have a main gay charater and then they do this.the writers have been pushing this gay thing in our faces sinse the next generation.season four episode the host created the trills and thus was the moral fall of star trek.dont get me wrong i love star trek,ive seen every star trek episode from all 5 series atleast once but im still not a happy camper ...opps this is when i was gonna stop writng but the computer keeps telling me 100 words only.
  • Brilliant and thought provoking

    Why this episode doesn't have at least a 90s rating on here escapes me. This episode is a brilliant representation of what the Star Trek universe is all about: looking past prejudices to our shared humanity. I've met fans who dislike this episode because of the gender issues and homosexuality and it truly puzzles me if these folks have any true appreciation of what the show is all about. It's ok to get excited about meeting new species and learning about their culture, but it's not ok to deal with gender and sexuality issues?

    This episode gives the Dax character a rich, fascinating back story. Very well written, acted and directed and a hallmark of the series.
  • A powerful love story and a boundary-breaking episode.

    I think this episode is interesting on several levels. The first is the passionate kiss between Jadzia Dax and Lenara Kahn, which given social attitudes toward homosexuality (particularly in the mid-90s) was quite groundbreaking for primetime TV. (Granted, the fact that both kiss participants were beautiful women probably cushioned the impact.)

    The second level is that within the DS9 universe, the gender of the two characters is completely tangential, both to the characters themselves and to the people around them. The problem is not their gender but Trill society's conventions.

    The love story between Kahn and Dax is written and acted very well. The passion between them is palpable, and (at least to me) quite convincing. It's an interesting contrast to the Next Generation episode "The Outcast", which tackled similar issues but in a very lackluster manner.

    I should also add that aside from the love affair, the "story" that drives the plot (a Star-Trek-by-numbers science mission) is lame.
  • Adventurous because the Star Trek franchise and namely DS9 crew made yet another bold step and deliberately challenged the audience to see if they could look beyond the physical (gender issues) and see the story for what it was - basically a love story.

    Star Trek caused a furor with the first inter-racial kiss seen on American t.v and I guess it was timely that they tested yet another boundary (Admittedly these boundaries were getting kicked for touch on British tv - but the Brits, Aussies, Kiwis and European countries tv programs are on the whole more permissive). I really enjoyed this episode (not so much because it was earth shattering) but because they dealt with \"forbidden/frowned upon/not recommended associations\" through the Trill society\'s belief that to connect with a former lover goes against the little wormies desire to learn new things through new associations throughout its lifespan. I don\'t believe it was specifically about homosexuality although the parallels in terms of condemnation (in 1996) were certainly there. I still reckon, naive as it may be that it was a love story and it just so happened that Jadzia is a woman in this life. The fact that their love for each other would have been as profound if they were man and woman may still have been as effective because the issue was could they overcome societal taboos (law) and do what others had done and get back together. Unfortunately they didn\'t - I would have loved to see how if Dax and Khan had decided to stay together DS9 would have dealt with their continuing relationship. At no point did any member of the crew or the Trill group make any comment about their gender, it was inconsequential to the overall shame (according to Trill law) and their love for each other (DS9 crew). Jadzia as a host to Curzon and his irrepressible appetite certainly came across a lot of former female lovers and even got Worf jealous on that horrible vacation planet episode.
    The writing crew certainly made an awesome call here and I commend them for deciding what the hey come on bigots bring it on.
  • Gutsy

    The words "homosexual" "homosexuality" or "lesbian" are not said during this episode, but that is exactly what this episode is about, despite what anyone might say. It's a slow-paced love story between Dax and Lenara Kahn (Susanna Thompson, recognizeable to Voyager fans as that series's Borg Queen) in which their relationship is forbidden, not because of the two women issue, but because they were married in their hosts' previous lives. It is a metaphor, obviously--that these two want to be together, even though society disapproves--clearly mirrors the plight of homosexuals in America, and although homosexuality is generally more accepted now, civil unions and same-sex marriage still make this episode retain currency. In fact, it might be more relevant now than it was a decade ago.

    One just has to applaud DS9 for this. By this time, the show was besieged on all sides: Babylon 5, Voyager, and syndication rivals were all taking a piece of DS9's ratings pie. The lesbian kiss in this episode could be shrugged off by some as ratings-chasing titillation, but the show could easily have become a target of anti-gay groups and lost a lot of viewers. Keep in mind that gay issues were not in the public square in 1996 so much as they are now. It was a big risk, and it pays off pretty well--the love story isn't exactly original, but it is resonant and contains some of Terry Farrell's best acting as Dax. An important episode, if not one of the show's best.