Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 12

The Begotten

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

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  • 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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