Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 12

The Begotten

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 27, 1997 on Syndicado
8.4
out of 10
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Stardate: Unknown Kira goes into labor with Keiko's child. Odo buys an infant changeling from Quark that was found drifting in space. Tensions rise when the scientist that first studied Odo, Dr. Mora Pol, arrives to give Odo a helping hand.

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  • A good one

    8.0
    This character driven Odo episode is sort of a remake of third season's "The Abandoned" with Odo again exploring parenthood. Yet here the story works better because of a richer plot (a sequel to second season's "The Alternate") and two notable guest stars. There's James Sloyen, who returns as Odo's father-figure, and then there's a glass of goo, making its debut as Odo's adoptive son. Both are wonderful and set the stage for Auberjonois to carry the show with what might be his best performance as Odo, who must confront his past, present, and future on the most personal of terms.



    Meanwhile, Kira prepares to give birth in a comedy runner which throws together O'Brien and Shakaar (the latter making his final appearance) for some awkward scenes played for laughs. ("Next time you have a baby, leave my girlfriend out of it") It's really just a filler plot to set up the birth of the child, and it's kept appropriately short, doing what it has to while not overstaying its welcome.



    With the birth of the child and lasting consequences for Odo, "The Begotten" stands out as one of DS9's more memorable episodes.moreless
  • poor, poor Odo

    10
    This episode has always been one of my favorites. It was quite interesting to see Odo as a father. But this is one of the very few episodes of DS9 that has real drama



    In the end Odo lost the closest thing he ever had to a son, but at the very least was finally able to make his peace with Dr. Mora, the closest thing he ever had to a real father and regained his shape shifting powers. Odo’s life really is a sad story, but probably one of the best in the series.

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  • A slowly-but-beautifully-told story.

    8.5
    Let's get the Kira story out of the way. We get lots of trivial and annoying bickering between Shakaar and O'Brien. We never see Shakaar again after this. No big loss.



    It's the other story, the one about Odo and his discovery of a "son", that makes you forget about the Kira fluff. Rene Auberjonois managed to convey some of the most intense emotions through a seemingly emotionless character, and his desperate love for the foundling is a great example. The presence of a foil - the excellent James Sloyan as Odo's mentor - provides another layer of emotional depth to the story. In fact, if you step back a bit, this is a twist on TNG's "Offspring", and the same formula with some key differences works here - albeit not as well as it did the first time.



    Of course, the conclusion - with Odo transforming into a raptor and flying through the station - is absolutely glorious, a racing conclusion to a leisurely-paced story.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Duncan Regehr

Duncan Regehr

Shakaar

Guest Star

Peggy Roeder

Peggy Roeder

Y'Pora

Guest Star

James Sloyan

James Sloyan

Dr. Mora Pol

Guest Star

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

Judi Durand

Judi Durand

Station Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sisko: (to Odo) Besides, it's nice having someone around to help change the diapers.

    • Mora: (after Odo's changeling responds to stimulus) I smiled the first time you did that. Little did I know you'd hate me for it.

    • Quark: What are you up to?
      Odo: I'm happy, Quark. Can't you just accept that?
      Quark: No. It doesn't fit. If you're happy, something's very wrong in the world...

    • Mora: Once I realised you were sentient, the Cardassians wanted to know everything about you. I was under enormous pressure to get results. And I did. My techniques worked. The fact that you're standing here, whining about them, is proof.
      Odo: You enjoyed watching me suffer.
      Mora: Do you really believe that? How pathetic. If it weren't for me, you'd still be sitting on a shelf somewhere, in a beaker labeled 'unknown sample'!

    • (talking about Odo's back problem)
      Quark: I've got a holosuite program that'll take care of him. Three Orion slave girls strap you into a...
      Odo: Quark!
      Quark: Go ahead. Suffer!

    • Worf: Constable, why are you talking to your beverage?

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Quark: "...the center cannot hold."

      This is a reference to the poem by W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming, which goes: "Turning and turning in the widening gyre/The falcon cannot hear the falconer;/Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;/Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."

      This poem is also the underlying theme of Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart. In the book, an African tribe's way of life is destroyed with the coming of European settlers.

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