Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 12

The Alternate

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 09, 1994 on Syndicado

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  • An excellent character piece for Odo, offset by a rather goofy subplot

    As a character study of Odo 'The Alternate' works extremely well: the relationship between Odo and his Bajoran mentor, Dr Mora, is well written and powerfully performed by both Rene Auberjonois and James Sloyan (who has made several guest appearances in modern Trek over the years). Some of the scenes between them reached an emotional intensity not common on Trek.

    Unfortunately, the 'alien on the loose' subplot is a little hokey in execution and almost seems to parody cheesy 50s B-movies. There are plenty of red herrings and some decent special effects (perhaps all the budget was spent on FX, explaining the somewhat unconvincing alien planet set). Still, in spite of the flaws, the emotional fireworks more than compensate for any weakness of the subplot.