Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 12

The Begotten

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 27, 1997 on Syndicado

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • A good one

    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.
  • poor, poor Odo

    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.
  • A slowly-but-beautifully-told story.

    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.
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